- Jul 17, 2016
I wear Oakley because I prefer their straight arms. The frames cost around $100, and originals cost north of Rp 1 million in Jakarta, which is actually cheaper. US price is always inflated for insurance purposes, so that makes sense. However, Shopee lists frames purported to be Oakleys for as low as Rp 140K, or less than $10. I’m not enough of an expert to tell the difference between a $100 and a $10 Oakleys, so somebody in Jakarta can easily charge me Rp 1.5 million while giving me the Rp 150K frame.We don’t do that anymore; if you see the prices for frames in Europe, it’s ridiculous. Only for brands that are not available here it might make sense. So we got original Kate Spade and Balenciaga here, half cheaper for frame only. Optik Seis has interesting online offers btw, esp. on the remaining stock.
I actually don’t mind getting a fake Oakley frame, just to give a middle finger to the Luxottica monopoly. However, I’m not gonna pay $100 for a $10 frame.
As my fellow four-eyes will know, buying new glasses can be an expensive undertaking. The fanciest frames at LensCrafters often sell for $400-500. Holding those little assemblages of glass, metal, and plastic that cost $25-50 to make in your hand, you might wonder how exactly you were roped into...