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  Reply # 1374397 26-Aug-2015 09:13
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i used to import them from Europe 8+ years ago.  Mainly 2nd hand conti's.
Wound it up about 2 years later due to the dollar/import costs and regulations.  Imports of "dangerous" goods costs was starting to squeeze out an already narrow profit margin sadly.
If you were doing 4 for your own car it will likely be alot less hassle than the containers we did though.

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  Reply # 1374448 26-Aug-2015 09:50
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Geektastic:
nakedmolerat: Surely if you can afford a rover $470 a tyre is a pittance. My bridgestone tyres cost $360 each with discount.

Just spoke to my friend. That tyre should cost you around ~380 here in Auckland. Obviously you need to include GST which I assume you can claim back. That's roughly $50 which brings the price down to $330.

You always have reservation with NZ. Have you thought about moving elsewhere?


No, but I've thought about improving NZ. Refusing to accept second best is not a reason to move. Working to change things is a better idea. Are you happy to pay twice as much for your stuff just because you live in NZ?

I look forward to buying tyres from your new tyre importing company (amongst others) and paying UK prices. Please let me know when you are up and running.

Or, by "improving NZ", did you mean "complaining about NZ"? What are you actually doing to improve it?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1374489 26-Aug-2015 10:09
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I support local business and buy tires locally. :)
They are not that expensive. Brand new for Toyota Carina are ~ $NZD 95 each installed. Brand new for Toyota Starlet are ~$90

True story about tire import (Japan -> Russia circa 1992)

I was cycling in Japan sightseeing and stopped at the gas station to buy a drink. Noticed huge pile of winter spike tires which looked almost new (I think the law in Japan disallows using spike tires on roads when there is no snow. Those were used perhaps once when they went skiing up the mountains).

I asked the owner - what did he do with them?
He said that I can have as many as I can carry with me for free

Within the next few hours I've made few trips from that gas station back to the ship on a byke with 4 tyres behind my back each trip.

On arrival few of my friends got free spike tires - genuine from Japan. And I never ever bought any winter tires (which we needed 7 months a year there) ever again. Happy days..


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Reply # 1374519 26-Aug-2015 11:05
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RUKI: I support local business and buy tires locally. :)
They are not that expensive. Brand new for Toyota Carina are ~ $NZD 95 each installed. Brand new for Toyota Starlet are ~$90

True story about tire import (Japan -> Russia circa 1992)

I was cycling in Japan sightseeing and stopped at the gas station to buy a drink. Noticed huge pile of winter spike tires which looked almost new (I think the law in Japan disallows using spike tires on roads when there is no snow. Those were used perhaps once when they went skiing up the mountains).

I asked the owner - what did he do with them?
He said that I can have as many as I can carry with me for free

Within the next few hours I've made few trips from that gas station back to the ship on a byke with 4 tyres behind my back each trip.

On arrival few of my friends got free spike tires - genuine from Japan. And I never ever bought any winter tires (which we needed 7 months a year there) ever again. Happy days..


Or make a worm farm.

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  Reply # 1374591 26-Aug-2015 13:19
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Geektastic:
nakedmolerat: Surely if you can afford a rover $470 a tyre is a pittance. My bridgestone tyres cost $360 each with discount.

Just spoke to my friend. That tyre should cost you around ~380 here in Auckland. Obviously you need to include GST which I assume you can claim back. That's roughly $50 which brings the price down to $330.

You always have reservation with NZ. Have you thought about moving elsewhere?


No, but I've thought about improving NZ. Refusing to accept second best is not a reason to move. Working to change things is a better idea. Are you happy to pay twice as much for your stuff just because you live in NZ?


Putting that extra cost back into the local economy will help improve NZ.... Buy local, improve NZ, stay true to your dreams



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  Reply # 1374676 26-Aug-2015 15:02
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bazzer:
Geektastic:
nakedmolerat: Surely if you can afford a rover $470 a tyre is a pittance. My bridgestone tyres cost $360 each with discount.

Just spoke to my friend. That tyre should cost you around ~380 here in Auckland. Obviously you need to include GST which I assume you can claim back. That's roughly $50 which brings the price down to $330.

You always have reservation with NZ. Have you thought about moving elsewhere?


No, but I've thought about improving NZ. Refusing to accept second best is not a reason to move. Working to change things is a better idea. Are you happy to pay twice as much for your stuff just because you live in NZ?

I look forward to buying tyres from your new tyre importing company (amongst others) and paying UK prices. Please let me know when you are up and running.

Or, by "improving NZ", did you mean "complaining about NZ"? What are you actually doing to improve it?


I have engaged several ministers and my MP in ongoing discussions about the costs of importing, why there are random duties (such as a random 10% added to clothes and shoes). 

I have engaged ministers and departments in dialogue concerning road safety and improvements.

I have lobbied the local authority for additional safety signage and road layout changes for dangerous junctions etc.

Meanwhile our company has paid six figure sums annually in GST and other taxes to contribute.

We are small but we do what we can.







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  Reply # 1374679 26-Aug-2015 15:03
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Wade:
Geektastic:
nakedmolerat: Surely if you can afford a rover $470 a tyre is a pittance. My bridgestone tyres cost $360 each with discount.

Just spoke to my friend. That tyre should cost you around ~380 here in Auckland. Obviously you need to include GST which I assume you can claim back. That's roughly $50 which brings the price down to $330.

You always have reservation with NZ. Have you thought about moving elsewhere?


No, but I've thought about improving NZ. Refusing to accept second best is not a reason to move. Working to change things is a better idea. Are you happy to pay twice as much for your stuff just because you live in NZ?


Putting that extra cost back into the local economy will help improve NZ.... Buy local, improve NZ, stay true to your dreams


It won't. It will just reward inefficiency and bloat.







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  Reply # 1374693 26-Aug-2015 15:05
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bazzer:
RUKI: I support local business and buy tires locally. :)
They are not that expensive. Brand new for Toyota Carina are ~ $NZD 95 each installed. Brand new for Toyota Starlet are ~$90

True story about tire import (Japan -> Russia circa 1992)

I was cycling in Japan sightseeing and stopped at the gas station to buy a drink. Noticed huge pile of winter spike tires which looked almost new (I think the law in Japan disallows using spike tires on roads when there is no snow. Those were used perhaps once when they went skiing up the mountains).

I asked the owner - what did he do with them?
He said that I can have as many as I can carry with me for free

Within the next few hours I've made few trips from that gas station back to the ship on a byke with 4 tyres behind my back each trip.

On arrival few of my friends got free spike tires - genuine from Japan. And I never ever bought any winter tires (which we needed 7 months a year there) ever again. Happy days..


Or make a worm farm.


Would you use the spiked tyres to pick worms up from the ground?





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  Reply # 1374702 26-Aug-2015 15:16
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Geektastic:
bazzer:
RUKI: I support local business and buy tires locally. :)
They are not that expensive. Brand new for Toyota Carina are ~ $NZD 95 each installed. Brand new for Toyota Starlet are ~$90

True story about tire import (Japan -> Russia circa 1992)

I was cycling in Japan sightseeing and stopped at the gas station to buy a drink. Noticed huge pile of winter spike tires which looked almost new (I think the law in Japan disallows using spike tires on roads when there is no snow. Those were used perhaps once when they went skiing up the mountains).

I asked the owner - what did he do with them?
He said that I can have as many as I can carry with me for free

Within the next few hours I've made few trips from that gas station back to the ship on a byke with 4 tyres behind my back each trip.

On arrival few of my friends got free spike tires - genuine from Japan. And I never ever bought any winter tires (which we needed 7 months a year there) ever again. Happy days..


Or make a worm farm.


Would you use the spiked tyres to pick worms up from the ground?

http://www.hastingsdc.govt.nz/how-make-worm-farm

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  Reply # 1374705 26-Aug-2015 15:20
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Geektastic:
Wade:
Geektastic:
nakedmolerat: Surely if you can afford a rover $470 a tyre is a pittance. My bridgestone tyres cost $360 each with discount.

Just spoke to my friend. That tyre should cost you around ~380 here in Auckland. Obviously you need to include GST which I assume you can claim back. That's roughly $50 which brings the price down to $330.

You always have reservation with NZ. Have you thought about moving elsewhere?


No, but I've thought about improving NZ. Refusing to accept second best is not a reason to move. Working to change things is a better idea. Are you happy to pay twice as much for your stuff just because you live in NZ?


Putting that extra cost back into the local economy will help improve NZ.... Buy local, improve NZ, stay true to your dreams


It won't. It will just reward inefficiency and bloat.


You buy a locally supplied/distributed tyre and you are supporting a business that employs locals that spend money locally that eventually improves NZ, cheap tyres and high unemployment does not improve NZ

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  Reply # 1374713 26-Aug-2015 15:37
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Wade:
Geektastic:
Wade:
Geektastic:
nakedmolerat: Surely if you can afford a rover $470 a tyre is a pittance. My bridgestone tyres cost $360 each with discount.

Just spoke to my friend. That tyre should cost you around ~380 here in Auckland. Obviously you need to include GST which I assume you can claim back. That's roughly $50 which brings the price down to $330.

You always have reservation with NZ. Have you thought about moving elsewhere?


No, but I've thought about improving NZ. Refusing to accept second best is not a reason to move. Working to change things is a better idea. Are you happy to pay twice as much for your stuff just because you live in NZ?


Putting that extra cost back into the local economy will help improve NZ.... Buy local, improve NZ, stay true to your dreams


It won't. It will just reward inefficiency and bloat.


You buy a locally supplied/distributed tyre and you are supporting a business that employs locals that spend money locally that eventually improves NZ, cheap tyres and high unemployment does not improve NZ


The money I save by buying the product direct from overseas is money I can spend locally and provides jobs.  If I spent all the money on an inefficiently delivered product I wouldn't have money to spend on other items.

NZ benefits from consumers being able to buy products at the best price much more than it benefits from protecting inefficient local industries.

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  Reply # 1374715 26-Aug-2015 15:40
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So under this plan who fits and balances the tyres? 

It's 'included' when you buy tyres but if you supply  and pay someone to do it it may eat into the savings.

Just a thought.




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  Reply # 1374898 26-Aug-2015 21:59
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Wade:
Geektastic:
Wade:
Geektastic:
nakedmolerat: Surely if you can afford a rover $470 a tyre is a pittance. My bridgestone tyres cost $360 each with discount.

Just spoke to my friend. That tyre should cost you around ~380 here in Auckland. Obviously you need to include GST which I assume you can claim back. That's roughly $50 which brings the price down to $330.

You always have reservation with NZ. Have you thought about moving elsewhere?


No, but I've thought about improving NZ. Refusing to accept second best is not a reason to move. Working to change things is a better idea. Are you happy to pay twice as much for your stuff just because you live in NZ?


Putting that extra cost back into the local economy will help improve NZ.... Buy local, improve NZ, stay true to your dreams


It won't. It will just reward inefficiency and bloat.


You buy a locally supplied/distributed tyre and you are supporting a business that employs locals that spend money locally that eventually improves NZ, cheap tyres and high unemployment does not improve NZ


Changing the purchasing and distribution model and reducing any import barriers etc thus making tyres cheaper would help more NZers than the relatively small number who may have to be redeployed as a result of the restructure.







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  Reply # 1374899 26-Aug-2015 22:00
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MikeAqua: So under this plan who fits and balances the tyres? 

It's 'included' when you buy tyres but if you supply  and pay someone to do it it may eat into the savings.

Just a thought.


Well, included yes but only because they do not line item it on the bill. You're paying for it somewhere.

Someone will step up and provide a cost efficient service - the market abhors a vacuum.





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