About 12 or 13 years ago, I bought a 1983 Volkswagen GTi from Jesse Swift. It was well-used, but I got it cheap and really enjoyed driving it. I ended up passing it along to Per and Stefan Wigand, after a while, for the same price I had paid Jesse.
I was working at Destinations, at the time, and I had just gotten divorced. Money was tight…well, money was pretty much non-existent. I was using my credit card to buy groceries, because rent and other bills took the whole paycheck, most months. I had bought the car in an effort to cut my gas usage. The 1994 Dodge Ram 1500 was only getting about 11 mpg, around town.
It so happened that I wore the tires out on my mountain bike, not too long after I got the GTi. I preferred Continentals, at the time, so I called up the rep and ordered a pair. Even at Employee Price, the pair of tires cost me $90.00!
So, you can imagine my trepidation when I noticed that the rear tires on the GTi were worn out and needed to be replaced. I went to the tire shop, told them what I needed, and asked for a quote on some usable tires.
I was a bit shocked when the quote for two car tires, with balancing and installation, came out to $5.00 less than what my mountain bike tires had cost me at wholesale.
The economy of scale, I suppose…