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on December 5, 2013
I am a librarian at a university and the buyer must be aware of what they are buying. This book is a *reprint* of the 1998 book "Home Improvement For Dummies." Amazon, the Wiley website, and the For Dummies website all erroneously report the book as having a date of 2012. This is wrong. The content of the book is 14 years old. Inside the book, the copyright date is 1998. ("Look Inside" at the verso of the book.) I could not find 2012 mentioned at all. The fact that it is a reprint, second printing, or any printing is not mentioned. I contacted the publisher directly and they told me it was a reprint. Contact Wiley or For Dummies and ask them yourself! I expressed my disapproval.
It is very possible that Amazon did not know that the age of the product was misrepresented. Publishers provide the information about their materials.
Now, you may find it acceptable that the content is 14 years old. Some home improvement options may not have changed significantly since 1998. But for myself, with the changes in the housing market and the economy and houses in the past 14 years, I will be returning this book and buying something more current.
It is a shame. I used to like the For Dummies series. Now, I am more suspicious. I AM keeping "Home Maintenance for Dummies" (2010, 2nd ed.).