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  1. Tire prices

    That may well be true, time will tell. Here is a link to the open letter from ATD’s president in Tire review stating they are financially sound. http://www.tirereview.com/atd-issues-open-letter-to-stakeholders/
  2. Tire prices

    I don’t see their current move with TireHub as causing any problems for me. As for distribution they only are looking at the large city’s like Chicago, New York , LA, Indy and such. They are using the old wharehousing systems they still have in place. Smaller markets will still be supplied by regional distributers. ATD is one of the largest distributors in these large cities and therefore were in direct completion with TireHub. This is just a continuation of what Goodyear started 3 years ago when they moved to sell Tires online, ship them to us, and have us install them. We only get aa minimal delivery fee (about $5) and have to install at the price Goodyear sets. We have to buy the tires, do the work and we get a credit back from Goodyear. Any problems the customer has they have to back to goodyear as they have charged their credit card. But the ustomer blames us for wrong size to type that they ordered. They have stolen all our profits on the sale and do not even pay the spiffs they do if we sell them. This is just a continuation of their greed. Now they are cutting out their distributors so they can take their profit also. All of the upper management of goodyear are ex PepsiCo or Hewlett-Packard and are only concerned about getting their 10% per year increase for the stock holders. They even have the nerve to ask us to warranty Walmart tires as walmart will not warranty a tire unless customer buys roadhazard. As for purchase price Goodyear sets that on thei web site with what they call MAP pricing. If we sell for higher than MAP, we look like crooks gouging the customer. So we have to sell for MAP which is about an 8% profit. I have been in the tire business for almost 35 years and as I have told Goodyear several times we have been a Tire shop selling full service and wil some day become a full service shop selling a few tires.
  3. Tire prices

    At one time they did. They had tires made to their specs by major tire company’s. Usually retired molds. Now they just sell the same tires. Walmart still has a few of their own such as the Goodyear Viva 3. As a goodyear dealer I can not even order that tire.

    Check my earlier post...... ;>).

    We charge $24. I hand the lug nuts to the customer and ask if they want to try to get it off one night in the rain on the side of the road cause you know that is when it will happen.....Also have some half size sockets
  6. Tire prices

    Happens every day and no my supplier does not change their price. Wish they would. Last Black Friday walmart sold Goodyear Eagle LS’s for $15 les then I could buy them to the general public. With online and big box stores ties sales for the dealers are in the tank. Tire company’s don’t care as long as the numbers stay up. But they sure want us to do their warranty’s even walmart tires....
  7. Price Negotiations

    In many states, for me Illinois, this is illegal. You can not give a discount for cash instead of credit.
  8. A very smart man once told me.... “You can bend over so far you fall on your face”. With some people you just can not please them no matter what you do.
  9. Price Negotiations

    I was relaying what one of my old bosses did. I set a price and that is the best price we can do . Sorry but do not negotiate a price down. If I could I would have done a better price the first time. This is why I do not price match. If you can match a lower price or negotiate down you lied the first time about your best price. Just my feeling on the subject. We always put honesty first. Just my ethics.
  10. Price Negotiations

    Had a boss one time that would always inflate the cost to an Asian customers 20% and when they asked for “discount” would give them 10%.. They loved him and sent him all their friends. Called it a handling fee......
  11. Looking for anyone's experience with UniFirst. Have a really good quote from them but have had such bad experience with uniform company's that I am gun shy......
  12. For those of you who have stopped your uniform service and are still supplying shirts and pants to their employees, what type of pants and where did you buy them and at what price. I have had it with uniform companies. Over charge and under produce. I have always supplied uniforms to my employees. I supply shirts and the uniform company supplies the pants. At the end of next month my contract is over and need to supply the team with pants. Any Ideas?
  13. New Pay Plan

    Well.....My low end techs (oil changers and tire people) have come up to 55% from about 40%. My "B" techs are now doing around 60% and my lead techs that were below 50% are now running 62-65%. Amazing how that works isn't it.... They are trying really hard to get that $100 bonus for over 60% for the month. Hope this keeps up. Will let you know. Richard
  14. New Pay Plan

    I do not know about the labor rules in your state, but in Illinois we also have to pay overtime (1.5 x bonus hourly rate) on the bonus. Don’t forget about it as it can become costly if you get audited. I was audited last year and thank goodness i had done it correctly.
  15. I feel this, done that been there.