Hello Skooter Blog readers. Today I talk about a new store to shop abroad: a Goggles4u, specializing in prescription eyeglasses at very low prices. I bought mine there and they arrived last week, apos near 30 days of sending. I will first talk about the store and then on my purchase.
A Goggles4u has a wide variety of frames, are thousands of them, and sometimes cost only $4,95 USD (U.S. dollars two), such as the one I chose. To help you choose among so many you can filter by size, type of lens that accepts the frame: close, away, bifocal, progressive; type of frame: with full edge, with semi-edge (fio de nylon), sem borda, com clip-on (dark lenses joinable), type of material: metal, combination, plastic, titanium; format: oval, rectangular, round, etc; Brands and colors. For help choosing, the store offers all measures of glasses, is good to get a ruler and check with some glasses that you already have to have an idea if it will serve well. Furthermore, you can upload your picture to see how the glasses will look on your face.
Once you have chosen the frame, comes time to choose the lenses in Goggles4u. For example, to shortsighted as I, no option from the simplest lenses that cost only $2 USD, which are 1.57 CR39 lenses even the most thinly, 1.67 High Index, that I can hardly $41,95 USD. There are also options polycarbonate, vidro mineral, photochromic (best known by the brand “Transitions”), among other. The anti-reflective treatment is free. It is also possible to add color to the lens, in various shades and intensities.
With selected lenses, we need to put the recipe data, which has no big secret, It just copies the data for grade spherical (myopia, hyperopia egg), and cylindrical axis (astigmatism), etc. The more complicated perhaps the pupillary distance, because some ophthalmologists do not put this measure in revenue, leaving this job to the optical. Maybe they do this is to ask the patient, but who does not have this data in the recipe can make the measurement at home. There are several methods of doing this, in the mirror, with the help of another person, taking pictures with a ruler, using sites that help calculate by uploading a photo wearing glasses or holding a common object, etc. In short, pupillary distance is nothing more than the distance between the two pupils and the measure is necessary to make the glasses. I was able to help me with my girlfriend, put a ruler on my face and took the measure. The measures hit with that later took to other methods and also with previous measurements taken by the optical (old recipes).
My claim, chose a semi-rim frame (fio de nylon) only $4,95 USD, the metal, com em hastes resistant plastic. I really liked the quality of it. The lens I decided to invest a little more and went with the more thinly (1.67), I recommend for those who want to not be myopic with those lenses with huge edges. No total ficou $46,90 USD of glasses and more $9,95 USD do frete. The shipping via USPS is listed as, but despite being headquartered in the U.S. Store, the goggles comes in reality Pakistan! I suppose that production costs are lower there, and thus Goggles4u can have a competitive price, for both the U.S., that seems to be the main target market, as to other countries such as Brazil, where ever pay triple or more on account of taxes.
My purchase was made on 28/09/2012 and sent a few days later. Trace information is not provided. When the package arrived I saw that had a tracking number handwritten. Investigating the site of the Post Office saw that a single event is recorded, What is the passage by the International Treatment Unit in São Paulo, which is a bit strange, Registered since my packages usually come via all Pinhais. No other step was recorded.
|01/11/2012 10:16||UNIT international traffic SAO PAULO – SAO PAULO / SP||Awarded|
|Received / Brazil|
The package Goggles4u is very unusual. The little box of glasses, with the store name, comes inside a cooler that is wrapped with a fabric bag. Recipient data are all handwritten in tissue. On the back is stamped data sender. The bag fabric is stitched together with thread and sealed with some sort of plastic / wax / etc. those we see being used to seal letters in old movies. The package was not taxed.
Inside the package of fabric had a cooler with some data conference, and inside the Styrofoam estava the canister of glasses Goggles4u. Inside the box of glasses have recorded the address and phone number Store in California. The sunglasses come in a plastic bag, also wrapped with a soft cloth that serves for cleaning the lenses, also branded as the Goggles4u.
Other items that did not appear in the photos because they must have dropped when I opened the box and did not even realize, but then I ended up finding: a pair of sunglasses that part that rests on the nose (it always turns yellow with time) Apart from a couple of screws to install stand, which I thought was pretty cool by the Goggles4u. Optical often swap that part at no charge when they get bad, so it's good to keep that advantage to make international online shopping.
And I'm ending here, with a very positive recommendation for Goggles4u, for about U.S. $ 120,00 I have a new pair of glasses, updated, with selected among thousands frame, just my preference, Thinner lenses of (the most recommended for myopic) and anti-glare. In Brazil only lenses with this index (1.67) and anti-reflective treatment cost in the range of U.S. $ 500,00 or but. Who has hyperopia / astigmatism or even a mild myopia can opt for lenses with a lower index (1.57) and spend less than £ 50,00 at all (including freight). If you also want to buy your sunglasses Goggles4u, directly from Pakistan, click here and good shopping.
Update (28/11/2012): A variety of lens options Goggles4u is even greater than I imagined. There is also the option of lens with index 1.74 the Crizal, the finest that exists in acrylic lenses. I had not noticed this option because it is not available for frames with nylon (I found that most laboratories do not work with index 1.74 in or rimless frames with nylon) that is the case I chose. Other lens options for rimmed glasses are: Transition in CR39 and Essilor Essilor Transition to index 1.67.
Update (11/03/2012): A fix: defining the set of lenses available at Goggles4u is not the type of frame (with or without rim / fio de nylon), but the type of glasses. The unbranded models, as I bought, have the options of lens that I mentioned in article. Have the Designer Glasses also has options to Crizal 1,74 index, Essilor Transitions slow da, etc, addition to anti-glare Premium. In other words, the most expensive lenses are restricted to more expensive frames. Seems to me also that the glasses frames with no brand are manufactured in Pakistan, while the brand are manufactured in the USA, which would also explain the difference in the availability of lenses.