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Ask me anything about eyeglasses and the industry

as title...
i figured out I might as well post a 'ask me anything' thread

UPDATE: (Feb 2nd '07)

I have been receiving a lot of quote requests through email, msn, PM...
If you would like a quote, please include the following:

1. Prescription/RX for lenses
2. type(s) of lenses that you like
3. Brand and model of frames

Thanks

General information:

Lenses Material:
Polycarbonate (only comes in 1.59): unbreakable, softer than plastic, 50% lighter than plastic
Plastic: most common type of material, light and not as easy to break as glass
TL Plastic material: Only offered by essilor, a type of plastic that is less prone to breaking and cracking
Glass: most conventional type of lenses, provides thinner index such as 1.7, 1.8, and 1.9, easy to break, suitable for extremely high RX

Lenses type (plastic):
(Thick)
1.5
1.56 - $50
1.59 (polycarbonate) - $130
1.61 - $80
1.67 - $150
1.74 - $250
(Thinnest)

price for all lenses come with anti-reflection, scratch resistant, and UV resistant coating

Lenses Brand:
Nikon: Famous for their HCC (Hard clear coating), amazing scratch resistance
Essilor: Famous for the Crizal coating line, comes with 2 years warrantee on the coating, one of the best manufacturers for Progressive Lenses
Hoya/Sola/OSA...etc. normal brands

Coatings:
Coatings are pretty much standard these days, usually lenses I sell in the store I work at will already include Anti-Reflection, UV Proof, Scratch Resistance, and EMI protection

Update: Sept 24 '07
*i am only posting prices as reference, this is NOT an advertisement
I am getting a lot of price quotes for Single Vision Lenses, so i guess i'll post them here:


generic brands (these are not crappy lenses, they call come with AR, SR, UV coatings)

Plastic 1.56 AR $50.00
Plastic 1.61 AR $80.00
Plastic 1.67 AR AS $150.00
Plastic 1.74 AR AS $250.00

Nikon

Nikon PL 1.5 HCC (NL-AS) $120.00
Nikon PL 1.5 HCC (NL-AS) Transition $220.00
Nikon PL 1.6 HCC (NL3-AS) $190.00
Nikon PL 1.67 HCC (NL4-AS) $260.00
Nikon PL 1.67 HCC (NL4-AS) Transition $360.00
Nikon PL 1.74 HCC (NL5-AS) $400.00
Add ICE Coating for $50

Essilor

Essilor Polycarbonate Airwear 1.59 Crizal $130.00 (promotional price, very good deal)
Essilor Polycarbonate Airwear 1.59 CrizalTransition $260.00
Essilor TL16 Crizal $190.00
Essilor TL1.67 Crizal $300.00
Essilor TL1.67 Crizal Transition $400.00
Essilor TL1.74 Crizal Alize $480.00
Add Crizal D'Alize Coating $50.00
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How much profit do they make on a pair of eyeglasses?
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what is your mark up ?? Profit margin ? %?
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qazxcv wrote:How much profit do they make on a pair of eyeglasses?
it depends, they make more on non-name brand glasses
the profit is generally 35%-60% for a pair of RX glasses
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nopn wrote:what is your mark up ?? Profit margin ? %?

it really depends on the type of frame, name brands cost more
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can I have a refund tommorow ? I am pissed now .!!!! :evil: :evil:
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Where can I find some nice Oliver Peoples sunglasses? How much do they tend to range from? Low-high prices please
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Anessa wrote:Where can I find some nice Oliver Peoples sunglasses? How much do they tend to range from? Low-high prices please
u can get nice oliver people's sunglasses from the store i work @, we are the only store in pacific mall that carries it I believe, if you have a particular model you want, we could order it for you

Most oliver's people sunglasses has photochromic lenses (transition lenses) and have a back anti reflection coating, it's one of my favourite brands

they cost around 250-350 tax incld depending on model, their styles are very classic
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nopn wrote:can I have a refund tommorow ? I am pissed now .!!!! :evil: :evil:
where did you made the purchase at? why pissed?
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How long before the transition lenses die out? I heard that after awhile, they get "stuck" in a certain tint.
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Where can I find Timberland Eyeglass frames ?
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lkn4deals wrote:what type of frame would best suit my face?


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I can handle this one:

a new model I'd like to call aPaperBag size Large
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PlayerOne wrote:I can handle this one:

a new model I'd like to call aPaperBag size Large

but how will I see the people around me?

and how would a paper bag flatter my face?
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what are the markups on oakleys usually? (i.e. juliets) any markup when getting Rx lenses on them too?
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