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Reader Submitted Review
February 4, 2006
I placed an order for free frames through the promotion that I found here on eyeglassretailerreviews.com. The total price including shipping and handling from the UK was a little over $7. This included the basic lenses (1.49 index plastic "Standard Single Vision"). In order to check the status of your order, they provide an option at checkout to register and log in.
February 6, 2006
I received an email stating that the eyeglasses were shipped. There was no tracking information provided, and when I logged onto my account on their website, the only thing that indicated any kind of status was that it was "dispatched."
February 9 , 2006
My package arrived in the mail directly from the UK. Rather quick in their shipment. Included with the glasses were a free case, a micro fiber cloth with their logo, three coupons for a 10% discount for friends and family, and the invoice, which was a miniature printout of the checkout screen. Packing was well done. Even though at first I was a bit cautious because it came in a bubble-wrapped mailer, the hard case which protects the glasses were wrapped in even more bubble wrap before being inserted into the mailer itself. The clamshell case itself seems to be very durable, similar in quality to the kind of cases you would receive at a local high-priced retailer.
The glasses themselves were very well constructed. However, I noticed the hinge that connects the temple to the front of the frame had a tiny layer of glue around it, which looks as though someone had simply put superglue and attached the frame together. But the frame seemed solid, and aside from that very minor detail which was barely noticeable, it seemed perfect. The lenses were also clean and precise, and the prescription seemed very accurate.
Would I buy from SpecsOnTheNet again?
Yes. My main motivation for purchasing these was because I wanted a backup pair. Although the "free" frames are a little outdated, you can't beat the quality for the price. I noticed that if one were to order a higher-priced set of glasses as their main pair (with the AR coating, thin lenses, etc.) you will probably save about 30% (or perhaps more) on the glasses. The discount is not as substantial as compared to some of the other online retailers, but it may have something to do with the company being based in the UK.
Would I recommend SpecsOnTheNet to others?
Definitely. This was my first buying experience online for a pair of glasses, and I was amazed at the price and the quick shipping to my New York address. I ordered it on a Saturday morning, and think that had I ordered it Monday it wouldn't have made a difference in the delivery time.