Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Surrender Costco!

Saw that Costco was pulling America, by Dinesh, so I emailed them on what a bad idea that was.
Me and a ton of other people I'll bet.

Understand you've pulled Dinesh D'souza's book America.
Understand, you loose a lot of business like that.
First from the profits not earned on selling the book.
Second form all the memberships lapsing in protest.
Facebook travels fast.

Dear Ed,

Thank you for your e-mail to Costco Wholesale.

Costco is not influenced by political considerations in selecting product for sale in our warehouses or on Costco.com. This includes our selection of books. Our book buyers are solely interested in book sales, and do not favor any political persuasion over another. Recently, after deciding to sell the book "America: Imagine the World Without Her", beginning on June 1, a decision was made to pull the book from sale on July 1. This decision was based solely on the number of copies sold during that month, and had nothing to do with the content of the book.

Costco is not a book store. Our book shelf space is very limited. We exercise discipline in the best utilization of that limited space based solely on what our members are buying. We can't carry every title that our members are interested in reading. We are constantly monitoring book sales, and make decisions to pull books off the shelves frequently based on sales volume to make room for other titles. Politics or controversy over content do not influence our decisions.

After we made the return, a documentary was released about the book. Since then there has been heightened interest by our membership base and brisk sales at locations still in stock. Therefore, we have made the decision to reorder the book.

Thank you,

Holly V
Member Service Center
Costco Wholesale Corporation


  1. Perfectly reasonable explanation.
    So the book is on sale and you also get L'il Dinesh's Leni Riefenstahl
    imitation. Four million over the long weekend in general release. Not bad but
    not a barn burner.

    And you're complaining.

  2. Actually it is a reasonable, but suspect, explanation.
    Any marketer would know (even I knew) that the movie would have an influence on sales. The real trick is the Obama reference to his friendship with Costco's CEO..
    Riefenstahl boosted her subject, not Dinesh (L'il Dinesh?, What is that about?).

    1. L'il Dinesh == He's a vulgar little punk.

      The idea that Costco gives a damn about anything related to his book other than whether or not it sells is absurd.
      I believe it was Michael Savage who started this longtime fad among conservative "authors" that bookstores were trying various tricks to hide these "blockbuster" bulk buys.

      It would be laughable if it weren't so sad.

  3. May be reasonable; doesn't mean I believe it.

    1. A thing can be reasonable, and unbelievable simultaneously, can't it?

  4. The BS is getting deep in here...

  5. It's there Ed! Just take a right at the table filled with hundreds of unsold copies of Hillary's new fiction, "Blood Clot". There should be a copy or two turned over or otherwise hidden near the best seller's display. By the way, Mrs. DaBlade and I went to this movie on July 5 and do highly recommend it. I would never watch a documentary of lies from that leftist jacka## from my home town (michael moore), but D'Souza is a patriot.

    1. We were talking movies at work and nonoe of my co-corkers had heard of "America". Tried to get them interested.
      For Ducky to use the diminutive "L'il" Dinesh (a FB friend from high school used L'il to describe "L'il Ricky" Santorum) seems slightly racist. Like calling him "boy". It's odd.

  6. After seeing the film, I ordered the book from Amazon. There's a waiting list for the book.

    1. That's because Costco bought them all in a panic :)