@clonetek I would have actually PAID for them today, but… RB3498 is already OOS. Only two mens styles were available, and now only one is – and not the one I’d want. OK maybe more $1 glasses next time…
@CasualFriday@TheCraiggers This came up before on a different sunglass discussion. There is nothing inherently super-expensive about adding polarization. Many people like it depending on what usage they will be doing. There are also some reasons someone may not want polarized lenses. For example, certain types of electronic flat-panel displays can’t be viewed correctly with polarized glasses on, so you need non-polarized. These might be in vehicles, airplanes, ship navigation, etc.
With Ray-Bans, you are (supposedly) paying for the quality of the frame construction, good lenses, nice outer case, pretty box, and of course marketing and brand name recognition. Also as far as I know, Ray-Bans are still not made in China for $2, but made in Europe or USA. You are not paying for a $2 glass + $50-$150 for polarization – if anything it’s the other way around.
As a guy that works in the optical field, I can tell you these are over runs and older models that RB would offer to places lie meh, woot, Dr offices and other closeout type of places. At this price Meh is still making a nice mark up.