Why Do Sunglasses Cost What They Cost?

Which pair is worth your dollars? We'll help you decide.

By Caitlin O'Connell from Reader's Digest Magazine August 2013
Why Do Sunglasses Cost What They Cost?Gregory Reid for Reader's Digest

If you’re looking for sporty sunglasses, you might save with Bollé Anaconda ($70, on the left), or splurge on Oakley Polarized Radarlock Path Sunglasses ($300, on the right). What’s the difference?

For the basic price of the Bollé, you get:
● Lenses that are shatter-resistant
● UV400 protection
● Wrap frame design offers extra UV protection and less slippage than regular sunglasses
● Two-year warranty

For an extra $230, you get:
● Toughest lenses: Virtually indestructible to shield eyes from fast-moving or heavy objects
● Better visibility: Polarized lenses further improve visibility by reducing glare
● Specifically sport: Two sets of lenses allow adjustment for changing conditions; nose pads keep glasses in place
● One-year warranty

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