Here’s A Great Deal On 2007 Consumer Reports Buying Guides

Thomas the Tank Engine books are timeless. But Consumer Reports buying guides have a definite shelf life, and we’re pretty sure that 5 years is past the expiration date. Victor spotted these on the clearance shelf at Target. “Of course it’s marked as-is,” he notes, “which is both unhelpful and completely unnecessary to state.”

Sure, but this could be a killer deal if you’re capable of time travel and need to go shopping. Though I’m more partial to the 1898 Sears Roebuck catalog, and Consumer Reports wasn’t around back then for any shopping guidance.


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  1. StutiCebriones says:

    You can still read them to your kids. Better parents can even add details about whether CU was right in hindsight.

  2. CrazyEyed says:

    These would actually be interesting to read to see their take on products we know – 5 years later – if they continue to be relevant and reliable.

  3. CubeRat says:

    I bet a 1898 Sears & Roebuck catalog would be worth A LOT of money now, especially if it’s in as good of conditions as these 2007 CR buying guides appear to be.

    • OutPastPluto says:

      You can get a reprint of the original Encyclopedia Britannica.

      It can be rather entertaining.

  4. Rexy on a rampage says:

    Testing, testing.

  5. ldillon says:

    This brings up and interesting point. Has Consumers Union ever gone back to see if their recommendations actually panned out over time?

  6. syxx says:

    Consumer Reports is usually 5 years behind anyway