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I really would like to support local dealers but....


Priced Bridgestones locally:

Front-286
Rear- 374
Total-660$$$$$ +taxes(13%) and tire fees

Checked with dealer in Fargo

Front 163
Rear 258 (may be a little cheaper as this was the price of a slightly bigger tire off thier website)
Total-421$$$$

About 57 % more expensive.

Online(Wingstuff)

Front 150
Rear 180
Total 330
Canada 100% more

I really want to support my local dealer and understand that they can't compete with online prices , but 50% more than a Fargo dealer. The difference is $240 this would pay for my weekend in Fargo and then no tax on the tires($85) even taking into account the $difference I would still be able to pay for my hotel and gas with the difference(current exchange would add 58$ to total). So the difference with taxes and exchange rate is still about 265(heck that would probably pay for the meals too).

So I will go down to the U.S. to buy them and the distributer and dealer here make nothing. I would go 15-20% more to buy here but not 40-50%.


OK rant off.
 

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I really would like to support local dealers but....


Priced Bridgestones locally:

Front-286
Rear- 374
Total-660$$$$$ +taxes(13%) and tire fees

Checked with dealer in Fargo

Front 163
Rear 258 (may be a little cheaper as this was the price of a slightly bigger tire off thier website)
Total-421$$$$

About 57 % more expensive.

Online(Wingstuff)

Front 150
Rear 180
Total 330
Canada 100% more

I really want to support my local dealer and understand that they can't compete with online prices , but 50% more than a Fargo dealer. The difference is $240 this would pay for my weekend in Fargo and then no tax on the tires($85) even taking into account the $difference I would still be able to pay for my hotel and gas with the difference(current exchange would add 58$ to total). So the difference with taxes and exchange rate is still about 265(heck that would probably pay for the meals too).

So I will go down to the U.S. to buy them and the distributer and dealer here make nothing. I would go 15-20% more to buy here but not 40-50%.


OK rant off.
I went to one dealer for lops and they wanted 600 another put them on for 400. I sold my snowmobile to a person in New Brunswick. He went and bought 2 spark plugs from the dealer there for $58. I told him to order online and take the expensive ones back. Bought online for $12 same brand.
 

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I work at a Polaris dealer , I cant even buy a battery with my employee discount for less than I can get one online.

My discount is 20% over cost ,the price before tax is about the same as one online that includes shipping. Why would I get it here and have to pay more when I work here?
 

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That's the principal reason that I purchased my own tire changer. That, and the fact that the kids changing the tires have never figured out how NOT to scratch the rims. Less than $300 for a set of Gold Wing tires, delivered to my house.

I change tires for friends (for a small fee) to pay for the equipment.

Works for me.
 

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I really would like to support local dealers but....So I will go down to the U.S. to buy them and the distributer and dealer here make nothing. I would go 15-20% more to buy here but not 40-50%.OK rant off.

Not to try and make this political - but your prices is because of the dealer needing to make a profit (some of the reason), and the government needing to pay for the socialist health care and benefits your country has (main reason). Same thing with European countries, and soon to be the same for us here in the states. :cry:


I no longer have to travel overseas, but my friends over there still stock up like mad when they come to the states.
 

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So I will go down to the U.S. to buy them and the distributer and dealer here make nothing. I would go 15-20% more to buy here but not 40-50%.
OK rant off.
Have you talked to them to see if they would work with you or did you just get a price quote from them? Sometimes, not always, they might come down some if you talk to them in person. Might save you a trip just for tires....YMMV
 

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Yep I specifically told the guy I got the quote from that I would like to buy locally but the difference was just too high.His response was polite but basically it was out of thier hands, this was thier distributers price.

I understand that I am not going to get the online price but to be %40-%50 more that the fargo dealer(+the 13% sales tax and tire fees) is ridiculous. I also understand it will be more than the Fargo price but $260(plus tax= over $295 on the difference) is too much.



As a followup the dealer in Fargo quoted $401 for both tires , so even cheaper.


Have you talked to them to see if they would work with you or did you just get a price quote from them? Sometimes, not always, they might come down some if you talk to them in person. Might save you a trip just for tires....YMMV
 

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They are giving you a load of crap! I bought mine local, August I paid 196.00 for a front 709 and the price for the rear was 243.00 all taxes in including the stupid tire tax but I didn't buy it as I run a different tire on the back. You just have to find the right place. DEALER? Not a chance, I got them from a mom and pop shop. Yes they had to order them but it only took 3 days. Try zdeno's in Toronto, they have a website and do the online thing. While I realize Edmonton is not Winnipeg, we can't be that far apart on pricing. Another to try would be Royaldistributing.com but call as they sell tires not listed in the catalogue. I also install my own now as even the mom and pops want 38.00 for install, NO balancing. Built my own changer(not hard) but learning the technique was. Now I do them for me, son and friends only. Balancing is by dyna beads and ends any issues with tires and rims. Good luck whichever way you go!
 

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That's the principal reason that I purchased my own tire changer. That, and the fact that the kids changing the tires have never figured out how NOT to scratch the rims. Less than $300 for a set of Gold Wing tires, delivered to my house.

I change tires for friends (for a small fee) to pay for the equipment.

Works for me.
Now that's the American way!:yes1::yes1:
 

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Yep I specifically told the guy I got the quote from that I would like to buy locally but the difference was just too high.His response was polite but basically it was out of thier hands, this was thier distributers price.

I understand that I am not going to get the online price but to be %40-%50 more that the fargo dealer(+the 13% sales tax and tire fees) is ridiculous. I also understand it will be more than the Fargo price but $260(plus tax= over $295 on the difference) is too much.

As a follow up the dealer in Fargo quoted $401 for both tires , so even cheaper.

Well, it's interesting that the Minister of Finance today in the budget speech stated he was aware of these cross border price differentials and plans to do something about it to even the pricing discrepancies between Canada and the USA. I don't believe the reasons are quite as simple as some seem to think, nor am I convinced that a mere political statement about doing something about it is going to result in actual change.

However, without attacking the tariff barriers resulting in these higher prices, it's guaranteed nothing will ever come of it. But we can only hope...
 

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my dealer has done their best to help reduce the high cost, but admit they can't match the US prices. I order from Honda Direct, and get my dealer to install.
Being close to the border, Honda Direct offers free shipping in the US. I have them shipped to 'Seawings Express' in Bellingham Wa, they bring it to Victoria for about $20.00, then all we go & pay GST & PST.
 

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Well, it's interesting that the Minister of Finance today in the budget speech stated he was aware of these cross border price differentials and plans to do something about it to even the pricing discrepancies between Canada and the USA. I don't believe the reasons are quite as simple as some seem to think, nor am I convinced that a mere political statement about doing something about it is going to result in actual change.

However, without attacking the tariff barriers resulting in these higher prices, it's guaranteed nothing will ever come of it. But we can only hope...
Don't hold your breath..It's a populace speech to appease voters..No mention how this will be done...
Flaherty only states he will delegate the responsibility to the competition bureau. What a joke...fess up
to Canadians, market forces at play and nothing can or should be done by impotent politicians.
 

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MC tire prices for a less expensive tire is one reason why many of us go for Darkside tires. Often the tires we get can be purchased from a local tire dealer. (Actually, mine can't, but many can.)

I haven't checked, but would the price be different from an on-line m.c. distributor? I get my mc tires from

https://www.denniskirk.com/tires-and-wheels/

I find their prices good and shipping is free.

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Well one of the local dealers was having a sale and got the tires for %35 off, which brings it very close to the Fargo dealer prices, so I ordered a set of Bridgestones. I just saw the ad yesterday and it ends today. Should be in early next week(the guy said they have a lot of orders).
 
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