Prescription glasses, including lens and frame for less than $39?
The mission? A fully configured, daily pair of prescription glasses for less than $39. This isn’t fantasy, this is the world of online eyewear. A world free of brick and mortar overhead, free of monopolistic frame companies, and a world free of “industry norms” regarding price. I promise to dig up a number of extremely wearable glasses for less than $39, including shipping. I’m going to scour some of the top discount sites and show you what a measly $39 will buy.
Our first stop? The Sorrento Frame at 39DollarGlasses. Shown in the picture below, it looks pretty good. A modern look, suitable for everyday wear and appropriate in any setting, from casual to business. For the basic configuration, which includes a thinner lens standard, you’ll pay $39 + $5 shipping. Use the coupon code “Twitter” to save $12 (if this coupon doesn’t work, be sure to check for updated coupons on the right side of this page), bringing your price down to $32 including shipping.
Goggles4u.com, known for being a low-cost leader, offers the rimless
frame 52627 (awesome name, huh?) for exactly $35 after shipping. If
there are coupons, you may be able to take $5 off that price. Again,
this frame is shown below. I chose the slightly thinner lens that
included the UV coating, anti-glare coating, anti-scratch coating. So
that is $35 for frame, lens, and all three optional coatings. Literally
less than the coast of the anti-glare coating alone at wal-mart. The
big “but” with Goggles4U is ongoing quality control issues. But hey,
the price is really really low.
$35, shipped from Goggles4u.com. I think we’re going to have a hard time beating that. But we’ll try.
Next let’s check out EyeBuyDirect.com. The website says glasses start at $6.95. We can actually be a little fancy then and still come in under $40, including shipping (which costs $5.95). For $30.90, including shipping, you are a notch or two up from their cheapest frame. The totally decent “Joseph” frame is shown below. You can use the coupon “eyebuyfreeshipping” to get free shipping, knocking your order total down to $24.95 for a complete pair of glasses. Pretty sweet deal!
And it can get even cheaper. The totally adequate plastic women’s frame, “Akhtubinsk” is a scant $6.95, seriously. Shipping is another $5.95, bringing the total price to $12.90. At eyebuydirect, a thinner lens, anti-scratch and anti-glare coatings do cost extra.
So what is the final verdict? For finding a complete pair of glasses under $40, including shipping, EyeBuyDirect, Goggles4U, and 39DollarGlasses all come through. At the $40 price point, you get the most lens coatings at Goggle4U, the thinnest lens at 39DollarGlasses, and the best selection within the price point at .
If you’re like my wife and like glasses for fashion purposes only, any of the frames available above can be purchased without a prescription at the same cost.
So give it a try. It works. It’s cheap. Don’t know where to start? See my post, “From Square One: How to Buy your Next Pair of Glasses Online.”