Breaking – Costco Reverses Decision to Drop D’Souza’s “America”

| July 8 2014
David Leeper

Amerca ImagineWell, that didn’t take long. As reported here earlier today, Costco had decided to return all its copies of Dinesh D’Souza’s book America – Imagine a World without Her. Costco claimed it wasn’t selling well. This evening (July 8) Costco told Fox News it was reversing that decision and will re-stock the book.

Perhaps in part due to Costco’s unintended publicity for the book, D’Souza’s America is now Number 1 on Amazon. That’s Amazon, not Costco. That’s lost revenue and a black eye for Costco. And Costco told Kelly it will take a couple weeks to re-stock. Tsk, tsk, tsk. What a fiasco!

According to reports, Costco was deluged with criticism from angry customers, including Costco members promising to drop their Costco membership for one at competitor Sam’s Club or BJ’s instead. That’s a much bigger issue than lost book sales.

Costco’s leadership may have hoped to help President Obama by dealing a blow to D’Souza’s book and movie, but it appears that they ended up giving it a boost instead. Sweet justice.

Here’s a clip of Fox News’ Megyn Kelly announcing the Costco reversal in an interview with Gerald Molen.

 

UPDATE July 9: See also, below, Sean Hannity’s interview of Dinesh D’Souza, which aired late on July 8.

 

33 comments
FiddleAmar
FiddleAmar

WHats scary? That someone disagrees with you? Toughen up buddy, the real world is a lot scarier than having to endure a disagreement.

Costco employee
Costco employee

You self-important, close-minded conservatives scare the crap out of me!

FiddleAmar
FiddleAmar

guess what ?  I DO let my political considerations influence how i spend $. For that reason I wont spend one flat dime to see any movie with dunces Matt DAMON or George Clooney. I wont spend my $ on any music by an outspoken liberal knuckleheads like Dixie Chix. they can earn their dollars off fellow knuckleheads. I won't buy Ben and Jerrys ice cream, etc. etc....Thats just the way it rolls. Free market decision.

employee
employee

I would like to personally thank you all for contributing to my 401k by pushing the price of my stock up $2.50 in the past 2 days. Well done!

dleeper47
dleeper47

On Costco's FaceBook page, I received the following statement from an apparent Costco PR person regarding the official policy of Costco, written for public and press consumption:

David- Costco is not influenced by political considerations in selecting product for sale in our warehouses or on http://bit.ly/1rPbPbK. 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. - Krystal


I replied that my official policy, for public and press consumption, as a customer/member of store clubs like Costco is this: 

I do not let political considerations enter my buying decisions at all. I am only interested in quality, price, and service.


I appreciated the opportunity to exchange official public policy statements with Costco. Now that we've done so, Costco and I can both carry on with our respective real-life behaviors and choices, whatever they may be, including exceptions to our "official policies."

ronniegavarian
ronniegavarian

The only reason Costco caved was because of the backlash.  Had the public not spoken up they would have continued their discriminatory practices and political censorship without missing a beat.  This, in my opinion, does nothing to alter their image or their intent.  It's a little too late for that.  But every cloud has a silver lining.....and that being that people now can see what their voices can do.  Every single American needs to be shouting out loud and have their voices heard, no matter what the subject.  The dog that barks the loudest gets the bone.  Speak up America!  It's your right!

Ranger7
Ranger7

Costco's feel-good, liberal policies literally killed my son, Erik Scott, four years ago (July 10, 2010). Costco claims to have a "no-gun" policy, banning concealed weapons in their stores. But their managers do NOT post any signs about the gun ban, and the company's membership application says not a word about  carrying firearms in their stores...because Costco admitted in court that they didn't want to alienate their NRA members! Catch-22...and it led to the death of a decorated ex-Army officer, West Point grad with an MBA from Duke Univ., and very successful medical sales rep.


The entire sordid, disgusting story of how Costco enabled a scared, low-IQ cop to shoot and kill my son to death is in "The Permit," a novel of "faction" based on the actual events of Erik's murder. It's available in hardcopy print or as an e-book at Amazon or PygmyBooks dot com.

FiddleAmar
FiddleAmar

The power of protest--the left does it always and has been for 60+ years, with its demands to remove items offensive to it or boycotting products and companies  and it has reaped rewards for them...we need to do the same.

sleepergirl
sleepergirl

See what we can do if we all work together?  Tonight, a small victory.  Let's keep pressing.  Tomorrow I'm going to my local Costco to "needle" them a bit by asking for the book.  If they actually have a copy, I'll tell them I've already purchased it at Amazon.  I'll also look for Ed Klein's "Blood Feud."

Ranger7
Ranger7

@Costco employee Costco's mindless, yet "stealth" no-guns-in-the-store policy is directly responsible for my son being shot to death at the Las Vegas-Summerlin store on July 10, 2010. Consequently, Costco's naive, feel-good liberalism scares the crap out of me and every other rational American. Your company's policy literally kills innocent customers. 


Read "The Permit," if you care to know the truth about your heartless employer.

dleeper47
dleeper47

@FiddleAmar

Yep ... I do likewise. But like COSTCO's CEO, my official "policy" and my actual behavior do differ when I so choose.

ronniegavarian
ronniegavarian

@FiddleAmar Couldn't agree with you more.  That being said, I think the first order of business is to stop foreign travel to "un-friendly" countries such as Mexico, China, Russia, ANYWHERE in the Middle East, and start spending our American dollars in the good old U.S.A. and screw these other countries.  Let them suffer the consequences of their actions.  I wouldn't give a dime any where outside this country in the near future.  I intend to do all my traveling internally.  It is a huge country and it needs the economic boost that internal travel would give it.   

dleeper47
dleeper47

@FiddleAmar

Amen to that, FiddleAmar. It has taken the Left a half-century to work their way to this point because they had to hide their goals beneath layers of deceit. We can use their methods more openly because our goals are in the open ... limited govt, free markets, and fiscal responsibility don't need to be hidden goals. We can be loud and clear about those goals.

Their (implicit, tacit) goals are ever-bigger government, massive centralization of authority and regulation by bloated bureaucracies, crony capitalism, brutal taxation (except for their cronies), hollowing out of the middle class, a permanent underclass that they treat as voting livestock, and deception, deception, deception. Those aren't things they care to advertise. 

So we should be able to correct those 60 years (actually more like 100 years if we go back to the Woodrow Wilson era) of subterfuge in as little as 10-20 years.

FiddleAmar
FiddleAmar

@dleeper47 @FiddleAmar and that's the sweet taste of freedom, my friend! Long may it live however imperiled it seems at this time. God bless us and help us preserve this nation against all progs and statists.

dleeper47
dleeper47

@ronniegavarian @FiddleAmar

Amen again, FiddleAmar ... my wife and I have actually started doing that, taking Mississippi and Snake/Columbia River Cruises rather than European vacations. We also toured Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota a few years ago in lieu of another EU vacation. What a country! We did visit Vancouver and Victoria BC last year, but we're fans of the Canadian president and their conservative revival, so I count that too as "(North) American" ... (!)


WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

@FiddleAmar @dleeper47 

Amen.

And FiddleAmer, David's humor was subtle and dry, but it was there. See his comment below when he says, "Now that we've done so, Costco and I can both carry on with our respective real-life behaviors and choices, whatever they may be, including exceptions to our 'official policies.'"

:-)

ronniegavarian
ronniegavarian

@dleeper47 @ronniegavarian @FiddleAmar I did the same trip and it was AWESOME!  America has it all - deserts, plains, majestic mountains, magnificent cliffs, thick lush tropical vegetation, fine dining, museums, so many points of interest it's hard to begin.  I urge everyone here take a "stay-cation" in the U.S.A.  NO MORE FOREIGN TRAVEL!! 

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

@dleeper47 @ronniegavarian @FiddleAmar I've lived in the northeast, southwest, and interior west. I've visited or at least driven through all but five or six states. I've eaten alligator in Baton Rouge, listened to the cicadas in Arkansas, and drunk wine in Sonoma Valley. #AmericaRocks

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

@ronniegavarian @dleeper47 @FiddleAmar Check out Glacier in northwestern Montana. So beautiful, it's almost painful. I heard once that the Blackfeet wouldn't live there because it looked too holy, as if the gods lived there, and when you see it, you known why!

ronniegavarian
ronniegavarian

@WesternFreePress @ronniegavarian @dleeper47 @FiddleAmar I've been to the Tetons and that took my breath away and I've been to Glacier Bay in Alaska.  It humbles you.  It makes you realize the incredible vastness of Earth and this wonderful thing we call "Creation."  It almost brings you to your knees.  And to think that we are losing all of this glory is just maddening.