Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Demand Eclipses Supply for Protective Glasses for Safe Solar Eclipse Viewing

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Demand Eclipses Supply for Protective Glasses for Safe Solar Eclipse Viewing

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Demand eclipses supply for solar eclipse glasses

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TORONTO - Ali Van Orman is still looking for specialized glasses to protect her family's eyes during Monday's solar eclipse because she never counted on demand totally eclipsing supply.

She tried to buy a coveted pair of solar eclipse glasses for herself and two children from Amazon back in July, but the hot commodities wouldn't have arrived in time.

Van Orman and many others are turning to social media to try to track down retailers that still have the glasses in stock. As of Thursday, supplies had dwindled in stores across Canada. Inventory status reports on the websites for Best Buy and Toys "R" Us showed the devices, which cost about $3, were sold out in many cities.

"There's a little toy store here in Calgary. I called them and they said 'no, you are the 50th person that's phoned us,'" Van Orman said.

"It's just one of those great things that I wish that I had done earlier," she said, adding that she will investigate other options such as a pinhole camera or welding goggles. Optometrists have said that watching the eclipse without certified protection could lead to permanent vision loss.

Early birds who snapped up extra pairs before the rush are selling them for up to $40 on Kijiji.

Andy Kahrmann, spokesman for Vancouver-based pharmacy retailer London Drugs, said the chain sold thousands of pairs and B.C.'s Lower Mainland and Saskatchewan were the first to sell out.

"I personally didn't even get a pair of glasses. We sold everything we had," he said.

"A couple of speciality magazines were including viewing glasses inside the magazines. Those are even sold out. …

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