Amazon refunding customers who bought fake eclipse glasses

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Amazon is issuing refunds to any customers who bought fake eclipse glasses through the site.

It is essential for people who are going to view the eclipse to understand that as long as the Sun is even partially visible, even by a sliver, it can cause significant eye damage if viewed without proper protection. Make sure your eclipse glasses or filters are safe! And remember, only during the short 2 minute or so totality that will occur in the narrow strip across the country will it be safe to look at the Sun without protection. Even so, you must do so with great caution so that you don’t mistakenly view the Sun unprotected when it is partially exposed.



  • wayne

    This just illustrates the really sad state of science education & plain general knowledge in our Land.
    (and, who buys this stuff, at the last minute, off the internet? Does Obamacare cover self-inflicted blindness, or what?

    I’m in Michigan, I have my cardboard with pin-hole, all charged up and ready to go. Found my eclipse glasses, but I’m not in totality, so back in the drawer! (Had my cataracts done a few years ago, and in no hurry to melt my lenses or fry my rods/cones.)

    My Dad saw the one in Baja in ’91 and I have a set of beautiful (yuge) prints, before during and after.

    Tangentially– Comet’s Halley and Kahoutec (spell?) in the ’70’s. Saw both of those. Concurrently, a huge number of people (looking over Lake Michigan) saw jet plane contrails and thought they had seen a comet.

    I want to see what happens to network-congestion when “everyone” attempts to live-stream the eclipse, all at the same time.

  • Wayne: That you are not in totality is more reason to have your eclipse glasses handy to use. You don’t need them during totality (though of course you should be absolutely sure totality has occurred before you remove them). In a partial eclipse is when you have to wear them.

  • wayne

    omg, >Losing my mind on a daily basis these days. Proved my own point.
    (need my meds adjusted, ha.)
    Thank you.

    I was seriously considering a drive to southern Illinois for this one, but knowing there is one in 2024 (Texas to New England pathway) it’s ok I miss this, I know way more people who live in that route.)

    So, Mr.Z., you are travelling for the eclipse, then for some hiking/camping in… where? You mentioned it on JBS.

  • Willi

    Bob will be viewing in Idaho Falls.

  • Willi

    And exploring in Glacier National Park.

  • Thank you Willi for answering Wayne’s question. I had forgotten.

  • Dick Eagleson


    Kohoutek you would have seen in 1973. I was still living in Michigan myself at that time. Halley didn’t show up until 1986.

  • Dick Eagleson

    Off topic, but thanks, Mr. Z for getting rid of those @%@&%^# reCAPTCHA puzzles. I don’t miss them a bit.

  • Dick Eagleson: I’d love to take the credit, but the change must have come from reCaptcha itself.

  • Chris

    I am not a robot:
    Click all the boxes with totality.

    It actually seems to have changed to
    Chick the center (of the totality)

  • schwit

    Manish Panjwani’s Los Angeles-based astronomy product business, AgenaAstro, has sold three times its average monthly revenue in the past month. Ninety-five percent is related to the solar eclipse… Panjwani’s eclipse glasses come from two NASA-approved sellers: Thousand Oaks Optical in Arizona and Baader Planetarium in Germany. He said he provided documentation to Amazon proving the products’ authenticity weeks ago, with no response from Amazon. On Saturday morning, he woke up to 100 emails from customers after Amazon issued a recall for his products. “People have some of the best glasses in the world in their hands right now and they don’t believe in that product,” he said. “They’re out there looking for something inferior.” Panjwani said Amazon is temporarily retaining some of his profits because of the recall. He also has almost 5,000 glasses at an Amazon warehouse, which customers can no longer purchase. “That’s just sitting there. I cannot sell it and I cannot get it back in time for the eclipse,” he said.

  • wayne

    Interesting story. To add insult to injury, Amazon charges merchants to warehouse & process product, whether it’s available for sale or not.

    Thank you for expanding on & correcting, my time frame for comet-activity. You of course, are correct.
    [Yowza…. told myself if I ever started confabulating, time-compressing, and co-mingling factoids, it would be time to retire and it’s…. time to retire, before it creeps into my real work. And I just started taking Artane® a month ago, major side FX’s are euphoria (oh yeah!) and memory impairment (oh no!)]

    referencing reCAPTHCHA;
    A majority of the challenges I receive involve identifying “automobiles” or “street signs.”

  • Cotour

    Wayne: I just spoke to my father, he’s a bout to turn 90, and he takes a drug called Sinimet (Genaric name: Carbidopa-Levodopa).

    If your problem is symptoms due to Parkinsons you might look into it, he says that it fixes his symptoms completely and he has NO side effects.

    Hope this information helps.

  • wayne

    I sincerely appreciate your efforts! (90 is great!)
    I already do take a rather large wallop of Sinimet, and it’s on the upper end of the toxicity limit.

    Simon and Garfunkel –

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