Why Do Sunglasses Cost What They Cost?

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

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If you’re looking for stylish sunglasses, you could save with Fred Flare Gold Blake Aviators ($12, seen on the left) or splurge on Ray-Ban Aviator ($150, on the right). What’s the difference?

For the basic price of the Fred Flare pair, you get:
● Metal frames
● Wide plastic lenses
● UV400 protection

For an extra $138, you get:
● Better clarity: Crystal lenses are clearer, resist scratching
● Flattering fit: Crafted by design experts to suit a variety of face shapes
● UV400 protection
● One-year warranty

Next: Splurge or save on sporty sunglasses?

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

Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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