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Hitched up the and went into to town to Costco — no joy.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 05, 2022 01:33PM
It time for a lens upgrade for my indoor and sunglasses, so I went to Costco to get my prescription filled.

So they said 'Our lab won't put prescription lenses in sunglasses'.

She went on to point out some sunglasses on display and said 'Our lab won't put lenses in those either'.

For my indoor glasses she said 'We can send these into our lab and see if they do the lenses'.

I said 'No thank you', and she asked if I had priced lenses elsewhere, and I explained why, given what she told me, it wouldn't make any difference.

She started with the spiel all over again, so I bailed.

Now it's back to Kaiser, who does do the lenses, since both came from there, but out of a several orders, they almost always make a mistake necessitating an additional visit.

Oh well, it's only time and money.






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Re: Hitched up the and went into to town to Costco — no joy.
Posted by: Michael
Date: August 05, 2022 01:39PM
Tried Zennioptical.com? We've been using them for years. They used to have no customer service at all but it's been quite good for us recently. They sell sunglasses but you can also order a regular pair of glasses and have them tinted into sunglasses.
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Re: Hitched up the and went into to town to Costco — no joy.
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: August 05, 2022 01:40PM
I’m reminded of my trip to Costco to get new tires. They refused to put the tires I had paid for on my car, because my wheels were not OEM.
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Re: Hitched up the and went into to town to Costco — no joy.
Posted by: TL
Date: August 05, 2022 01:58PM
Was she saying they wouldn’t make rx shades, or wouldn’t put rx sunglasses lens into your non-Costco frames? If it’s the former, she was misinformed/wrong. I buy mine there no issue, and indeed they advertise availability of rx shades. If it’s the latter, she’s probably right. It’s a liability thing. The lab “can” put new lenses in existing frames, but there’s a decent risk of breaking the frame. I’ve found Costco willing to replace lenses in frames they sell but have always been cautioned of the risk of break.
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Re: Hitched up the and went into to town to Costco — no joy.
Posted by: Microman
Date: August 05, 2022 02:00PM
Yea Costco goes by the book and I mean by the book. If tires are over 5 years old, the tires are done. no repair nothing. Which is a safety issue. And if you drive just a little bit on a steel belted radial, and it leaves that mark or ring on the outside of tire, that tire is toast.

I am in same situation. Have Kaiser and Costco.

I believe I use Kaiser to get the prescription, and then take that to Costco to get the glasses.

And they are Blended Bifocals. No problem, with Costco glasses.

Seemed a little cheaper for me as well. I think I remember Kaiser prices shocked me.
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Re: Hitched up the and went into to town to Costco — no joy.
Posted by: GGD
Date: August 05, 2022 02:46PM
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TL
Was she saying they wouldn’t make rx shades, or wouldn’t put rx sunglasses lens into your non-Costco frames? If it’s the former, she was misinformed/wrong. I buy mine there no issue, and indeed they advertise availability of rx shades.

I agree, just recently my wife got prescription sunglasses along with regular glasses (using their $40 off second pair deal), both were using newly purchased frames from them. No issue getting them done, and as you said they even advertise them in their coupon book.

This sounds more like a request to re-use existing frames.
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Re: Hitched up the and went into to town to Costco — no joy.
Posted by: graylocks
Date: August 05, 2022 03:08PM
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Microman
Seemed a little cheaper for me as well. I think I remember Kaiser prices shocked me.

Here in GA Kaiser outsources to independent boutique shops. I used them last year and in many ways was disappointed. Kaiser paid for the exam for glasses but I would have had to pay additional if I wanted my contact lense prescription updated. I just did glasses and I did like the doctor a lot. however, for someone used to buying at costco i found the frames prices outrageous. Cheap ones that I even remotely liked were $800. Kaiser only allows $500 which is way more than i would have needed at Costco. I told the sales rep I was paying no more out of pocket than I would have paid at Costco. He rewrote paperwork to bring my cost to $225.

Next time I'll just go to Costco since my contact lenses prescription is now long in the tooth. or eyeball.



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Re: Hitched up the and went into to town to Costco — no joy.
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 05, 2022 03:11PM
I went down to the Costco drugstore
To get your sunglasses made
I was standing in line with Mr. Jimmy
And, man, did he look pretty fade

You can't always get what you want, well no
You can't always get what you want. I tell you, baby
You can't always get what you want, no
But if you try sometimes you just might find, uh, mm
You get what you need, oh yeah, woo!
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Re: Hitched up the and went into to town to Costco — no joy.
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: August 05, 2022 04:22PM
I LOL'ed when I saw the subject line: my wife is from Lancaster, PA, and the Costco there really does have a horse and buggy parking area:





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/05/2022 04:24PM by Will Collier.
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Re: Hitched up the and went into to town to Costco — no joy.
Posted by: gadje
Date: August 05, 2022 08:03PM
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Will Collier
I LOL'ed when I saw the subject line: my wife is from Lancaster, PA, and the Costco there really does have a horse and buggy parking area:


I should go and check that out, LOL
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Re: Hitched up the and went into to town to Costco — no joy.
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 05, 2022 09:35PM
Those are some pretty snazzy looking buggies!



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Re: Hitched up the and went into to town to Costco — no joy.
Posted by: davemchine
Date: August 05, 2022 10:20PM
When I needed prescription sunglasses I got them thru zenni and I’ve been very happy. I think they cost me $75.



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Re: Hitched up the and went into to town to Costco — no joy.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 05, 2022 10:40PM
Was she saying they wouldn’t put rx sunglasses lens into your non-Costco frames?


Yes, I was getting my frames upgraded, not intending to buy new frames at Costco.

Since they came from Kaiser, that's where I'll go from here.

I thought about buying online, but as I'll be getting progressives again, I wasn't confident I'd get the IPD right or the location of the progressive zone.

Costco touted anti-glare coating on every lens and a 'larger progressive zone' (made me laugh) and a high index glass option.

I'll have to see what Kaiser says about that.

This was a really disappointing situation, as the lens change represents a noticeable improvement in both distance and reading vision.

The former seemed a bit off, and the latter obviously needed correction.






I am that Masked Man.

All you can do, is all you can do.

There’s trouble — it's time to play the sound of my people.

Your boos mean nothing to me, I've seen what you cheer for.

Insisting on your rights without acknowledging your responsibilities isn’t freedom, it’s adolescence.

I've been to the edge of the map, and there be monsters.

We are a government of laws, not men.

Everybody counts or nobody counts.

When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Hitched up the and went into to town to Costco — no joy.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 05, 2022 10:43PM
I told the sales rep I was paying no more out of pocket than I would have paid at Costco.

I'm going to keep that card in my vest pocket, just in case!






I am that Masked Man.

All you can do, is all you can do.

There’s trouble — it's time to play the sound of my people.

Your boos mean nothing to me, I've seen what you cheer for.

Insisting on your rights without acknowledging your responsibilities isn’t freedom, it’s adolescence.

I've been to the edge of the map, and there be monsters.

We are a government of laws, not men.

Everybody counts or nobody counts.

When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Hitched up the and went into to town to Costco — no joy.
Posted by: mspace
Date: August 06, 2022 08:41AM
Another vote for Zenni. And I go to a neighborhood optical place if they need adjustments. They never turned me away because I didn't get them there.
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Re: Hitched up the and went into to town to Costco — no joy.
Posted by: JoeH
Date: August 06, 2022 10:58AM
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mspace
Another vote for Zenni. And I go to a neighborhood optical place if they need adjustments. They never turned me away because I didn't get them there.

The neighborhood optical shops I used to go to and would do adjustments for free are gone. They either closed down or were bought up by a Luxotica company or its one remaining large competitor. They will adjust glasses bought there.

There was another independent shop, one optician ran it until he decided to go work for a local medical group at an office 25 miles away and closed the business. He would cut lenses to fit existing frames, had the equipment in his shop.
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Re: Hitched up the and went into to town to Costco — no joy.
Posted by: GGD
Date: August 07, 2022 02:03PM
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JoeH
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mspace
Another vote for Zenni. And I go to a neighborhood optical place if they need adjustments. They never turned me away because I didn't get them there.

The neighborhood optical shops I used to go to and would do adjustments for free are gone. They either closed down or were bought up by a Luxotica company or its one remaining large competitor. They will adjust glasses bought there.

There was another independent shop, one optician ran it until he decided to go work for a local medical group at an office 25 miles away and closed the business. He would cut lenses to fit existing frames, had the equipment in his shop.

We discovered that the Costco optical department will do "minor repairs" for free and the glasses don't need to be from them. When my wife was buying new glasses from them they replaced a screw in her old frames that had fallen out and was lost, they were being held together with a paper clip. The worker explained that they do minor repairs for free and this was considered a minor repair and he put in a new screw.
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Re: Hitched up the and went into to town to Costco — no joy.
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 08, 2022 12:35AM
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Will Collier
I LOL'ed when I saw the subject line: my wife is from Lancaster, PA, and the Costco there really does have a horse and buggy parking area:


My boss lives in Lancaster. I was there last year visiting - didn't see this at Costco, but I definitely saw H&Bs elsewhere.



It is what it is.
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