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Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?

 
ThirstyMarlin!
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Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
POLL: Do you wear Sunscreen & Sunglasses?
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I have a pair of Oakley Sunglasses, nice while they lasted.
Now they are nothing but $75 of junk.
The lenses lost their coating (maybe my fault - maybe not).

HOWEVER: I just went to Lowe's Hardware.

$10...Polarized Sunglasses....NICE!

$30...Polarized, impact lens, wrap-around...Real NICE!

-AND- From Publix Grocery

$20...Iron Man Athlete Polarized....VERY NICE!


NOTE: I live in Florida, I NEED Polarized lenses.

ONLY PURCHASE POLARIZED GLASSES!!!

THE SUN & UV RAYS ARE VERY BRIGHT AND POWERFUL.

I DON'T WEAR SUNSCREEN


-BUT-

I DO WEAR SUNGLASSES!

{Any comments or suggestions?}

THANKS,

MarlinOP DOKEYglassesoffboom33

Marlin!
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
Only when on the road because survival.
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
i stopped doing that 25 years ago
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09/03/2022 11:18 AM
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
I buy the Iron man ones at walmart for $15.


Great shades and every bit as well made as the 100 dollar plus ones I used to wear.
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09/03/2022 11:19 AM
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
Major brand designerish sunglasses are all through one distributor so they're jacked up to the moon. It's a virtual monopoly.

They cost pennies to make and its a total ripoff.
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09/03/2022 11:20 AM
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
I spent $500 on a pair of Maui Jim's sunglasses and literally everyone thinks I am crazy for doing so. However, I drive a lot for a living and I live in a hot & sunny place and the glint off bumpers & chrome trim was literally killing my eyes and causing dangerous situations on the road when I could not see because of the glare. I wanted the best eye protection for that situation that I could find. They lasted 10yrs and basically finally wore out. I bought a cheaper pair of polarized Ray Bans until I can get my MJ's repaired.

No sunscreen...ever. There is no way I am slathering chemicals all over my skin and then letting the sun bake them into me. No way. No thanks.
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
I bought some expensive persols for driving. the polarized lenses are slightly tinted... I call them my rose-colored glasses.
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09/03/2022 11:25 AM

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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
Because I’m not a broke fuck…
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
Because modern humans are retarded. I have like 5 pairs of sunglasses. They were all $10 or so each.
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
Because I’m not a broke fuck…
 Quoting: RestoreTheAnger


So just give money away. Makes sense.

putin
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
I don't wear polarized while driving because of the rainbow effect when looking at the side windows and headunit screen. But I understand now there is something called half-polarized made for driving (polarized just enough without the rainbow effect).

As for lenses mineral glass is the clearest, then CR-39 plastic, then Trivex and finally polycarbonate is the worse for acuity.
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
Because I’m not a broke fuck…
 Quoting: RestoreTheAnger


So just give money away. Makes sense.

putin
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It’s not giving it away… you people that think a 10 pair is as good as a 400 pair have shit taste. The quality is vastly superior from the optics to the materials
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
Idk they are all made by same company Luxottica.

Try Zenni Optical instead.
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
Sunscreen is ok if you wear it occasionally, like when you go to the beach or at the pool.

It's when you think you need to wear it daily that It might cause a problem.
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09/03/2022 11:41 AM
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
Walmart fishing department has good deals on polarized sun glasses.
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
Walmart fishing department has good deals on polarized sun glasses.
ThirstyMarlin!  (OP)
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
I don't wear polarized while driving because of the rainbow effect when looking at the side windows and headunit screen. But I understand now there is something called half-polarized made for driving (polarized just enough without the rainbow effect).

As for lenses mineral glass is the clearest, then CR-39 plastic, then Trivex and finally polycarbonate is the worse for acuity.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 56544252


Interesting.

Although I have a pair of Steiner binoculars with
special coatings (If you don't know, Steiner is good glass!)

The "cheap" plastic sunglasses I just bought give me
ALMOST a similar super-clear view like Steiner glass.

Not exactly as sharp...but close-enough for me.

Is it possible that our manufacturing is simply so good now
that plastic lenses can be made almost like glass?
And for cheap?


Q) How the F' do they make a profit on 10 buck sunglasses?

A) baby + big_smile

Certainly not 30 years ago...or even 20.

BUT....If you make expensive lenses.....
{would you maybe want to keep that a secret?
it's kinda' bad for business
don't you think?}

Last Edited by ThirstyMarlin! on 09/03/2022 11:45 AM
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
i stopped doing that 25 years ago
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Same. The man makes the sunglasses, not the other way around.

Confidence makes ANY pair sunglasses look good. Period.
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
Dollar Tree has sunglasses for $1.25 and they look and work like expensive sunglasses. People purchase sunglasses like hood rats purchase Nikes for a thousand bucks.....because they think they look cool and get some "atta boys" from the hommies. We need to educate folks on how to prepare for the tipping over of the Earth, not how to collect bling which means nothing in the big scheme of things.
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
OP don't buy Oakley anymore the mirror coating has been peeling off since the Italians bought the company 15 years ago. I wear 20+ year old Oakleys no problem.

If you want something Made in USA you can buy American Optical or Randolph Engineering. But regardless of where they are made, most parts (mainly metal hardware) come from China while only the Japanese really knows how to properly weld and finish titanium frames.

The sun is so bright these days I'm starting to wear 10% light transmission polarized lenses while outdoors (not driving).
ThirstyMarlin!  (OP)
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09/03/2022 11:56 AM

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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
I buy the Iron man ones at walmart for $15.


Great shades and every bit as well made as the 100 dollar plus ones I used to wear.

 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74531888


I've always heard Publix is more expensive.spanky-waitn

The Ironman glasses I bought from Publix also came with
an elastic strap w/ nice "quick clips" seems like quality.

The frames seem durable, slightly flexible, rugged,
and comfortable.

Lenses are quite good.
NOT as GOOD as High-End glass....but it doesn't need to be.
I can break or loose these and NOT break-the-bank,
so to speak.

Know what I mean?
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Last Edited by ThirstyMarlin! on 09/03/2022 11:56 AM
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
I don't wear polarized while driving because of the rainbow effect when looking at the side windows and headunit screen. But I understand now there is something called half-polarized made for driving (polarized just enough without the rainbow effect).

As for lenses mineral glass is the clearest, then CR-39 plastic, then Trivex and finally polycarbonate is the worse for acuity.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 56544252


Interesting.

Although I have a pair of Steiner binoculars with
special coatings (If you don't know, Steiner is good glass!)

The "cheap" plastic sunglasses I just bought give me
ALMOST a similar super-clear view like Steiner glass.

Not exactly as sharp...but close-enough for me.

Is it possible that our manufacturing is simply so good now
that plastic lenses can be made almost like glass?
And for cheap?


Q) How the F' do they make a profit on 10 buck sunglasses?

A) baby + big_smile

Certainly not 30 years ago...or even 20.

BUT....If you make expensive lenses.....
{would you maybe want to keep that a secret?
it's kinda' bad for business
don't you think?}
 Quoting: ThirstyMarlin!


The only difference I see now compare to back in the day is that the new nice sunglasses (especially the polarized ones) would come with an anti-reflective coating on the back side (you can see this distinctive color while holding the it under a light), while the old stuff would only use a light mirror coating on the front side to reduce glare.

People love to slam Luxottica but they are still a lot cheaper than those uber expensive "luxury" designer sunglasses that come with $20 cheap plastic lenses.

The current traditional Ray-Bans designs still have crystal lenses (mineral glass with some resin mixed in for impact protection and lighter weight) made by Schott in Germany which is the same lens contractor as before when Ray-Ban was made by Bausch & Lomb in Rochester.
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
Harbor freight Safety sunglasses..nice, cheap and looks good.
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
Dark sunglasses have innumerable uses. For instance, you can make it looks like you are staring into the eyes of a woman while you shamelessly gawk downward at her breasts.

You can smack people with a walking stick while pretending to be blind.

You can shield yourself from the tyrannical light of the sun when you are hungover.

The possibilities are endless!

(I apologize for this post. I don't do these things. This is a joke)
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
I used to be a professional bus driver.

I used to buy cheap sunglasses that would last me a couple weeks or a month when lucky.

Then I got tired of paying 20-30$ for cheap sunglasses so I paid 300$ for a pair of Oakley.

They last me 10 years.

Good investment.
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
Suncreen once in a while.


I live in the Mojave.



I usually have sunglasses with me. (I have cheap ones and expensive ones.) I don't really wear them all that often though unless the sun is right in my eyes -- morning and evening.
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Someone tell Brandon those aviator sunglasses make him look like a fucking idiot.


Oh...right.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

"Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing."
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I have had one pair of Ray-Bans for like ten or twenty years now.



Sometimes you do get what you pay for.
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Re: Why do we buy expensive sunglasses?
Depends if you lose them or not. Maui Jim's are worth the money if you can keep them for a few years.
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