After slipping around in a dusting of snow in Maine last weekend I immediately decided that there was no way I was going to go through a New England winter on those (no)Integrities (which in my mind I had defended up to that point). The Traction Control contributed to much of my problem but regardless I decided I needed a tire with some bite and didn't want to go the snow tire route. After much research both here at PC and the usual online suspects I decided to go for Goodyear Triple Treads (195/60/15) available at Sears. The other tire I considered was the Michelin X-Radial only available at Costco. The reviews on their performance on snow and ice is what steered me toward the TTs. Problem is now I'm having a bit of buyer's remorse. Here's why: The last time I purchased tires was at Costco so I took for granted all that was included. from their website Now at Sears, included in the price of the tires is...well...the tires. $10.99 (x4=$43.96)balance and performance as if having new tires balanced is an option-just call it an installation charge fer crissake. $2.99 (x4=$11.96)valve stem fine, ok you need to replace the stems on new tires. I can pay the $12 $64.99 Alignment You better believe they are going to align your car whether it need it or not. I told them to call if they saw that it had alignment issues. They did not call and did an alignment anyway. I refused to pay and they didn't put up much of a fight. $9.60 (x4 = $38.38) Road Hazard Plus Agreement- Same as Costco's Road Hazard Warranty (which is truly FREE). I asked the sales manager about this and he gave me a printout of all the FREE stuff I get for my $40 bucks. FREE flat repair, FREE tire replacement (if not repairable), FREE Wheel balancing (again, as if its an option with new tires), FREE valve stem replacement and 25% off new alignment. I asked him how this stuff was all FREE if it cost me $40 bucks. Smoke poured out of his ears. Call it what it is. Insurance. I didn't pay for it on principal. On top of that, they do not offer ANY of the other things Costco offers such as rotation, balancing, flat repair, etc for the life of the tire. Sears also told me it would only take 1 hour to change the tires. It took almost 2. My 1 year old was thrilled. Apparently they couldn't figure out how to get the car in neutral on the lift and it took them an extra 1/2 hour to figure it out even though I told them to call if they had any problems figuring out the car. Then they neglected to put my old tires in the back of the car as I requested and tried to charge me for disposal fee ($2.50ea- $1 ea at Costco fwiw). The mechanic had to then try to drive the car back into the bay to pick up the tires. I noticed after about 5 minutes that he was still sitting in the car in the parking lot. I went to go see what the problem was and he had the valet card in his lap, car in accessory mode, in neutral and the keys in his hand and a look on his face like he just sat down at a fancy restaurant and realized the whole menu was in French. I got the tires I wanted but I might have been just as well off with the X-Radials and had the piece of mind and the benefits of what Costco's tire dept. offers. Anyway, just thought I would share. Food for thought for anybody else looking to upgrade tires.