This was originally posted on another blog of mine (Happy Homemaker Reviews).   I consolidated them to continue to simplify my life.   – Jen  (04.2012)


I’ve decided to feature product fails & favorites here on Fridays.
My first is a colossal fail — Zenni Optical.

Right after Itty Bitty was born I couldn’t take my cheap (quality, NOT cost) glasses anymore & decided I wasn’t going to pay another $600 for glasses that didn’t even last six months. I decided to try Zenni Optical.

There had to be a reason they were only $30-50 a pair (I have terrible vision), but it was better to pay $30 than $600, right?

I spent weeks looking at frames, trying to find ones that meet my pickiness.  I hate nosepads, love how plastic ones look on me, but need wire earpieces to keep them as tight as I like on my face.  Plus, they have to be proper color.  Then add in all the measurements to take and consider because you can’t physically try them on.

I finally narrowed it down to two.  Got expensive lenses in one and bigger ones in another.  Cost me about $100 for 2 pair. Of course, since I bought them online they needed to be adjusted to fit but frankly I was afraid to–I thought they might break.  Plus I was a bit busy with a 4 week old.

The finish on the more expensive frame started coming off after about 3 months of normal use.  Finally neither pair stayed on my face hardly at all and I decided to get them adjusted.  When they heated up the glasses to adjust them, the lenses fogged up.

When I went to the website, the return page said that they do not replace lenses.  And frames are only subject to a 50% refund & that has to be within 30 days.

So, just know that when you buy $30 glasses, you get what you pay for.  They were a money saver but I’d rather have my sanity.  If they break, you eat it.  As hard as I am on glasses, I will be buying my next pair in a physical store.

What’s been your experience with buying cheap glasses online?


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