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Reading Glasses

Postby silas » 31 May 2016, 14:41

Recommendations on where to find standard reading glasses and avoid the overpriced eyewear outfits that do such a business in Taipei? Inexpensive, as in the 200–300nt range, Costco membership is out.
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Re: Reading Glasses

Postby taiwandon » 31 May 2016, 15:35

some of the drug stores and small stores that sell everything sometimes carry glasses next to the checkout counter. you'll need to know what your eyesight is because the glasses are marked. :cool:
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Re: Reading Glasses

Postby Charlie Phillips » 31 May 2016, 15:52

taiwandon wrote:some of the drug stores and small stores that sell everything sometimes carry glasses next to the checkout counter. you'll need to know what your eyesight is because the glasses are marked. :cool:


Yes this. They are usually NT150. Thin gold-color wire rim. They look terrible and are uncomfortable to wear.

I always grab a few pair of comfy, not too bad looking ones in the 100-yen shops when I go to Japan. Not a bad buy for $1.
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Re: Reading Glasses

Postby silas » 31 May 2016, 19:05

Thank you. Picking up decent reading glasses here is like doing so in the West in 1970s or 80s – all frames are needlessly hideous in appearance, and gives people the impression that you must pay more to have reasonably acceptable looking eyewear. Sounds like a new market yet to be developed. Large drugstore chains like the US' Rite-Aid and Walgreens and such, discovered that offering decent frames with basic magnifications (+1.25, +1.75, +2.50 etc.) would be quite popular, always in the under $10–$15 (US) or so. This is yet to happen here, and consumers are left with the impression that reasonable quality eyewear couldn't exist below NT$1000 or NT$2000, or more. The eyewear industry is a bit of a scam, relying on that perception. Could stand to see this market disrupted a bit. Even the name for reading glasses in Chinese, lǎo huājìng, perpetuates the current notion.
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Re: Reading Glasses

Postby Ermintrude » 31 May 2016, 19:53

Loved the title in 'Where can I find?'

'They're on your head, sweetie.'
'And we'll hide from the cunts, on our night reconnaissance'.
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