I have purchased three pairs of Native Eyewear sunglasses from REI since 2017. Love them, but tried to order replacement parts and the company is non-responsive. An automated response sends me to a website called "luxotica," but they do not list Native Eyewear as one of their supported companies.
Very frustrating to have $100+ glasses that need parts (notepads, lens....)
Anyone else had this problem?
Thanks so much for your detailed response. I have been a loyal Native customer largely because of the warranty. They were a high quality product with good service. I don't want to buy from a conglomerate, so I look forward to finding the new brand at REI.
I've owned 3 pairs of Natives over the last 15 years or so. I'm having the same experience recently with repair, replacement, and parts. They are nothing like what they used to be (quality, selection, function, and support) and in my opinion, not a brand anymore that fits in with REI and should be dropped. We come to REI because of the superior products and support. Native fit this description up until a year or two ago as they were preparing for selling themselves. Selection, innovation, repair, and replacement parts all dropped significantly.
Add me as another long time Native Eyewear user that can't get the "lifetime warranty" honored by Luxotica since their merger. I've purchased four pairs of Native Eyewear from REI since 2003. Every single pair has been replaced or repaired by Native at least once under their warranty.
Originally it was all done for free, then they got bought by Costa and moved from Hood River to Florida and started making you pay $35 "processing fee" on any warranty claim. This wasn't as good a deal but since they always would just send you a new pair with case and microfiber cloth, it was acceptable.
Now that Luxotica bought Costa, it seems that they will not support the old warranty. All claims appear to just be rejected unless you can provide a receipt within the last 12 months and they deny most everything as "normal wear and tear".
REI should stop selling this brand immediately. It is no longer a quality or supported product.
I want to chime in. REI - tell us all the new brand you're replacing Native with. The lifetime warranty I've used for probably 20 years, and I've paid to replace and have 6 pair as a river guide, traveler, lover of Native Sunglasses. With "2020", this too seems to simply be another big loss for the year. I'm so sad, mad, and want the 'next Native' that fits me, and that REI stands behind. Please advise.
I am in the same boat. Theyve been bought out by luxottica who also owns many other eyewear brands such as oakley and rayban. I cannot get replacement lenses anymore. Sad that such a wonderful company is now part of a multi national conglomerate with service and likely production to be sent over seas. Time to find another USA made brand.
I agree, what's been the best replacement here? Agreed and this got me irritated enough to actually login and post up above. What does the REI GURU of all Sunglasses think here?
Thank you for adding your voices to this discussion. We understand your disappointment and frustration over Native's warranty policy and inability to procure replacement parts for your sunglasses. Rest assured we have heard you and passed your feedback along.
In order to provide clarity for others with similar questions, we are going to include useful information regarding Native sunglasses and some of the other brands currently carried by REI:
Again, we thank you for bringing your concerns and frustrations about your sunglasses to us here in the community. We have passed along your feedback to our teams and to Native sunglasses as well. We hope that the information included here will help inform your next buying decision.
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