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(Guardian)   Good news, Luxottica is partnering with Google to make Glass even more expensive   (theguardian.com) divider line 30
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2014-03-25 09:00:06 AM  
Google Glass is still trying to be a thing?
 
2014-03-25 09:13:13 AM  
Ah Luxottica, still going with the "take high quality brand, then switch manufacturing to some shiatty Chinese factory but keep the prices the same and not tell anyone" business model, I assume? Like you did with RayBan, Oakley, Avant Garde, well...every brand you own except for the recently re-aquired Giorgio Armani. But we both know it's just a matter of time on that one too, don't we?

I guess when you are the biggest manufacturer, distributor, retailer, and insurance provider...

/Italian monopoly is best monopoly.
 
2014-03-25 09:36:23 AM  
I thought the price of meth was going down.
 
2014-03-25 09:48:23 AM  
i.e. Lenscrafters.

Let me know when they have a real optical quality lens material to offer e.g. PPG Trivex or some other non-coke-bottle-bottom, high ABBE product. Their Featherwieght line is crap.
 
2014-03-25 09:53:40 AM  
Make them even more identifiable at a distance?

Thank you.
 
2014-03-25 10:02:16 AM  

Gecko Gingrich: Ah Luxottica, still going with the "take high quality brand, then switch manufacturing to some shiatty Chinese factory but keep the prices the same and not tell anyone" business model, I assume? Like you did with RayBan, Oakley, Avant Garde, well...every brand you own except for the recently re-aquired Giorgio Armani. But we both know it's just a matter of time on that one too, don't we?

I guess when you are the biggest manufacturer, distributor, retailer, and insurance provider...

/Italian monopoly is best monopoly.


I have a pair of Ray Bans that are old enough to have been made in Italy, but I stepped on them and sought to replace them and discovered that the exact same model now has the "Made in China" stamp on them. Now Ray Ban does a thing on their site where you can do 360 degree view of their glasses, but somehow the "Made in China" stamp on the stems is "blurry."
 
2014-03-25 10:02:58 AM  
There was an interview on NPR with a Google Glass advocate who read a wikipedia entry out loud while driving a car through San Francisco. "Not distracting at all."
 
2014-03-25 10:08:02 AM  

WTF Indeed: Google Glass is still trying to be a thing?


It's going to be a thing whether you want it to be or not. Accept it and get on with your life.
 
2014-03-25 10:48:09 AM  
$600 frames!
Buy one pair, get a second pair for 85 percent off!
 
2014-03-25 10:52:04 AM  
lexiebrown.files.wordpress.com

NEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRDDDD!!!
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2014-03-25 10:54:15 AM  

LasersHurt: WTF Indeed: Google Glass is still trying to be a thing?

It's going to be a thing whether you want it to be or not. Accept it and get on with your life.


Like mimes and orange juice with pulp? Just because it's a thing, we don't have to accept it.
 
2014-03-25 11:04:35 AM  

jbc: LasersHurt: WTF Indeed: Google Glass is still trying to be a thing?

It's going to be a thing whether you want it to be or not. Accept it and get on with your life.

Like mimes and orange juice with pulp? Just because it's a thing, we don't have to accept it.


No, it does. It doesn't mean you have to BUY it, like Mimes and Orange Juice with Pulp. (do you buy Mimes? Rent? Hire?)
 
2014-03-25 11:13:05 AM  

LasersHurt:  (do you buy Mimes? Rent? Hire?)


Most profitable to buy them, then rent them out for parties. As pinatas.
 
2014-03-25 11:18:31 AM  

waterrockets: LasersHurt:  (do you buy Mimes? Rent? Hire?)

Most profitable to buy them, then rent them out for parties. As pinatas.


During tourist season there is no bag limit or size restriction on mime hunting.
 
2014-03-25 11:33:12 AM  

jbc: LasersHurt: WTF Indeed: Google Glass is still trying to be a thing?

It's going to be a thing whether you want it to be or not. Accept it and get on with your life.

Like mimes and orange juice with pulp? Just because it's a thing, we don't have to accept it.


Did someone say mimes?

jabrody.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-03-25 11:39:25 AM  
Anything that would make it so Glass doesn't look like a modern version of these...

www.vintagebrillenwelt.de

...is a step in the right direction. Glass is as ugly as sin.
 
2014-03-25 11:51:28 AM  
So the company that enjoys a comfortable monopoly on eyewear will now have a monopoly on... tech douchebags?
 
2014-03-25 12:03:16 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: Ah Luxottica, still going with the "take high quality brand, then switch manufacturing to some shiatty Chinese factory but keep the prices the same and not tell anyone" business model, I assume? Like you did with RayBan, Oakley, Avant Garde, well...every brand you own except for the recently re-aquired Giorgio Armani. But we both know it's just a matter of time on that one too, don't we?

I guess when you are the biggest manufacturer, distributor, retailer, and insurance provider...

/Italian monopoly is best monopoly.


I'm glad I finally decided to try Costco Optical. My frames are also Made in China, but were $55 instead of $200. Even with out-of-network reimbursement I saved $100.
 
2014-03-25 12:15:44 PM  

Gig103: Gecko Gingrich: Ah Luxottica, still going with the "take high quality brand, then switch manufacturing to some shiatty Chinese factory but keep the prices the same and not tell anyone" business model, I assume? Like you did with RayBan, Oakley, Avant Garde, well...every brand you own except for the recently re-aquired Giorgio Armani. But we both know it's just a matter of time on that one too, don't we?

I guess when you are the biggest manufacturer, distributor, retailer, and insurance provider...

/Italian monopoly is best monopoly.

I'm glad I finally decided to try Costco Optical. My frames are also Made in China, but were $55 instead of $200. Even with out-of-network reimbursement I saved $100.


If you have a basic prescription and know it, you can get glasses from Zenni Optical for like nothing. 7 dollars and up I think?
 
2014-03-25 12:53:42 PM  
On one hand, I'm disappointed the rumors I've heard for the last year that Google was going to partner with Warby Parker on Glass glasses.

On the other, I'm glad I didn't go through with the plan to get a job at Warby Parker with the goal of eventually becoming a Google acqui-hire.

/farking chunky-frame plaid-shirt-wearing hipsters.
 
2014-03-25 01:03:26 PM  

poot_rootbeer: On one hand, I'm disappointed the rumors I've heard for the last year that Google was going to partner with Warby Parker on Glass glasses.

On the other, I'm glad I didn't go through with the plan to get a job at Warby Parker with the goal of eventually becoming a Google acqui-hire.

/farking chunky-frame plaid-shirt-wearing hipsters.


Speaking of cheap Chinese-made crap...

At least this one has a slicker marketing campaign.
 
2014-03-25 01:08:46 PM  
Did anybody make the glasshole joke yet?
 
2014-03-25 01:38:06 PM  
Just so I don't come across as some contrarian:


Safilo - Team or Elasta series. Made in Italy (mostly, they'll be marked), metal ones are stainless steel, spring hinges, relatively inexpensive. IMO, the best value in eyeglass frames.

Charmant - for the most part, their men's frames will be fairly basic, but their lady's frames can be quite ornate. Made in Japan, mostly of titanium. A bit more expensive, but worth it, IMO.

Silhouette - made in Austria. If you want the best in rimless, this is it. Lightweight, timeless style, rugged (much more so than most folks think). They also make Adidas frames, which while fairly "European" in style are well made if you stay away from the ones with plastic hinges (the actual hinge, not the temple).

Lafont - Soooo very French. You want couture? You want Lafont. Expensive, but when isn't couture? Especially when it's high quality.

Besides the ones mentioned above, stay away from just about everything with a designer's name on it (especially if you can't remember the last time you saw anything from that designer), Marchon (they've recently joined the "Made in China" club), anything your insurance company will cover in full, and anything in the BOGO pile.
 
2014-03-25 01:39:17 PM  
Besides the ones mentioned in my previous posts,
 
2014-03-25 01:40:07 PM  
Went to a Google Glass preview event a month or so ago. Wasn't impressed. Bright light or a complex background (brick wall, trees out the window, basically anything that's not a uniformly colored uninterrupted surface) rendered the display useless. And this was in Google's demo space. Can't imagine what it would be like out on the street. A friend hypothesized that it works well in the Bay Area where Google is headquartered since it's overcast frequently. I had to keep looking at the floor or the ceiling to be able to read anything.
 
2014-03-25 01:42:48 PM  

Wellon Dowd: There was an interview on NPR with a Google Glass advocate who read a wikipedia entry out loud while driving a car through San Francisco. "Not distracting at all."


When people start getting in wrecks, Google can use it as a way to push their self driving cars.
 
2014-03-25 02:29:56 PM  
So we've just got a situation where douchebags team up with assholes to sell wearable fashion TeleScreens to glassholes.

Fark you, Google. Fark you TWICE AS MUCH, Luxottica.

/Former optical office manager
//Luxottica are the DeBeers of the optical business.
 
2014-03-25 02:36:54 PM  
 
2014-03-25 03:17:57 PM  
It doesn't matter how much you pay. You'll still look like a complete tit wearing Google Glass.
 
2014-03-25 06:23:28 PM  

Duane Dibbley: It doesn't matter how much you pay. You'll still look like a complete tit wearing Google Glass.


So do the idiots obsessed with acquiring the latest version of iCrap, and yet you see plenty of them around....
 
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