When I was asked if I wanted to try out shopping for glasses online, it couldn’t have come at a better time. A month ago I had an old lady fall and bashed my nose on the pavement. After five hours in A&E, I emerged with stitches, an ever greater respect for our Health Service (Whitechapel Hospital on a Saturday night is a fascinating yet slightly scary insight into what the NHS staff have to deal with) and scratched, bent glasses.
Somehow I just couldn’t find the time to look for a new pair, as shopping for glasses is an investment purchase and requires as much thought as buying an expensive pair of shoes or handbag. I hadn’t really considered looking online, as trying them on seemed like such an essential part of the process.
Enter Smart Buy Glasses, who have over 65,000 glasses and sunglasses from 160 different brands, free shipping on every order, no matter the price or destination and a 2 year warranty.
But most importantly they have a 100 day return policy, and offer a full refund if you are not fully satisfied with your order – which means just like shopping online for clothes, you can order a few pairs and try them on in the privacy of your own home and send back what you don’t like. Job done.
They also offer “Virtual Try On” technology, where you can upload a picture of yourself and see how the glasses will look – but personally I prefer to see products in real life, before I buy them.
Another benefit to buying online is that it works out much cheaper than buying from an optician. My Celine glasses cost £150.95 and lenses start at £29.
Several years ago I remember saying shopping online for clothes would never catch on (and I’m a trend forecaster?) and now I’m a huge fan of over ordering and never getting round to sending things back – so I may or may not, also have a pair of red Celine sunglasses which are just perfect for the winter sunshine.