Auto Parts Pricing

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Ed Price

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Today, I just got a re-education in the cost of parts from my local NAPA store
in El Cajon, CA. I needed the front wheel bearings and grease seals, so off I
went to NAPA. Let me describe their pricing on just one item, the 30206 bearing.

My receipt showed a list price of $33.49 each, and a net price of $22.77 each.
Wow, bearings have gone up since I last bought some! After I got home, I decided
to check the NAPA web site to see what other stuff was going to cost me. When I
looked at:

http://www.napaonline.com

I found that they list the bearing for $13.99 each! Wow, I paid 63% higher at
the local store. So I called the store about their pricing. I was told
that the "owner" would call me back. Yeah, sure.

Another part of the order, the pair of seals, had to be ordered "from the
national level." A week later, I went in to pick up the seals. Did I say that
they also charged me $7.87 for "freight" for shipping the seals? That seems a
bit high, just to move two little boxes along with their normal flow of parts.
After all, they didn't ship it to me, just to their store.

Anyway, I asked the counter guys about the difference between the store and the
web site cost. One of them had a nice fast comeback; he said "This isn't NAPA,
this is County Auto Parts." I said that the 75-foot wide sign on the store front
said NAPA, but yeah, I had seen the little 6-foot sign, down low at the corner,
and that did say County Auto Parts. But still, should their pricing be a
whopping +60% over the web site pricing? That got a good round of laughter from
the counter guys. So it seems that NAPA stores are some kind of loose
affiliates, and are able to charge what they dare.

I'm sure not going to pay 60% over a web site cost just to get laughed at. Looks
like they will have a few less invoices to write in the future. But the moral is
the same old warning, be informed before you buy.


Ed
El Cajon
67 Rust Guppy



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nelson625@aol.com

Guest
Re NAPA pricing -
Thanks Ed for the update. I too encounterd similar markups on auto
parts recently, but did not investigate the on line possibilities. I've
discoverd
that several "chains" have privately owned stores and don't adhere to any
fixed price policy. Same goes in certain situations with warranties where a
store
with the same apparent affiliation will not accept the Warranty when bought
from another store. All one can do it try to ask questions and check things
out. Vic "Splash" Nelson


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K

Ken Chambers

Guest
Hi all,

FYI, I found my local Kragen Auto Parts (Checker and Schucks in other parts of
the country) store carries both the 30204 (outer) and 30206 (inner) bearing sets
for our Amphi front wheels. I paid $16.99 for the 30204 and $15.99 for the
30206. I've got them installed on my Amphi and they work fine.

Ken Chambers, CA
'64 Red



>
> Today, I just got a re-education in the cost of parts from my local NAPA store
in El Cajon, CA. I needed the front wheel bearings and grease seals, so off I
went to NAPA. Let me describe their pricing on just one item, the 30206 bearing.
>
> My receipt showed a list price of $33.49 each, and a net price of $22.77 each.
Wow, bearings have gone up since I last bought some! After I got home, I decided
to check the NAPA web site to see what other stuff was going to cost me. When I
looked at:
>
> http://www.napaonline.com
>
> I found that they list the bearing for $13.99 each!
 
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