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39 Dollar Glasses

"Discount Prices on High Quality Eyeglasses"
http://www.39dollarglasses.com


For the time being (at least for affiliates), 39 Dollar Glasses has replaced some of their coupon codes with coupon "links". Both are included below. Please note they're not "stackable" with each other, so you'll have to choose whether 10% or $10 makes more sense for you.

10% Off Any Purchase at 39DollarGlasses! (discount applied at checkout)

$10 Off Any Purchase at 39DollarGlasses! (discount applied at checkout)

Introduction

39 Dollar Glasses is located in New York (USA). Pricing in USD. They display a 1-800 number, direct number, fax, and have online and email support, as well as a physical mailing address displayed on their "Customer Support" page. They accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Their site has an option when you click the "International" menu which will show prices in your local currency.


Impressions

This was one of the first sites I came across and actually looked through extensively. All I can say is wow. When you choose a frame, along-side the information, you're shown a picture of a person wearing the frame. They also have for each frame a total of 12 pictures (6 male 6 female) of people with different shaped heads wearing the frame. If that's not enough, you can also view a .pfd of the frame which if printed, is actual size, so you can cut it out, put it against your face, and have something of an idea of what it will look like. Want to know what the glasses will look like if tinted..? With their "SmartFit Color Selector" you can see the frames in their available colors with the available tints.

The ordering process is very intuitive and easy to use. Having trouble reading your prescription? There's a "SmartFit Rx Help" button you can click which gives information on reading prescriptions written different ways. You can also get detailed information on any of the lenses they offer just by clicking on the name of the lens "package".

The $39 glasses they offer are their Metal and Plastic selections with Clear Polycarbonate lenses (some of their "Kid's Eyeglasses" are the same price as well). Stepping up to Rimless, Bendable Titanium, Semi Rimless, or others brings the price up to $89, and higher in some cases (Designer, etc)

The biggest downside is that despite the impressive website, $39 is getting a little steep for a 'discount' retailer, and getting anything except the Metal or Plastic brings the price up that much more. All their lenses have free scratch-resistant and UV-protective coatings, but adding an AR coating is an extra $24.95. However, to be fair, it's entirely possible that they use higher quality frames. Many of their lenses are also made by name-brand companies like Essilor®, Sola®, Seiko®, and Transitions®. Some lenses, such as their genuine Varilux® lenses also come with a certificate of authenticity. You can get more information by visiting the "Product Info / About Our Lenses" section of their website.

This site could very well be a God-send for first-time buyers. Easy to navigate, easy to use, easy to order. A lot of thought was put into the design of their website. Unfortunately you have to plunk a little bit more money down for your investment. They seem to be well liked, they're quite popular, and I really haven't come across a lot of people who have had bad experiences with them. The BBBOnline.org website gives them a "satisfactory" rating, and shows a record of 2 complaints, both of which were resolved.


Pricing (based on a $39 pair of frames/lenses)

(package names have been abbreviated) Single Vision $39.00 Bifocals $79.00 Progressives $89.00
Clear      
Polycarbonate included included included
Seiko 1.67 Super High-Index + $49.95 - -
       
Tinted Sunglass Lenses      
CR39 Tinted + $9.95 + $9.95 + $9.95
Polycarbonate Tinted + $19.95 + $19.95 + $19.95
Seiko 1.67 Super High-Index Sun Lenses (Dark Tint) + $59.90 - -
       
Polarized Sunglass Lenses      
CR39 Polarized + $49.90 + $88.90 + $59.95
Polycarbonate Polarized + $88.90 + $98.90 + $98.90
       
Clear Inside/Dark Outside Lenses      
CR39 Transitions Lenses + $49.90 + $88.90 + $59.95
Polycarbonate Quantum Transitions Lenses + $88.90 - + $98.90
       
Anti Reflective Coating (not avail with Tinted Lenses) + $24.95 + $24.95 + $24.95
       
Shipping      
DHL Priority 3-4 day $5.95 $5.95 $5.95
DHL 2nd Day Express $10.95 $10.95 $10.95
DHL Overnight Express $16.90 $16.90 $16.90
USPS Global Priority $7.95 $7.95 $7.95

A pair of single vision lenses without any add-ons is $44.95 after shipping if you live in the US.



Website Ratings

Category Rating Details
Website Excellent Website is easy to navigate. Frames can be saved in .pdf format and printed, can be viewed on different shaped heads, and can be viewed in their available colors and with available tints. Plenty of information about lens options available. Website very well designed.
Selection Good About 30 frames (Metal and Plastic) that qualified for the $39 pricing. Others available were Rimless, Semi-Rimless, Designer, Bendable Titanium, and others. Nice children's selection (both Kid's and Nickelodean).
Frame Info Excellent Dimensions given, and can be seen in each color and tint. Only thing lacking was weight.
Lens Options Great Clear, Tinted, Polarized, and Transitions lenses all offered. Various tint colors to choose from. They also have brand name lenses like Essilor®, Sola®, Seiko®, and Transitions®. Downsides are that tints are not offered in various degrees of darkness, and because of the 'packages' style of offerings, you are unable to get certain configurations. For example, the only options for clear lenses are Poly and High-Index (you cannot get Glass or CR39).
Value Good $39.00 for a discount store seems pricey when you consider the pricing of other discount stores. However, when ordering you do have a very good idea of what your frames and lenses will look like. The website itself is also quite helpful when choosing frames and lenses. That alone could make it worth the price.

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