My wife and I have been AARP members for many years. I want to alert you to a devious marketing scam that is being perpetrated on AARP members by Lenscrafters. On Saturday my wife and I went to Lenscrafters on South Florida Avenue in Lakeland , FL because you advertise that they offer an AARP discount to members. After investing much time with a saleswoman in the store we were given the price for a new pair of prescription sunglasses (@$560) and I raised the issue of an AARP discount. We were told that the AARP discount did not apply to frames and lenses from Oakley, the brand of the frames. With further discussion it became evident that they would not offer the AARP discount on anything they had in the store.
The sales strategy used in the store was similar to buying a car at most dealerships. No price was quoted upfront, but after filling out a number of forms and signing a disclosure statement, we had to endure a series of pressure tactics for add-ons, etc. until we were finally given a quote. We promptly left the store and went across the street to Wal-Mart were we bought a comparable complete set for $160.00 with no hassle.