Order Placed (Oct 23, 2009): Glasses
were ordered. Frames were $9.99 (most frames from Goggles4u are the
same price), standard 1.56 lenses were $20. The glasses came with
free anti-scratch, UV and AR (anti-reflective) coatings. Worldwide
shipping was free, bringing the total price to $29.99.
Order Shipped (Nov 2, 2009): Goggles4u
does not send an email telling you when the order has shipped.
However, you can find the shipping status on the CCNow website
(CCNow is the payment processor for Goggles4u).
Order Received (Nov 6, 2009): The
glasses arrived, and the cloth envelope stated that they’d shipped
from Pakistan. 2 weeks is certainly a reasonable time-frame for
glasses going from Pakistan to Canada.
Packaging: Inside the cloth “envelope” was a
styrofoam box, containing the glasses case. Within the case, the
glasses were further protected with cotton, and the lenses wrapped
in a microfiber cloth. A lot of thought has obviously been taken to
ensure that the glasses are not damaged during shipping.
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Pretty simple – Well-packaged, and Goggles4u also includes a
free pair of extra nosepads.
First impressions & Quality: The frames were
stiff. I’d have no concerns about them breaking on their own,
although adjusting them had a bit of a “brittle” feeling to them (I
wouldn’t try bending anything other than the nosepads, as it
requires a lot of force with these frames). They did need slight
The lenses were well-cut to the extent that they fit well into
the frames (no gaps/spaces). However, they were horizontally offset
slightly from each other – one lens stuck out near the center,
while the other lens stuck out a little near the arm at the side.
Now, lenses won’t always fit within the width of the frame (and the
excess has to stick out somewhere). However, this is the first time
I’ve encountered lenses not being symmetrical in this fashion
(generally, lenses tend to be relatively flush with the
outwards-facing part of the frame with excess being on the inside
where it won’t be seen by others). Note that this is primarily a
cosmetic issue (the prescription and vision seemed to be fine), but
it’s certainly something to note.
The other lens issues revolved around the left lens. Upon close
inspection of the lens, there was a marking that resembles a
stone-chip (although it wasn’t a chip, it just looked like
one under the right lighting conditions) with a small “squiggle”.
It appeared to be embedded under the coating. In certain light
conditions, this caused a blur. There were also a couple scuff
lines in the lower part of the left lens – again only visible in
certain light conditions, but they had absolutely no negative
effect on the vision.
The AR coating had a greenish/purplish color to it. I ran the
glasses through the hot water test, and they passed (no
All around, while I was pleased with the lengths they went to
during packaging, and the AR coating itself, it really didn’t seem
that a lot of time and care was given to the lenses themselves,
which was a bit of a disappointment.
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Final Thoughts: I really wasn’t thrilled with
the craftsmanship of the lenses. I could rant for paragraphs on
this, but suffice it to say, I really hope Goggles4u spends time
improving this area. I can understand the issues with the left lens
being missed in a quick inspection since they were only visible in
certain light conditions. The “fit and finish” aspect of things was
very obvious though and there really isn’t any excuse for it being
as poor as it was. On a positive note, the AR coating passed the
hot water test, and the glasses were very well packaged. Those
positives tend to become dwarfed pretty quickly though by the
negative issues with the lenses.
Would I buy from Goggles4u again?: Maybe. I
wouldn’t for an everyday pair (based on this purchase anyway), but
they’d be fine for a back-up pair.
Would I recommend Goggles4u to others?: Maybe.
Goggles4u is BBB accredited, and has been known for their
willingness to send replacements when there’s an issue. That said,
the recommendation would depend largely on what the intended use
is. If it’s for a backup pair, sure. I also know quite a few people
who own quite a few glasses and rotate them with their wardrobe.
Goggles4u’s huge frame selection lends nicely to this. However, for
someone looking for an everyday pair, I’d really tend to suggest
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Goggles4u review by Michael
submitted on March 20, 2010
I ordered a pair of distance (-1.25) clear lens glasses as well
as a coresponding pair of shades. After hearing that I would be
paying near $350 here in Canada for a similar purchase (plus $45
for a simple photocopy of a prescription they had on file), I
decided to give the web a shot. I pulled my prescription data off
my contact lenses and did the measuring (which was simply) well
described on the website.
See invoice for what I bought. In 19 days I got my glasses in
perfect condition and they fit on my head with no adjustment
required. The frames are solid and attractive. While they are not
designer frames, they are of fine quality. The prescription is
perfect as are the lenses.
I have attached photos of the package, cases, glasses and
invoice. I paid through paypal. The shipping was free and I easily
found a coupon by goggling “google4u coupon”. The order form gives
you unlimited attempts at coupons so keep trying coupon codes for
the best price.
I ended up paying less than $75 CAD funds for $350 (not
including another $50 in taxes) for a great set of glasses and
All coatings that normally could extra were included free.
Antiglare, scratch resistance, UV. The lenses are polycarbonate
that retailer will often warn will yellow over time. While this is
true, it takes more than a decade for that to happen. I think I’ll
be wearing different glasses by then.
I would order again from goggle4u.com with no reservations.
While I cannot comment on customer service since I didn’t have any
problems, that’s not a bad thing.
In an industry known for wildly overpriced products, online
prescription glasses sites are a welcome change to so called
discount eyewear places that charge in excess of $350 for simple
(A big thanks to Michael for sending all the pictures with
his review. Glad you had a good experience and were able to find a
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Goggles4u review by anonymous
submitted on Feb 7, 2008
Ordered rimless frames from goggles4u; paid about $23 US
dollars after coupon. They seem to have the best prices
of all the retailers for rimless frames.
Very satisfied with the frames–my friends could not believe
the glasses were under $25. The lenses
have antireflective coating which seems to be helpful.
One screw did come slightly loose on the frame,
but customer service (via email) was very prompt
and helpful; they mailed me a special screwdriver;
they also even offered to replace the frame free of
Overall i was very satisfied with my purchase–excellent
value with stylish frames. Highly recommended. The one
difficulty is that their website has so many frames thus it
makes it hard to pick one.
Order shipped from California in a sturdy
cardboard container. Came with hard plastic case and
lens cleaning cloth.
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Goggles4u review by kanchan
submitted on Oct 12, 2006
I reviewed your site before placing 2 online orders, 2 weeks
ago. I’ve thus far received my glasses from goggles4u.
Order placed: 28 Sep 2006
Order Shipped: 30 Sep 2006 (according to
Order received: 12 October 2006
28 September 2006: Ordered “9708 with
Multicoated CR39 Material High Index Lenses”. No tints. My
perscription is fairly high – -6.00 in both eyes, with moderate
astigmatism in my right eye.
My eyeglasses are normally in the $250++ range with high index
lenses and the coatings, so I was willing to give this a
Total for my order was $24.69 USD = CDN$28.13
30 September 2006: The frames I ordered showed
up as “sold out” 2 days after I placed my order. So I was
hoping that was AFTER my order was filled.
12 October 2006: My eyeglasses arrived – packed
in a hand-stitched cloth bag, with a styrofoam container
around the red eyeglass case inside. (photos attached).
After removing the tape from the styrafoam, I unpacked the
bright red case inside – which was also taped to the
styrafoam. I started to take the tape off the case, but
discovered that the red coating on the case was coming off
with the tape. So I left the tape on the red case.
The glasses were packed in cotton batting, with a lens cleaning
cloth inside. An extra set of nose pads and screws were also
Took out the glasses and examined the frames and lenses. No
scratches, frames seemed fairly solid. The left temple was
slightly askew, but that was fixed with a little pushing. I
was able to adjust the frames easily and the “spring hinges”
seemed just as good as the ones on my $250 pair of glasses.
Put them on. Seemed like the PD distance is a bit off my
previous pair, but my eyes are adjusting fine. Perscription
seems to be the same as my main pair of glasses. I’ll probably
go into a glasses store and get the frames fine tuned a bit
more. But otherwise, they seem great.
Would I buy from Goggles4u again? Yes. For $28?
Can’t really beat this deal, if the quality is the similar.
Would I recommend Goggles4u to others?
Probably. Assuming they can adjust the frames themself.
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Goggles4u review by Nachoman
submitted on June 21, 2006
May 21, 2006
I placed an order for 2 pairs of glasses from Goggles4u.
First pair was frame# 10945, a half-rim rectangular lens set of
Oakley look-a-likes. I ordered these with single vision platic
lenses and the free multicoating.
The second pair was frame# 10937, also a half-rim frame, but
these were a half oval shap lens and I ordered these with the
transition grey glass lenses.
Total for the order was $53.18 after the 5% discount code. As I
had placed a previous order with the company, I sent them an email
about the repeat customer discount and recieved an email back the
next day giving me an additional 10% credit back to my credit card
(total now $47.86 for 2 pairs of glasses).
May 24, 2006 The online status of the order
May 30, 2006 WOW, the first pair arrived direct
from Pakistan in the Funky sewn cloth back 180 Rupees of postage
from Pakistani Post. I even had to sign for them at the post office
(not bad for free shipping). The packaging was excellent, the
glasses were wrapped in a microfibre cloth, then wrapped in cotton
batten, then in a plastic sleeve, then in a nice Seahorse brand
wooden box, then inside a styrofoam clamshell and finally in the
cloth bag. It would have to have been really abused in transit, to
do any damage to the glasses inside.
The frames are really sturdy and the prescription seems right on
Fit and finish is excellent, very impressed indeed.
All that was needed for adjustment was a little tweaking of the
nose pads, everthing else seems great.
Lenses are crystal clear with a slight greenish hue from the
antiglare (which works very well).
I purchased these as a backup pair of glasses to use as a break
from my progressive lenses, but lately I find myself wearing these
more and more often around home and after work when I don’t need my
progressives for reading.
June 30, 2006 Second pair arrived today, has a
Customs stamp dated June 16/06. Not sure if that was when customs
recieved it or when they released it. Obviously the glass
transition lenses take longer to produce as the postal stamp was
June 6/06. Packaging was the same “almost indestructible” cloth
bag, styrofoam shell, hardcase, plastic sleeve, cotton batten and
The frame is also an Oakley look-a-like, very sturdy feel, but
several grams heavier than the first pair. I attribute this extra
weight to the glass lenses as the frame and lens size is very
similar on both pairs.
The lenses are nice and clear, but they seem a little rough
around the edges. They are not sharp or jagged, but look like they
could have done a better job of polishing the edges. It’s not
noticable enough for others to see, but if you are inspecting them
closely, it is noticable along the bottom (rimless) part of the
lens. The antiglare seems to work well and has a slight geenish hue
on the lens also. Again, only minor adjustment were required and
the frames seem to fit very well.
The Transition lenses seem to change very fast, took about 30
seconds to go to 70% tint in strong sunlight and change back almost
as fast. They change so fast, that I was unable to get a picture of
the lenses when they were still dark. Everytime I brought them back
into the house to take a picture, they had changed back to 15-20%
tint. When I wear these at work, under the flourescent lights, the
lenses seem to darken to approx the 15-20% range. I didn’t realise
that there was UV light given off by flourescent lights, but there
must be judging by these glasses. The upside is that the slight
tint seems to help reduce eyestrain somewhat.
Overall I’m very happy with both pairs of these glasses and I
would definately order from Goggles4u again. I’ve already had a few
of my friends comment on the nice glasses that I’ve recieved and
are amazed at the prices. Some have placed orders as well.
(appreciate the review,
Nachoman! Glad to hear you’ve tipped your friends off to financial
savings possible by buying glasses online!)
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Goggles4u review by jps
submitted on March 31, 2006
Saturday, March 19 2006 I ordered frame 9559,
added “light brown tint”, and used the 5% off coupon from this
site, bringing the total (including shipping) to less than $25.
These will be used for lawn mowing, car washing, etc. when it’s not
bright enough for sunglasses, and for indoor cleaning, painting,
etc. In other words, they are intended to be my “beater” pair. I
don’t care if the finish wears off as long as they don’t fall
apart. If the quality is high, that will be a pleasant surprise,
and I’ll take that into consideration for future orders.
I received a confirmation email immediately.
A few hours later, I wanted to show a family member the frame I
ordered. I returned to the web site, and the frame was gone.
Perhaps I got the last one? I’ve noticed that Goggles4U CONTINUALLY
removes frames and offers different ones in their place, the only
retailer I’ve noticed that does it with such frequency. Perhaps
it’s because their prices are so low. So if you see a frame you
like, don’t count on bookmarking it and coming back later; it might
Friday, March 24 2006 Checked credit card
activity – Goggles4U has charged my card.
Thursday, March 30 2006 Eyeglasses
(Glasses were shipped in hard case inside a lightweight carboard
box. Inside the case, the glasses were wrapped in cotton, and the
lenses were wrapped in a lens cloth. It was certainly enough to
protect them from the expected bumps and bruises of shipping. Also
included in the package were replacement screws and nosepads.)
(I briefly compared them to my “verified” pair. If there’s any
difference, it’s so slight that it’s not obvious.)
(Tinted as requested, and cut neatly for semi-rimless. A very minor
issue I’ll mention but won’t lower the grade for: the lenses were
filthy and had to be washed.)
(It’s an inexpensive frame, certainly lower quality than you’ll
find in a retail store. But it’s not a piece of junk either. I give
it it a Grade A because of the low price I paid. Just be aware that
it’s an A because of the cost, not because it’s a high-quality
(I’m very happy with my purchase. While my $300+ designer pair sit
safely in their case tomorrow, I’ll be wearing these for spring
Would I buy from Goggles4U again? Definitely. As a matter of
fact, I intend to add to my “daily web routine” a visit to their
website to see what new frames they’ve added. I won’t go nuts with
impulse purchases but might pick up another pair or two
in the hopes of getting something I could use as a “semi-primary”
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Goggles4u review by Athios
submitted on March 9, 2006
Feb 15, 2006 - Ordered a pair of these,
semi-rimless with the grey transitional glass lens. $35 CDN total
after 5% off.
Feb 19, 2006 - Received email that they
have been shipped.
Mar 3, 2006 - Received a note that the
package is at my local post office.
The glasses arrived in a cloth bag sewn shut with thread which
said “Pakistan Post”, with mail chops on a piece of tape. Post
office lady looked a little confused as to whether or not she
should be afraid of what’s inside, hahaha….
Here’s a breakdown of all the layers of
Cloth bag –> Fitted styrofoam box –> Cardboard sleeve
–> A very sturdy “Sarasa Eyewear” vinyl/felt case –>
Microfiber “Sarasa Eyewear” drawstring bag –> Plastic bag –>
A layer of cotton –> Square microfiber cloth –> Glasses
Packaging: I could’ve thrown the package out of
a second story window onto concrete without worrying about breaking
anything. So a ‘normal’ delivery trip from Pakistan isn’t something
that people should be concerned with (assuming that this is now
their standard packaging, since it’s different from other
Box: Very nice one. Line-textured surface with
imprinted logo. I love it. Very solid and sturdy.
Glasses: I didn’t find any dust/dirt. Since
it’s glass, it’s slightly heavier than my regular pair. Arms were
misaligned, but a light twist fixed that. Frame itself felt very
sturdy, but the arms/hinge felt a bit wonky. The nosepad positions
needed adjusting. Dimensions were exactly as noted on their
Lens: The groove was well cut, and the wire fit
nicely, but the edge was not as polished as my other pair. As you
can see in the photo, there’s also a small gap between the top of
the left lens and the frame, which seems to have been filled in
with a bit of silicon.
Oily smudges could be removed with the microfiber cloth. For
some reason, the AR coating is rosey pink on one lens and orange on
the other. This is not noticeable when worn. The lenses themselves
have a yellowish tinge to them, and you can see it in the picture
above where the glasses are placed beside my regular pair. It is
noticeable when wearing them indoors, but not so much outdoors,
although if you’re the type of person who uses ‘warm’ lightbulbs
indoors, this probably won’t affect you.
As for prescription, they are absolutely perfect. No lines,
scratches, blurs, visual distortions, nothing. I can switch between
my two pairs of glasses without need to ‘adjust’ to them. The focus
at edges is just as good as in the center. I can stare at a spot
while swivelling my head around without losing focus.
Transitions effect: It’s been raining (and
snowing) in Vancouver every since I got the glasses, so can’t
really test them out, and I don’t have a black light or UV pen
I tried putting them in the 4:30pm evening sunlight, but nothing
happened, so I brought them indoors and left them hanging on a
houseplant in the sun. A few minutes later, I went back and they
were very slightly darker, and I could see the ‘shadow’ shape of a
leaf on the lens. They do work, but very slowly, and weakly. But
this is perhaps because the sunlight was weak as well.
(apologies that the pictures
still have the watermarks from the old EGRR site and remained the
old resolution – this was one of the few times during the site
merge that despite digging, I wasn’t able to locate the original
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Goggles4u review #2 by Matt
originally posted on the OLD EGRR site on Jan 30
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.
Pictures (click on any of the thumbnails to open the image
full-size in a new window)
#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
|Total time between ordering and delivery
|Time to ship
|Time in transit
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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