I am a deal shopper, barterer and all around value hunter. Everything I buy, whether for the truck or at the grocery store, I ask for a discount. Get one about 75% of the time. Anyone who gives a discount and provides good service gets word of mouth business from me. My insurance agent saved me $1,300 a year when I switched to him three years ago, he has 32 new customers because of what he did for me and I send more every month.
Even with that stated, I wouldn't balk at the $300 for SOTF tuning if it was what I wanted. PPEI is a business, as is each vendor that reps them. They also provide customer service, and good CS at that. Lyle is a good dude and when I was getting my LMM tuning set, he was helpful and available. Same for the boys and girl and PPEI, always reachable. Kory and others as well are real professionals, they know their tuning inside and out even if sometimes the customer has a different idea of the end result. Professionalism costs money, as does the r&d to get this product to market after years of tinkering. Some items just cost, and some items are worth it. An items worth is relative to the buyers own arithmetic and it is different for everyone.
Stop being blowhards and determine whether or not the product is right for you, if it is, pay to play and be happy you've supported two businesses that work constantly for you and others like you to keep our trucks running well. How many of you have spent $100+ on tail lights? waste of money, but looks cooler than a switch, right? Who's paid $40 for blacked out dmax/allison/efilive hood badges? $30 for billet valve stem covers? $80 for a pcv re-route than one could make for $15? My point is, I guarantee all but the most miser-ish if you have wasted more than $300 on your truck or in some other area of life.
If you don't want to pay $300, wait til the price drops if ever. If you want SOTF, buck up and shut up. There are so many bigger fish to fry in this industry, let alone all the other BS afoot in the country.
You all knew this day would come eventually. If you want the latest and greatest then have $300 handy. If you don't, call PPEI and explain the issues with your current tunes, send them a log, and ask them to make what adjustments are needed to make YOU happy. Kory offers (and others of course but they haven't been named yet) a CUSTOM service. That custom service is expanded with the SOTF, and that expansion needs to be accounted for in order for PPEI to even offer SOTF as an option.
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