Amazon Shoppers! Fake Solar Eclipse Glasses Have Been Recalled (Check Your Inbox)

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Did you order Solar Eclipse Glasses from Amazon?๐Ÿ˜Ž

Amazon has recently discovered that some of the Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses previously sold are fake and not suitable for protecting your eyes during the eclipse and have possibly come from non-reputable manufacturers.

If you have think you may have purchased these glasses, check your inbox for an email from Amazon with the subject line “Important Product Safety Notification Regarding Your” from the email addressย If you did indeed purchase these unsafe glasses, Amazon will credit your account for the purchase price within 7-10 business days. You do not need to return the glasses but be sure you do not wear them to view the eclipse.

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as โ€œeclipse glassesโ€ or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun and could result in blindness. For a list of reputable vendors and brands, head on over here.

Check out my adorable sidekick, Angela, wearing her approved glasses!

Angela purchased the Explore Scientific Glasses found on the approved list at her local Kroger for only $1.99. We’ve also spotted these glasses at Learning Express, Best Buy and ToysRUs (in stores only)! You might also want to check your public library as many locations have been giving out the glasses for free. P.S. – Good Luck taking a selfie in these glasses as you can’t see anything! ๐Ÿ˜œ

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Comments 53

  1. Jackie

    OMG really?!? ๐Ÿ˜ก I got ours from our library (hope they are safe) but why would they sell fake ones? More than half the people who bought them will use them I bet. Sometimes I don’t always check my email so I wonder how many people will end up using them without knowing

    • Jennifer

      Most of the ones from the library (if not all) were from NASA and are good. HTH

      • Oksana

        We just got a recall from our library on those! They ordered from Amazon and the seller didn’t prove the certification! ๐Ÿ™

  2. Adriana

    Lowes and Home Depot are selling some, approved ones for $1.99
    Save your eyes people!!

  3. Samantha

    I bought mine from Amazon months ago, thinking I would be ahead of the game. They stated the glasses were ISO certified, made in USA, etc. When I received them I noticed they said they were made in China, and were missing that certification number. I couldn’t believe they were allowed to advertise their glasses as certified when they weren’t! I was very happy to see that email from Amazon, stating they would be reimbursing anyone who bought them, with no need to return them. I was all set to print a label and return them!

  4. hashleigh

    hmm thought provoking may not even watch it then, kind of serious if you look at it without right glasses ๐Ÿ™

  5. Michelle

    That stinks! In my opinion, Amazon should refund the price even after 10 days since it’s a fake. The glasses are hard to find now. The people who thought they were prepared might miss out. ๐Ÿ™

    • Aimee

      Exactly! I can’t find them locally at all now. I hate missing it, even though I am not in the totality.

      • Lo

        Have you tried the library? I believe there are other ways to view but not looking directly at it. I got them from my library but I’m a lil nervous so I may just watch it on the news.

      • Blessed

        Try 7-11

        • Aimee

          I will, thanks!

      • Tina Jespersen

        Check Smiths or Smiths Marketplace if you have one near you.

    • IB

      Think you misread that. They are saying your refund will show up in 7-10 days.

  6. Barbara

    I ordered mine from amazon also. I researched to make sure of the brand was acceptable from NASA approved list. Problem was the actual company had a subcontractor make and couldn’t provide Amazon that it was certified safe according to my email. I’ve had them for serveral weeks and will be getting a refund according to my email.

  7. Andrea

    Don’t use a piece of paper to protect your eyes whether it is “real” or not. The damage that could be done is irreversible.

  8. Rose

    my walmart has them for .99 and a book for 1.99 which brings 1 glasses

    • Alla

      Which aisle at Walmart would have them? Will check tomorrow. Thanks.

      • Rose

        I found them around the back to school area in the front of store. Maybe ask they shoukd be able to tell you were they have them.

  9. Pam

    I got the email from Amazon, too. It’s a bummer since I ordered these early enough to avoid the rush and now I can’t find glasses anywhere…online or in-store. Everyone is either sold out or price gouging (have you seen the prices on Amazon lately?!). The only library in our area having anything eclipse related is holding a make your own viewer day, but not handing out glasses. We have a welding helmet that has the proper shade, so the kids will be taking turns with the that, but not as fun as having your own glasses.

  10. Carissa

    I bought my glasses from Amazon, supposedly directly from American Paper Optics. They have the ISO number on them, Mfg by American Paper Optics in the US. HOWEVER, direct from the Amazon chat today: “I’m sorry the sun glasses you have purchased is not advisable to use.. We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse. There is no need for you to return the product.
    we’ll issue a refund to your gift card of the purchase price “. Even the glasses that look legit and have all of the right info are not. Buy direct from the manufacturer!

  11. Allison ๐Ÿ’™

    Got ours at the library, where an astronomy professor gave a neat lecture and assured us that the glasses we were getting from the library met the safely protocols that NASA has listed. We just went a few hours ago and they were PACKED!


      If you attended a program at your local library and it was hosted by an astrological society, good for you!!! Our library system held programs during June and July and everyone in attendance received approved glasses from the host, one pair of glasses for person. However, early registration was required and each event was full weeks in advance. PLEASE do not walk into your public library and get your panties in a pinch when they do not have any free glasses to hand out. Approximately 1/3 of the public libraries in the nation received free glasses from a very generous foundation. This also means 2/3’s of all public libraries received ZERO glasses, my branch included and we are in the full totality path. The media has said for over two months now glasses can be attained for free at your local library without posting the website showing a map listing the libraries that are participating. Now EVERYONE wants free glasses from their local library. If you don’t have glasses and want them, call your optometrist or your local planetarium or observatory and ask for their recommendations on how to get your hands on them. It’s almost too late now to order….

  12. Amy

    We ordered from Amazon, got the email stating they would credit us back for the price of the glasses. Hopefully my local Kroger (FRED MEYER) has the $1.99 pairs left.

  13. Kris

    Honestly this is the type of scam that should be class action lawsuit. They can ruin people’s eyes!

  14. Suz

    So glad that you suggested a local library as a possibility. We are also hosting an event at the public school where I teach. We have only 100 pairs to share that day, but will have lots of activities and be making pinhole viewers too. Also, we have a rainy day plan with a NASA livestream on a big screen. Call a local library or school!

    • Suz

      Incidentally, our glasses were provided by a planetarium.

  15. Kelly H

    I ordered my glasses before the rush and they were on back-order. I was not worried, delivery date was still before the event (it is set to be delivered tomorrow, Tuesday the 15th.) Well… glasses are one of the recalled ones. and yet…I still am getting the shipping notification that they were mailed out! The listing and the seller is gone from Amazon, and I have the tracking number, I can watch my package being shipped, supposed to be here before 8pm tomorrow, but, nothing that I can use.
    I still have not had an email from Amazon about it, but, I am picking up glasses as I find them, Lowes, 7-11, a couple pairs here and there, since we have 10 people in all viewing the event that day. My 20 pack of glasses does me no good…I thought I would have extra for the neighbors, LOL!

    • Gayla

      The same for me too. My glasses were are “back order” and are being delivered today. When I clicked on the the item on my orders the page was taken down and lots of nasty reviews on the seller’s page. Mine was sold by Websun.

  16. Marie

    If I don’t know where the library got glasses I don’t trust the glasses they have ether I will check with them before using the ones that they give out as well you can’t be too careful. It’s really sad that people are actually willing to risk the safety of children to make a profit for themselves. โ˜น๏ธ

  17. tia

    Our local libraries (and we have several of them) were all out the morning they started giving them away. Wal-Mart, Fred Meyer, and Albertsons have them ($1.99). I picked up a pair while at the teacher store Saturday.

  18. Yar

    I wait to buy until last minute and most places are sold out๐Ÿ˜ญ ! Lowes, Walmar, I had to check Kroger!

  19. Lori

    We found that Michael’s also sells them. I bought a pair for my child for only $1.99. We were not in our home state when we purchased them so you may want to check your local Michael’s!

    • Yar

      Thx! I’ll check out Michaels too!

  20. hellfire gainz

    The radio said they were stamped but they had no idea who the manufacturer was, hence the recall.

  21. Jamie

    I bought some of the fake ones off Amazon and verified they were fake using one of the approved websites. They had a pic of their real vs the fake that was very helpful. I also read that if you can see light bulbs through them, do NOT use them to look at the sun. I could see a glow from the light bulbs after checking. ๐Ÿ˜ž Before all of this information came out, I had tried them out with the sun right after I bought them and thought they made my eyes hurt a bit but wasn’t sure and figured they had been tested! I agree with the person who mentioned a class action!

  22. Kristi

    I bought some from Amazon and they DID NOT email me. So I figured I better email them just to be safe and they responded that they had verified that mine are unsafe and I should have been notified. They are refunding me, but if you bought them from amazon, I would email customer service just to be safe.

  23. Jean DuBay

    Sorry but call me crazy……..I am way to cautious to be wearing some glasses and staring at a solar eclipse! Sounds like trouble. I’ll play it safe and do the cup with the pin hole idea….3

  24. rachel

    We bought Celestron glasses from Amazon. They are approved glasses, but am still getting a refund. The email from Amazon stated that Amazon has not heard back from the seller to verify that they are certified glasses so Amazon is going to refund us $$.

  25. Tom

    On Hip2Save, they advertised a deal for a 5-pack of solar eclipse glasses from I ended up purchasing the deal. I checked them over and they do have one of the reputable sites and right numbers to signify a safe pair of glasses to use during the eclipse. After all this talk about unsafe glasses, I am a little nervous. Did anyone else purchase the deal? Is there an easy way to tell a knockoff from a legitimate pair of glasses?

    • Anu

      I ordered these ones too when it was posted on the site here. I hope they are legit and not knock offs.

      • me

        me too. They look like they are are from Lunt solar systems and B&H is one of their vendors. Looks legit

    • Kim

      They were fakes. If it’s the ones I’m remembering that I saw her post many of the reviews said they were fake. Showed side by side comparison of the real ones they ordered directly from the company and the ones from Amazon. Same cardboard images but the lenses were clearly different (they should be completely black when looking through unless looking at the sun or a reflection of the sun) and the inside stamping were different. I got mine from Lowes.

      • Kristen

        Yeah- I bought mine when they were posted here — they are fakes, but i’ve not received notification from amazon yet. You can confirm here:
        The counterfeiters are getting really good.

  26. Marie

    On 8/9 I ordered mine from Amazon at first was told delivery by 8/24 so I removed them from my cart got a “why did you change your mind” with a drop down selected will not receive on time then was offered express shipping (for$199.00) surprising that Amazon would allow that happen so I obviously didn’t buy them so the next day I got an email that offered them to me by 8/22? Still didn’t order then a few days later I received a shipment confirmation and today received the glasses.

  27. Kelly

    I got the email. ๐Ÿ˜•

  28. michelle reed

    They also recalled safe glasses to cover themselves ๐Ÿ™

  29. Betty Mayes

    I got mine today. I did not get an e-mail from Amazon but now I am worried about using them. I bought the 10 pack that I thought was manufactured by American Paper Company. they have the CE ISO stamp and have number 12312-2 printed on the inside. However the manufacturer is in China and shipped from Candle Bay Inc., TONGA – If Amazon does not send the e-mail do you think this is a safe company? I couldn’t find them on the list of companies.

    • Kim

      Someone already said no. They asked Amazon if theirs was safe because they didn’t get an email. Amazon refunded and said they were not safe. I would contact Amazon. Many look like the American Paper Company but have been proven to be fakes lots of pictures on Amazon showing the difference in ones bought directly from APC and Amazon. Check Lowes website for local stock. Other than that I’m not sure who is actually easy to find. My Kroger, Walmart or Toys r Us etc does not have them but the dozen Lowes around here each have between 300-974 in stock.

    • Barbara R

      Betty I ordered my 10 pack from Amazon last month, I didn’t get an email from Amazon but being the nervous Nellie that I am I contacted them last night and they informed me that mine are part of the recall, appears they are either not done emailing everyone or some orders are slipping through the cracks. They have already refunded my money and told me to keep the glasses. Please call just to be sure.

    • Jeyna

      Hi Betty, I saw on the weather channel(twc) this morning that the approved glasses should have the number you listed. I remember saying to myself that is an easy number to remember. If you still feel uneasy, it’s check with or go to the weather channel website for trusted information. Hope this helps.

  30. Tina Jespersen

    I live in Utah and Smiths Marketplace had tons of glasses for $1.99 on Saturday.

  31. Pat

    The list of companies is no good when everyone is out of stock. I called 20 places that is supposed to have them and they are all out. I give up. The ones I got from Amazon passed the test – when you look thru them at a light, you see nothing but black. I also looked thru them at the sun and just saw a slight haze around the outside of the sun. So, I don’t see why they won’t work.

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