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Cheap Sunglasses

by Self-honest on /r/TheRedPill
18 August 2019 04:39 PM UTC

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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.

Post Information
Title Cheap Sunglasses
Author Self-honest
Upvotes 1496
Comments 184
Date 18 August 2019 04:39 PM UTC (7 months ago)
Subreddit TheRedPill
Link https://theredarchive.com/post/248808
Original Link https://old.reddit.com/r/TheRedPill/comments/cs3i2d/cheap_sunglasses/
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686 upvoteslight-----------dark7 months ago

TLDR: always spin your plates.

198 upvotesHornedBul7 months ago

ambundance mindset right here in this post

84 upvotesL3onard37 months ago

Funny thing is some readers needed this.

182 upvotes319Skew7 months ago

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.

82 upvotesSelf-honest [OP]7 months ago

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.

-21 upvotesvodoun7 months ago

your post is just silly. instead of improving your position (financially and otherwise) so that you can afford one really good pair and take care of it, you're content with stagnating. cheap pairs don't compare in any way to a good expensive pair

very very silly, it's just a post about a guy who gave up (even to the point of sharing wtf) and is now saying others should too

41 upvotesShutArkhamCityDown7 months ago

You got it all wrong, my friend

3 upvotesHock3yGrump7 months ago

Nothing wrong with being frugal until you can reach higher levels.

0 upvotesvodoun7 months ago

he's literally not saying that, he's literally saying he just gave up and is happy to wallow in the mud

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.

lol he's a cucked loser who can't cope with the "stress" of keeping frame. the people praising him for being a loser and saying they're going to follow his example are bigger losers. this is the most beta thread

2 upvotesSixt19307 months ago

Are you braindead? 319Skew says you need to improve your position so that high quality things become easily disposable from your POV, OP agrees with this and even says he was going to add it, you reply that thats all silly, you should improve until you can afford the really good pairs. Do you even read comments before replying?

7 upvotesbetachadtries7 months ago

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.

2 upvoteshowyabiys7 months ago

Fantastic comment.

1 upvotesZdeneksfilter7 months ago

Some of the finest advice I've seen anywhere.

1 upvotesseriousIytho7 months ago

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

410 upvotesCallMeHaseo7 months ago

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

96 upvotesBitsAndBobs3047 months ago

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

31 upvotesgood_guy_submitter7 months ago

Hidden tip: always wear a condom.

43 upvoteswarburgio7 months ago

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

6 upvotesgood_guy_submitter7 months ago

Even cheap ones have that 100% UV protection sticker.

4 upvoteswarburgio7 months ago


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

3 upvotesBalderdash797 months ago

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.


3 upvotescodebuster1236 months ago

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

35 upvotesCHAD_J_THUNDERCOCK7 months ago

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.

20 upvotescelincelin7 months ago

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

14 upvotesCHAD_J_THUNDERCOCK7 months ago

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.

7 upvotescelincelin7 months ago

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.

12 upvotesCHAD_J_THUNDERCOCK7 months ago

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!

2 upvotesMukato7 months ago

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

3 upvotescelincelin7 months ago

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.

69 upvotesinsignificant_npc_697 months ago

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.

-6 upvotesCHAD_J_THUNDERCOCK7 months ago

I can afford a Rolex or JLC so it is not an issue to wear a replica of one. I wouldn't wear a replica royal oak or patek as I would not be able to justify that kind of expense buying the gen. If I were 10x richer maybe I'd wear fakes of those.

I would never wear a seiko or casio. Get a smart watch instead of those, you can argue you use the sleep tracking and heart rate monitor. Either get the watch for function or for style/fashion/status/appearance. Casio and seiko give you neither.

Also nobody looks at or cares about watches other than watch nerds. Women do not notice or care and you should have bought better shoes, trousers, leather jacket.

15 upvotesstoicminimal7 months ago

"I would never wear a seiko or casio". Next paragraph "Also nobody looks at or cares about watches other than watch nerds". Even the high end knockoffs from NOOB or ARF are garbage, you wouldn't know though since you don't actually own a high end watch... Seiko makes great watches. Casio gshocks are the best daily beaters for tradesman. I know idiots who bought 500 dollar reps and stopped working in less than a year. Your advice is shit.

-3 upvotesCHAD_J_THUNDERCOCK7 months ago

Replicas typically use miyota 9015. I'll let people here Google how reliable miyota 9015 is, and whether you are telling the truth about it typically failing after a year.

1 upvotesstoicminimal7 months ago

It's not the movement; it's the quality control and work conditions. These watches are assembled in sub par conditions, are over/under lubed, get dust in them and are not water sealed. I'm not talking about garbage from dhgate or aliexpress Im talking about plus $500+. Google "reddit reptime watch stopped working" (feel stupid now?)Wearing knock-off sunglasses is one thing. But imagine being so insecure that you pay 500+ for a rep assembled in some guys house in Shenzhen...Insecure username checksout...

20 upvotesinsignificant_npc_697 months ago

I don't know, man. I couldn't personally wear a fake, but if you can, work away. I'd honestly just be too embarrassed to wear it, even though no one would know the difference, just feels so phoney to me. Although in the circles I move in I'm sure a few people would know, haha, all of my friends are watch nerds and I am too.

I've got a few nice watches, my Rolex GMT BLNR being my favourite, but I still make time for my cheaper watches. I'm a maths grad, so I get a kick out of wearing my Casio calculator watch now and again. Big fan of Casios and Seikos. Quality watches at a great price point. Everyone has a fucking Apple watch these days, buy something mechanical, be interesting.

3 upvotesgood_guy_submitter7 months ago

"I couldnt fuck a chick with fake tits, it just feels too phoney"

Bullshit. Kill your hamster.

Fake tits are great. Real ones are even better, but rarely.

2 upvotesgayqwertykeyboard7 months ago

Fake tits suck man. They feel like two rocky lumps where the soft, luscious breasts are supposed to be.

0 upvotescfrules37 months ago

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

1 upvotesmonsieurhire27 months ago

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.

1 upvotesmonsieurhire27 months ago

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.

24 upvotesSwagYoloJesus7 months ago

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.

15 upvotesHock3yGrump7 months ago

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.

5 upvotesSwagYoloJesus7 months ago

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.

5 upvotescfrules37 months ago

Stop doing shit for the approval of other people.

3 upvotesKingOfAllWomen7 months ago

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.

3 upvotesCHAD_J_THUNDERCOCK7 months ago

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upAJE_XhT2Y - thats not even a 'superreplica'.

3 upvotesSwagYoloJesus7 months ago

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.

5 upvotesCHAD_J_THUNDERCOCK7 months ago

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.

7 upvotesREDDIT-MODS-ARE-GODS7 months ago

Rep is just another word for fake

22 upvotesSendmeloveletters7 months ago

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.

2 upvotes • [deleted] • 7 months ago

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

1 upvotesSendmeloveletters7 months ago

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.

2 upvotes • [deleted] • 7 months ago

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.

2 upvotes • [deleted] • 7 months ago

Yes and sent straight to organized crime Glhf tracking down

2 upvotesoddtechie7 months ago

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

1 upvotesAnacondainahonda7 months ago

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

2 upvotesSendmeloveletters7 months ago

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.

1 upvotesdadfrombrad6 months ago

Faked and replicas FORCE you to be more confident.

56 upvotescakefmateus7 months ago

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

12 upvotesZdeneksfilter7 months ago

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

1 upvotesCasaDeFranco7 months ago

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

88 upvotesBloodSurgery7 months ago

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

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

48 upvotesIvanReilly7 months ago

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

17 upvotesBloodSurgery7 months ago

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.

148 upvotesFlying_Wingback7 months ago

This is abundance mentality in action

30 upvotesLeatherBoundWisdom7 months ago

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

18 upvotesProFriendZoner7 months ago

That's some heavy Milton Erickson shit right there

1 upvotes10percentlowbattery7 months ago


26 upvotessyn1us7 months ago

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

12 upvotestyronethejabrone7 months ago

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

11 upvotesSlapsButts7 months ago

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.

12 upvotesTheRedPike7 months ago


19 upvotesDareyFathom7 months ago

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.

29 upvotesDoctorAWALT7 months ago

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

4 upvotesjacques_cousteau0077 months ago

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

1 upvoteshowyabiys7 months ago

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

11 upvoteslaputatumadre7 months ago

You put on lipstick this morning to kiss his ass?

6 upvotesAnAbsoluteSith7 months ago

Was wondering the same thing.

3 upvotesZdeneksfilter7 months ago

Makes 3 of us now

10 upvotesmarkus_sparkus7 months ago

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

3 upvotestyronethejabrone7 months ago

Nah man. Don’t be looking for hidden meaning

15 upvotes102117991077 months ago

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

38 upvotesTaxus_Calyx7 months ago

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 :/

22 upvotes420KUSHBUSH7 months ago

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

4 upvotesMrSobe7 months ago

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.

6 upvotesZdeneksfilter7 months ago

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.

2 upvotesMrSobe7 months ago

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

10 upvotescumfortably_dumb7 months ago

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

34 upvotesCheeri-o7 months ago

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.

5 upvotescumfortably_dumb7 months ago

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?

1 upvotesCheeri-o7 months ago

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

2 upvotes • [deleted] • 7 months ago

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.

5 upvotesMenchstick7 months ago

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.

5 upvotesxxcups7 months ago

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

4 upvotes666Evo7 months ago

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...

3 upvotesbrandoon697 months ago

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.

3 upvotesSelf-honest [OP]7 months ago

Way to “maintain frame” dude.

4 upvotesBlindStark7 months ago

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

4 upvotes7GreatOne117 months ago

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

1 upvotesSelf-honest [OP]7 months ago

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.

12 upvotesJesusfeminist7 months ago

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

7 upvotes420KUSHBUSH7 months ago

Look at all that ice brrrrrr

3 upvotesNoHetro7 months ago

lmao, amazing post.

3 upvotesjimmyjoejimbob7 months ago

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.

3 upvotesField_Of_View7 months ago

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.

3 upvoteshuhub7 months ago

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).

4 upvotesNicolas06317 months ago

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.

1 upvotestoplelkekfag7 months ago

Read again

2 upvotesHviterev7 months ago

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

1 upvotesSelf-honest [OP]7 months ago

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.

2 upvotesOptimalPlankton7 months ago

great perspective, time to spin.

2 upvotesdaniellederek7 months ago

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.

2 upvotesGhostMan02147 months ago

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.

2 upvotesPaulMurrayCbr7 months ago

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.

2 upvotesnotadaddy7 months ago

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....

1 upvotesSelf-honest [OP]7 months ago

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.

2 upvotesBing_Bang_Bam7 months ago

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

2 upvotesrussian_nigger7 months ago

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

2 upvotesuptimex7 months ago

Loved this. Thanks man. Saved.

2 upvoteslobstergenocide7 months ago

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

2 upvotesSelf-honest [OP]7 months ago

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

2 upvotesMentORPHEUS7 months ago

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.

2 upvotesFaP_rothschild7 months ago

I wear my sunglasses at night !

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

2 upvotesChadThundagaCock7 months ago

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.

1 upvotesSelf-honest [OP]7 months ago

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

1 upvotesbojsihtekat7 months ago

Everyone realizes this is a metaphor, right?

4 upvotesiloveyoudeft7 months ago

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

2 upvotesBigWeenus427 months ago

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

4 upvotesSelf-honest [OP]7 months ago

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

2 upvotesHamlet_Prime7 months ago

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

0 upvotesHumptyDumptyFellHard7 months ago

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

1 upvotesthe_green_grundle7 months ago

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

1 upvotesSunnySprings_7 months ago

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

1 upvoteswriley7 months ago

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.

2 upvotesbrasilgringo7 months ago

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: https://www.amazon.com/Foster-STRONG-Sunglasses-Protection-Shatter-Resistant/dp/B01BXM18DG/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=Foster+Grant+Sunglasses+ironman&qid=1566178471&s=gateway&sr=8-3

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!

1 upvotesThinSpiritual7 months ago

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

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

1 upvotesSelf-honest [OP]7 months ago

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.

1 upvotesCrumbledSituation7 months ago

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

1 upvotesSelf-honest [OP]7 months ago

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

1 upvotesMonsterHipster7 months ago


1 upvotesSelf-honest [OP]7 months ago

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

1 upvotessokolske7 months ago

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

1 upvotesLudwigVanBlunts7 months ago

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

1 upvotesparty_dragon7 months ago

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

1 upvotesSmamelessMe7 months ago

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.

1 upvotessezamus7 months ago

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.

2 upvotesSelf-honest [OP]7 months ago

A nice twist on the original point.

1 upvotesfarshadnm7 months ago

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.

1 upvotesChrimsonChin9887 months ago

Great post.

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


1 upvotesTommyTheThird7 months ago

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.

1 upvotesits_meKnightSwolaire7 months ago

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

1 upvotesmachocornflakes6 months ago

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.

2 upvotesSelf-honest [OP]6 months ago

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.

2 upvotesmachocornflakes6 months ago

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.

2 upvotesSelf-honest [OP]6 months ago

Yeah we’re on the same page

1 upvotesteam-evil7 months ago

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.

1 upvotesDas_Teacher7 months ago

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.

-3 upvotessebbegerbert7 months ago

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.

12 upvotesmax_peenor7 months ago

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

4 upvotessebbegerbert7 months ago

I know but I still agree with the metaphor.

0 upvotesGroundPole7 months ago

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.

0 upvotesandreas-mgtow7 months ago

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.

-11 upvotesCompostable-Account7 months ago

Someone has no idea what quality is 😂

5 upvotes666Evo7 months ago

Someone has no idea what a metaphor is

-1 upvotesCompostable-Account7 months ago

Here’s the thing, uuu wrong lol

-13 upvotesBornShook7 months ago

Yeah, why buy $200 sunglasses when you can get a pair for $6 that look exact the same? You’re paying for the brand at that point. It’s a stupid flex to spend that much on a pair of sunglasses imo. However I feel like this should be common sense, and doesn’t require a post.

This is coming from a guy who owns a pair of $150 sunglasses btw. Terrible purchase on my part. I could’ve bought 30 pairs of identical looking knockoff sunglasses for the same price and I wish I did in hindsight.

I genuinly have no idea why this is getting downvoted. Somebody please explain.

15 upvotesLLL3peat7 months ago

Replace sunglasses with woman. That’s the point of the post. -_-

Good sunglasses keep my eyes protected from debris and UV light. Oakleys are the brand I like the most for 99% of my needs. The rest are cheapies or the pair or two of Tom Fords I have for going out for brunch.

-1 upvotesBornShook7 months ago

Even if this post is a metaphor, it is clear that op thinks that expensive sunglasses are a waste of money.

I’ll elaborate further. If op is saying that you shouldn’t invest a lot of time and energy into a single plate, just as you shouldnt invest all your money into a single pair of sunglasses, he is equating the money spent on sunglasses to the energy spent on a single women.

So if I understand correctly, he is saying that it makes more sense to buy 20 pairs of cheap (low investment) sunglasses so you always have a backup. Just as it makes sense to have 20 plates that you aren’t overly invested in, rather than being overly invested in just one.

Either way, his opinion still is that expensive sunglasses are a waste of money because they can break (Same as how plates “break”).

I see where you’re coming from, but I don’t think this post is as deep as you think.

1 upvotesPrincetonNarcissist7 months ago

Either way, his opinion still is that expensive sunglasses are a waste of money because they can break (Same as how plates “break”).

Do you disagree?

1 upvotesBornShook7 months ago

No, I agree 110%. Did I not make it clear enough?

2 upvotes_do_not_read_this_7 months ago

If you get the right albeit expensive sunglasses, they will have better, clearer lenses, and it's more likely they'll have better UV protection instead of just a sticker saying they have UV protection.

The better to see all the plates you're spinning.

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