I bought my current Michelin tires through Discount Tire Direct. They were two months out of production when I received them via UPS. I bought a set of Cooper's for my van and found that they were 6 months from production. Those were also bought from the Discount Tire Direct web site.
Even though there are no Discount Tire stores in my part of the country, they have working agreements with local tire and service dealers that give you discounts on installation and warranted mountings. I used a local NTB store for disposal of my ST tires, and mounting and balancing of the tires bought from Discount Tire Direct. They do a good job since they are responsible to Discount Tire for future business referred to them.
If you were purchasing tires through Amazon, you might post a question on the Amazon site about the age of the tires that others have received.
'04 Classic 30' S.O.,'03 GMC Savana 2500,'14 Honda CTX 700