Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), is highly upset about the ostensible high prices of eyeglasses, demanding Sunday that federal authorities make it easier for consumers to shop for better deals. If put into legislation, this means that eyeglasses in Seattle and across the nation could see dramatic decreases in cost, but what would this mean for the consumer? Will the quality of frames be diminished? Will eye-exams in turn cost more because glasses are cheaper? Optical shops not only in Seattle, but everywhere will likely try to offset the mandatory decreases in some shape or form.
“The average price of a new pair is $300, and it keeps going up,” the bespectacled Schumer said outside a Midtown Lenscrafters store. “When an iPad costs less than a pair of glasses, something’s wrong.”
An iPad for less than $300? This beckons the question of where Mr. Schumer goes to purchase his Apple products, because I’m sure we all would love that deal and he sure isn’t going to any store in downtown Seattle to get his iPads! But in reality, new iPads are actually priced to begin at around $500, which to be fair, is still cheaper than a lot of lens+frames packages.
Increasing competition is the only way consumers can score better deals, Schumer insisted. “The eyeglasses market is broken, and consumers bear the cost of that,” Schumer said. “If you want to get your lenses from somewhere else than where you got your prescription, that shouldn’t be made difficult.”
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