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Old 01-27-2007, 04:09 AM   #1
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Default Shipping wheels costs too much to be worth it

How do you ship wheels for anything less than the cost of one wheel itself?

Greyhound was $37 per wheel and supposedly greyhound is the best deal (that is still reliable). But that's $148 for a set of 4!

When I bought a set with tires at TireRack, they managed to only pay $56. But I'm sure they have some kind of arrangement.
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Old 01-27-2007, 04:25 AM   #2
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what wheels? where are you sending them? what are you talking about?
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Old 01-27-2007, 04:34 AM   #3
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that's normal...i found Fedex to be the cheapest around my area. prices fluctuate depending on location and carrier. i spent around $60 shipping a set of 4 wheels within the country. also packaging is important...to get the right size box and packing inside.
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Old 01-27-2007, 04:34 AM   #4
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when i shipped wheels and tires it came out to around 70 via fedex. weird.
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Old 01-27-2007, 06:38 PM   #5
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It's because those dubs weigh like 28 lbs a piece.

(you are paying too much, for sure)
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Old 01-27-2007, 08:13 PM   #6
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Hmmm I think I should mention it's wheel = rim + tire.

Seems like most people are talking just rim.
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Old 01-27-2007, 10:52 PM   #7
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Hmmm I think I should mention it's wheel = rim + tire.

Seems like most people are talking just rim.
I ship wheels and tires all the time. Across country is about $25-30 per wheel for 17's. And about 20-28 per wheel/tire for 16's.

You also have to make the "tire sandwiches" with cardboard so they don't charge you extra.

Anyway, you can do it cheaper than you did.

Go to FedEx.com and get a price on a 26 x 26 x 8" package weighing 43 lbs across the country.

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Old 01-27-2007, 10:55 PM   #8
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Since when is Greyhound the best deal. They've always been expensive. Maybe good for very heavy things, but for wheels???

Who told you to do that?

You can count on $80-120 though. Not really going to get much cheaper than that.
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Old 01-27-2007, 10:59 PM   #9
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How do you ship wheels for anything less than the cost of one wheel itself?

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Why are you not including the cost of the tire in this statement? You found alloy wheels for $30 each????
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Old 01-28-2007, 03:00 AM   #10
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And since when does "wheel" = wheel + tire?
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Old 01-28-2007, 03:32 AM   #11
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Well, I almost got a nice set of four 04 sti bbs wheels with Goodyears F1's on them... exactly what I wanted at a reasonable price.

But he was on the other coast of the continent. He looked into shipping, Greyhound, FedEx and USPS. I mentioned the cardboard/tire sandwich. But in his checks, it came out to at least $40 per wheel (rim+tire) for a grand total of $160.

So shipping that set is about buying a wheel. It wasn't worth it to him (or me) so the deal was cut.
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Old 01-28-2007, 11:25 AM   #12
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shipping wheels definitely aint cheap. idk how much i had to charge to ship my 17x9 ar1's.
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Old 01-28-2007, 03:57 PM   #13
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Well, I almost got a nice set of four 04 sti bbs wheels with Goodyears F1's on them... exactly what I wanted at a reasonable price.

But he was on the other coast of the continent. He looked into shipping, Greyhound, FedEx and USPS. I mentioned the cardboard/tire sandwich. But in his checks, it came out to at least $40 per wheel (rim+tire) for a grand total of $160.
Have you found the same set locally for your "reasonable price" + $160 or less? If not, then I guess it is worth it to pay to ship the wheels and tires across the country. I'd imagine if you posted yet another one of your polls on this site you'd find that the overwhelming majority of people who have purchased wheels and/or tires for their Subaru have done so online. Why is that? Maybe it's because the prices on-line are low enough that, even after paying for shipping, it's still cheaper than trying to get the same products locally.

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...per wheel (rim+tire)...
Again, a wheel doesn't include a tire. A wheel is a metal thing, not the black rubber thing on the outside of it.

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So shipping that set is about buying a wheel.
So you can get a BBS rim + a, say, 225/45-17 tire for $160?! Wow, tell me where so I can get the same deal! Or, wait, when you said "wheel" in this particular case did you really mean just the wheel? I'm so confused.

To sum up, the point of this thread is pretty much that you don't understand that shipping bulky items that weigh a lot costs money? Thank God you brought that to our attention! I'm going to start boycotting Tire Rack now! When I buy my next set of 215/45-17 F1GS-D3s, which I got on Tire Rack shipped to my door for about $160 each, instead I'll roll on down to the local Goodyear store where they quoted me (no ****!) $296 per tire for the exact same thing. I foolishly ordered the tires from Tire Rack, but obviously shipping wheels (and tires) costs too much to be worth it!

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Old 01-28-2007, 09:06 PM   #14
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Yeah, there is a dude who is selling a used 04 STi BBS for $150. Add $40-50 shipping to that and suddenly that's the "going rate" for a local pickup. And everyone knows that a particular set of wheels you want doesn't come everyday, everyweek, or sometimes more. So when the opportunity arises most people want that one to be the deal.

"wheel" is such a generic term that people use it interchangeably as we see here in the thread. Fender Brace isn't a technicall correct yet people know what people are talking about.

So as not to confuse the issue, I should have just posted:

WHAT'S THE CHEAPEST WAY TO RELIABLY MAIL WHEELS/RIMS/TIRES?
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Old 01-29-2007, 12:45 AM   #15
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FedEx Ground Home -- read the replies in this thread.

I've shipped at least 10 sets of wheels / wheels and tires now.
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:46 PM   #16
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FedEx Ground Home -- read the replies in this thread.

I've shipped at least 10 sets of wheels / wheels and tires now.
On average, how much did shipping cost you?

I just got the quote from fedex.com... $135.
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Hmmm I think I should mention it's wheel = rim + tire.

Seems like most people are talking just rim.
This has already been corrected, but I'll restate it since it's a pet peeve of mine:

A "rim" is the section of a wheel that the tire sits on - does not include the spokes and the hub. Since virtually all wheels these days are one-piece, it's rare to buy "rims" - since they are part of the wheel.

Wheels absolutely, definitely, positively do NOT include Tires. They are composed of a rim, spokes, and a hub.

As you can probably guess, I get annoyed to no end when people talk about a set of "rims". It's "Wheels" and "Tires" people!

Ok, I'll get off my soapbox!

On-topic comment - Yes, the shipping prices you've found are perfectly reasonable for shipping a set of Wheels AND Tires.

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This has already been corrected, but I'll restate it since it's a pet peeve of mine:

A "rim" is the section of a wheel that the tire sits on - does not include the spokes and the hub. Since virtually all wheels these days are one-piece, it's rare to buy "rims" - since they are part of the wheel.

Wheels absolutely, definitely, positively do NOT include Tires. They are composed of a rim, spokes, and a hub.

As you can probably guess, I get annoyed to no end when people talk about a set of "rims". It's "Wheels" and "Tires" people!

Ok, I'll get off my soapbox!

On-topic comment - Yes, the shipping prices you've found are perfectly reasonable for shipping a set of Wheels AND Tires.

_Jeff
I concur. And the real n00bs will call a wheel and tire simply a tire.
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