Cheap Sunglasses

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August 18, 2019

I used to only buy expensive sunglasses. Oakleys, Ray Bans, Maui Jims etc.

I would buy one pair at a time, and every. single. time. something bad would happen to them.

One pair broke. One pair was stolen. One pair got sat on. One pair got scratched up.

Every time I would get angry as I felt the financial impact of my poor decisions, fuck ups and shitty luck. Sometimes a pair had been discontinued and I would never see them again.

I loved and lost pair after pair. The brutal cycle seemed infinite.

Then one day, when I had lost my latest pair, I was at a festival and someone handed me a cheap pair of promotional sunglasses.

Suddenly I saw the world through brand new lenses.

I took the new shades home. Wore them in my car. Tossed them across the room with reckless abandon. I scratched them, and didn’t care. This was great!

I did not care. Not caring was nice. I fell in love with not caring.

Then one day I wore them out to party. I had a blast. I was relaxed with nothing to worry about.

I woke up the next morning and my glasses were gone. Oh well... wait... what is that??

That horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach came back. I had grown attached to this pair just like the old.

I thought I had found the solution to rid myself of this pain and anxiety. What could I do?

MY sunglasses I loved so much were gone. I could fix this.

So I went online and found myself another cheap pair of wayfarers and all was good in the universe - or so I thought.

Then the first time I went out drinking, I felt a concern to protect my sunglasses. Why wouldn’t this feeling go away???

Somebody would pick them up off the counter and put them on, I would get angry and protective. But these were cheap sunglasses, what gives? I thought I didn’t care.

One time someone put them on and broke them. I was irrationally mad.

Then it hit me. I should buy multiple pairs! That way if anything happens to one pair, I would always have a backup.

I bought multiple pairs of the same style and things got a little bit better.

This was years ago. Over time I have become a collector cheap sunglasses. Every time I see a pair I like, I make a small investment and pick them up. I toss them around, sit on them, throw them on the ground and break them if I feel so inclined.

One day I wear wayfarers, one day it’s aviators, one day it’s something a little more sporty. It’s always different, always interesting, and always low stress.

I have so many pairs I gladly give them out to my friends. It ain’t no fun, if the homies can’t have none.

Life is grand. Stay shady.

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Title Cheap Sunglasses
Author Self-honest
Upvotes 1496
Comments 186
Date 18 August 2019 04:39 PM UTC (1 year ago)
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[–]light-----------dark685 points686 points  (3 children) | Copy

TLDR: always spin your plates.

[–]HornedBul197 points198 points  (0 children) | Copy

ambundance mindset right here in this post

[–]L3onard383 points84 points  (0 children) | Copy

Funny thing is some readers needed this.

[–]1319Skew181 points182 points  (12 children) | Copy

Loved this post. Only thing that I can add is to make sure that you are always improving yourself to the point where Oakley's and Prada are cheap and easily replaced.

[–]1Self-honest[S] 81 points82 points  (7 children) | Copy

For sure. I was going to add this, but it wasn’t my focus and I knew someone else smart would show up and mention it.

[–]betachadtries6 points7 points  (0 children) | Copy

I thought the post was brilliant. Moving up from cheap glasses to Oakley's and Prada's is a great add to the plate metaphor.

[–]howyabiys1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Fantastic comment.

[–]Zdeneksfilter0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Some of the finest advice I've seen anywhere.

[–]seriousIytho0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Even then they would be a waste of money though...

[–]CallMeHaseo409 points410 points  (65 children) | Copy

I recommend fakes and replicas. All jokes aside I like the logic of this post.

[–]BitsAndBobs30495 points96 points  (10 children) | Copy

Totally, just gotta make sure that the uva-uvb protection is real and as much as statedt, although no clue how one can test it

[–]good_guy_submitter30 points31 points  (2 children) | Copy

Hidden tip: always wear a condom.

[–]warburgio42 points43 points  (5 children) | Copy

exactly, jokes and hyperboles aside if u doint have filter in glasses u go blind. no idea how to hceck other than buy in good shops

[–]good_guy_submitter5 points6 points  (1 child) | Copy

Even cheap ones have that 100% UV protection sticker.

[–]warburgio3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy


yh sticker is there but is there the filter? i wouldnt trust my eyes with cheap ripoffs. dont get me wrong, i used to have some cheap chinese pairs just to peacock a bit but never to wear them in the full sun

[–]Balderdash792 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

I ride motorcycles in Florida which allows me to ride without a helmet. However it IS required to wear eye protection while riding.

The best value I have found for decent looking shades that are UV-rated and ANSI-rated are the 3M safety glasses at the hardware store. Less than $20 per pair and they last FOREVER.

[–]codebuster1232 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Dude better wear your helmet... Just saying as a fellow rider

[–]CHAD_J_THUNDERCOCK34 points35 points  (35 children) | Copy

I understand OPs post is metaphor but want to share:

Replica watches got REALLY good. You can now get reps of things like IWC Portuguese tourbillon, a 70k watch, for $700, and it's a real working tourbillon in the fake. You can get 7mm thin replicas of Vacheron Constantins. You can get a fake JLC master ultra thin moon phase that is more stable than the real version and requires less maintenance, all for 3% of the cost.

[–]celincelin19 points20 points  (11 children) | Copy

One of the reasons you can’t afford expensive toys is that you waste 700 on a fake watch.

[–]CHAD_J_THUNDERCOCK13 points14 points  (10 children) | Copy

That makes no sense. I can't afford a 7k watch because I bought a 700 watch? 700 is a usually for tourbillon fake, 400 is more typical.

Didn't think I'd get so many bootlickers defending mega corps in this sub. It's funny the things people get tribal and irrational over.

[–]celincelin6 points7 points  (9 children) | Copy

bootlickers defending mega corps

Fear not, they're no match for consumerist turbosluts like yourself, you're still top 20% when it comes to making somebody else richer for no reason.

[–]CHAD_J_THUNDERCOCK11 points12 points  (8 children) | Copy

I'm libertarian and ruthlessly follow 80/20 rule everywhere I can. Why pay 50x as much for an extra 5% in quality that nobody will notice? Buy a better home/car/suit instead. I also buy £250 shirts off ebay that have been worn once or twice and cost £25. And £450 shoes that are a little worn for £50. When people spot them (rare) I let them assume I bought them new and have worn them down myself. Bet you are pissed!

[–]Mukato1 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy

Any advice for what type of shirts to look for and how to select them?

[–]CHAD_J_THUNDERCOCK2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

Use this search

But before buying a shirt check styleforum for the shirt to see if its a fake or if its low quality. You might wish to remove Etro and Canali from that search and you might wish to add more Jermyn Street brands.

I had most luck getting Turnbull and Asser shirts on ebay here in the UK, but you will probably get different success in US and rest of Europe.

[–]celincelin2 points3 points  (4 children) | Copy

I bought a 700 watch

Why pay 50x as much

I assume you pay 700 for something that you can easily buy for 15 because you want attention and validation. Talk to your therapist for details, I can only learn so much through the Internet.

[–]CHAD_J_THUNDERCOCK15 points16 points  (2 children) | Copy

Look at all these shaming tactics! Did you not know the sidebar is required reading? . 'you need therapy' follows under code white.

You are all so irrational. You try to tell me I cant afford a real watch, then you tell me to buy a $15 watch. You care deeply about me 'wasting $700', then you care deeply that I didnt spend $5000. You claim I am desperate for validation as I spend $400 on something like this, while people blowing $10k on a real watch somehow are not. I don't mind at all, you are hamstering so your opinion means little, but just try to take a step back and see your irrationality. I just want a solid watch that looks sick and will last decades. The high end replicas are the best watches available for that. If microbrands came close I would consider them; but they simply do not.

[–]celincelin-1 points0 points  (1 child) | Copy

That's a lot of justifying yourself like a beta, where's your frame?

looks sick

Translated from hamster speak to English, for attention.

If you're so ashamed of craving validation, that's your problem.

[–]CHAD_J_THUNDERCOCK9 points10 points  (0 children) | Copy

Zero logical or numerical arguments, just shaming; no rpely needed here.

[–]evenfurtherbeyond5111 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Imagine being able to buy a fake Ferrari for 10k. If it were as powerful as the original. You’d be stupid to buy an original. That’s the point.

[–]insignificant_npc_6968 points69 points  (20 children) | Copy

Kinda cringe to wear a watch you can't afford imo. I'd rather rock a Casio or a Seiko I can afford than a fake Rolex I can't.

[–]cfrules3-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

Might as well just dress yourself in cash then, because that's all you're trying to show people in your search for approval.

[–]Endorsed Contributormonsieurhire20 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Metaphor? Why, whatever do you mean? I just went through the same thing. I determined to have at least two pairs. One that stays in the car, and one that stays at home. They aren't completely cheap, but they 50% less than the designer brand that finally broke after being dropped numerous times over the course of a year.

[–]Endorsed Contributormonsieurhire20 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Metaphor? Why, whatever do you mean? I just went through the same thing. I determined to have at least two pairs. One that stays in the car, and one that stays at home. They aren't completely cheap, but they 50% less than the designer brand that finally broke after being dropped numerous times over the course of a year.

[–]SwagYoloJesus23 points24 points  (7 children) | Copy

Yeah, don’t buy knockoffs.

The people whom the authentic item would impress can spot that yours is fake and you’ll come off as a tryhard, and the ones who cannot spot it weren’t going to be impressed by the authentic item in the first place. Buy authentic if you can afford it, buy a nice non-brand name item if you can’t, buying knockoffs is just plain pathetic. If your self-worth is measured by the amount of Gucci print you’re fake-flaunting, you’re doing it wrong.

[–]Hock3yGrump14 points15 points  (1 child) | Copy

Super hot chicks walk around with fake purses all the time. Even the rich ones. Do you really give a fuck??

The "knock-off products" gate-keeping around here is Bloopy as fuck.

Who cares if it is a fake or not if you look good and crisp in the product? Girls don't.

[–]SwagYoloJesus4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Super hot chicks can and do get away with everything (this is hardly news), but you’re not a super hot chick now are you? Men trying to signal status while not actually possessing it comes off as pathetic and cringy and laughable. Again, if you looking/feeling fresh is dependent on how much fake brand name shit you have hanging off of you, you’re doing it wrong.

Edit: I live in Eastern Europe, and the amount of fake designer shit here is staggering. It’s also almost exclusively gypsies wearing them who are otherwise poor af but want to appear well-off in the most tasteless way possible i.e. by wearing super obnoxious fake clothing and accessories. It just gives off an extremely strong tryhard “I want to impress everyone” vibe, really, which I guess is not something you’d want to be going for.

And what is all this “gatekeeping luxury brands” nonsense? The very point of luxury brands is that they are automatically “gatekept” by, you know, being super fucking expensive so not everyone can have them, which is a MAJOR part of their appeal (do I really have to write this down?). If you can’t afford to dress yourself in LV from top to bottom, you don’t. Very simple.

[–]cfrules34 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Stop doing shit for the approval of other people.

[–]KingOfAllWomen2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Yeah no kidding. Imagine spending 700 dollars or even thousands on a watch... If you are just wearing it for fashion it's an accessory. If it's there and is the right color/style/metal it's doing it's job.

[–]CHAD_J_THUNDERCOCK2 points3 points  (2 children) | Copy

The people whom the authentic item would impress can spot that yours is fake

They really cant. The fakes are just too good. e.g. - thats not even a 'superreplica'.

[–]SwagYoloJesus2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

It’s not about the quality of the replica, sure, e.g. there are some seriously good fake watches down to faking the movement of the authentic pieces, and it’d take a professional to spot these. But how do you think someone who wears $20 shoes from H&M looks with a $6k Rolex on his wrist? Try ridiculous. It is usually extremely obvious if someone’s sporting a fake and not because of the quality of the piece.

The ones who look like they can afford an authentic luxury item are better off buying an actual authentic one at the end of the day, and the ones who wear 3-pack tees from Target and drive a Toyota just look silly and desperte with them.

[–]CHAD_J_THUNDERCOCK4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

I roughly agree with your starting points. Though even if you wear cheapish clothes you can get a rep of a Rolex Oyster Perpetual and claim it was a graduation present or from an uncle or something. There I guys I talk to occasionally who wear jeans, Tshirt and a genuine Richard Mille.

But if you wear $20 shoes then you need to get some better shoes off ebay. Women look at shoes and judge you. Good leather are better ROI than watch.

The ones who look like they can afford an authentic luxury item are better off buying an actual authentic one at the end of the day

Strong disagree. Why are they better buying authentic? Buy the replica. Everyone will assume its real. Spend that money on a better car/home/holiday. Or better still put it into income generating assets.

[–]REDDIT-MODS-ARE-GODS6 points7 points  (8 children) | Copy

Rep is just another word for fake

[–]Sendmeloveletters21 points22 points  (7 children) | Copy

A lot of reproductions are defects or from when the plant in China secretly makes more than ordered and sells them privately instead of giving them to the client.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy

It would be lovely to know specifically which are sold this way

[–]Sendmeloveletters0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Same. Usually the ones you find from people who approach you in Chinatowns. The ones without a store or table and just come up to you like a drug dealer.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Right now I’m in Vietnam and picked up a fake Hublot and Bell & Ross. They’re both indistinguishable from the real thing. To be fair I don’t plan on wearing them much.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Yes and sent straight to organized crime Glhf tracking down

[–]oddtechie1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I have always doubted that!! Any source for you to confirm this?

[–]Anacondainahonda0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

I think this used to be true more in the past than now, although Chinese greed knows no bounds.

[–]Sendmeloveletters1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

If they can traffic human beings without trouble on the regular don’t be surprised if a few pairs of shades or Nikes slip through.

[–]dadfrombrad0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Faked and replicas FORCE you to be more confident.

[–]cakefmateus55 points56 points  (2 children) | Copy

Sunglasses are like wine, have a lot of cheap ones to drink and one expansive one for great occasions

[–]Zdeneksfilter11 points12 points  (0 children) | Copy

Love this sub. You get to learn something new everyday.

[–]2CasaDeFranco0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

For those who want to have a family (children); this is my approach. Build my value, enjoy dating, take my time.

[–]BloodSurgery87 points88 points  (2 children) | Copy

Thanks, Im gonna buy some new, cheap sunglasses it seem!

Hopefully no one thinks thats the actual message of this post.

[–]IvanReilly47 points48 points  (1 child) | Copy

Tbh as much as I get the point of the post being about women and abundance I will probably buy another pair because of this post

[–]BloodSurgery16 points17 points  (0 children) | Copy

Just like one can apply The art of War into their everyday life, into economics, politics, and so on, I dont see the problem on applying abundance mentality onto their sunglasses.

[–]Flying_Wingback147 points148 points  (0 children) | Copy

This is abundance mentality in action

[–]LeatherBoundWisdom29 points30 points  (0 children) | Copy

Great example of red pill prose. Could be a sidebar post on spinning plates.

[–]ProFriendZoner17 points18 points  (1 child) | Copy

That's some heavy Milton Erickson shit right there

[–]10percentlowbattery0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy


[–]syn1us25 points26 points  (1 child) | Copy

I am shocked by how many people seem to think that this post is purely about sunglasses.

[–]tyronethejabrone11 points12 points  (0 children) | Copy

Preeeetty sure everyone realizes it’s not. Gotta take that opportunity to actually discuss shades though

[–]SlapsButts10 points11 points  (0 children) | Copy

I have done this exact thing for many years too and can confirm it feels great. 3 pairs of sunglasses in each of my cars at any moment, and a few more at home, plus 1 extra pair on my backpack due to previous experiences of them breaking at work. I used to hate it when i just forgot about them somewhere and lost them, now i have many backups. Still felt sad when my favorite ones broke 1 month ago, they were special due to where they came from and it's unique shade.

But always buy something that protects your eyes, good UV protection is priceless.

[–]modTheRedPike11 points12 points  (0 children) | Copy


[–]DareyFathom18 points19 points  (6 children) | Copy

On a more serious note, I have the same pair of Oakley half jackets from Afghanistan about a decade ago. Survived multiple IEDs and firefights and they still look good (just have to change out the polarized lenses every couple of years). I'll never get rid of those things. They are damn near indestructible.

[–]DoctorAWALT28 points29 points  (0 children) | Copy

You need to spin more jackets because you clearly have oneitis for that one

[–]jacques_cousteau0073 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

Where do you change out the lenses? You gotta send them back to the factory?

[–]howyabiys 1 points [recovered]  (3 children) | Copy

From an non US country, thank you for your service sir.

[–]laputatumadre10 points11 points  (2 children) | Copy

You put on lipstick this morning to kiss his ass?

[–]AnAbsoluteSith5 points6 points  (1 child) | Copy

Was wondering the same thing.

[–]Zdeneksfilter2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Makes 3 of us now

[–]markus_sparkus9 points10 points  (1 child) | Copy

This whole time I thought this story about sunglasses was really about dating girls

[–]tyronethejabrone2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Nah man. Don’t be looking for hidden meaning

[–]1021179910714 points15 points  (0 children) | Copy

Spell it out for the rookies that this post is a metaphor.

[–]Taxus_Calyx37 points38 points  (9 children) | Copy

Might be half blind by the time you're 50 from lack of UV protection. Cheap sunglasses just don't cut it in the long run :/

[–]420KUSHBUSH21 points22 points  (3 children) | Copy

Taxus has a very good point, ensure your sunglasses offer proper UV protection

[–]MrSobe3 points4 points  (2 children) | Copy

As someone who works outside, a high quality pair of polarized sunglasses is the best quality of life purchase I have ever made. We experience the world around us visually. By putting some cheap plastic between your eyes and everything else, you do yourself a disservice. Specifically with sunglasses, op's outlook seems completely backwards. Buy a $150 pair and take care of them. It will cost less than buying a new $15 pair every week.

[–]Zdeneksfilter5 points6 points  (1 child) | Copy

My man... you do realize the crux of his post has nothing to do with sunglasses, right? His prose is figurative. With that said, there's a lot of truth to what you're saying.

[–]MrSobe1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I understand completely, that's why I said "specifically with sunglasses." I just think that's a bad example to use.

[–]cumfortably_dumb9 points10 points  (3 children) | Copy

My father never wore sunglasses in his whole life(over 50 years old). He isn't half blind.

[–]Cheeri-o33 points34 points  (2 children) | Copy

It’s that the sunglasses filter out visible light so your iris gets large to be able to take in more visible light. The enlarged iris inevitably takes in more UV light, and if they aren’t properly protected from UV, then you can damage your eyes.

Basically cheap sunglasses without UV protection are worse than no sunglasses at all.

[–]cumfortably_dumb4 points5 points  (1 child) | Copy

Makes sense.

Also I always had this question. Do polycarbonate lenses with good uv protection and polarised just as good as a glass one with same protection and polarisation?

[–]Cheeri-o0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Comparing polycarbonate vs glass, where they have the same UV protection and Polarization?

Polycarbonate will be thinner, lighter, stronger and more resistant to scratching and fracture than glass. If they have the same stats otherwise as far as protection goes from the sun, then it just depends on cost and whether you will need the added bonuses polycarbonate offers. I’m no expert, but they should protect you from the sun the same

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I was about to say this. Sunglasses aren't all about looks, it's also about eye safety as well. I had a cheap pair when I was a kid that I wanted to have checked to see if they offer uv protection. According to the optomologists I went to, they said there was a film or something covering the lenses that made it indeterminable to see if they did offer uv protection. Threw that shit away cause i don't think any smart person would risk fucking up your vision then to just dish out some more money for something that actually protects your eyes.

[–]Menchstick4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

If everything is going right you should get to a point where expensive raybans are easy enough to for you to acquire, so you stop worrying about somebody picking them up at the bar, having 4-5 other high quality sunglasses waiting for you to lose the current ones. Just talking out of my ass because I'm nowhere near that point right now. I'll just try to build a collection of shitty town fair sunglasses and try not to care when someone more glassworthy inevitably takes them.

[–]xxcups4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Sunglasses are like women- they are always going to get lost, stolen, scratched up, or some BS thing happens. Cheap or expensive. Personally I would rather have UV and polorized quality

[–]666Evo3 points4 points  (2 children) | Copy

I get the point, but am I the only one who has had my pair of sunglasses for like 15 years?

They weren't super expensive, but they suit my face exceptionally well and I wear them almost daily.
They're a little banged up and I probably should replace them, but they still get the job done...

[–]brandoon692 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

I’ve had the same pair of Oakley Holbrooks I bought at least 8 years ago. I’ve replaced the lenses a few times because they were pretty scratched up but the frame is the same.

[–]1Self-honest[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Way to “maintain frame” dude.

[–]BlindStark3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

Nice, I do the same thing but with human teeth.

[–]7GreatOne113 points4 points  (1 child) | Copy

One of the best posts I've seen on this sub.

[–]1Self-honest[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Thanks buddy. There are tons of great posts like this one from back in the day. I was reading some the other day and got inspired to write this.

This style has been lost in the autistic spergy style of direct speak we get bombarded with these days.

[–]Jesusfeminist11 points12 points  (1 child) | Copy

Naaaaaaah. I’m gonna keep these Christian Diors on 😎

[–]420KUSHBUSH6 points7 points  (0 children) | Copy

Look at all that ice brrrrrr

[–]NoHetro2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

lmao, amazing post.

[–]jimmyjoejimbob2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

The polarised lenses are made in one or two factories, this means that the cheap glasses and the name brand ones have the same lenses.

[–]Field_Of_View2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Before I caught on to the metaphor I was wondering, do you have a weird eye deformity? Why are you obsessed with sun glasses? I haven't owned sun glasses in a decade.

[–]huhub2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

One might be careful with cheap glasses as they may distort vision or even emit dangerous chemicals when made of low-quality material, but pretend to be golden. Some may even have STDs (sunglasses' transmitted deceases).

[–]Nicolas06313 points4 points  (2 children) | Copy

3 things matter on sunglasses:

- That they correctly protect from the sun (not all do that well)

- That their look/shape does match well with your face

- That they fit your vision.

You are quite right that the actual brand doesn't matter one bit. except some cheapo ones don't protect from UV and I think some fancy one are really easier to clean.

The thing is the day you need glasses, you'll need your sunglasses to fit your vision and then the cheap sunglasses days are gone.

[–]toplelkekfag0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Read again

[–]Hviterev1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Be like the sun. Have so much to give that you can give without ever seeemingly losing anything.

[–]1Self-honest[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Be like the distant star, who’s light can still be seen and remembered hundreds of thousands of years after its burned out and disappeared.

[–]OptimalPlankton1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

great perspective, time to spin.

[–]daniellederek1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

You do realize like what 90% of prescription and fashion frames brands are owned by 1 company and they keep prices artificially high.

Most of those $399 sunglasses frames cost 85 cents to make.

[–]GhostMan02141 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I learned this in middle school when I became a Buddhist. The prizes you own are illusions and they ultimately own you. The Middle Way is what they call it. I own a good car that has great economy, lives forever, and takes a beating. I know it's not permanent. I'm not worried about dents or scratches.

As for sunglasses, I've never bought a pair worth more than $15. I've broken, lost, and fucked up enough pairs to not even buy them anymore. I think I have a pair somewhere, but I haven't used them in years.

There's always more, brother.

[–]PaulMurrayCbr1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Another solution is: never wear the same pair twice in a row. Don't get attached, don't develop a favourite that you can't do without.

[–]notadaddy1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

I went the other way! Always loosing cheap ones. then I got a pair of GUCCIs, solid lightweight, a work of art. Been all over the world and I don’t even baby them, just treat them like I paid 300 bucks for them. Now I’m just trying to see how long they’ll last before anything happens to them. Knock on wood....

[–]1Self-honest[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

It’s amazing, I used to lose them left and right. Once I dropped my investment and got multiple pairs, they’re all where they should be when I want them and I can’t seem to get rid of them.

[–]Bing_Bang_Bam1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I feel as though there might be an analogy in there somewhere.....

[–]russian_nigger1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

excellent metaphor there broski. loved it. also, cheap sunglasses are pretty legit.

[–]uptimex1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Loved this. Thanks man. Saved.

[–]lobstergenocide1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

makin me feel real weird that my fav pair of aviators were given to me by my dad

[–]1Self-honest[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Hah - my dad bought me my first pair back in middle school. Modern day rite of passage.

[–]Senior ContributorMentORPHEUS1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

There you are enjoying a life of abundance, till you find yourself down to the last disposable pen, razor, hair tie etc. Oneitis takes over and it's amazing the poor performance you'll suffer and the effort you'll spend on retention.

[–]FaP_rothschild1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I wear my sunglasses at night !

Tremendous shit right there. Stayin shady til i drop ded..

[–]ChadThundagaCock1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

My pair just broke and oddly, I do feel down about it. I have a cheap pair as well that don't look as good but I am not as attached to.

These are the posts I like to see here.

[–]1Self-honest[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Happy to help. Trying to bring this place back to the glory days. I’ll be back when I have time to write again.

[–]bojsihtekat 1 points [recovered]  (1 child) | Copy

Everyone realizes this is a metaphor, right?

[–]iloveyoudeft3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

I love that you didn't explain at the end :)

[–]BigWeenus421 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Women must be pretty damn mad about being compared to sunglasses. It is so fucked that this post is 100% true.

[–]1Self-honest[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

Ha - but I LOVE sunglasses. This is not a knock against sunglasses in ANY way.

[–]Hamlet_Prime1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I was looking for the last line where it would say plates = sunglasses. But it didn’t. And it was so much better because of it

[–]HumptyDumptyFellHard-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

I can’t be the only one to see how idiotic this post is.

[–]the_green_grundle 1 points [recovered]  (1 child) | Copy

The only people I don’t use dude on are mtf trans individuals (including one of my friends) because it seems to bother them.

[–]SunnySprings_0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Story of my life. I thought I was the only one

[–]wriley0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Lol. We were in Mexico at Christmas and I bought 5 pairs of fake ray bands. Pink, blue, green, black, wood. I wear them everywhere, swimming in the ocean, roller coasters etc. Cheap sunglasses are my favourite.

[–]brasilgringo1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Finding this pair of mirrored Foster Grant ironman at Walgreens for $20 was almost the only moment of pure pleasure I got during the last 6 months. Then I found them cheaper at Amazon and acheived inner peace for several minutes:

I switched to cheap, cool pairs a few years ago after I left a pair of $200 Maui Jims in a bathroom at a casino in vegas. Never again!

[–]ThinSpiritual0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

So... don't date girls with high maintenance?

Plenty of "cheap" and equally good lookings girls out there.

[–]1Self-honest[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

They don’t have to be “cheap” but you better not spend a lot. It’s all about keeping your emotional investments low by having seemingly unlimited options.

[–]CrumbledSituation0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

I’ve used cheap sunglasses and the chicas loved putting them on.

[–]1Self-honest[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

They always seem to enjoy watching me throw mine in the back seat or across the room.

[–]MonsterHipster0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

[–]1Self-honest[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

“Now go out and get yourself some big black frames With the glass so dark they won't even know your name”

[–]sokolske0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

How to maintain your lenses and/or expensive glasses:

  • Don't get mirror lenses if you need to know more about cleaning glasses. The mirror is a film, it will most likely smudge, you can't touch it without a cloth. Unless you need a lot of sun protection (sports).

  • Eye glass cleaner + micro fiber cloth. Pretty much what stores use when you get a new pair and you're in aw that you can see better. The ones with alcohol work better like Carl Zeiss, but non alcoholic ones work fine and they can be used on phone screens as well.

  • Warm Dish soap water + new paper towel: Easiest on the pinch method of cleaning. Just try and get the fibers or the paper towel off after.

  • Never wipe on your shirt: Shirts are dirty, cloths have different variables of softness. Probably the number one reason why glasses get scratched up in the first place.

  • Get glasses fitted: So when you get your glasses, opticians will do some measurements for fitment. Overtime, the fitment gets loose and crooked, if you notice anything just go to the optician, they'll probably fix it for free.

  • Don't leave your glasses out in the sun

  • Wash them after getting them exposed to sea water.

How to not lose your glasses:

  • I try to make it consistent habit of putting my glasses back in it's case and carrying said case with me. Things that don't ave a home are lost, so give it a home in your case.

  • I try to leave my sunglasses with case it places I can come back to as a point of reference ( night stand for my room, car when mobile, etc.)

  • Getting nice glasses doesn't mean name brand. Anything in a eye glass store is liable to get snatched because it is immediately recognized by most people. Imo, best brands to avoid getting stolen would be Oakley's and Ray-Ban, but know who will be in the area that will know what is valuable e.g Most people wouldn't immediately know Smith optics, but at a ski resort almost everyone knows Smith optics.

  • There are also croakies or the rope that attaches to the end of the frames are great for water related activities cuz there are fancy ones that float. May not be a trendy look but function>form

[–]LudwigVanBlunts0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I used to always lose my glasses and have the same feeling. Thanks! Lol this is not a promotion I just really fuck w/ cheap glasses...

[–]party_dragon0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Cheap sunglasses with bad UV filters will cause long-term damage to your eyes. Bad idea.

[–]SmamelessMe0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I completely understand what you mean.

It also helps to know what you want from your sunglasses in the first place. I found that the best sunglasses are not the fancy looking or stylish ones, that you like to wear partially because you want to show-off. Or the cheap ones that try to look expensive and fanciful.

Instead, these days I go for one of the wide range of $5 safety glasses. They have all the same tint and UV grade you find any any other pair of glasses on the market, but instead of being finicky and requiring extra care, they can handle real life, and don't get damaged if don't go out of your way to take extra care of them.

Sure, looks may not be their primary reason for existence, but you can easily find pretty good looking pair, if you avoid the ridiculously bulky ones, or ones that try to appear too "sciency" or "professional".

These glasses cost very little, since absolute majority of customer don't even consider them, yet will last you a life-time, if you don't go out of your way to damage them. And the best part is they will literally give their life for you.

[–]1sezamus0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Let me add something: I have cheap and expensive watches and eyeglases.

Cheap ones might be fun like Casio MDV-106 or good looking pair of chinese aviators. You like them at the beginning, you make good impression, but after some time you notice all the flaws. You start to miss RayBans for how good they were sitting on your nose or how great the lume on your last Seiko's diver watch was. In the end you realize you are going to buy the better ones anyways and you just lost more cash in the long run.

"Poor people cannot afford cheap stuff."

Some of us loose time for dumb bitches, missing the top quality girls. 20 cheap watches are not worth one good Omega. The satisfaction is from a whole new level.

[–]1Self-honest[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

A nice twist on the original point.

[–]farshadnm0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

you should have a party with your friends where you share your sunglasses with each other. maybe try wearing two at the same time or two of you wearing one. no eye contact thou.

[–]ChrimsonChin9880 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Great post.

On a side note, I always found people wearing designer glasses idiots, same goes for guys who marry.


[–]TommyTheThird0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Cheap sunglasses are whack. L2 peacock with some designer shades with real glass polarized lenses that actually are way more functional when driving. You can still be pragmatic about it by purchasing high quality replicas. Look over to fashionreps reddit or my favorite aooko on yupoo.

[–]its_meKnightSwolaire0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Aviators. They are always in style and you can buy assorted colors in one pack, bulk on amazon. $30 for like 20 pairs

[–]machocornflakes0 points1 point  (3 children) | Copy

Great analogy, yet I’d rather have 3 9’s instead of 100 6s. All I have to do is keep things in check.

When a 9 walks in a room, all 6s are immediately overshadowed.

You can’t replace premium quality with shit, no matter how much shit you stack on top of each other.

[–]1Self-honest[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy

The point is to view them as replaceable. And have their replacements waiting in the on deck circle. Or be confident that you can easily replace them. Don’t get lost in the details.

[–]machocornflakes1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

That for sure.

I got the point, but I found your story funny because I experienced the opposite with cheap and proper sunglasses and therefore my comment.

Many cheap ones, didn’t give a fuck, lost most of them, costs accumulated to that of good ones, so I turned to less but better quality.

Regardless, they are there to make you feel good, look good, and have fun with at a beach. Lose one, get a new one.

[–]1Self-honest[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Yeah we’re on the same page

[–]team-evil0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

One good pair of Maui Jim's that never leave the car and if they do, they go right in the case. Expensive but I force myself to take care of them, because I've done the exact same things you've done.

My Nordstrom Rack Ray-Ban/Luxotica piece of shit plastic lense garbage did cost 50.00 (down from "150.00" but lux garbage so really should have been 25). They get scratched if you look at them wrong and are just as poorly made as Oakley now. (Remember late 90's early 00's Oakley glasses had the best build quality.)

Couldn't care less if I misplace the Ray-Bans. They'll turn up, and until they do, I'll use my cheap Oakley knock offs.

[–]Das_Teacher0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

I have a friend who is focused on meeting only ONE girl to unconditionally love him and live the rest of his life with her. Gonna show him this post for sure and would love to see this added to sidebar.

[–]sebbegerbert-4 points-3 points  (3 children) | Copy

Oh dude. This is a actually a good post about sunglasses. I currently own 4 pairs and they didn’t cost me more then 5$ together two were free. One pair red coca-cola glasses and a pair with the Swedish flag on. Also got two cheap rayban ripoffs. Both named rayberi bought in egypt. Used to have expensive glasses broke one and lost two. 300-450$ down the drain and for what? Some cheap plastic with a promise I will look cool. Nah I’m good.

[–]Senior Endorsed Contributormax_peenor11 points12 points  (1 child) | Copy

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, friend, but it wasn't about sun glasses.

[–]sebbegerbert3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

I know but I still agree with the metaphor.

[–]GroundPole-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

Bit of an issue if you keep spinning till you are 40 and dont have a family. Then you risk 6x higher autism rates for your kids.

[–]andreas-mgtow-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

Every time I would get angry as I felt...

That horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach...

Why wouldn’t this feeling go away???

I embraced the realization that it was just my turn and let go of "feelings", instead of looking for a "strategy" to cop with. Walking away from ThePlantation is not for everyone. The way of MGTOW is the darkest of red pills. And yes, I fuck pussy, but I don't let pussy fuck me.

You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea.

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