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Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 10:13 am 
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I'm in need of some new tyres. I've been doing the call around and getting prices and there's nothing under $250.00 per tyre. Yet, last year I bought some awsome 17" tyres for $200.00. I mean they're the same width, there's less in the sidewall - so how do they justify the extra expense?

 

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Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 10:48 am 
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Maybe because they need to be much stronger in the sidewall?
You should be able to pick up some 18s for under 200 though, I looked at some for 170, and some better ones at 190, but I think they were on special.

 

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Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:25 am 
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Just spoke to St George tyres in Victoria - they can do some for less than $800.00 including freight - Nankang NS-2 (http://www.nankangtyres.com.au/prodDetail.php?pid=1). Amazing that even after paying $120.00 in freight they're still cheaper than buying locally... Rip off pricks around here.

 

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Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:11 pm 
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take your receipt to the local and let them know what you think of there tyre prices

 

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Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:14 pm 
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maybe its a tasmania thing.
i got a brand new cheapo brand 225/40/18" tyre for $114 a month ago.
and a Nankang 265/35/18 for $214

 

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Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:16 pm 
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Call up places telling them you work at some servo that has a garage and want them trade price ;) Around here, that gets you by, no questions asked.

I'll be doing it in a few days. It's not like it leaves them out of pocket - they still make a profit, just not as much.

 

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Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 3:02 pm 
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supply and demand my friend :)

 

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Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 3:07 pm 
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That high price will bring new entrants (sellers) until the price comes down to equilibrium where supply will meet demand :)

 

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Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 5:01 pm 
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maybe try this guy in melb?
http://www.fordforums.com.au/showthread.php?t=11206765

i had them Nankangs for a while and wouldnt pay $800 for a set....

 

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Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 6:09 pm 
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-GAS-MAN- wrote:
That high price will bring new entrants (sellers) until the price comes down to equilibrium where supply will meet demand :)


Introduction to Economics student? :D

 

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Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 6:35 pm 
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Airved wrote:
-GAS-MAN- wrote:
That high price will bring new entrants (sellers) until the price comes down to equilibrium where supply will meet demand :)


Introduction to Economics student? :D

Totally helps you understand alot about how things work doesnt it?

 

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Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:21 pm 
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Airved wrote:
Call up places telling them you work at some servo that has a garage and want them trade price ;)


Yeah I work at Repco casually on the weekends, so apparantly the prices they've been quoted me are trade. I made a note of them, as when they come in asking for stuff from now on I'll give them retail price plus 10%.

 

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Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:52 pm 
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I made a note of them, as when they come in asking for stuff from now on I'll give them retail price plus 10%.


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Posted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 5:24 am 
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I got quoted $185 for nangkangs here. Dad went to get my tyres as he knows the guy at the tyre shop, Ended up with Dunlops for $240 each (BIG discount), i was quoted $350 a piece for these 2 weeks earlier. Got quoted for Some Road King brand at $145 each too.
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Posted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:01 am 
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ling longs were 170
nankangs were 195 for me.

nankang can suck my d**k, they should be illegal haha, they are so s**t!
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