Originally Posted by Rustward
Is this really all that surprising
They are upfront that they are in the business of replacing batteries: Automotive Services: Battery Replacement - AAA
... and I suppose they do this for money -- as much money as they can get.
And . . . their prices do seem to be high, but they come to you. I can think of some remote cases where this might be OK -- like you are w*rking and taking a couple of hours off to go have a battery replaced would cost you more than the the 50% or 75% markup.
Edit to add: Found myself right in the middle of nowhere (on the road) with a dead motorcycle battery. This cycle had a wimpy electrical system and it would not idle after jumping the dead battery. Decided to walk the mile or so to the bus depot to take the bus to "town" (nearest motorcycle shop) to pick up a battery. Walked past an auto parts store where a couple of cycles were parked at the back door and decided somebody in there might be sympathetic to me. Told the guy at the counter what I needed -- he wanted to know exactly. Then he stood on his tiptoes moving from side to side looking behind me. "If you turn around you will find it on the shelf three feet behind you. We don't normally stock this but this is what I need for my cycle!".
That's a case where delivery would have been worth it. I "lost" a whole day to the battery incident but eventually made it to my destination four states away, then back home.
Well, I guess everybody had an opinion... so I will give mine....
AAA is supposed to come and jump your battery for FREE... well, at least as part of your fee you pay...
So, you are not paying them to come install a battery... they are already there to help you... anything else they do is in addition to this service and should not include the cost of getting there...
BTW, my wife got stuck at a state park... the guy came to jump and could not get it done (I was not there, so I do not know all he did)... they had to send someone else out to tow the car into a garage... the garage said the battery was 'dead' and charged us maybe $120... but I did not pay for the two people who came out... this was with the Progressive insurance coverage...