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Just a thought, but I had my tires replaced a short time ago and have been VERY happy.
I got my General Altimax HP's at tirerack.com for $311.80 shipped. Tire rack sent them to the car-x by my house who installed them for about $40 a tire (around $200 all in, including tax).
In total, I paid about $500 after taxes an installation and would recommend this to anyone. While I was there, I had an alignment and a trans service and had my car in about 6 hours.
I'm not saying the price you were quoted was bad, but my Generals have been awesome (so far). Wet traction, road noise, dry traction, and overall smoothness are all hugely improved over the OEM Michelin's the car came with.
Sam's club (or anyone for that matter) will not try and pull a fast one by putting a different tire than ordered on. That would be fraud, fraud is illegal, and you would easily win the embarrassing lawsuit that followed. If that is your concern, well - don't be concerned. If the question you want answered is if the first shop was overcharging, the answer is yes.
That said, I almost put the Primacy's on my car as well until I spent a few minutes on tirerack.com and saw that the Altimax HP's are rated almost as high as the Primacy, though you do give up a little tread life.
The Altimax's run $68 per tire and the Primacy's run $113 per.
The Primacy's, if ordered through the tire rack, would be $452.00 + s/h and any applicable tax. Installation at a car-x (or any of tire rack's recommended installers) shouldn't run you much more than $120-130 or so (including tax).
If you used tirerack, you'd spend about $582 + tax/s+h. In other words, it would be cheaper to order the tires. If they have them in stock, they usually ship within 24 hours of the order and the tires arrive in 2-4 days. Food for thought....
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Frankly, even though this forum has a lot of very nice people, the few bad apples around here have gotten on my nerves. I simply don't care enough to log on and try and help others when all too frequently, I get mocked or made fun of.