I went in to America's tire (same company as discount tire) to get a price quote on a set of XXR wheels and some tires. I asked the sales rep if they carried XXR's,and he replied that they did.
I'd already priced out on internet about what my cost would be, with a rough estimate for labor. The wheels I was looking at were $89 each, shipped, from the site I was looking at. The rep told me that I'd be looking at over $1200. Now, that's a fair price for some wheels and tires.
But I was looking at wheels that were $89 each on the internet, and tires that were about the same. What I was expecting was $720 parts, $60 tax, and $80-100 labor.(I know how much work it is to mount and balance tires: not much. With a 15 year old turntable, I can mount a wheel at work in under three minutes, and balance it in about ten.
I just didn't want to use beat-on weights). Either that's one *** of a markup, or they really think that they deserve the same labor rate as a full-fledged mechanic.