Should I or shouldn’t I? The older I get the more I’m like my Mom. There was a lot of wonderful stuff about her but she was practical.
Practical is a double-edged sword. It saves you from really stupid purchases (and relationships…mostly) but holds you back on others. It stopped me from buying leather pants but not the John Lennon round glasses which was not a good look on me.
Being retired plays into it too. When I worked, I bought things I liked. The price had to be really outrageous for me to pass it by.
Today I shop around. Check out prices everywhere. Look at all the angles. Do calculations. You would think I’m plunking a million bucks on a pony.
Now we get to the dilemma. I need new eyeglasses. There is a pair I sort of like at a big box store. I can get all the bells and whistles. It’s expensive but not heart stopping outrageous.
Then there is my eye doctor. The practice has a small optician office connected to it. Nice people. Very helpful. Heart stopping prices (and not in a good way). They have a pair that is very similar that I like more. It costs slightly more than twice as much. I would consider that heart stopping even though I wear my glasses all the time.
I like change so I don’t want to wear any frame for the rest of my life (which will be a very long time).
The customer service at the eye doc is really good but there are holes. Hours are limited. Appointments needed even for an adjustment. Once you’ve bought it there are no “do overs.” If you don’t like it or the fit isn’t good, you’re out of luck.
The big box eyeglass place is open a lot. Walk in. Sometimes it’s busy but often during the weekday, it’s not. Everything is on a 30 day guarantee. (Yes, I returned a pair in that time period. What made me think with my fair coloring I could wear black frames?)
Then there is the twist. If I buy the glasses at my eye doc, I can get a pair of sunglasses for the price of the frames (just under $200 so it’s not free). Each pair would be slightly more than the big box place but just slightly.
My eyes are old and complicated so I want quality but aren’t most frames made the same except for the ones that are $20?
So my gentle readers, tell me what you do. Will you pay twice as much for something you like slightly more? Are you always practical or is there an occasional break?
My mother (deceased three decades now) is monitoring this post. I wouldn’t be surprised if she commented.