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Cool Practice in the New Era: 5 Benefits of Buying Glasses Online

Cool Practice in the New Era: 5 Benefits of Buying Glasses Online

Name one thing that the Internet has not made more convenient. There is a pretty good chance you can’t. The Internet has made almost every facet of your life easier and now, it has made getting glasses easier, too.

With the Internet, there is no need to visit your local retail store when you’re looking for glasses.  Rather than taking time off work, getting in your car and praying that ones you pick out don’t make your nose look big. It is easier just to buy them online.

Not convinced? Check out these five big benefits of buying glasses online.

1. You have more choices.

When you walk into your local optician, you are automatically limiting your choices.

First, you’re limited to the frames that the store orders. Some opticians might order according to their own taste. Some will order only trendy pairs while others order only classic pairs.

Second, your store only has so much space to show off frames. To make sure that the store is making the most of its space, it will often display only the high end products or those with wider profit margins.

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This makes sense from a business perspective. But it also means that perfect pair could still be lurking in a drawer or box where you may never see them.

Third, you are often limited to trying on only a few pairs. No sales rep wants to take you through 30 pairs of glasses, even if you desperately want to try them all on. They have other customers to help. So, you’re forced to pick your five favorite pairs and hope that one of them works.

When you shop online, you are not forced into the schedule or tastes of a sales rep. You get access to hundreds of pairs of glasses. You can even use the virtual try-on tool like the one offered by GlassesUSA and get the honest opinion of your friends and family.

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    2. You can try on the glasses virtually.

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      Buying glasses online means you can try on the glasses virtually. This is much more fun than going in the store and going through piles of frames to find one that suits you.

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      Websites allow you to upload a picture then, with a click of a mouse button, you can try different shapes and styles of glasses. This makes it much more efficient to buy the right frame for you.

      3. You can be more efficient in your search for the perfect pair.

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        Shopping online, for anything is, highly efficient. You don’t have to leave the house and you can do all your shopping in your pajamas without even leaving your bed.

        Efficiency is very important as it saves you time to do other more important things.

        4. You can save money.

        Shopping for glasses online makes saving money so much easier. When you can shop from home, you can relieve all the pain that comes with the in-store experience.

        You can also spend more time hunting for bargains and trying a custom approach. For example, it’s entirely possible to order your lens from one place and frames from another with some Internet sleuthing. Even if you live on top of a mountain and have to use a signal booster to get connection, it’ll still be much easier to save money doing it online.

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        From the moment that you walk into an optometrist, someone is trying to sell you something. It’s like entering a den full of hungry lions. There are a few sales reps prowling the shop floor and they don’t see you as a person looking for glasses. What they see is a potential sales commission.

        You cannot blame them. These stores make all their money selling frames. But it does create a situation where you feel like you have to buy something even if you haven’t found the perfect pair. You’re pressured into buying just because you took up the sales person’s time.

        You should never walk out of a shop with a pair of glasses that you are not completely in love with. Buying a pair of glasses that you abandon only a few weeks later is a complete waste of money.

        When you shop online, you save money because there is no one there to talk you into a pair of glasses that you won’t wear.

        More than this, buying glasses online is actually cheaper than buying them from the store because the prices are so much lower.

        You can buy your frames for up to 70% off retail rates when you buy online. Online retailers offer these low prices on a huge number of brands, including top sellers like Ray-Ban.

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        5. You have a better overall experience.

        Getting glasses is important but this is a crazy world. It is hard to find the time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to get into the optician the first time. But then you have to go back to pick them up and again to have them cleaned. Just going into the store can eat up a lot of your time.

        Another huge benefit of buying online is that online retailers sell from their personal stocks. This means that your glasses show up in a few days rather than in a few weeks.

        So whether you’re need a new prescription or a new look, you can have it now and not sometime in the distant future.

        Customer service is also far easier  to manage when you buy online. If you have any questions about your order or your glasses, there’s no need to drive over to the store. You can send a quick message to customer service from wherever you are.

        You pay your bills, talk to your friends and find all your new favorite things online. Now, you can get your glasses online, too. Buying glasses online is cheaper more fun than buying them in the store. Its so easy that you might as well even pick up a few pairs while you’re there.

        Featured photo credit: 23/52 – Self-Portrait by Scott Akerman via flickr.com

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