Would-be solar eclipse watchers are complaining that an apparent shortage of filtered glasses meant they could not safely experience the phenomenon this morning.
The country’s major supermarkets failed to capitalise on the most total solar eclipse since 1999, meaning many people shopped online for safety specs fitted with a special solar filter lens.
But dedicated websites sold out, including online shop Eclipseglasses.co.uk, pushing prices up elsewhere.
Numerous amateur skygazers posted disgruntled tweets about a perceived shortage of filtered glasses.
Anyone know where I can get any solar eclipse glasses for this Friday for my kids. Everywhere sold out??? HELP please!— Gaby Roslin (@GabyRoslin) March 16, 2015
Can't believe how expensive solar eclipse glasses/ viewing cards are #SolarEclipse— Sammie (@Saminzki) March 14, 2015
Well, I can't actually 'watch' the solar eclipse because all these fancy glasses were sold out but I'll try to take some pictures instead— Louisa (@FightersRemain) March 20, 2015
Wanted to see the solar eclipse on Friday but all the glasses are either sold out or priced at a ridiculous price.— Steffany Hastwell (@steffanypaige) March 18, 2015
I can't find my solar eclipse glasses :/ I'd better find them soon as it's on Friday and they are sold out in shops— dinafragola (@dinafragola) March 18, 2015
I'm tryna get solar eclipse glasses but they're all sold out :(— Madz (@TheMadKrivo) March 15, 2015
To coincide with the first solar eclipse since 1999 The BBC’s science magazine Sky at Night magazine gave a away a free pair of glasses with its March issue.
But the sought-after issue was selling at double its £7.99 retail price on ebay.co.uk, with over 20 bids placed. Other users on Amazon and Ebay tried to make a fast buck by selling the specialist specs at £20 a pair.
The magazine’s editor Chris Bramley told MailOnline the magazine printed an extra 10,000 copies in preparation for the solar eclipse as staff were overwhelmed by how interested people were.
“We did anticipate some extra activity but we were stunned by the level of interest in the event, we increased our print run by an extra 10,000 copies and it sold out,” he told the website.
Mr Bramley added he was surprised the glasses weren't more widely available.Reuse content