• fb_1718187826 avatar Kenneth Posted: 6/29/2011 3:19pm PDT

    DO I HAVE AN OPINION? YES I DO, ALONG WITH ABOUT 85% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ANY TIRES THAT ARE MADE IN CHINA, I WON'T BUY. NOW THAT I KNOW THAT TIRE MANUFACTURES LIKE MICHELIN ARE HAVING THEIR TIRE'S MADE IN CHINA. I WILL NOT BUY MICHELIN, EVEN IF THE ARE 1/2 PRICE

  • fb_1491948054 avatar Kurt Posted: 6/30/2011 4:07am PDT

    @Kenneth, I agree with you in principle, but do you realize how difficult it is to find goods not made in China? Even "made in the U.S." cars and trucks often utilize Chinese manufactured parts.

  • Cfthelin avatar Cfthelin Posted: 6/28/2011 12:00pm PDT

    One reason for price increasing, aside from what the story tells, is TOO MANY MODELS. In manufacturing, there are delays and costs everytime you change or adjust the tooling. It was not so long ago that all tire/rim combinations were English-inches and there were just a few rim diameters and aspect ratios. We're lucky that tire makers gave up on the idea of colored tires. That was considered when synthetic elastomers were being investigated. Buying replacement tires would have been like going into a clothing store!

    It was a blessing that white side wall branding finally went away.