We're nine days from the first total solar eclipse to be seen in America in almost a century, and eclipse-watchers are frantically organizing travel and equipment to ensure a good view, including protective glasses.
"Amazon has not received confirmation from the supplier of your order that they sourced the item from a recommended manufacturer", Amazon said in the email. Those concerned they may have a non-compliant product can still reach out to Amazon's customer service for a refund under the A-to-z Guarantee.
Amazon also said in the email they were refunding buyers in full.
"Safety is among our highest priorities", an Amazon spokesperson told TechCrunch about the matter.
As a measure of excitement surrounding the event, a leading supplier of solar lenses, Arizona-based Thousand Oaks Optical, has sold enough of its filters this year alone to produce roughly 100 million pairs of glasses, company owner Pat Steele-Gaishin told Reuters.
Amazon has reportedly been shutting down shops offering unverifiable eclipse eyewear and issuing notifications not to use them in case they cause eye damage but it may be a little too late for some who don't get the warning in time.
Stores across Lexington are reporting that they are out of eclipse glasses and aren't sure when they will get more in stock.
While no data exists for how many made-for-eclipse eyeglasses are in circulation overall, shady distributors of purportedly solar-safe shades abound on the Internet, Fienberg said.
People in fourteen states will be able to see the solar eclipse in totality next week. The ones I bought have all the right words printed on them: "meets the Transmission Requirements of ISO 12312-2" they say, before going on to list a slew of other standards allegedly met. If you're planning on viewing the rare event, it's important that you protect your eyes, since looking directly into the sun can damage them.
Don't try looking at the eclipse with normal sunglasses or home-made filters either. At the same time, Amazon sent out a letter to sellers of eclipse glasses and products, asking them to provide details of safety and origin, including ISO certification from an accredited lab. NASA has a list of reliable companies on its site.