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My wife and I were towing our camper thru Wells, NV. We stopped for gas and the attendant told me I had a bad tire. On further inspection he told me that all 6 of the tires needed to be replaced. He also told me that he was the only place in town that had the tires I needed. We call another tire shop that had no tires in our size. The salesman quoted me a price on a set of 6 tires for an estimate of $1700. I knew that sounded quite high but felt that I had no choice. I did not have $1700 available but he told me that Bridgestone had a deal on tires where they would finance them for 6 months at no interest. Since I had no choice, I agreed. Final cost was $1793. When I returned to Idaho, I called Bridgestone to complain that I had been overcharged. They wanted to know the tire make and size. When I got that information from the trailer tires, I discovered that I did not even have Bridgestone tires but a brand called Duro. I called Duro, in Georgia, and was told that the tires retail for about $100 per tire plus parts, balancing, and labor. I called a Duro dealer and he gave me a price of $155 per tire including all parts and labor. I have called several other tire dealers and have been quoted prices averaging about $150 per tire for good trailer tires. I had my son in law call the dealership that sold me the tires and he was quoted about $153 per tire for a tire of similar quality since they did not carry Duro any longer. I spoke with the owner of the dealership. He feels he has the right to charge whatever he can get. He has no intention of making it right.