Recently I had to purchase 2 tubes for Priscilla’s bike (this was before Ghetto Tubeless Conversion). We went down to the local sporting goods store to get 2 presta tubes. When I saw the sticker price, I nearly crapped my pants! $5.99 EACH! What the, Who the, How the!!!!
I couldn’t believe how expensive these tubes were. A few days later, I went to another LBS to get another tube. Their prices were the same, $5.99. I know for a fact that wholesale cost on tubes are about $1.50 EACH, that’s about a 300% mark up!!!
I don’t get it? Why and how can shops sell tubes at that price! Here’s another kicker, while I was at the LBS perusing the tube section, I heard one of the mechanics talking to a customer. He had a flat and needed it fixed. The shop was going to charge $10 for “labor” and $5.99 for the tube…$16.00 to fix a flat?! Ugh…makes me mad.
As upset about it as I am regarding the price gouging on tubes, I want to pay it forward and tell you about a place where you can buy tubes BELOW cost.
Pricepoint.com sells 3 tubes for $2.98...That’s like a dollar a tube!!!!
No need to thank me, just do yourself a favor and save the money and shop for tubes through Pricepoint…