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 Tires from Sam's Club. Are they of poorer quality as compared to those from a regular tire store?
Zippy_The_Wonderdog  [Team Member]
6/12/2006 3:08:32 PM
I'm shopping around for new tires for my car and Sam's Club quoted a price WELL below what another chain tire store quoted. I asked the chain location if they would compete with Sam's Club, and they claimed that the tires sold at Sam's Club are not of the same quality sold to them, which is why they are so cheap over at Sam's.

I think they are full of it.

FWIW, the tires in question are Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3, and I checked tirerack.com as well. After shipping and installation, it is the same price as sam's club plus tax and installation.
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macman37  [Team Member]
6/12/2006 3:09:29 PM
They're inconvenient because you have to order 15 of them in a case.
ALLANJ  [Member]
6/12/2006 3:10:38 PM
Tires are the same.
Freakinout  [Team Member]
6/12/2006 3:12:25 PM
Same tires, we have a couple of places here that try to compete with sams, and they do a pretty good job. They usually just charge more for installation and tire warranties.

Sams club is like 9 bucks for installation and warranty, per tire.
ChrisLe  [Team Member]
6/12/2006 3:14:16 PM

Originally Posted By ALLANJ:
Tires are the same.



+1. There is no 'lesser quality' tire within the same manufacturer/brand/model #. The DOT rating is what dictates the tire's 'quality.'
Zaphod  [Team Member]
6/12/2006 3:14:25 PM
Same tires.

Same as mattresses, Save a BUTTLOAD of money!
Zippy_The_Wonderdog  [Team Member]
6/12/2006 3:25:10 PM
I figured as much, thought I'd check anyway.

Isn't it pathetic that the only way they feel they can compete is by lying?


Originally Posted By ChrisLe:

Originally Posted By ALLANJ:
Tires are the same.



+1. There is no 'lesser quality' tire within the same manufacturer/brand/model #. The DOT rating is what dictates the tire's 'quality.'

LARRYG  [Team Member]
6/12/2006 3:45:51 PM

Originally Posted By Zaphod:
Same tires.

Same as mattresses, Save a BUTTLOAD of money!



Exactly. If it is a Bridgestone Potenza RE750, there is no difference from the Bridgestone/Firestone store and the tire you get at Sam's.
yobo  [Member]
6/12/2006 3:57:05 PM
As long as they are standard brand and model they are all same but some large retailers have their own models made to their spec and they may be of lesser quality. Walmart has several models made for them by GoodYear and Michellen(I think) and I think they are way under priced for a reason.
callgood  [Team Member]
6/12/2006 3:59:05 PM
You may save money on the tires but if you come out with 3 years worth of toilet paper your budget's still gonna take a hit.
armoredsaint  [Team Member]
6/12/2006 3:59:10 PM
i like sam's, got my mom's BFG tires from them and saved a good amount of money too! also the bulk trojan's are awesome
Jame_Retief  [Member]
6/12/2006 4:07:39 PM

Originally Posted By Zippy_The_Wonderdog:
I figured as much, thought I'd check anyway.

Isn't it pathetic that the only way they feel they can compete is by lying?


Originally Posted By ChrisLe:

Originally Posted By ALLANJ:
Tires are the same.



+1. There is no 'lesser quality' tire within the same manufacturer/brand/model #. The DOT rating is what dictates the tire's 'quality.'





Up until the guys installing at Sam's cannot operate themachine to balance the tires . . . or properly install the stems . . . or know what 'rotating' the tires means.

Then they ask you for advice . . . You habla, senor?
jchewie  [Member]
6/12/2006 4:14:47 PM
2 50k mile tires from discount tire came to ~140 installed with a full 50k mile warranty.

2 50k mile tires from Sams club were 114 installed with a 35k mile full warranty and prorated warranty to 50k miles. One of the Sams club tires disintegrated at 40k miles. The opposite tire was worn to the point of needing to be replaced, but Sams club would NOT replace it - catastrophic failure was required for replacement. (Yes the wheels were aligned, good ball joints, etc) Bottom line - read the warranty fine print and understand what you are purchasing.

I paid the extra $26 after that, and besides, the Sams Club here smells like sweaty armpit on a hot summer afternoon.
zoom  [Member]
6/12/2006 4:18:48 PM
Just be careful of the age of the tires. My great-nephew bought Dunlop SP 5000(IIRC) from Sam's, and he had three tires that wouldn't hold air and one eventually blew-out causing about $2k of damage to his car. He found-out after talking to Dunlop that the tires were over five years old. According to an employee of the local Discount Tire, he thought they looked like they were stored in direct sunlight. Dunlop said Sam's often bought dangerously old stock from other suppliers, and that's what was wrong with his tires. Dunlop was nice enough to give him a new set for half price and allowed Discount Tire to do it rather than the thugs at Sam's that had already damaged all four of his alloy wheels. I'd stay away from Sam's and stick with people that sell new stock and actually try to do a good job.z
MetaPhaze  [Member]
6/12/2006 4:19:18 PM
I like Discount Tire. They replaced an out of warranty tire for me since they had to plug it once before. Prices were really good too.
wildearp  [Team Member]
6/12/2006 4:19:54 PM
I bought 6 BFGs for my dually from Sams. They dry-rotted severely in three years and one tire was bulged and on the way to tread separation. These tires were at 80% tread when I had to replace them. Dry rot was present on the inside of the tires, too, along with the inside rear tires, that should have had less UV exposure.

I went back to Discount tire this time.

Let me mention that the Sam's monkey fuckers mounted my polished Alcoa rims on their machine upside down, severely damaging two rims. They also lost my metal valve caps and denied they were present when I brought the truck in. I made them note the damage before I left the store. I then, had Off Road Warehouse (Alcoa dealer) replace the rims, and the Sams store manager paid me cash to replace the rims.

I was stupid to try to save a few bucks at Sams. I have purchased at least 10 sets of tires from Discount Tire, and they have always done top notch work.
ALLANJ  [Member]
6/12/2006 4:26:39 PM

Originally Posted By jchewie:
2 50k mile tires from discount tire came to ~140 installed with a full 50k mile warranty.

2 50k mile tires from Sams club were 114 installed with a 35k mile full warranty and prorated warranty to 50k miles. One of the Sams club tires disintegrated at 40k miles. The opposite tire was worn to the point of needing to be replaced, but Sams club would NOT replace it - catastrophic failure was required for replacement. (Yes the wheels were aligned, good ball joints, etc) Bottom line - read the warranty fine print and understand what you are purchasing.

I paid the extra $26 after that, and besides, the Sams Club here smells like sweaty armpit on a hot summer afternoon.


You didn't bitch enough...lol
We had a guy come in that blew a tire he had for seven years.
They told him no free replacement.
Long story short he called home office and ended up with four free new tires.
10mmFan  [Team Member]
6/12/2006 4:52:05 PM
A tire mfg. is supposed to destroy 5 year old inventory by law. Of course they can sell it at 41/2 years but it would be extremely rare for a tire to sit in a mfg's. warehouse nowadays because of modern inventory controls and the proliferation of sizes and types on the mkt.

Identical tires at clubs and tire dealers are identical. Those that look the same but are not exactly the same mfg. ID number and have some variation in cosmetics are considered 'like grade and quality'. At least that's what the courts say. You take your chances with those.

Inasmuch as all large tire mfgs. stringently enforce MAP pricing you will not find much difference in price on identical products. A good tire dealer's price might be a little more but that would only be a concern to you if you want the right tires for your car and want them installed and balanced correctly.

Clubs and large dealers (about all that's left) are both A channel buyers and pay the same price. Tire mfgs. will occasionally give a little something extra to the toughest buyers (Costco), but not much.

These are my own opinions as a result of actual observation and questioning of competitors and not as a result of any confidential information I may have seen.

Take a Porsche to Sams and you have only yourself to blame.
A_G  [Member]
6/12/2006 4:53:02 PM
Listen to zoon and wildearp.

The tires at Sams Club are not of a different quality per se, but they are cheaper for a reason.

I would buy from a high volume source where you know they have a lot of business and their stock gets rotated frequently.


Tires are something I never take chances on. Saving 50-100 bucks over a period of 3-4 years isn't worth it to me for the piece of mind I get buying quality tires and getting them installed properly. I also check tire pressure and rotate them regularly.
FieroLoki  [Team Member]
6/12/2006 4:54:53 PM
All tires are the same as what has been mentioned above.. But some manufacs make tires that ONLY Wal-Mart/SAM's can get...
Bigfeet  [Team Member]
6/12/2006 5:05:52 PM


Does the same go for COSTCO?


Bigfeet
LARRYG  [Team Member]
6/12/2006 5:43:59 PM

Originally Posted By jchewie:
2 50k mile tires from discount tire came to ~140 installed with a full 50k mile warranty.

2 50k mile tires from Sams club were 114 installed with a 35k mile full warranty and prorated warranty to 50k miles. One of the Sams club tires disintegrated at 40k miles. The opposite tire was worn to the point of needing to be replaced, but Sams club would NOT replace it - catastrophic failure was required for replacement. (Yes the wheels were aligned, good ball joints, etc) Bottom line - read the warranty fine print and understand what you are purchasing.

I paid the extra $26 after that, and besides, the Sams Club here smells like sweaty armpit on a hot summer afternoon.



Were they the same brand and model?
djohns6  [Member]
6/12/2006 6:28:54 PM
This reminds me of the " WalMart sells inferior quality guns " threads that crop up around here .
Same old story . When another retailer is getting his ass whipped by WalMart / Sams , they
resort to this bullshit . Inferior tires , eh ? Cool .
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