COSTCO won’t sell conservative book

From examiner.com:

Retailer Costco removing D’Souza’s “America” book from its shelves

On Monday, WND has learned that wholesale retailer giant, Costco, began removing Dinesh D’Souza’s bestselling book “America: Imagine the World Without Her” from their store shelves nationwide. Jerome R. Corsi of WND said that Costco has sold more than 3,600 copies of “America” nationwide, with about 700 copies sold last week as D’Souza’s film by the same name opened at more than 1,000 movie theaters nationwide.

Gerald Molen, an Academy-award winning producer of Schindler’s List, produced D’Souza’s film, “America”, and the film was released last week across the nation. Dinesh D’Souza, the creator of “2016: Obama’s America[film HERE],

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takes viewers through a discovery of who built America, in the times in which they lived, bled, and sacrificed in order to build a great nation such as Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and others.

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As one Costco shopper said, “If you don’t put D’Souza’s book back on your shelves, I may take my money to Sam’s Club instead. This explains why I have not seen any conservative audio-books in Costco since Mark Levin’s “Liberty and Tyranny[good!] several years ago, even though conservative books have been regularly outselling progressive ones in the past few years.”

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I saw the new movie, America, last week. I recommend that you take a liberal Democrat friend to see it.

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18 Responses to COSTCO won’t sell conservative book

  1. Bob B. says:

    What’s next? Book burning?

  2. KateD says:

    BOYCOTT COSTCO It seems like they are shooting themselves in the foot, because people who shop at Costco are supposed to be business owners. Business owners often entrepreneurs who are by and large conservative. If all conservatives boycott Costco…..that would be significant.

  3. incredulous says:

    There’s a thread on this over at FreeRepublic. The comments indicate that all US Costco’s only sold 700 books in one week equaling about 1.5 books per store. I have no doubt of Costco’s leftist/fascist leanings (they won’t let your kid sit in the shopping cart basket cuz they know better than you) or they refuse to put two new tires on the front and will not sell them to you if you put them on the back due to some crazy BMW global warming type psuedescientific report done on liability. So, they are typical of the “we want to control every aspect of your life type crowd.”

    However, if I sold 1.5 copies of a new book in one week with a sister movie in theaters if I owned even a conservative book store, I don’t think I’d keep the book on the shelf, either.

    Fault them when they deserve it. I haven’t seen enough proof that they deserve this hit.

  4. KateD says:

    So no boycott, then? Drat.

  5. Frank_Bearer says:

    Book sells less than 8 copies per store over a whole month and is pulled from a warehouse store and this is “liberal conspiracy”? (3600 books ÷ 459 stores = 7.8 copies per store)

    Maybe your book just sucks? Welcome to the free market!

  6. Imrahil says:

    I’m not into publishing statistics, but f.w.i.w. I don’t think a book sucks or is a failure certainly under either of the following conditions:

    1. it has sold largely more than 3000 copies (regardlessly in which amount of time),
    2. it has been ground for a movie that runs in commercial cinemas (regardless how much it is bought in the meantime).

    And in case 2, I don’t think any bookstore would take it normally off the shelves as long as it’s still running.

    I was not under the impression that you can reach the 10000s with anything but light entertainment (and perhaps well-acclaimed textbooks for studies, depending on how many students of the subject are in a country and how much the study depends on having the book at home).

    [That said, I'm by nationality favoring, where books are concerned, not the free market, but a variety of big and small stores that use surplusses from well-selling books to favor less-selling but perhaps higher literature, for reputation and satisfying the bookseller's own interests. Does not seem so unlike the thing called Distributism; only, in this case, we Germans call it Buchpreisbindung (fixed-price set by publisher).]

  7. suedusek says:

    An older article which offers some perspective on Costco and its philosophies.

    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-06-06/costco-ceo-craig-jelinek-leads-the-cheapest-happiest-company-in-the-world

    I’m with Frank. Could be that the book just sucks. I’ll have to find out for myself, I suppose.

  8. Gratias says:

    Did not know that COTSCO was part of the communist fellow travelers.

  9. Kathleen10 says:

    The head of Costco, can’t think of his name, actually spoke at a Democrat convention. He is apparently an outspoken cheerleader for Obama and leftist causes. Anybody who shops at Costco is supporting leftist causes. Now would be a good time to cancel membership and most definitely tell them why. I am currently doing the same with Macy’s. I may contact Costco and tell them I would not GET a membership because of this. All corporations speak the language of money.
    These corporations are getting more and more political and they are heavily leftist because that is who they hear from and the government is pushing it. Activists can probably sit back now and rest because the government has relieved them of their duties. Notice we never hear of gay activists complaining about anything or protesting? They don’t have to.

  10. Cafea Fruor says:

    But how can I take a friend when I don’t have any liberal Democrat friends?

    Friends don’t let friends be liberal Democrats…

  11. Dave N. says:

    Seems like the book is selling poorly; COSTCO is just as interested in making money as any other retailer.

    Not everything is a conspiracy.

  12. Will D. says:

    The Costco near me usually carries the latest drivel from Bill O’Reilly and Glen Beck, so I doubt it’s really a matter of being anti-conservative. I think this is much more about what’s selling and what isn’t.

  13. SKAY says:

    I understand that Costco has had a change of heart –apparently they have heard from a lot of people. It is supposed to be back in stores within 2 weeks. We will see.

  14. Imrahil says:

    I wonder how often Faust. First Part of the Tragedy sells per week and store, after 200 years. You English speakers might replace that with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I doubt it’s more than one.

    Yet I expect a bookstore (except for the all-things-stores at railway stations) to have a classics section where suchlike is displayed.

    Or, how much is sold of, say, the “a new case for Detective Kluftinger” series (regional police novellas around here that don’t take themselves too seriously)? I doubt it’s all to many, yet bookstores in the region they are written for do display them in their entertainment sections.

    Now here we have a book that, if I got the information correctly, made it into a movie currently running! Seriously: Do they think people will buy even more “Pillars of the Earth” if it is displayed on the shelves now free?

    This book here is not a classic of course, but

  15. incredulous says:

    SKAY, well again, they are in it for the buck. All the press this story has generated, plus Dinesh’s book hitting the NYT best seller’s list next week and the momentum the movie is getting may have Costco looking at this opportunistically. I’d probably let the books hang around for a month or so given all the press this kerfuffle has created. It may become a hot selling item! Get out there and do your part to make it so!

  16. Elizabeth R says:

    America is #1 in books at Amazon, so it seems odd that it would sell so poorly at Costco that they would remove it because of lack of sales.

  17. wmeyer says:

    Over time, I have found that Costco is not a very good place to buy books. Most of their stock is of no interest to me, and only rarely will they offer at a better price than I can get on Amazon. One possibility for poor sales is that many people may have had the same disappointing experience. A table overloaded with pot-boilers and other drivel is not very inviting.

    And for what it may be worth, the Amazon ranking is likely to be a much better indicator of real sales.

  18. rodin says:

    Darned shame I am not a Costco customer so I can quit shopping there.