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Amazon Eclipse Warning: Some Glasses Sold Online Weren't Verified

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Amazon has issued eclipse warnings to those who bought solar eclipse glasses from certain third-party sellers that didn't verify their products when Amazon asked them to do so, and the company has pulled those glasses from the site.

The warnings were issued to purchasers beginning Saturday saying they shouldn't wear the glasses to view the eclipse because Amazon couldn't verify that they met the safety standards to protect the eyes of solar eclipse viewers on Aug. 21, Buzzfeed reported.

Debbie Twyman ordered her glasses well ahead of time and said she wishes Amazon had notified her sooner that she shouldn't wear them. Twyman, who is from Independence, Missouri, bought glasses for herself and her husband in early July, Buzzfeed reported.

"This has always been on my bucket list," she said, Buzzfeed reported. She ended up driving to several stores to try to get safe glasses, and finally got them at her local library. "I'm delighted I'm not blinding myself, but on the other hand a timelier notice would've been nice," Twyman said.

At least one third-party merchant had his account frozen even though he says his glasses were safe, Bloomberg reported. Jason Wright spent $4,000 to buy thousands of the glasses and was reselling them when his account was frozen last Sunday for an unusual amount of activity in a short period of time.

Worried about losing the money and not being able to pay his rent, Wright flew to Seattle from Salt Lake City where he lived with his verification paperwork, but couldn't get in to Amazon's headquarters to meet with anyone who could help him. He finally got his account unlocked, but may not be able to sell all the glasses in time for the eclipse on Monday.

"I'm on the edge of making a few bucks or falling behind in my rent," he said to Bloomberg.

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Amazon has issued eclipse warnings to those who bought solar eclipse glasses from certain third-party sellers that didn't verify their products when Amazon asked them to do so, and the company has pulled those glasses from the site.
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