Page 2 of 6 FirstFirst 1234 ... LastLast
Results 21 to 40 of 112

Thread: Why is making a spectacle could be so expensive in Singapore?

  1. #21
    Senior Member Halfmoon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Hougang, Singapore.
    Posts
    4,590

    Default Re: Why is making a spectacle could be so expensive in Singapore?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post
    If you want to impress a mature woman who is double of your age and win her heart and bed there is no better way than choosing the $600 Oakleys.
    I prefer "Fresh" fruits......
    Art is perception; Perception is art.

  2. #22

    Default Re: Why is making a spectacle could be so expensive in Singapore?

    Quote Originally Posted by silvermoon1407 View Post
    Hi, I'm going to hcmc next month and, after reading this thread, am tempted to go make a pair of specs there. Do u know how many days it takes to get it down? Coz I'm only there for 3d2n. And in Singapore, at least for shops that I have visited, they make actually take more than 3 days from prescription to collection. Also any recommended shops in hcmc?
    Best thing after you touch down HCMC, go change currency at any goldsmith shop, then head str8 to those optician shop, ask them for express service. I was there for 4D3N and remember going to the shop on 2nd day, and got it before flying back

  3. #23
    Senior Member Sion's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    新天地
    Posts
    4,768

    Default Re: Why is making a spectacle could be so expensive in Singapore?

    Quote Originally Posted by user12343 View Post
    Best thing after you touch down HCMC, go change currency at any goldsmith shop, then head str8 to those optician shop, ask them for express service. I was there for 4D3N and remember going to the shop on 2nd day, and got it before flying back
    Before this express service happening there are girls in HCMC airport to give him more "express" express service first.

  4. #24

    Default Re: Why is making a spectacle could be so expensive in Singapore?

    Wah you have been ripped off... or rather that guy is trying to rip you off. Go to Queensway for a variety plus good reasonable prices. I personally only wear Oakleys because I am an active person... I perspire so much that anything else rust on my face lol.

    Korean brand plus HOYA should be approx 200 - 300 bucks tops. Hoya lenses are pretty good. My Oakleys are fitted with one and that one is pretty clear and smooth when I wipe with a cloth.
    Canon 7D + Canon 24-105mmL , 17-55mm F2.8, 10-22mm.

  5. #25

    Default Re: Why is making a spectacle could be so expensive in Singapore?

    You confirmed ganna ripped off, the shop is not ethical.

    I got my Korean made no brand frame plus multicoat lens for $100+ at Pearl Optics Kovan branch at only. Want to buy rubber hooks and they gave those to me free too.

    $500 plus was what I paid for my Tag Heuer some 5 years ago and that frame lasted me 5 years plus before I finally broke it from the years of daily wear, abuses, job accidents and sleeping while wearing it. Best money spend.
    WTB Manfrotto RC4 L Bracket

  6. #26

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by zoolovical View Post

    Actually the last time I made spectacles in Shanghai, I could collect it within 2 hours. There was a spectacles 批发市场。Im guessing it wont take as long in Vietnam too..
    I hope so. I guess local neighbourhood shops often have to send orders to centralised facilities to process, same like doing specialised photo prints, which may take longer.

    Quote Originally Posted by user12343 View Post

    Best thing after you touch down HCMC, go change currency at any goldsmith shop, then head str8 to those optician shop, ask them for express service. I was there for 4D3N and remember going to the shop on 2nd day, and got it before flying back
    Thanks for the note. U mentioned change currency there, is it better than changing here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post

    Before this express service happening there are girls in HCMC airport to give him more "express" express service first.
    :|
    hi

  7. #27

    Default Re: Why is making a spectacle could be so expensive in Singapore?

    wow now HCM City got female limo drivers . straight into cite center express service...hmm.

    anyway if the cost of replacing your specs are expensive and you are doing on a yearly basis, but your eyesight has sort of stabilized, you may wish to consider getting lasik.

    err. but I have 6/6 vision heh no wear specs. only thing when very tired is see bokeh balls only.
    宁愿遇见丢失幼崽的母熊,也不愿碰上做蠢事的愚人

  8. #28
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    sing
    Posts
    3,353

    Default Re: Why is making a spectacle could be so expensive in Singapore?

    Go to JB. Very cheap. Wait one or 2 hours. Actually I suspect this is the MO. Optical Shops open in SG. They pay for rental, renovation and some staff. They get SG customers' orders. They tell SG customers waiting/process time is 1 or 2 weeks. Every few days, a batch process of orders is sent to JB outlet of same chain. The glass/plastic lenses are cut and fitted. Sent to SG to customers. Make at JB cost, charge SG prices.
    Last edited by ricohflex; 15th October 2013 at 09:37 PM.

  9. #29
    Moderator keithwee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    LittleRedDot
    Posts
    7,846

    Default Re: Why is making a spectacle could be so expensive in Singapore?

    Quote Originally Posted by homerlikephoto View Post
    I went to my neighborhood spectacle store wanting to make a normal spectacle for myself as I know that those optical chain in shopping mall could be very expensive. I wanted a spectacle which I could use daily as I need to move around regularly in the day due to the nature of my job as a sales.
    To the shock of my life, the shop offered me $500 for a simple Korean non-branded frame and Hoya transition multi-coated lens of -400 degree.
    The shop owner told its the Hoya lens that is expensive and he had given me a very good discount already because I live around the area and was a return customer.
    I eventually walked away because I felt I was ripped off.

    Is there really a good place to make quality spectacle without spending a bomb in Singapore?
    there are

    but to be fair, U were going for a pair of Hoya transitions multi-coated. U pay for quality though I'm quite sure u prob can make the same for around $300 without frame if u ask around more.

    I'm myopic 800 degrees and astig around 200 for both eyes and make multi-coated , high index 1.6 glasses and the glasses alone cost me around $200 plus w/o frame as a comparison.

  10. #30

    Default Re: Why is making a spectacle could be so expensive in Singapore?

    Quote Originally Posted by silvermoon1407 View Post
    I hope so. I guess local neighbourhood shops often have to send orders to centralised facilities to process, same like doing specialised photo prints, which may take longer.


    Thanks for the note. U mentioned change currency there, is it better than changing here?


    :|
    My understanding is, VND is not really an international currency like RMB, JPY, EUD, so not much tukar wang carries this currency. Even if they do, the rates are lousier here. So might as well go there change.
    "You will not be remembered for the gear you used, but by the photographs you created"

  11. #31
    Senior Member Sion's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    新天地
    Posts
    4,768

    Default Re: Why is making a spectacle could be so expensive in Singapore?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shizuma View Post
    wow now HCM City got female limo drivers . straight into cite center express service...hmm.
    In HCMC the driver will sit beside you in the curtained backseat for the express service from airport.

  12. #32
    Moderator ed9119's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    10,931
    Blog Entries
    26

    Default Re: Why is making a spectacle could be so expensive in Singapore?

    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    i'm always using Oakleys.

    ..... it has taken hits from basketballs, footballs, tennis racquets, punches, kicks, thrown all over the place... and it's still working well in one piece.

    .
    ha ha ha ! ok I hope your face is still in one piece from all that abuse
    shaddap and just shoot .... up close
    Walkeast

  13. #33

    Default Re: Why is making a spectacle could be so expensive in Singapore?

    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post
    ha ha ha ! ok I hope your face is still in one piece from all that abuse
    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    i'm always using Oakleys.

    i'm always using Oakleys.

    ..... it has taken hits from basketballs, footballs, tennis racquets, punches, kicks, thrown all over the place... and it's still working well in one piece.

    Think maybe you need a face protection shield instead..

  14. #34

    Default Re: Why is making a spectacle could be so expensive in Singapore?

    one im using now is a cheap $50 specs..antique nerd looking type..serve me well for the past 5 years...

    think i need to redo my specs soon..

  15. #35
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    A village in a forest
    Posts
    1,515

    Default Re: Why is making a spectacle could be so expensive in Singapore?

    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    i'm always using Oakleys.

    as a very active person.. i need to have strong frames. what i usually do is import the frames, then get the local opticians to cut the lenses.

    and i believe in getting the best from the beginning.

    other than my sunglasses, my Oakley spectacles have been with me for over 7 years.

    full titanium and lightweight. it has taken hits from basketballs, footballs, tennis racquets, punches, kicks, thrown all over the place... and it's still working well in one piece.

    i paid a total of $600 for it, but for the years of service, i think it's pretty worth it.
    Agree with you on the durability of an Oakley frame. I used to own a pair of prescription Oakley frames, changed lenses twice using the same frame, and it remained in shape and good condition throughout for more than 6 years. A couple of years back changed to another brand frame (cheaper) as I wanted to save cost, but totally regretting now as it lost its grip very soon, and slips easily, which my previous Oakley doesn't. My next frame will be an Oakley again.

    Btw, with regards to the cost of spectacle lenses, transition, hi-index,multi coating.... all these will add up to the cost of the lenses very quickly.
    Canon 80D|Panasonic LX3/LX5
    35f2 IS|50f1.8|85f1.8|12-24f4|18-135f4-5.6 IS|28-75f2.8

  16. #36

    Default Re: Why is making a spectacle could be so expensive in Singapore?

    Quote Originally Posted by kelccm View Post
    Agree with you on the durability of an Oakley frame. I used to own a pair of prescription Oakley frames, changed lenses twice using the same frame, and it remained in shape and good condition throughout for more than 6 years. A couple of years back changed to another brand frame (cheaper) as I wanted to save cost, but totally regretting now as it lost its grip very soon, and slips easily, which my previous Oakley doesn't. My next frame will be an Oakley again.

    Btw, with regards to the cost of spectacle lenses, transition, hi-index,multi coating.... all these will add up to the cost of the lenses very quickly.
    My Oakley with me 9 years already. Also changed lens twice. And changed the black rubber thingy too.
    WTB Manfrotto RC4 L Bracket

  17. #37
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    sing
    Posts
    3,353

    Default Re: Why is making a spectacle could be so expensive in Singapore?

    Because:
    businessmen make big profits from spectacles.
    frames become fashion statements
    optometrists try to convince you to buy one set of spectacles for normal use; and another for using the PC
    you need yet another 3rd set of sunshades to look cool

  18. #38

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post

    ha ha ha ! ok I hope your face is still in one piece from all that abuse
    Quote Originally Posted by huatman View Post

    Think maybe you need a face protection shield instead..
    Still in one piece though though these days i prefer to spend on camera lenses than spectacle lenses.

    That being said, I'm saving up for Porsche Design or Oakley frames with Nikon prescription lenses. Durable and extremely clear, with distortion control. I'm prepared to part with at least 2k

    Quote Originally Posted by kelccm View Post

    Agree with you on the durability of an Oakley frame. I used to own a pair of prescription Oakley frames, changed lenses twice using the same frame, and it remained in shape and good condition throughout for more than 6 years. A couple of years back changed to another brand frame (cheaper) as I wanted to save cost, but totally regretting now as it lost its grip very soon, and slips easily, which my previous Oakley doesn't. My next frame will be an Oakley again.

    Btw, with regards to the cost of spectacle lenses, transition, hi-index,multi coating.... all these will add up to the cost of the lenses very quickly.
    Oakleys are extremely durable. Just make sure that you get the Titanium full frames, not the normal metal ones

  19. #39
    Senior Member Sion's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    新天地
    Posts
    4,768

    Default Re: Why is making a spectacle could be so expensive in Singapore?

    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    I'm saving up for Porsche Design or Oakley frames with Nikon prescription lenses.
    Get Nikon Zoom 28-135mm F2.8 IF ED lens to go with Oakley frame.

    Maybe a wide angle zoom for the other eye.

  20. #40

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by user12343 View Post

    My understanding is, VND is not really an international currency like RMB, JPY, EUD, so not much tukar wang carries this currency. Even if they do, the rates are lousier here. So might as well go there change.
    Thanks for the advise!
    hi

Page 2 of 6 FirstFirst 1234 ... LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •