Let me welcome you to the quest of finding the best deal on the BFGoodrich G-force Sport Comp 2 tires for my 17 inch rims. My summer tires.
I’ve been on a lookout for them from the time I bought my winter BFGoodrich G-force Comp 2 A/S tires for the 16 inch rims, but didn’t want to spend so much money at the same time when I purchased the other set in September. I’ve been buying eBay gift cars in hopes of converting them on another DiscountTireDirect eBay deal until I found a much better deal through Sears.
Coincidentally, Sears is also the place where I’ve taken my 16 inch BFG’s to be checked and re-balanced (at an additional cost of $69) because the not-so-“cheap” place I went to get them mounted before did a crappy job with their equipment. I felt a lot of vibration especially at higher speeds over the past few months and few hundred miles, and I find that unacceptable especially when the Yokohama’s that I took off the 16 inch rims handled perfectly.
More updates on how Sears does later. But for now, the pricing.
This was a real SlickDeals.net hack job. Because I spend a few hours early Sunday morning purchasing various gift cards, and using those gift cards to buy other gift cards to make sure I had enough to buy the tires. Here’s how it went:
I bought two eBay gift cards when they were on 5% promo:
$95 cash for $100 eBay gift card x2 = $190 spend for $200 value
Then I used the eBay gift cards to buy a Target card on 15% promo:
$185 eBay gift card for $200 Target gift card
In the past I’ve bought discounted eBay gift cards on Target at 10% off, but I knew waiting for a sale like that would take time, but I also knew that I could convert the $200 Target card back to eBay card without any issues, which is what I did.
Now with my eBay gift cards I was able to buy discounted Sears gift cards at 15% off:
$85 eBay gift card for $100 Sears gift card
I should have bought multiple ones, but since I wasn’t anticipating buying tires at Sears I only took advantage of a single offer.
Now back to Sears who were having a Christmas sale that I’ve been contemplating for weeks, but didn’t jump on until now. Sears was offering $100 back in Sears credit after $399 spend. Easy right? Same deal as DiscountTireDirect on eBay. The difference is that Sears does installation of tires and balancing in house. But Sears also charges a 7% New Jersey sales tax, and various environmental and disposal fees which amount to $1.60/tire and $2/tire (even though I want to keep the tires that they take off of my 17 inch rims). But to offset that, Sears had another promo kicking around $35 OFF $350 spent on anything in the store. AND they had an instant $50 OFF for the purchase of a set of 4 BFGoodrich tires. Deals which I used.
So, the breakdown of the pricing went as follows:
List price: $113.96 each = $455.84
Sale price: $107 each = $428 for the set of 4
Additional fees: $2/tire disposal = $8 and $16/tire balancing = $64
Total for tires: $428 + $8 + $64 = $500
Promos: $50 OFF on purchase of a set of 4 BFG’s and $35 off $350
Total for tires: $500 – $50 – $35 = $415
Sales tax: 7% + $29.05 = $444
Environmental fee: $1.6/tire = $450 total out the door.
There’s also that 100,000 point rebate for the purchase of $399 in Sears Automotive, which has a value of $100 for later spend. And $4 or so were earned for the actual tires, so total back in points = $104
Total for tires after promo: $450 – $104 = $346 Installed
This makes it a much better deal than the DiscountTireDirect thru eBay I got previously for my winter BFG’s.
But of course I wasn’t done there. I saved 5% buying two $100 eBay gift cards to buy a 7.5% discounted Target gift card, giving me back $10 + $15 = $25 (from $200). Then I bought two more eBay gift cards at 5% discount = $10, which I used to buy a Sears gift card at 15% discount or $85 for $100, so that’s another $15 savings. The rest I just used standard $100 eBay gift cards to buy $100 Sears and K-mart gift cards, with the only kick back $1 for each $100 spent thru eBay rewards. In all I saved $25 + $10 + $15 = $50 bux. Bringing my grand total spent on the tires to under $300 installed.
I do plan to sell the Accellera Alphas’ that are currently on the 17 inch tires for another $200 or so, which means I’ll get my new high performance 215/45ZR17 BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Comp 2 tires for about $100 bux total. And hopefully they’ll last me a few years.
In a perfect world, I should have used 4 eBay gift cards with 5% discount, to purchase 4 Sears gift cards with 15% discount, which would have yielded $80 in savings. But this world ain’t perfect. I will continue buying discounted gift cards for all my future purchases, nothing like free money when converting cash to plastic.