I was reading Time magazine at the dentist office today and we are not the only people experiencing a tire shortage. The mining industry has a major tire shortage as well. These are the tires for those very large dump trucks....the ones with tires as big as a small truck. It seems with all the renewed mining interest they can't make them fast enough. They are going for up to $60,000 a pop. It's so bad that they are digging up tires that were thrown away in land fills and refurbishing them. The guy that owns the shop that does a lot of the refurb had a tire come back in for refurb that he had donated to a local playground a while back...still with the bright paint on it. Now that's desperate.