What about kenda or Cheng Shin?
Man let me know where I can find some whitewalls in something other than the 16" (harley) sizes, and I'll give you 10,000,000 points! (the points are made up and don't matter)
The original poster mentioned the VAT (value added tax). They are trying to get one here in this country. Then the Cap and Trade, inflation/dollar sinking, and those prices will seem cheap. Here in NC, because the government spends more than the collect, they want to get a tax on services.