Originally Posted by CarolinaMan
All of the above. It could be a knock-off, a discontinued frame, a second that does not have a readily noticeable defect, it could be from a factory overrun, it could be a sample, or it could be just someone who is looking to make less profit. There is a huge mark-up in frames
I don't necessarily agree with that. I know for a fact that there is MUCH more mark up in shoes and clothing. With that said, you have to keep in mind that for every line that a shop carries, (assuming they carry enough to really represent the line) they have at least 5-10k invested in each line. If they have a display case or a custom made display for a brand, I would even wager that they bought at least 10k worth of frames from that 1 line. So people say that B&M shops are expensive you have to consider the amount of money in inventory, rent, providing the customer with enough frames that they can try on a bunch and see how they feel, staff, the schooling, the experience in fitting, the amount of continuing education that one needs to dispense, overhead....that goes into a B&M before complain that it is $20 more expensive than a cheap internet shop run by a few people who once sold graphic t-shirts.
A B&M, will provide you with TONS of services that an internet store cannot provide. After service, repairs, adjustments, accessories, ability to problem solve, and ability to suggest better products or more suitable products, are just some of the reasons why you should at one point drop by your local B&M optical.
CarolinaMan, please don't take this personally. I certainly didn't mean to be personal and it's nothing to do with you. It is just an observation that I've made. I like to help where I can and I hope I can be of use to other SFers. My last few posts have been rants, more than anything but I hope you all understand.
In all honesty, out of my 1,370 posts, I'm sure a good 1,000 are in this thread.