Even people who have been around eyewear, so to speak, still ask the question, “Which is better: Sam’s Club vs. Costco eyeglasses?” While individual experiences with the large chains will vary, most people agree that Costco has the slight edge over Sam’s Club in terms of the quality and quantity of money paid for eyeglasses.
Even Consumer Reports have even conducted comparative research on reviews made by consumers about the two chains. The researchers gathered information about the retailers’ prices, product quality, and customer service as well as membership fees from the consumers’ reviews. Both chains, by the way, offer deep discounts on their impressive range of products including eye glasses for a yearly membership fee.
Based on the Consumer Reports’ survey, Costco also comes out on top but the results apply to the entirety of the chains’ products and services. Again, Costco only has a slight edge but it’s there nonetheless.
Quality of the Eyeglasses
Based on our personal experiences with both chains, Costco offers eyeglasses, sunglasses and contact lenses with higher quality than Sam’s Club. The Costco eyewear seem to be more durable for both plastic, polycarbonate and metal-framed ones, especially the more expensive ones. The choices also include lenses with ultraviolet protection, polarized quality, and light-sensitive property, aside from the prescription glasses with different types and grades.
While Costco makes its prescription glasses within 3-7 days, there are also cases when these can be picked up within the day. Customers are well-advised to set realistic expectations about the turnaround time for their prescription eyeglasses.
We must say, furthermore, that the wait can be well worth it for many reasons. First, Costco informs its customers when their eyeglasses are ready for pick-up or have been shipped depending on their preference. Second, Costco makes well-made eyeglasses so much so that there are few complaints about damaged lenses, loose frames, and wrong prescriptions, among others.
Third, Costco has flexible return policies on eyeglasses. Based on its website, these can be returned within 90 days of purchase.
But this isn’t to say that Sam’s Club comes in at a far second, far from it. The chain also offers durable, practical and beautiful eyeglasses in a wide range of styles and materials. Most individuals looking for prescription eyeglasses that suit their specific needs will most likely find it at a Sam’s Club location for this reason.
Like Costco, Sam’s Club also has flexible return policies on its eyeglasses. Customers can return their eyeglasses under certain terms and conditions including within 90 days of purchase. The 90-day period should be sufficient to determine if, indeed, your eyeglasses are of the right quality for the price you paid for them.
Quantity of Dollars Paid for the Eyewear
Of course, the actual price for your eyeglasses will vary depending on its type, frame and lens materials, and brand. This is true whether you buy them at Costco or at Sam’s Club, as well as whether your vision insurance plan is valid in any of these chains. Be sure to check with the store where you plan on getting your eyeglasses first about the validity of your insurance plan just to be sure.
In general, Costco has more affordable prices for their eyeglasses in comparison with those at Sam’s Club. The affordability of the eyewear becomes even more pronounced when there are promotions and seasonal discounts, although we must also say that the best thing about Costco is that its prices are always good the whole year-round.
In conclusion, the Sam’s Club vs. Costco eyeglasses question can be answered in this way: Costco offers the better deal. But you can obviously disagree with our opinion because that’s what a free market economy is for – choices!