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Specsavers Optometrist Marina DuPreez and
Dispensing Partner Jenny Hubbard say that
since their Albany store opened in November
2008 they have been overwhelmed by the
positive response to the quality and value of
"We have shown people that they don't have to
pay an arm and a leg to get high quality frames
and lenses," Ms DuPreez said. "Since we've
opened we've had great feedback from people
who just can't get over the fact that we offer
such a great range of designer frames at prices
that have never been seen before."
Ms DuPreez said that Specsavers is so confident
about the quality of their glasses that each pair
sold is supported by a two year warranty and a
30 day 100% satisfaction guarantee.
"This warranty is twice the standard industry
offer and covers both the frames and the
lenses," she said. "Our customers can be secure
in the knowledge that the glasses that they buy
from us are going to go the distance. Also if you
have any doubts about your purchase, if you
bring them back in an undamaged condition,
within 30 days we will replace them for a pair
of equal value."
Ms DuPreez said that no matter how complicated
a prescription is, a customer will always pay
one standard price for the various lens options
available at Specsavers.
"We don't believe in penalising customers for
having a complicated prescription," she said. "Just
as people with big feet pay the same amount for
their shoes even though they contain more leather,
so complicated lens prescriptions should be
included as part of an overall glasses purchase."
Ms DuPreez said there were no hidden surprises
in the bill at her store, and customers could always
count on knowing exactly what their glasses
would cost before they got to the register.
"One of the things I love about Specsavers is the
clear price policy that I can offer to my customers.
This means that no matter what frames or lenses
or tints or coatings you choose, you will always
know exactly what it's going to cost up-front.
There is no hidden sting in the tail."
However, Ms DuPreez said lower prices did not
mean lower quality products.
"We provide the highest quality glasses; we
give you professional advice to help you
choose the best options to suit your needs and
your budget. We have a range of well-known
designer brand frames like Country Road,
Missoni, Jasper Conran, Karen Millen, French
Connection, Roxy and Quicksilver for much
less than you would normally expect to pay.
All glasses come with Pentax lenses and a
scratch resistant coating, included in the price
"I believe that people should be able to have
more than one great looking pair of glasses in
their wardrobe, just like they have more than
one pair of shoes. But in the past, the cost often
made that impossible," she said.
Optical professionals recommend that
everyone, including children, have an eye test
every two years, regardless of whether or not
you wear glasses.
"Eye tests are quick, painless and performed
using state-of-the-art equipment," Ms DuPreez
said. "Specsavers Optometrists are committed
to providing the highest quality eyecare, as
well as the most affordable eyewear to our
community, and so I urge anyone who is
overdue for an eye test or are just considering
updating their look to drop in and see us."
Specsavers Optometrist at Albany can be found at
Albany Westfield (next to ANZ Bank), 219 Don
McKinnon Drive, and contacted on 447 1465.
Quality eyecare and
glasses that go the distance
© 2011 Specsavers Optical Group • SMART_SPE12284.
GUARAN T EE
• All products of Specsavers conform to the highest
standards of quality and workmanship.
• If for whatever reason you have doubts about your
purchase, you can take back your glasses providing they
are undamaged within 30 days. Specsavers will replace
them for a pair of glasses of equal value.
• You can always go to Specsavers and have your glasses adjusted or professionally
cleaned. This service is completely free during the life of your glasses.
ALBANY LOCALS ARE DISCOVERING THAT HIGH QUALITY DESIGNER EYEGLASSES DON'T NEED TO COST AN ARM AND A LEG.
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Achieving on and
off the race track
Topping it: Former Pinehurst School student Avalon
Biddle got top marks in her Cambridge physical education
class and is also a top New Zealand motorcycle racer.
Photo: BEN WATSON
Breaking nine bones
hasn't stopped Avalon
Biddle's goal to be one of
the world's best motor-
Avalon, 18, has been
riding since she was six.
The Orewa resident
was the winner of the
New Zealand Formula
Five bucket Grand Prix
This year she came
second in a race at the
New Zealand 125 Grand
Prix even though she
had her gear stolen the
The lone female motor-
cycle racer says her
choice of sport causes a
bit of a stir among her
But sometimes they
can't look because they
are scared I will fall off,''
Avalon has broken
nine bones in her short
There was a time
where I was coming in
with a new injury every
month. All my friends
It was good having an
injury because it meant I
would focus on my
schoolwork, otherwise I
was always wanting to
be racing,'' she says.
And her focus at school
paid off with her Cam-
bridge physical edu-
cation mark being one of
the top scores in the
world. She got the
highest possible mark of
140 points giving her an
A star level grade.
Call 021-468-379 if you
would like to sponsor
Avalon or provide her
with some new gear.
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behind the wheel with
Avalon in a race.
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