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Amazon refunding money to some eclipse glasses buyers as experts warn of fakes

Science teachers Ashley Moretti, left, and Candace Wright, right, use their eclipse shades to look at the sun in Twin Falls, Idaho. Online retailer Amazon is refunding money to some customers who bought counterfeit glasses.
Science teachers Ashley Moretti, left, and Candace Wright, right, use their eclipse shades to look at the sun in Twin Falls, Idaho. Online retailer Amazon is refunding money to some customers who bought counterfeit glasses. AP

Amazon is refunding money to some customers who bought eclipse glasses that “may not comply with industry standards,” CNN and other news sites reported.

The company removed some listings for glasses on its website, CNN reported, but did not name those listings in a statement.

Mary and Peter Schild of Charlotte, who ordered their glasses weeks ago, got an email from Amazon on Saturday morning.

“Amazon has not received confirmation from the supplier of your order that they sourced the item from a recommended manufacturer,” it said. “We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse.”

Amazon will refund their money. But many local stores are sold out and the Schilds don’t want to risk viewing the eclipse with glasses of uncertain reliability.

“Should we just watch it on TV?” Mary Schild said.

NASA has previously warned that unsafe glasses are being marketed in the run-up to the first solar eclipse to cross the U.S. coast-to-coast since 1918.

The path in which the sun will be in total eclipse is about 70 miles wide and will run from coastal Oregon to Charleston.

Certified lenses will be stamped with the manufacturer’s name and address and say they meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard. But counterfeits will also claim that.

The American Astronomical Society offers detailed tips to learn whether your glasses are safe. NASA also offers tips on safe viewing.

Demand for solar eclipse glasses is so high, scammers are making counterfeits.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051, @bhender

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