Say It Isn’t So, Costco – Have You Really Pulled D’Souza’s Book “America” from Your Shelves?

| July 8 2014
David Leeper

Amerca ImagineAccording to World Net Daily, Costco is pulling Dinesh D’Souza’s America, Imagine a World without Her from their shelves. My wife called Costco this morning to confirm, and she was told by a nice lady (“Julie”) that COSTCO is indeed pulling the book because “it’s not selling”.

My wife was incredulous. With the companion movie debuting on July 4 to excellent reviews at Cinemascore, it is really hard to believe that the book is not selling well.

Yet, according to “Corporate”, said Julie, the book is not meeting threshold sales requirements. I suppose that’s possible, and we’ll soon know more since there are plenty of other sales channels — unless of course, Amazon decides to follow suit(?).

As reported by The Washington PostCostco is known to be friendly to Obama, having contributed over $200,000 to Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign.

I’ve seen the movie, and I think it’s an excellent political documentary. At its end, the audience broke into spontaneous applause — I’ve only encountered that two or three times in my lifetime. I plan to see it again — probably more than once. I’ve just started reading the book, and I’m finding it well written, well researched, and compelling. D’Souza’s style and voice shine through — there’s no sign of a “ghost writer”.

In both the movie and the book, D’Souza gives full weight to the arguments of the Left, acknowledging their valid points of criticism. In fact, the first part of the movie is so packed with non-stop criticism of America that I wondered if I were watching the wrong movie. That isn’t often done in (most) conservative books and movies. After that first long segment, D’Souza calmly and carefully offers his own counter-arguments.

America1To those on the Left or Right, puzzled by what motivates the behavior of the “other side”, this book explains a lot. It’s a worthy read for all Americans except those obstinate zealots on both sides who prefer to close their eyes and ears. Make no mistake however, the book is decidedly conservative, as is D’Souza.

If Costco is succumbing to pressure from the White House or is self-censoring its own book sales because of their corporate executives’ political leanings, it’s a really sad day. The former would be downright Stalinist, and the latter would be both crony capitalist and anti-free-speech.

Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices book is reported to be selling poorly. But Hillary held a book signing at Costco. Will Costco be pulling her book from their shelves if it doesn’t “meet threshold”? Or are there other factors Costco execs are considering? Why not invite D’Souza to hold a book signing and see how he does?

If the White House or Costco’s executives don’t like D’Souza’s free speech, they could and should counter it with more free speech of their own. Both sides should welcome that. Anything less is unAmerican — let alone bad business for Costco, no?

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UPDATE: See the followup article at this link, published late on July 8, in which Fox News announces a reversal of Costco’s position.

20 comments
M K Parsons
M K Parsons

I did not realize Costco was in charge of Censorship!  

employee
employee

Actually Hilary's book has been selling much better than America at costco.

sleepergirl
sleepergirl

Here's my email to R. Galanti at Costco:  rgalanti@costco.com  or 800-774-2678 #0


I was told by a Member Services rep today that you've pulled D'Souza's book because it wasn't selling fast enough.  That is a crock and you know it.  I've seen books on your tables that can't possibly have much interest from the public, yet you offer them for sale.
More than half of Americans feel our country is being systematically and deliberately destroyed by a tyrannical president and his Chicago gang.  You are making a serious business mistake by pulling D'Souza's "America."  We know that Costco is a BIG Democrat donor and a strong supporter of Obama.  However, you should not allow your political beliefs to lead you to censor books you sell.   Maybe this is a quid pro quo arrangement with the regime.  Maybe they've pressured you to remove the book because we all know Obama's feelings are easily hurt by this criticism.  I fear we are becoming like Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union more and more each day.
I hope you will reconsider this decision and realize you've got millions of members who believe in the US Constitution, limited government, free markets and FREE SPEECH.  Do you really wish to alienate your buying public?


Here'shttp://mobile.wnd.com/2014/07/costco-removing-dsouzas-america-from-shelves/

Rick
Rick

Their response is a pant load. Were the book not selling well as suggested, they'd walk through whatever SLA - service level agreement - they established with D'Souza's publisher. Most likely, the books would get price reductions at specific percentages over set amount of time. Ultimately, the remainder would get put in the "Clearance Bins." and sold for a $1. Simply removing the stock suggests all manner of things. None of which create positive optics for Costco.


dleeper47
dleeper47

@employee
That could well be, especially now that Costco is returning all its copies(!). 

GeorgeWilliams2
GeorgeWilliams2

@employee Really?  Where might that be?  If you see a short woman with blond hair that looks exactly like Hillary Clinton disguised as Groucho Marx, and with a basket full of "Hard Choices" at the checkout, ask her how Bill is doing..

reader
reader

@employee well that may be true for Costco shoppers but according to the Huffington Post: "new survey figures show sales of her foreign policy memoir ,Hard Choices , are falling fast.'


dleeper47
dleeper47

@sleepergirl

It will be delicious irony if the publicity over Costco's "business" decision generates the publicity to sell even more books for D'Souza. 

Except Costco won't get the revenue. Bummer, eh, Costco? Or is all about "the cause" for you guys? Thank goodness you have competitors. I may turn in my card after checking them out ... 

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

@sleepergirl They've long been hardcore lefties at Costco. Take your business elsewhere. BJs, Sam's Club . . . heck, these days, if you're clever, you can find deals even better than the membership stores!

MichaelWakefield1
MichaelWakefield1

At my local Costco, it's rare for any book to last a month ... stuff sells or it gets replaced.

employee
employee

Yes reader, but we are talking about Costco after all. Just like any other book with poor sales, it was returned to the vendor.

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

@dleeper47 @sleepergirl Their politics was part of the reason why we stopped using them, using their auto insurance, etc. PHX/Scottsdale have lots of other choices!