I was at Costco in the morning, wanted to have a word with tire folks about tire 'freshness'. I mentioned it to the guy that I would prefer tires not to be less than 6 months old. The guy says, there is no way I can put such restriction on the tires they install as they do not have a choice to pick and choose the tires. They use the tires supplied by the supplier. They don't check the mfg date of the tires. He mentioned that in his 20+ years of working in this business, he has not come across that fresh tires often. I am pretty sure he is BSing. It is a common practice at our local Costco. (one of the other guys told me that the interstate batteries they sell are made by interstate when I asked if they are Johnson controls or some other one). In my experience, Costco store manager (at least our local one) is not exactly helpful. I wonder how do you make sure that you get fresh tires at Costco if you decide to buy there? Thanks in advance.