For the first time

Consumer expert Clark Howard’s column appears here each Thursday in conjunction with Deal Spotter, a weekly print section in The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The December issue of Consumer Reports has taken Hollister UK a close look at eyeglasses retailers, and one of my favorite stores has topped the list of best places to buy a pair of spectacles.

For the first time, Costco Wholesale has been identified as the No. 1 place to buy glasses. According to Consumer Cheap Hollister Reports, Costco’s average price for a complete pair of eyeglasses is $157, while the industry retail average is $200. (In prior years’ surveys, Costco was in second place behind independent local eyeglass shops. Now the indies are taking a backseat to Costco!)

A number of the big chains got horrible scores in the December tally. Penney Optical and America’s Best Contacts Eyeglasses both tied for last place. Their complete prescription eyeglasses (lenses and frames) start at $7, with an additional $5 for shipping. If click here the glasses come as intended and the prescription is right, well, people are just happy as a clam. But if something goes wrong, it’s almost impossible to make it right.

There are a number of other sellers of complete prescription eyeglasses for under $20.

Typically, you’ll pay one fourth to one sixth the usual price with the online sellers versus the traditional retailers. But again, you have the issue of limited customer service after the sale with online glasses transactions. on AM 750 and NOW 95.5 FM News/Talk WSB.

Clark Howard is the ULTIMATE CHEAPO! He always thinks it about price. Cheap glasses are cheap glasses GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR HOWARD! How many times did you have to get them adjusted? Hoe soon did they tarnish? How soon before a lense fell out? How many headaches did you get from the pres. being wrong or the lense not centered?

Try some quality foe a change Mr Howard I don think you ever will cuz you BOUGHT YOUR WIFES WEDDING RING AT COSTCO!

Clark so damn cheap Howard. gezzzzzzzI have owned three pairs of progressive prescription glasses. The first pair($200 from Binyon Optical, after insurance) gave me a headache. The second pair I bought from Zenni for $60, including shipping. I replaced those because I scratched a lens while remodeling the kitchen. My second pair of Zenni glasses cost $40 and were the best, but I lost them. Quality was never an issue. But at $40 a pair, it easy to replace them when they do get damaged or lost.

But my thought was to give it a shot. If it worked, great. If not, I wasn out much. They have great prices along with a really cool program that lets you pick four frames to be sent to your home for free. I had a tough time with the online mirrors (they let you change the size of the glasses to fit your face you can do that in the real world) so being able to try them on at home before I shell out my cash for them is great! They also have a 30 day no questions asked money back guarantee.

It no scam to be a member, if you know anything about their business model basically, their PROFIT is from the member fee. All markups on products go to running the stores (rent/salaries/etc) so their prices are AWESOME. I can say enough about how great their stores are and how helpful their staff is. We are HUGE costco members.

You don think retail frames aren made overseas?? Just like your clothes, designer brands included, frames are made over there as well.

The reason online is one fourth to one sixth the price of local chain stores is because the middle man is cut out. Furthermore, ALL stock lenses regardless of online or local retail have UV and Scratch Resistant Coating already in the lenses. When you go local retail, they selling it to you again, so you paying for it and its already there.

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