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2011\05\13@135709 by YES NOPE9

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I went yesterday for an eye exam.   Which revealed I am getting older.
My insurance covers $150 toward frames.  I found that the frames I liked were $384 USD.   There were more expensive frames. I was amazed at how little you get for the buck or rather how much you could pay for a  50 grams of metal and plastic. The eye doctor put a lot of pressure on me to buy some glasses.

Does anyone know the breakdown of who receives portions of that $384 ?   How much to the vision center, how much to a distributor , how much to the manufacturer ?

99guspuppe

2011\05\13@141256 by Bob Blick

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Costco. Plenty of frames for $49. CR-39 single vision lenses $29 for two
lenses.

Maybe not as stylish as the frames at Lenscrafters or a private office,
and you have to do a bit more standing around.

On Fri, 13 May 2011 11:57 -0600, "YES NOPE9" wrote:
> I went yesterday for an eye exam.   Which revealed I am getting older.
> My insurance covers $150 toward frames.  I found that the frames I liked
> were $384 USD.   There were more expensive frames. I was amazed at how
> little you get for the buck or rather how much you could pay for a  50
> grams of metal and plastic. The eye doctor put a lot of pressure on me to
> buy some glasses.

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2011\05\13@141533 by Dave

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YES NOPE9 <spam_OUTyesTakeThisOuTspamnope9.com> wrote:

>I went yesterday for an eye exam.   Which revealed I am getting older.
>My insurance covers $150 toward frames.  I found that the frames I liked were $384 USD.   There were more expensive frames. I was amazed at how little you get for the buck or rather how much you could pay for a  50 grams of metal and plastic. The eye doctor put a lot of pressure on me to buy some glasses.
>
>Does anyone know the breakdown of who receives portions of that $384 ?   How much to the vision center, how much to a distributor , how much to the manufacturer ?
>
>99guspuppet
>

2011\05\13@141645 by Dwayne Reid

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At 11:57 AM 5/13/2011, YES NOPE9 wrote:
>I went yesterday for an eye exam.   Which revealed I am getting older.
>My insurance covers $150 toward frames.  I found that the frames I
>liked were $384 USD.   There were more expensive frames. I was
>amazed at how little you get for the buck or rather how much you
>could pay for a  50 grams of metal and plastic. The eye doctor put a
>lot of pressure on me to buy some glasses.
>
>Does anyone know the breakdown of who receives portions of that $384
>?   How much to the vision center, how much to a distributor , how
>much to the manufacturer ?

No idea about information regarding your questions.  But I've been purchasing my glasses from Walmart.  I get the eye exam done at the same place I've been going to for a couple of decades now but I just can't justify paying their prices for the glasses themselves.

My last several pairs of glasses have been darned cheap: single-vision safety glasses for just over $100 per pair.  My wife hates them because they are so big but I'm thrilled with them (they ARE safety glasses).  I would guess that they have stopped projectiles from possibly hitting my eyes perhaps 3 or 4 times over the past 10 years or so.

Walmart does have expensive frames but they do have inexpensive frames that also look pretty decent.

dwayne

PS - does anyone know of a supplier who will supply eyeglasses with magnetic-attach modifier lenses?  I've seen eyeglasses with magnet-attach sun shades but what I want is to have a single-vision set of glasses suited for short distance work, then attach the modifier lens for long distance vision.  Yeah - I'm getting to the age where I should be wearing bi-focal glasses.

The reason I ask is that the optometrist I use will often create a temporary set of lenses in his test eyeglasses frame, then add lenses to that assembly to test the other prescription.  That suggests that this should be possible.

But - I get blank stares when I ask for something like this.

dwayne

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2011\05\13@144754 by Herbert Graf

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On Fri, 2011-05-13 at 11:57 -0600, YES NOPE9 wrote:
> I went yesterday for an eye exam.   Which revealed I am getting older.
> My insurance covers $150 toward frames.  I found that the frames I liked were $384 USD.   There were more expensive frames. I was amazed at how little you get for the buck or rather how much you could pay for a  50 grams of metal and plastic. The eye doctor put a lot of pressure on me to buy some glasses.
>
> Does anyone know the breakdown of who receives portions of that $384 ?   How much to the vision center, how much to a distributor , how much to the manufacturer ?
>
> 99guspuppet

I don't think the breakdown really matters.

Eyeglass frames are a fashion item. Same as something like a pair of
heels, their price often has very little to do with material costs, it's
more the brand that's on them and the style (how new, how edgy, how
popular).

FWIW I and my fiance both recently went for new glasses at Costco and
found some very affordable options and some affordable but still stylish
options, I'd give them a try.

TTYL

2011\05\13@145448 by Spehro Pefhany

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At 01:57 PM 13/05/2011, you wrote:
>I went yesterday for an eye exam.   Which revealed I am getting older.
>My insurance covers $150 toward frames.  I found that the frames I
>liked were $384 USD.   There were more expensive frames. I was
>amazed at how little you get for the buck or rather how much you
>could pay for a  50 grams of metal and plastic. The eye doctor put a
>lot of pressure on me to buy some glasses.
>
>Does anyone know the breakdown of who receives portions of that $384
>?   How much to the vision center, how much to a distributor , how
>much to the manufacturer ?

I know I can get a decent pair of glasses with pedigree make
lenses (no-name frames) for tens of dollars on the net. Most of the time
the prescription is okay but the frames are a little lightweight.

The fancy brand-name frames are indeed expensive, but if you're visiting
Hong Kong, the total price might be half (especially if you want tinted
anti-reflection, high index of refraction etc)- local guys add on a LOT
for those features. They (in HK) can do the eye exam on the spot too.

In Toronto I usually pay about $400 CAD ($413 USD) locally for glasses
from a place near the University, but the cheapo local places are not
that much cheaper, even for really hideous frames.

>Best regards,

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2011\05\13@152641 by Michael Watterson

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On 13/05/2011 18:57, YES NOPE9 wrote:
> I went yesterday for an eye exam.   Which revealed I am getting older.
> My insurance covers $150 toward frames.  I found that the frames I liked were $384 USD.   There were more expensive frames. I was amazed at how little you get for the buck or rather how much you could pay for a  50 grams of metal and plastic. The eye doctor put a lot of pressure on me to buy some glasses.
>
> Does anyone know the breakdown of who receives portions of that $384 ?   How much to the vision center, how much to a distributor , how much to the manufacturer ?
>

I need reading glasses. When I lost the expensive optician supplied ones I found that €2 model in bargain shop worked as well, was nicer and more comfortable. Unless you have astigmatism, they are fine. If the eyes are slightly different buy two pairs and swap the lens.

My sunglasses are €3. I can't see why the €300 frames are "better".

The expensive glasses get sat on, walked on, driven over or lost as easily as the cheap ones.

Expensive custom shaped lenses made just for your eyes I can understand costing hundreds. Expensive frames I don't understand

2011\05\13@155043 by Dave

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Anything other than titanium wont last for me. Zenni was way less for the identical frames.

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2011\05\13@155940 by Sergey Dryga

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YES NOPE9 <yes <at> nope9.com> writes:

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> I went yesterday for an eye exam.   Which revealed I am getting older.
> My insurance covers $150 toward frames.  I found that the frames I liked were $384 USD.   There were more
> expensive frames. I was amazed at how little you get for the buck or rather how much you could pay for a  50
> grams of metal and plastic. The eye doctor put a lot of pressure on me to buy some glasses.

Do not know the breakdown exactly, but usually reseller has 30% markup and manufacturer's cost is about 10-20% of it's price.  This is  "generic"
breakdown.  
I use, and recommend, EyeMartExpress.  You can do exam there as well,  and it costs less than Walmart.  In addition, no waiting 2-3 days for delivery as in  Walmart, you get your glasses same day.  E.g. Walmart sends all orders to HQ in Arkansas, where glasses are made.
Sergey Dryga
http://beaglerobotics.com

2011\05\13@215524 by victorf57

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Try http://www.39dollarglasses.com  I have been a customer for 3 years.
No complaints and the prices are great.

Victor
---- YES NOPE9 <EraseMEyesspam_OUTspamTakeThisOuTnope9.com> wrote:
> I went yesterday for an eye exam.   Which revealed I am getting older.
> My insurance covers $150 toward frames.  I found that the frames I liked were $384 USD.   There were more expensive frames. I was amazed at how little you get for the buck or rather how much you could pay for a  50 grams of metal and plastic. The eye doctor put a lot of pressure on me to buy some glasses.
>
> Does anyone know the breakdown of who receives portions of that $384 ?   How much to the vision center, how much to a distributor , how much to the manufacturer ?
>
> 99guspuppet
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2011\05\14@030226 by William \Chops\ Westfield

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On May 13, 2011, at 10:57 AM, YES NOPE9 wrote:

> buy some glasses.

Second the recommendation for costco.  Unlike mail-order, you can try  them on.
And I like the costco frames rather better than the set I had to get  recently at "designer" prices (one-day turnaround, though!)  But that  probably means that I have an engineer-like sense of fashion.  :-)

A set of glasses (even ordinary glasses) will offer much more physical  protection for your eyes than contacts or LASIC...

Contacts will fit underneath ski/diving masks, and allow you to easily  use cameras, microscopes and telescopes and such.  But not everyone  gets along well with contacts.  I once got fitted for glasses  (casually convenient) and disposable contacts (special purposes.)  But  you get out-of-practice if you don't use the contacts for a while.

BillW

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