What brought this post to mind was actually a conversation I overheard in a coffee shop a few weeks ago. A woman was talking to her friend about her new “funky” sunglasses. She was proud to say she “got them on sale, for only $160. ”
Yep, $160. One-hundred-sixty-dollars. Are you kidding me? Were they prescription? Nope. Bulletproof shooting glasses? Did they have an MP3player built in? (Yes, I’ve seen those, they are kinda cool, but I just don’t get why you need an MP3 player on your eyebrows.) Dolce and Banana I assume. What was the function of these sunglasses?
As far as I can see, (pun semi-intended) the function of sunglasses is to protect your eyes from UV rays and the damage from the sun. All that is required is lenses that are rated for UV protection. I hear wraparound glasses are best in this regard, but they do give you that “Terminator” look.
Fashion can be an important issue, but seriously – does anyone know, or need to know what you pay for those glasses? The last pair of sunglasses I bought were from…. drum roll please – the dollar store. Granted, I am not walking the red carpet at the Grammies and having my picture taken sporting these shades, but I am pretty sure no one would know or care what they cost.
Just a side note, the shades I bought were in a fancy box, “no-glare” packaging – similar to the much touted “blue blockers” from infomercials of a few years ago. Two days after this frugal purchase, I saw the SAME pair of sunglasses at the checkout register of my 7-11 for $9.99. Hunh?
My point is, although this surely sounds like a rant (it sort of is…) When making purchases like sunglasses and other necessary accessories- you need to assess what the true value is. Is this purchase just an ego booster? Is it really necessary? Is there a cheaper option? I don’t expect anyone to go get the creepy giant clown glasses in that sick shade of green, but saving a few dozen dollars by buying functional, chic but not designer made shades is big money. If you’re not in love with the “look” go buy a few different pairs – and give yourself the boost of having some options.
When I mentioned this post to one of the bloggers here, he said he sets a limit of $10 for shades. That’s very reasonable, I think. Too much for me. I always lose or break my shades, regardless of the cost. My most expensive pair of shades ever (over $60) is now at the bottom of the ocean 2 miles off shore. Damn that cod! But anyway, setting a budget for accessories like shades is a good idea before you go shopping for the item. That is all.
Here to remind you of the concept is a blast from the past, from a couple of shady guys from Texas, who save a lot of money by not shaving….
Ladies and Gentlemen…. ZZ TOP and Cheap Sunglasses.