Anyone ever work in the biz who would know the answer? I got a set of Michelin LTX M/S installed w/lifetime balancing but only pro-rated warranty today for $460 (tax included). That was about 140 bucks less than the original quote I got at another store.
But, I remember a friend once telling me about a friend of that friend who worked at a tire store and that tires really only cost like 15 bucks wholesale.
Anyone have a clue? Clearly, the store has to pay for electricity, salary for several salespeople, and about 10 guys out on the floor....so a $100/ea tire must have considerable markup for the store to be profitable.
I once paid a hundred dollars for four brand new tires... Installed!
Granted, they didn't match, one of them was a different size than the others, and one of them was defective. $100!
oooOoooOoo can we say .... retread? Shoot - years ago from Sears it was a buy 3, get one free for $100 (and brand spankin new I have to say). Course they wore badly and quickly.
Oh yeah, and have also experienced the boyfriend's friend's bestfriend's cousins place on a corner in the Hood where you only had a 2 hr window of time where you could enter is electric fenced in place and he goobahed (no ethnic boo boos now) he way into selling me the best, I mean BEST - didn't even sell them to his best customers <wink, wink> for ... whatever money. One was a beautifully sculpted retread that looked quite nice in that dim light and the other - that looked like a match too - was a POS.
Shop around and get info on line I'd say ---- shoot I've been researching mtb tires on and off for the past month trying to decide what I want and where I want to go. hehe, I suppose if I had a car (which wouldn't be anything special either), I'd spend more time researching tires for bike than I would car.
2009 Chris Boedeker custom, 1988 Tommasini Prestige, 2007 Bill Davidson custom, 1985 Univega Gran Turismo; 1988 Specialized Stumpjumper
Hard to comment on the price you got without knowing the size of your tires. In any case, for the tires you bought, the wholesale price is well above $15.
Look at www.thetirerack.com. They have very competitive prices on tires. Great place to buy tires; if you local shop won't beat or match The Tire Rack you should buy from The Tire Rack. You can also try Costco.