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Italian eyewear startup Quattrocento offers ‘paper try-on’ service

Lots of online eyewear retailers offer to send you a selection of frames to try on at home before you buy, a model made popular by Warby Parker in the U.S. and GlassesDirect in Europe. However, although sending you the exact same frame as you intend to purchase has largely solved the conversion problem selling eyewear online creates, it can be pretty costly.Not only is there the cost of delivery, including returning the frames, but it also requires a lot of extra stock to be held. That was...

Brooklyn Online Eyeglass Purveyor Arrested Again For Allegedly Harassing Unhappy Customers

Stock image of broken glasses (istockphoto)The owner of an online eyeglasses website who has been previously convicted for threatening customers with violence—including rape and murder—has been arrested again. This time, the U.S. Attorney's office says he allegedly "misrepresent[ed] the authenticity and condition of eyeglasses sold through the website"—and "harass[ed] customers who complained or attempted to return their purchases."In 2010, Vitaly Borker was sentenced to four years in prison...

Eyeglass Vendor, Imprisoned for Terrorizing Consumers, Is Accused of Fraud

Vitaly Borker served a three-and-a-half-year stint in prison for threatening to stalk, maim and murder customers of his online eyeglass store, DecorMyEyes. But the court-ordered timeout, it seems, did little to convince him to take a new approach to sales.Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York announced on Thursday that Mr. Borker had been arrested and charged with wire and mail fraud while running OpticsFast.com, an eyewear site that authorities said hassled consumers...