Where to buy frames for glasses

Posted on 2010-01-02
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
where is the best place to buy glasses frames , walmart ,target ,price club , what is the best I have VSP insurance so i get %20 off , do you goto one of these places and buy ? what are the best things about each location ?
Question by:NAMEWITHELD12
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    If you want to buy online here is a good site with a nice list of options as far as frames (look on the left side and as low as $38 and you get the lens too)

    here are quite a few complaints against Walmart:
    Where to shop. Your choice of store may depend partly on how quickly you need your glasses. If you dropped them in the garbage disposer and have to replace them immediately, your best options are Eyemart Express, LensCrafters or some independent shops, which can produce glasses in an hour. About 70 percent of CRs survey respondents received their glasses from those two stores by the next day. Only 16 percent of all our respondents got their glasses that quickly.

    If youre not in a rush, plan to check out Internet retailers. They are great places to compare prices, look at frames, and even try on glasses using software that lets you upload your photograph and superimpose images of frames. You can print photos of your favorites and also use online prices to negotiate with a local store.

    You can enter your prescription and order your glasses at a Web site and get them in about seven days. If theres a problem, however, you would have to mail the glasses back and wait for the Web site to send them again. You can have the best of online and offline worlds by ordering frames from a Web site and having lenses made at a store where an optician can fit the glasses. You might pay extra to the ­brick-and-mortar merchant for this service; for example, $18 at Costco and $20 at Wal-Mart. Although you would probably save money, the effort could be a hassle.

    Before hitting the stores, look at our Ratings.

    >>>>> If high prices dont bother you, stick with an independent store or your doctors office.
    >>>>> Otherwise, go to BJs, Costco, or Sams Club. You dont have to be a member at BJs or Sams Club to buy glasses or contact lenses, but at Costco, you must join, at a cost of $50 per year. (None of the warehouse clubs requires membership for an eye exam, but service varies by store.)
    On CRs shopping expedition, Costco shaved $219 off the price of a pair of glasses we had found at LensCrafters. The only difference: At Costco, we had to go with a Ralph Lauren frame, although it was similar to the Brooks Brothers version we tried at LensCrafters. Three other national chains--Davis Vision Center, For Eyes Optical, and Wal-Mart--also offered more satisfactory prices, according to survey respondents.
    None of those stores rated better than average among our survey respondents for frame selection, however. So if the price leaders do not carry frames that you want, youll have to try another store or shop online. The same Brooks Brothers frame that was $170 at LensCrafters, for example, cost $70 less at

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    I'm waiting for my Mom's script to get here & I'm going to try zenni. Everyone here always says to get them there so I figure all I have to lose is $8.00 to find out if they're any good.
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    But honestly the best to get them from the doc who did the exam.

    Check with your doc to see if they can get you a free frame.
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    thanks , you pretty much answered all my questions

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