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"Online Prescription Spectacles Warehouse"
Current Promo: FREE Frames/Lenses (6 styles to choose from). You pay only shipping (which was $7.00 to the US when I checked). http://www.specsonthenet.com/free.jsp is the link to follow. Only 1 per customer. The free frames aren't very attractive (in my opinion anyway), but it's tough to beat FREE.
SpecsOnTheNet is located in the UK. Pricing in GBP (£), Euros, or USD. They sell single-vision lenses only (no bifocals). They display email addresses, phone number, fax number, and postal address on their Contact Info page. They accept Visa, Mastercard, and Delta.
The two things that stand out most about SpecsOnTheNet are the ability to change currencies on their site, as well as the free frame/lens promo they currently have running. Regular pricing on frames/lenses with a free hard-coating starts at £9.99, or $18.00 USD. The pricing in this review will be done in USD.
The free promo they have running should at the very least bring people to their site. It's a good way to interest people who may be skeptical about plunking down a good chunk of money for glasses from a place they know nothing about. For the cost of shipping, if the glasses are good, a buyer might be more inclined to buy from them again. Other than the free pair, SpecsOnTheNet has a wide range of pricing. There aren't a heck of a lot of frames offered for £9.99 / $18.00USD, and I wouldn't be surprised if quite a few people have to step up to the $26.00 or $35.00 price point to find something they like.
Basic Frames + Lenses $18.00 Anti-Reflective Coating +$26.00 Polycarbonate +$35.00 Polycarbonate + Anti-Reflective Coating +$49.00 Thinner High Index (1.6) Lenses (free AR) +$51.00 Thinner High Index (1.67) Lenses (free AR) +$103.00 Thinner High Index (1.74) Lenses (free AR) +$222.00 Transitions (Grey/Brown) +$85.00 Photochromic (Grey/Green/Brown) +$68.00 Tint (Light/Medium/Sunglasses) (Blue Yellow Green Pink Brown Black) +$14.00 Shipping (UK) +$7.00 Shipping (US) +$7.00
A pair of single vision lenses without any add-ons is $25.00 after shipping, seemingly whether in the UK or in the US. A pretty good price if you can find a frame you like in that price category.
|Website||Great||It's very easy to browse through and order through the website. For the most part, it's pretty well laid out. A nice thing they did when you're inputting lens options was to give the option to select how you want to enter the prescription. It can be done online (the same as most sites), by fax (they show the fax number), or by email (they show the email address). Because of that, if I were a first time buyer and did not know how to read my prescription, this site would probably be one of the most accommodating. It even has a nice easy, simplistic feel to it that novices would enjoy.|
|Selection||Good||The website caters a little more to those who want to spend a little more. There's quite a bit of selection, but not much of it is below $30, and for the budget buyer, you may be hard pressed to find a frame that you like that fits your price point.|
|Frame Info||Good||Dimensions and color are given. Each frame has a clear picture from the front and from an angle.|
|Lens Options||Good||Although Bi-focal wearers are left out in the cold, Single Vision wearers can choose between basic, Tinted, Polycarbonate, High Index (3 types), Photochromic, and Transitions lenses. Definitely good selection offered there.|
|Value||Good||The cheap frames/lenses are competitively priced. It's just unfortunate that more selection isn't offered in that price range. Some of the options such as AR and Tint seem to be a little pricy, but all in all, this site appears to offer fair value for the money.|