Came here to say that I've been looking at tires for a long time, searched and probably got estimates from 10+ stores both online and brick and mortar. I got prices up in the $1300s shipped or even more due to shipping. Some places didn't even bother trying to ship to Hawaii.
Even on Amazon that I was confident I would buy from since all of their "Free Shipping," but those held up just as well as other online stores as once you put the tires into the order they start getting up to $150 per tire to ship. The lowest I found in person was $1000 (I don't even know if this was with taxes), the cheapest I found was Tirerack at $999.
This was where I was sure I had to drop to a cheaper set of Falkens instead of the Hankooks I had my eye on. I don't want to spend more than $1000 installed and I know most places will mount/balance for $100, meaning I'd like $900 at the most.
The Discount Tire Direct online estimate was somewhere in the $1100s so I never thought of considering ordering. But I saw this thread searching the forums one day and decided to fill out the form. I got a call the following morning (and by morning I mean ~5:30 AM). I forgot the name of the guy (Danny?) but he informed me without even looking at Tirerack's price that he would be able to beat it and gave me a price a bit below Tirerack, even cheaper he informed me if I decided to go with Parcel Mail/Pool of course with a longer shipping time.
I didn't note anything down like I usually would and didn't think to ask how much it could come out with the cheapest shipping. So I don't actually know if it would have hit my desired price (It was 5:30am and was woken up by the call, I really wasn't in the mindset to be doing this so I forgot a bunch of stuff).
I'm not actually ready to purchase now since my coil overs are coming first and just was looking around for prices. Anyway when I am ready I will be sure to give you guys a call/fill out the form again and do everything how I would like. This isn't 100% sure that I will order through you guys if I can't get my desired price but I just really appreciated how much of a light in the dark this was. Literally if you think of my phone lighting up in the morning dark. (Maybe I could get a cheaper price for calling me so early?