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Shop at work

There are men who love to shop. I just don’t know any.

The fellas I’m related to, the guys I work with and the ones I see when I’m out shopping would rather have a tooth yanked (without Novocain) than pick out a suit, choose a shirt, or, for that matter, shop for sweat socks. A good example of this mind set is Peter Bentler, a 27-year-old financial adviser at Smith Barney, who told me that shopping “is really torture.” “Going into stores, looking at multiple things? … I hate it.”

It’s this kind of negative attitude that Daniel Wiebracht thrives on. Wiebracht is a “professional clothier” who counts Bentler among his devoted clients.

Wiebracht’s job is to keep you out of stores. He is the store. Wiebracht comes to your office, assesses your needs, shows you the stuff, takes your measurements, orders the clothes — down to the socks and boxer shorts if that’s what you want — and then delivers it all, waits for you to try it on and will take it back for further alterations if you don’t like the fit. “It’s the best deal ever,” said Bentler.

I’d always assumed that this was the kind of service that Michael Jordan, Donald Trump and Tom Cruise employ to outfit themselves for their busy lives as zillionaires. Many menswear shops will offer personal service if you spend a great deal of money at their stores.

But I’ve recently learned that the same thing is available to regular people with less astronomical incomes, retailphobics who just want to avoid shopping in stores but either don’t trust their own judgment or want the personal attention you can’t get shopping online.

“Our ready-made suits start at $359 and you get the same service as someone who is spending $4,000 on a suit,” said Wiebracht, a personable, well-dressed 23-year-old salesman. He works for a company called Tom James, a privately owned firm founded in Nashville in 1966 that does not advertise and relies on word of mouth to acquire its clients. (The company also does women’s business suits, but the vast majority of its clients are male.)

With 23 sales employees, the Tom James Chicago office is the largest of the firm’s 182 worldwide offices, a strong indicator that Chicago men are busier, lazier, more store averse — or all three — than their counterparts in other big cities.

The company makes many of its own fabrics and manufactures suits for its label as well as for many department store labels, claiming the title of “the world’s largest manufacturer and retailer of custom clothing.”

I met Dan Wiebracht and his supervisor, Eric Kean, 29, in the lobby of the Loop office building at 70 W. Madison St. where they were about to deliver a charcoal suit to Bentler — his first custom-made garment. When we arrived at the front desk of Smith Barney on the 51st floor, Wiebracht seemed to know everyone, even though he has only worked for the company since January. “Hi Emma,” he greeted the receptionist. “How you doing?”

Tom James sales territory is divvied up by building, which is why so many of the Smith Barney guys are Wiebracht clients. “Ryan, looking great!” Wiebracht greeted one man in shirt sleeves. “That’s one of my shirts,” Wiebracht boasted. “And my ties.”

“The idea is to keep our client out of the stores,” explained Kean. This is why Tom James will even alter old suits bought somewhere else, just to prevent a client from the temptation of spending money in a store.

“If he goes to Brooks Brothers to tailor a suit, he might pick up a couple shirts — and we don’t want that,” said Kean. “The idea is to be a full-service clothier.”

In fact, that’s almost — but not entirely — true. You can’t buy exercise clothing or gym shoes from Tom James, and if you want underwear, it will cost you: boxers start at $19.75; T-shirts are $48 and boxer-briefs go for $42.

But custom-made suits start at $599 (and can cost as much as $13,999) with more than 500 fabrics to chose from. Custom shirts (250 fabrics) start at $79 (minimum of four) with ready-made starting at $59. Various sales can lower those prices.

“It’s really easy,” said Bentler. “They helped me catalog what I have and what I needed and basically fill holes in my wardrobe.”

On this visit, Bentler first tried on an old Brooks Brothers suit. Wiebracht charged $75 to alter it after Bentler lost 60 pounds (“I rediscovered exercise”) and dropped 10 inches off his waist. Then came the custom suit. “Great, great job,” said Bentler, buttoning up his new jacket.

That settled, Wiebracht pulled out a handful of handsome ties to go with the new suit. Bentler chose two (at $65 per) and declined the pitch for some custom shirts although he did seek some shirt advice. “What’s the deal with striping?” he asked.

Answer: Kean said striped suits are fine with both a striped shirt and a striped tie as long as the stripes in all three are different widths.

After a first visit that can last an hour (wardrobe evaluation is free and they’ll even come to your house if you want), most subsequent meetings take less than 15 minutes. “I’ve got clients who are, ‘All right, you’ve got two minutes!'” said Kean.

Before they part company, Wiebracht made a plan to contact Bentler again in a few months. The agenda: a navy blue suit.

The new tactics to get you spending

People are more savvy than ever before about the ways shops get them to spend their money, but the retailers are always coming up with new tactics.

Why are sweets and chocolate always by the till in supermarkets? Why do they put the everyday essentials like bread and milk at the back of shop so you have to walk through as many aisles as possible to reach them?

Why is the perfume and jewellery section always at the front of a department store?

Why do some shops have low lighting? Why in Idea do you have to do a loop of the whole shop rather than being able to get straight to the bit you actually want?

Take the Lab UK Big Money Test

Many of us will have realised the tricks that retailers use to get us impulse buying, but it doesn’t stop us.

“We’re all children when it comes to shopping,” says money saving expert Martin Lewis.

“We have to remember that shops will try to trick us into thinking we’re getting something for less money when we’re not. It’s their job to make money and it’s your job to stop them making money.”

The findings of the BBC Lab UK Big Money Testreveal the impact spur-of-the-moment buys have on our finances, having a greater impact on our ability to make ends meet than financial knowledge, education, income and social class combined.

Part of the problem is retailers are always coming up with new ways to get us to spend. Here are some of them.

Getting messy

Instead of constantly tidying the shop floor, some shop assistants are strategically messing things up. It’s a tactic to make items appear popular, as if lots of people have been looking at them and they are a must-have.

It works well on younger shoppers. Under-21s are the most likely to make an impulse purchase, according to the Big Money Test.

What the Big Money Test tells us

Young people are also hugely influenced by what others are buying, says Philip Graves, consumer behaviour expert and author of Consumer.ology.

“They are seeking a sense of their own identity distinct from their parents. They are looking to affiliate with others they think are like them.”

The problem for teenagers has a biological as well as social explanation.

“The part of the brain that’s responsible for impulse control doesn’t develop fully until your early 20s,” says one of the Big Money Test’s designers, Mark Fenton-O’Creevy, a professor of organisational behaviour with the Open University.

Brand blurring

A consequence of the country’s current financial woes is that shoppers want to feel they are getting value for money, even if they haven’t personally experienced any change in their income or lifestyle, says Graves.

The expert’s tips to beat the shops

“The constant media message that money is tight has created an unconscious wariness among consumers.”

People want value but also want to feel good about what they buy, say consumer psychologists.

“When money is tight it’s not just about buying the cheapest thing out there,” says Joseph Staton, director of GfK Consumer Trends.

“It’s about feeling like you are making the right decision.”

It has caused problems for supermarkets’ value brands. While they save the pennies there can also be a stigma attached to them.

The shops are tackling this by “brand blurring” and making the difference between cheap and mid-range goods less distinct.

Ranges have been rebranded so they don’t scream cheap, in some cases the word “value” has disappeared altogether.

They are being marketed as a “wise” choice – not just a cheap one. Blurring the boundaries attracts a new, much wider range of shoppers.

“The value brand is being elevated so people feel better about buying it,” says Graves. “Retail is a constant manipulation game.”

Location-specific offers

“Big data” is creating a big buzz at the moment. It’s the gathering and analysis of data on a huge scale.

Why do people impulse buy?

“That information comes from any number of places – your financial transactions, digital photos, social media posts, mobile phone GPS signals and Google searches to name just a few.

Companies already use such data to personalise offers for individual customers, but now they are planning the use of GPS location data to target you when you are actually walking past one of their shops.

“It’s all about enhancing location-specific data to get people to impulse buy,” says Staton.

“It plugs into offering high levels of customer service and tailoring offers to what the customer wants. It’s being done by high-end shops but is filtering down to the High Street.”

Eye tracking

Brands are constantly fighting to get your attention and keep it. One new approach is “retail theatre”.

It’s about surprising the shopper and giving them an experience, says Paula Dowie, managing partner at retail design agency Ignite Design.

Can you work out a good deal?

“Good retail design is about disrupting the consumer’s thinking, getting them to notice you and making them linger for longer,” she says.

In the crowded perfume market that’s hard. People usually stop, spray and move on in a matter of seconds. Now luxury brands like Gucci are using the eye-tracking technology to keep their attention.

Digital screens behind display stands are activated when a perfume bottle is picked up, flashing images to seduce you. Eye-tracking systems are fixed into screens to gather data so the images can be personalised. And it’s all done a matter of seconds.

“Certain software programs can gather huge amounts of data on you almost instantly,” says Dowie. “Age, gender, what you’re looking at – that sort of thing. If you’re a young women or a middle-aged man, images are then flashed up that will appeal to you.”

As the technology becomes more widely available it will filter down to High Street shops, she adds.

It’s about entertainment and making your shop one that people want to come to. Brands like Apple and Top Shop are “genius” at doing this, says Staton. During London Fashion Week last month Top Shop screened its own fashion shows live in its flagship store in London’s Oxford Street.

“It’s about adult play, making a space different to other shops and offering things like art and music as part of the shopping experience,” says Staton.

Size Clothing Style Tips And Shopping Guide

Women, what are our biggest problems? We have to get full-figured clothing that will truly boast our beautiful curves. There are hundreds of colours styles and brands to select from, but if it doesn’t boast our bodies, we will not feel our best.

Scoop Neck of the guitar vs. V-Neck

Luckily for us, scoop neck of the guitar and v-neck t-shirts can look nice on all kinds of plus-size figures. A more substantial scoop can fire-up a costume, while an inferior scoop will just show a hint of cleavage. A v-neck top can be both moderate and captivating. V-necks have a tendency to extend your neckline and bring more focus on that person. They’re known as a closet must-have and come in everyday, job, or dressy styles. In addition they look good with just almost anything.

Pretty Plus-Size Tops

What do we want? Simply, a beautiful top that will highlight our curves! Black is slimming, but sometimes we want more! How about colour, different fabric, or trendy styles? Yes, we can have those too! Images are also very flattering. Select a nice, smaller print (flowers are excellent, but don’t wear a sizable floral printing), or a slimming vertical line print.

Sexy Empire Midsection / Baby Doll Tops

Baby doll plus size top are featured as an empire (higher) waist, and a beautiful bodice that flares out just a bit. Now, almost all of us didn’t know this, but baby doll styles are incredible for plus size figures, given that they can hide the parts of our tummies that people may feel unpleasant about. An empire waist also puts focus on the smallest part of our own waists, creating more of an hour-glass shape. Search for the perfect baby doll top in a trendy vintage design: floral, paisley, or an interesting colour. They’re so sexy when paired with plus size trousers or a simple skirt.

The Old Rule: “Fussy Details Like Ruffles Will Only Draw Unwanted Focus”

The new rule: Put those details to work for you! Of course rocking a massive fabric flower on your least-favorite feature is an awful idea. But when properly placed, little extras can be like waving a sorcerer’s wand. “Ruching is really good at forgiving areas where you need a bit more support by creating shape without adding volume,” says Moses. “Curved princess seams in the sides of jackets and shirts will give you more of a designated waist.” And, yes, even ruffles can do their part. “Be strategic about where they’re placed—vertical ruffles on one side of a skirt or dress are elongating, and they’re also pretty on sleeves, cuffs, and the hem of the skirt for drawing the eye,” says Moses.

The Old Rule:“You Should Never Wear White”

The new rule: The key to a flattering garment comes down to fit, not color, says celebrity stylist Susan Moses. “White does not make you look larger if you find the right pieces, just as black will not make you look smaller if it doesn’t fit properly,” says Moses. (The exception: On camera, wearing white can make you appear bigger.) When shopping for white clothing—Moses is a fan of white jeans and white ruched dresses in particular—avoid flimsy fabrics, which will highlight any bumps. Instead, pick materials with substance and structure; not only will they provide support, but that extra thickness will ensure your undies won’t play peekaboo whenever you’re in the sun.

 

Online Shopping and E-Commerce In Americans

Americans are incorporating a wide range of digital tools and platforms into their purchasing decisions and buying habits, according to a Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults. The survey finds that roughly eight-in-ten Americans are now online shoppers: 79% have made an online purchase of any type, while 51% have bought something using a cellphone and 15% have made purchases by following a link from social media sites. When the Center first asked about online shopping in a June 2000 survey, just 22% of Americans had made a purchase online. In other words, today nearly as many Americans have made purchases directly through social media platforms as had engaged in any type of online purchasing behavior 16 years ago.

But even as a sizeable majority of Americans have joined the world of e-commerce, many still appreciate the benefits of brick-and-mortar stores. Overall, 64% of Americans indicate that, all things being equal, they prefer buying from physical stores to buying online. Of course, all things are often not equal – and a substantial share of the public says that price is often a far more important consideration than whether their purchases happen online or in physical stores. Fully 65% of Americans indicate that when they need to make purchases they typically compare the price they can get in stores with the price they can get online and choose whichever option is cheapest. Roughly one-in-five (21%) say they would buy from stores without checking prices online, while 14% would typically buy online without checking prices at physical locations first.

Although cost is often key, today’s consumers come to their purchasing decisions with a broad range of expectations on a number of different fronts. When buying something for the first time, more than eight-in-ten Americans say it is important to be able to compare prices from different sellers (86%), to be able to ask questions about what they are buying (84%), or to buy from sellers they are familiar with (84%). In addition, more than seven-in-ten think it is important to be able to try the product out in person (78%), to get advice from people they know (77%), or to be able to read reviews posted online by others who have purchased the item (74%). And nearly half of Americans (45%) have used cellphones while inside a physical store to look up online reviews of products they were interested in, or to try and find better prices online.

The survey also illustrates the extent to which Americans are turning toward the collective wisdom of online reviews and ratings when making purchasing decisions. Roughly eight-in-ten Americans (82%) say they consult online ratings and reviews when buying something for the first time. In fact, 40% of Americans (and roughly half of those under the age of 50) indicate that they nearly always turn to online reviews when buying something new. Moreover, nearly half of Americans feel that customer reviews help “a lot” to make consumers feel confident about their purchases (46%}) and to make companies be accountable to their customers (45%}).

But even as the public relies heavily on online reviews when making purchases, many Americans express concerns over whether or not these reviews can be trusted. Roughly half of those who read online reviews (51%) say that they generally paint an accurate picture of the products or businesses in question, but a similar share (48%) say it’s often hard to tell if online reviews are truthful and unbiased.

Finally, this survey documents a pronounced shift in how Americans engage with one of the oldest elements of the modern economy: physical currency. Today nearly one-quarter (24%) of Americans indicate that none of the purchases they make in a typical week involve cash. And an even larger share – 39% – indicates that they don’t really worry about having cash on hand, since there are so many other ways of paying for things these days. Nonwhites, low-income Americans and those 50 and older are especially likely to rely on cash as a payment method.

Among the other findings of this national survey of 4,787 U.S. adults conducted from Nov. 24 to Dec. 21, 2015:

  • 12% of Americans have paid for in-store purchases by swiping or scanning their cellphones at the register.
  • Awareness of the alternative currency bitcoin is quite high, as 48% of Americans have heard of bitcoins. However, just 1%} of the public has actually used, collected or traded bitcoins.
  • 39% of Americans have shared their experiences or feelings about a commercial transaction on social media platforms.

Bargain-shopping Blackhawks

The bold moves by the Blackhawks’ Central Division rivals came early on the opening day of free agency.

A short time after the Stars acquired Jason Spezza in a blockbuster trade Tuesday, the Blues opened their pocketbook to sign the coveted Paul Stastny to a huge contract and the Avalanchescooped up veteran sniper Jarome Iginla. The Wild followed by bringing Thomas Vanek into the fold and the Jets even got into the act when they added Mathieu Perreault to bolster their center position.

All the while, the Hawks were relatively quiet, only re-signing veteran center Peter Regin to a one-year, $650,000 contract.

Just when it seemed the Hawks would be content entering the 2014-15 season with Andrew Shaw, who is better suited as a winger, or unproven prospect Teuvo Teravainen as their second-line center, general manager Stan Bowman landed a bigger fish with a late-afternoon signing of veteran Brad Richards to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Just like that, the Hawks had a legitimate No. 2 center.

“It’s a big moment for us to be able to add someone of (Richards’) caliber as a hockey player and as an individual,” Bowman said. “He brings so many things to the table for us. There are a lot of options for our coaching staff now. We’ve certainly been searching for someone that is an experienced center in the NHL. He’s played a lot of years and done a lot of incredible things.”

Richards, 34, was a key member of the Rangers team that reached the Stanley Cup Final with 20 goals and 31 assists in 82 regular-season games. New York used its final compliance buyout on the remainder of Richards’ nine-year, $60 million contract signed in ’11 to make him an unrestricted free agent, and the Hawks pounced though they were offering only a one-year, cut-rate deal.

“If I was going to go to Chicago, we had to work out something in this fashion,” Richards said. “I was very flexible. I’m coming in because I’m pretty confident that I can still play a lot of hockey in this league. I saw a great opportunity to play on a great team and fill a role. If it’s one year, that’s fine. Hopefully, we make it work and who knows what can happen down the road?”

Joining a Hawks team loaded with offensive talent and a chance to center a line with Patrick Kane was a big lure for Richards.

“When you look at the opportunity to play here it’s pretty exciting because you know that if you’re playing center on the top two lines you’re playing with a great player — probably two great players,” Richards said. “Patrick Kane is one of the most explosive players in the league. When you get a chance to maybe team up with one of those players on a line … it makes you feel pretty excited. I can’t wait to get to work and try to make it a great experience for everybody.”

The deal appears to be a bargain for the Hawks, and that’s the only way they were going to bring in a player who can assume a big role. Factoring in Teravainen making the roster after a summer spent in Finland developing, the Richards signing puts the Hawks about $2.2 million over the NHL’s $69 million upper limit to the salary cap. Bowman will be forced to make a move at some point to clear cap space, but he said that is not a concern.

“We have some ideas on what we’re going to do,” Bowman said. “That will play itself out … over the summer as we prepare for training camp. We’ll certainly make it work.”

Tips for renting different types properties

When it comes to choosing a place to rent, there are many considerations other than price. The ideal goal is to find a place that fits your needs while also fitting your budget.

However, deciding on which rental units are most suitable for you can take some research. It’s helpful to take some time to write down some considerations to help your search be more successful.

Some questions you could ask yourself are:

•    How much space do you need to live comfortably?

•    Is there parking?

•    Is backyard space important to you?

•    Are pets allowed?

•    Is the property close to transit?

•    How secure is the building?

•    What are the neighbours like? Are they quiet?

Once you’ve answered these questions, you can then narrow down your search for a rental apartment by type — namely, a house, a unit in an apartment building or condo, or in student housing.

Let’s start with an apartment or condo — look for one that is secure with a keypad at the door that allows tenants only. You might have to work within a small living space, but you will likely have your own kitchen and bathroom. However, laundry facilities are often shared in apartment buildings, and parking may be extra, so be sure to inquire about those details.

Student housing can be quite affordable, but be prepared to share kitchens and bathrooms (and maybe even bedrooms). Also be sure to double-check the lease agreement to make sure you’re not obligated to pay beyond when you need the rental. You should also try to share space with like-minded students — that is, those who are focused on completing their studies, and aren’t partying night owls who could disrupt your projects.

Renting a house could be the most cost-prohibitive, and often with home rentals you are required to pay a portion (if not all) of the utilities. However, you can’t really beat a house for space, and you might have the entire yard to yourself. You’ll likely also have a driveway, or even a garage exclusively for your use.

Doing a bit of research ahead of time and following these rental property tips can save you time, money and possible headaches down the road.

Five tips for online shopping

Online shopping can change your life with its convenience and ease. Find out how to make the most of shopping online with our five useful tips.

With everything from shoes and handbags to furniture, technology and car insurance, you can buy whatever you want, whenever you want online. To make the most of shopping online, here’s what you need to look out for and consider before buying online.

1. Read the returns and cancellation policies carefully

It’s a good idea to look at the small print before you agree to purchase anything online.

Know what your rights are in terms of cancellations, in case you change your mind or find the item cheaper elsewhere.

And make sure you read the returns policy thoroughly, to avoid being stuck with something that doesn’t fit.

2. Know your sizes and measurements

When online shopping for clothes, use a tape measure and jot down your measurements, then keep them handy to avoid sizing errors and disappointment. Bear in mind that clothing sizes can vary from brand to brand – and even item to item – so check it with every purchase.

Remember to check measurement conversions too, if you’re buying from another country.

If you’re buying items, such as household goods or furniture, make sure you know whether measurements are in metric or imperial. And how much it will cost to ship heavy goods.

3. Look at the reviews

If it’s your first time buying from a particular online store, spend a few minutes looking at online reviews, or ask a friend what their experience has been with that vendor.

You’ll want to know about things like the quality of their goods and services, what their customer service record is like, and whether there have been any issues with credit card security. Before you click ‘purchase,’ be sure you want to do business with them.

4. Fill your cart or start a wish list

Throw everything you like the look of in your online shopping cart, or add everything to a wish list, and cull once you’ve finished browsing. Then leave it for a day or two, if the purchases aren’t urgent.

Retailers are constantly monitoring your shopping experience. They want you to buy from them, so they’ll do everything they can to seal the deal, even sometimes sending you discount coupons or reducing the prices of your chosen items.

5. Look for the best deals

Time spent on reconnaissance is seldom wasted! And with online shopping, the more time you put into your search, the more fruitful and economically savvy your purchases will be.

You don’t have to buy from the first or most beautiful-looking website. Keep on trawling and chances are you’ll find bargains, coupons, sales, loyalty points, free deliveries, new customer deals and many more ways to keep prices down and find what you really want.

 

Fistfight breaks out in Modesto Mall

While Southern California shoppers have so far enjoyed a relatively tranquil Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a fight broke out farther north at a mall in Modesto.

The brawl at the Vintage Faire Mall erupted on Thursday night, according to the Modesto Bee. About six men were involved in the fight, which moved quickly into the entrance of the JCPenney store, according to a YouTube video taken of the incident.

Modesto Police Lt. Steve Stanfield said he wasn’t sure if officers were called to the scene. He said any officer who would have responded is probably still asleep. There were no reported victims, however, and no documentation of anyone taken into custody.

“I talked to the graveyard units and they knew nothing about it,” Stanfield said. When he got into work today, “everybody was looking at each other going, ‘Did anybody know there was a fight at the mall?’”

“We’re trying to see if anyone responded,” he added.

Scenes of violence have marred Black Friday in previous years. In 2011, for example, a woman at a Porter Ranch store pepper-sprayed several customers in what authorities described as  a “shopping rage” incident.

Online Shopping in UAE

Shopping is a pleasant experience and what a good place to enjoy the same thing as being in Dubai. No matter what your place in Dubai is, the product will reach you in minimal time.Shops in the United Arab Emirates are known for their range of designs and options available. While shopping in Dubai’s online stores, you can search for a variety of products. These vary from handbags and iPhones to a shoe range, including flat, sandals, formal party.

Most online stores in the United Arab Emirates come with a shop location and you can choose the one that is closest to your country. The Dubai store has a free home distribution facility and helps save you time and energy from your side.Buying from the comfort of your home has a distinct advantage and you can actually look for a number of designs. Physical visit to the store does not allow you to experiment a lot and you can only have a basic view of the available accessories. Online shopping offers you the facility to choose products from a wide range of categories and that is also sitting at home. You can get suggestions from family and friends too, which may not be the case if you decide to make a personal visit to any of the regular stores.In addition, online stores offer real discounts, which does not happen when you buy them as a regular customer at any of the stores. Online stores are able to give discounts after they buy the product in bulk and pass on to the customer’s benefit in order to attract more customers.

Most online shopping in Dubai accepts a variety of credit and debit cards so you do not have to worry about the payment procedure. You just need to finalize the product you plan to purchase and make the payment even though your credit card is regular. Online shops accept all credit cards including visas, the main card and American Express, among others.

In addition, online stores offer a small discount if you subscribe to the shop’s newsletter. Not only does the bulletin produce additional businesses for the online shop, as they are able to advertise the products, but also gives the client a chance to get an insight into what’s available with the online store.These online stores in the United Arab Emirates have a presence on social media and can connect through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Most online shopping sites have a wish list column and you can place your desired order if the product is unavailable on any given date.

Shopping Online has redefined the way, purchases are perceived by date. With more people in the online shopping concept, the business is booming for online stores and stores in the UAE coming with new products almost on a daily basis.

Price And High Quality Eyeglasses

You can find cheap glasses online in the UK, but you need to verify the quality. Never go with just a low price or you may be disappointed with the outcome. Instead, you need to find the balance between quality and the price. As you look around, you will come across some hidden gems. In fact, you may look twice at the price because of the savings!

Compare Prices

Closely look at the prices for cheap glasses online in the UK so you don’t get taken advantage of. Some offers make it sound enticing to get you to look around. However, they add on various fees that you didn’t plan for and the overall price can be a surprise to you. Work with a provider that offers upfront pricing and doesn’t try to squeeze you for the extras.

Make sure you know exactly what you will be paying for. It makes sense to pay a bit more for something that will last much longer. However, you shouldn’t feel like the cost to get good glasses is just too much for your budget to handle.

Evaluate Materials

Read the full description for the cheap glasses online in the UK so you can learn what they are made from. The quality of the materials does matter in terms of how they look and how they hold up. Some materials look excellent but they just don’t hold up well and they bend easily. Others are far too heavy for you to comfortably wear for hour each day.

Reputation of the Provider

Find out all you can about the provider and verify they are a legitimate company. Have they been in business for some time? Do they have a great reputation with their customers? Do people talk about buying from them again? When customers come back to the same provider, it speaks volumes about what they deliver on a consistent basis.

As you conduct your research, you can learn who to avoid too for cheap glasses online in the UK. Some of the providers out there are just out to get some of your money. They don’t care about your needs or how you feel about the glasses after you get them. Until consumers stand up to such business practices, they will continue.

Ask Questions

Keep in mind, the cheap glasses online in the UK need to fit you well and have your right prescription in them. Never compromise on these two very important issues. Take the time to ask questions so you can order what you want with confidence. Never assume anything when it comes to buying something this important.

When you invest your time and efforts to look for a great provider and what they can deliver, the glasses will offer you plenty of value. They are going to hold up well, they are going to look nice, and the price will be hard to beat!

Reward Yourself

With cheap glasses online in the UK, you can afford to get exactly what you want. You aren’t going to have to compromise in order to save a big of money. If you have more than one person in the household wearing glasses, you will really appreciate being able to see that savings each time you need to buy a pair.

You may decide now is a great time to upgrade your look and to change what you wear! If you thought you couldn’t afford better quality or even designer eyewear, you are mistaken. When you know you look great in them and you can improve your vision, it is going to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step.