Today’s post lovely people is a guest one, written for you by my brother. He is a super tight-wad, and always has been, right from when we were little, always looking for the best value he can get, even when we were talking pocket money. So, if Kevin says something is a bargain, you can be assured it really is. He’s writing for you today on his discoveries when buying spectacles.
I had no idea specs could be acquired for such small amounts of cash. Makes going to Specsavers look extravagant!
I was in the market for some new glasses recently, and revisited a site I’ve had my (slightly blurred) eyes on for some time – selectspecs.com
They offer prescription glasses, sunglasses (prescription or not) with all the usual variations.
They do lots of different frames, at lots of different prices, but……………. their prices start at £6 !!
There are loads to choose from at £11. This is the price of the frames, single vision lens are free!
What do you get for your cash?
For that princely sum I got the frames and single vision prescription lens with anti-scratch coating, UV protection and anti-reflection. Delivery was £5.95 extra.
So for £16.95 I have a new pair of tailor made prescription glasses, delivered to my door. I don’t need to tell you this is incredibly cheap, even by my standards. And although I spend more than £1 per day on food, I generally regard myself as a hardcore bargain hunter.
I ordered and paid for them online, on Thursday afternoon. They arrived the following Tuesday morning. I can now see what gender the fleas are on a dogs back.
My theory was, buy a cheap, basic pair just to try out the company and the service they offer. If they turned out OK (they did!) Then go for a posher pair with reactive lens (that go darker with sun) and other optional extras.
Fancy pants extras
Buying more expensive frames, with photochromic lens and a few other fancy features will, it seems, cost around £60 or £70. This is still around half price compared to high street opticians, if not better. They also offer free delivery for anything over £75.
What you need to do
You will need an up to date (within 2 years) prescription, and some idea of the sizes of the glasses you need. Arm length, bridge width etc etc. This is not as difficult as it sounds. I just took the measurements from my old pair. There is a special gauge available for a modest price, if you feel the need.
I had an eye test at my local Boots, free, because I’m over 60 and/or I haven’t had one for a while. When I found my old prescription it was dated 2005 ! Whoops.
Just take the prescription, and all the specs (sorry, I like puns) for the lenses will be listed. Enter these into the appropriate places on the order form and hey presto. If you are unsure of what goes where you can just send them a copy of your prescription.
The only downside I can think of is you can’t try on the frames before you buy. But as they are based, with a shop, in north Kent, I might even drive up there, try some on and order them there and then.
They offer the same options as your local opticians, just much cheaper! For instance, bifocals £20, varifocals £25, bargains, one and all.
So I would recommend selectspecs.com to any self respecting bargain hunter.
If you try them, let us know how you got on.