Jan 11, 2006 - I placed an order for glasses via the website. I chose some semi-rimless frames, the regular CR39 lenses, and added "Grey Dark Tint" in the special instructions box. Opting for tinted lenses generally means that they don't get an AR coating, but there was no extra cost for tint, so I decided to go for it. After shipping (which was free), the total came to $25.99. After ordering, an email was sent to me through CCNow that gave a link where I could check the status of my glasses at any time.
Jan 15, 2006 - My glasses shipped. (I checked the CCNow link each day to watch the order status)
Jan 30, 2006 - Received my glasses in the mail. Free with the glasses were a hard case, micro-fiber cloth, and a set of replacement nose-pads and screws. While I don't expect I will be burning through nose-pads or losing screws, it was nice to get a free backup set in case I do.
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#1 and #2 are the packaging. Yes it is simply cloth sewn together, but it worked. I edited out my address (#2), but it was printed extremely neatly. Within the cloth "envelope" there was a white box which has seen better days (all the corners were squashed during shipping), but within the white box was the black hard clamshell case, definitely sufficient in keeping the glasses safe from harm. #4 and #5 are pretty self-explanatory, basically the glasses were wrapped in the micro-fiber cloth which was then wrapped in cotton which was then put into the black clamshell case. Despite the envelope being cloth, for the glasses to actually get damaged during shipping would probably be extremely difficult, as a lot of thought was put into the packing. The final picture (#6) is simply of the glasses laid out beside the micro-fiber cloth and the free nose-pads/screws that were included.
Jan 30, 2006 (continued)
All in all I was pretty impressed with the packing. I knew it was going to be sent in a cloth envelope, so I had initially been a little worried, but it seems I was worried for nothing. The glasses did need a quick rinse to get some cotton off that got caught in the arms, but other than that they were perfectly fine. The frames seemed solid, and of good quality. One of the lenses had a groove that was cut a little sloppy (semi-rimless and rimless glasses have grooves cut for a clear line/wire which holds the lenses in place), but the wire was firmly in place, so I'm not overly concerned, although it was worth a mention.
|Total time between ordering and delivery||19|
|Time to ship||4|
|Time in transit||15|
Would I buy from Goggles4u again?
Yes. In fact I will probably order a clear pair at some point so that I get a chance to examine the AR coating. That aside, the glasses are very inexpensive, and the quality was satisfactory.
Would I recommend Goggles4u to others?
Probably. One simple reason... price. If you want an AR coating, you can't beat Goggles4u for price. Even if you don't care about the AR coating, the pricing is still very competitive. As far as quality goes, the glasses I received were satisfactory, nothing to boast about, but nothing to complain about either. I would definitely recommend them for a 2nd or backup pair. As far as a primary pair, I'll wait until I order a set of clear lenses before making a recommendation one way or the other.
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(Goggles4u - purchase #2)