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    been calling around since 2pm today for availability of tyres. Read many places, here and others, and had my eyes set the Bridgestone RE002s in 205/45 16 size, all good so far.

    One guy from a tyre place said there are none in Australia and expect the next shipment in 3 months! Then proceeded to recommend other tyres that were just as good. After looking online and realising how cheap they actually are given the buy 3 get 1 free deal I believed him. Last resort before jumping onto something in the same price range (considered the Pirello Nero GTs but $230 a corner!) I made another call to bridgestone directly, shipment is coming in 2 weeks, all 4 for $512!

    I dont blame the guy i know he wants to make a sale. 3 weeks wouldve been fine but jeez, 3 months!

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    At least the tyres will be fresh.

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    Highlighting the advantages of your own products & services, & pointing out the opposition's failings & differences, are legitimate sales tools.
    Blatant lies are totally unacceptable & the salespeople who use these tactics should be made well aware of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lion5 View Post
    . After looking online and realising how cheap they actually are given the buy 3 get 1 free deal I believed him. !
    so you get a spare thrown in! awesome!

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    I had used the same small family run Bridgestone franchise for over 20 years. On my first visit after the old timer retired and sold to new owners, I called around, made an appointment for the fitting, called around at the appointed time. I could see and hear from distance that he had forgotten to order the tires. He came and told me Bridgestone had discontinued the tire but he had an other type available.

    I went and bought the 'discontinued' tyres from elsewhere and e-mailed Bridgestone asking them when they had discontinued the tyre. Had a call within couple of hours. The tyre had not been discontinued, it appears the sales person had been careless with the facts. Also found out that the outlet I had visited was a franchise store and Bridgestone had limited control over their conduct.

    I now travel past the said Bridgestone outlet, to another one some distance further away.

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    Agree totally Fivedoor. I've been told blatant lies by tyre salesmen, and insisted on the exact type of the particular brand that I wanted, or no deal. Of course, they usually can find the tyres you want if it means a sale.
    This thread raises the issue of the person trying to sell their car, or bike, and blatantly lying about its condition to suck someone into a purchase. As if there will be no comeback for their deceit. That's one little good thing about fleabay, you can peruse the latest feedback, and decide if you want to trust this seller, or not.

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    I use to use a well-known Bridgestone dealer close to me until, around 5 years ago, I tried to buy a new set of RE050As for the 207. I was also told they had discontinued the line and the replacement S001, wouldn't be available in Australia for 3 months. It sounded like he didn't want to sell me anything, actually, which was a bit weird.

    I went elsewhere and bought them the very next day. I've since bought another two sets (the DS3 also came with them, and I'm more than happy with their performance) and in 2014 they are still making these tyres - albeit in Poland now and not France.

    I've never understood the original claim that they were discontinued, but I've never been back there since
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    My experience was somewhat different. I wanted a new set of tyres for my GTi6 and at the time Bridgestone RE001's were getting good reviews. I rang the local Bridgestone dealer in Box Hill (who I won't name but begins with a 'D') who could get the tyres at the right price the following day.

    I explained they were for a Peugeot with centreless rims & I would only purchase them if they could balance them (can you see where this is going)? Anyway, anything was possible to get the sale, but upon picking the car up & driving it the wheels were of course out of balance.
    The reply after complaining about them & reminding him that the sale was subject to having them properly balanced was that they only do a couple of Peugeots a year & it wasn't worth them getting in the right hubs for the job.

    You would have thought keeping his & the business reputation intact would have been important & he would have made an effort to rectify the situation (of his own making).
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    A good contrast is the importer of Chinese "go-fast parts" who let me into his warehouse/dispatch facility and was happy to show or discuss anything I asked about. He was utterly convinced his items should sell on being perceived better than those of other importers.

    Similarly, the Iranian (Persian, actually) tyre guy who would not sell a $60 tyre to me unless I was happy with what I saw. (It spun up with less than 5g imbalance. )

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    What is it with Bridgestone? I too have a bad salesman story and I'm in the trade. Probably 10 years ago I was looking for some special super sticky track tyres for a car running in targa and the local Bridgestone store had to order them in and it would take a week and gave me a price. Then gave me a big speel about them being competition tyres and only available from Bridgestone competition dealers and that they were the only ones in the north west of Melbourne so no point ringing around.

    We have a generic tyre dealer next door, I didn't ask them because I thought I'd direct to the Bridgestone specialists but after that I asked next door and had them ordered in the following day at $20 per tyre cheaper than the Bridgestone dealer.......Go figure.
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    I got the RE002s on my 306 a month or so back from a Kmart tyre and auto who matched the Bridgestone buy 3 get 1 free offer. I gave them my business as the manager had been very helpful in trying to find Pirelli P7's for me with no luck. He also explained he couldn't balance my Cyclones (which I already knew) but he had found places where I could get it done which I thought was good service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie_K View Post
    ...... He also explained he couldn't balance my Cyclones (which I already knew) but he had found places where I could get it done which I thought was good service.
    +1 - that's how one gets repeat custom, too many in business/sales are slow learners
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    I don't buy ANY tyre with STONE as part of the name. I drive a Citroen because I like comfort. I buy Continental Comfort Cushion beacsue it conjures up nice soft bums..

    About 50 years ago, I went over a bridge in a Cortina. Unfortunately, all the tyres were pointing to the sky and we were sliding on our roof. I have never bought any tyres with BRIDGE as part of their name.

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    I guess that you don't buy "Firestone" for some reason?
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    Forget the tyres! I used to run a discount store wayback and my job involved spruiking outside the store in Keysborough shopping centre. My favourite pitch was for Solar Powered Driving Lights.
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    When I purchased the 307, it came with a brand new set of Hancooks. Within a month the driver (OWHMBO) drove the vehicle over a kerb (avoiding an accident!) and the front LHS tyre was damaged in the sidewall. I approached the local Beaurepairs and they told me that the specific tyre model number was unavailable/discontinued and offered me a deal on a pair of something else for the front axle. I drove around the corner and asked a different tyre reseller and he order a replacement in and fitted it the next day. Go Figure!

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    Kim, you would be able to sell flat tyres to women by explaining that since they are flat on the bottom, the car won't roll away if you don't apply the handbrake.

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    Could a flat tyre be a patentable device? I'll get my people to look at it.....
    Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone............

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    I can see it now, Luckstone Topflat Tyres.

    With Flat-to-Top Technology (FTT™) that ensures even in the event of a puncture the flat section is located exactly 180° from the contact patch, giving safer roadholding until it is convenient to stop and repair the tyre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post
    I can see it now, Luckstone Topflat Tyres.

    With Flat-to-Top Technology (FTT™) that ensures even in the event of a puncture the flat section is located exactly 180° from the contact patch, giving safer roadholding until it is convenient to stop and repair the tyre.
    Apparently this does work, but only on three stud wheels.....

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    Sorry, I've just picked up a job selling gourmet ice cubes.
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    How much are they ?

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    Trade or retail?

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    I use to be a Pool salesman for Dri Clad.
    I quoted a pool for a woman at Waterfall in early December. She asked if we could have it in by Christmas. My reply was "if I tell you that I can will you give me a deposit now?" She said yes and I took the deposit.
    My question is. Was that a blatant lie? She never mentioned what which Christmas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post
    Trade or retail?
    Trade as I'm a professional ice block critic....

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