My family has been purchasing tires from Discount Tire for over 12 years. We were never disappointed with Discount Tires.PRICES: Very good prices. They will price match with any local retailer and even internet (e.g. Tirerack.com) prices. Tip - Always ask for free valve stem and free mounting and balancing. I usually get them for free. But then again, I usually purchase high-dollar Z-rated tires. SERVICE: A+++ From purchasing the tire to having the tire repaired, these guys are fast and friendly. No pressure selling. While they always recommend the purchase of their road hazard warranty, I wholeheartedly recommend it. I once hit a pot hole within two months of purchasing new tires, which damaged the tire sidewall, and they replaced it at no charge. While I was not entirely happy that I had to purchase the road hazard warranty on the replacement tire, I understand the warranty only covers the tire it was purchased for. RECOMMENDATION: I purchased tires from Sears, Pep Boys, Walmart, NTB in addition to Discount Tires, no one was better at pricing, service and warranty than Discount.
Most of the items they carry can be purchased elsewhere at a lower price (Lowe's, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target, etc). While their selection of cell phones is not too bad, the remaining items are sparse indeed. I equate Radio Shack to Walgreens or Dollar General; they carry more common items at a higher price but offer convenient access. However, my biggest complaint is the employees. In my experience, they don't know what they are selling. But then again, most employees at other stores selling electronic items are not very knowledgeable either.... Furthermore, Radio Shack employees are very pushy at making a sale. It seems they receive a commission on each sale (I don't really know if this is true, but employee behavior indicates such is likely). My last transaction with Radio Shack concluded with an argument with an employee over giving back my original receipt after returning one item on a purchase of five items. He told me that since I got cash returned, I did not need the original receipt. He said the original receipt was needed to be retained by the store. After I told him repeatedly to no avail that I needed it just in case I had to return any of the remaining four items on the receipt, management had to get involved. That was the last time I ever visited Radio Shack and I no plan to do so in the near future.
Before starting a big home improvement project, I always compare prices of big ticket items at Lowe's and Home Depot (I know there are many other retails out there, but I tend to go to these two for the more common items). Nine times out of ten, Lowe's has a better selection and lower prices. Lowe's seem to carry higher quality items than Home Depot. Though finding a store employee can be difficult at times, it is no worse than at Home Depot. However, when I do find an employee at Lowe's, they tend to be more knowledgeable and helpful than employee at Home Depot. Furthermore, Lowe's is very reasonable with their return policy (just make sure you have your receipt).
I have a storage unit with Austin Highway Self Storage for about four years. The price I am paying is the lowest I can find in the area ($125 for a 12 x 25 space). All units I inspected are partially finished out, meaning they have drywall and are insulated (except for the roll-up door) but does not have an overhead light (smaller units really do not need one though). The only shortcoming I see is that they do not have video surveillance and gated access is not available 24 hours (currently restricted to 14 hours, seven days a week). Nonetheless, the management always have been very flexible with me when I was late on payment (these are tough times indeed). All in all, I recommend visiting this company when you need extra storage at a reasonable price.
I have purchased from Second Looks at least seven times over the last two years. PRICE: Each time, I was able to buy high-end products (Hickey Freeman, Armani, Tommy Bahama, Bobby Jones, Cole Haan, Hermes, Ferragamo, etc.) at a fraction of the retail price. If I had to guess, I would say on average I saved 50% from what Saks and Neiman charges (since I did not actually compare product to product at each store, this is just an off-hand estimate). Second Looks reduces the price on each item every 30 days it is on consignment. Thus, the longer the item is available at the store, the lower the price and better the deal... SELECTION: The store only carries high-end or famous name brands, some of which I mentioned above. I did not see any brands from discount stores or department store brands.. All items I inspected was of high quality, either new or nearly new. No worn-out, faded, torn, damaged or out-dated items was found. RECOMMENDATION: If you looking for high-end items at reasonable and affordable prices, check out Second Looks. If you are looking for cheap items at cheap prices, this is not the place for you.