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Costco removing D'Souza's 'America' from shelves
WND ^ | 7/7/14 | Jerome R. Corsi

Posted on 07/08/2014 4:16:56 AM PDT by null and void


President Obama visiting a Maryland Costco store in January.

NEW YORK – The retail giant Costco Wholesale has issued an order to remove all copies of Dinesh D’Souza’s bestselling book, “America: Imagine the World Without Her,” from the shelves of its stores nationwide, WND has confirmed.

The book, in this midterm election year, is a strong rebuttal of the progressive ideology behind President Obama’s policies, which have been supported by Costco co-founder and director Jim Sinegal, a major Democrat donor and a speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention that nominated the president.

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.

But Costco’s book department issued the “pull-order,” requiring all Costco stores nationwide to remove the book, confirmed Scott Losse, an inventory control specialist in the book department

The Washington Examiner reported June 20 that the book sold 4,915 in the first week and 5,592 in the second week but mysteriously was kept off the New York Times bestseller list, where it would have ranked No. 8 and then No. 11 on the June 29 list.

The book will be on the Times July 13 list, however, at No. 17.


Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal

In total, Costco has given $100,000 to Obama and another $100,000 to Priorities USA, the pro-Obama super PAC.

Concerned individuals may contact Costco President and CEO W. Craig Jelinek by email or by calling (425) 313-8100 and/or Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Richard A. Galanti by email or by calling (425) 313-8100.

(Excerpt) Read more at wnd.com ...


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Costco Board of Directors:

Jeffrey H. Brotman
Chairman of the Board

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr.
Director

Susan Decker
Director

Daniel J. Evans
Director

Richard A. Galanti
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director

William H. Gates, Sr.
Director

Hamilton E. James
Lead Independent Director

W. Craig Jelinek
President, CEO and Director

Richard M. Libenson
Director

John W. Meisenbach
Director

Charles T. Munger
Director

Jeff Raikes
Director

Jill S. Ruckelshaus
Director

James D. Sinegal
Co-Founder and Director

I would ask them if pulling a top seller is a good business decision?

I would ask them if pulling a popular book just as the moviee tie-in is causing sales to explode is a good business decision?

I would ask them if pulling a book just as it cracks the NYT best sellers top 20 is a good business decision?

I would ask them if so obviously censoring a political view is a good public relations decision?

I would ask if they plan the traditional public book burning of the copies they have pulled from their shelves, of if it will be a private ceremony, given the poor optics?

Then I would ask if whoever made or approved the decision to remove a winning product from their inventory decision is actually smart enough to be their public face?

Then I would let them know that I'm going to start comparison shopping at Sam's Club...

1 posted on 07/08/2014 4:16:56 AM PDT by null and void
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To: null and void

I have never been in a Costco...Never will.


2 posted on 07/08/2014 4:20:06 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: null and void

Maybe they will complete the cycle of censorship and have a massive book burning.


3 posted on 07/08/2014 4:23:28 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: null and void

Email Costco...Tell them what you think:
http://www.costco.com/call-us.html


4 posted on 07/08/2014 4:24:10 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: AlexW

Did the “free” tour once. Didn’t lose anything in there and never saw a reason to go back.


5 posted on 07/08/2014 4:24:19 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: AlexW

On news of this, I don’t think I ever will, either. We have a choice where we spend our money. It doesn’t have to be to the benefit of rabid liberal maniacs intent on providing the means to destroy this country.


6 posted on 07/08/2014 4:24:27 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: null and void

I’m not a member and never will be.


7 posted on 07/08/2014 4:26:19 AM PDT by samtheman
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Well, my renewal is up in a few months but Sam’s...welcome to my thousands of dollars I SPENT each year at Costco.


8 posted on 07/08/2014 4:26:47 AM PDT by 4everontheRight (And the story began with..."Once there was a great nation......")
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To: null and void

This action is just one more piece of evidence that even the adherents of this demonstrably failed ideology don’t believe it can stand up to a book.

Even liberals know that their beliefs are underpinned by lies, or else they wouldn’t fear....a book.

They fear the truth, as they must.

Liberalism is being exposed by Obama as the pipedream it has always been.

I see this as an acknowledgement that they know they’re wrong.


9 posted on 07/08/2014 4:27:42 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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Costco’s founder loves Obama. I had to endure a nauseating half hour of my Econ teacher extolling the virtues of Costco’s founder. The accompanying video was even worse. It featured Biden at the opening of a Costco stuffing his face.


10 posted on 07/08/2014 4:30:36 AM PDT by Politicalkiddo (The more helpless the victim, the more hideous the assault.)
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To: samtheman
I’m not a member and never will be.

Well duh. With your screen name, I would think you're more a Sam's Club kinda guy...

11 posted on 07/08/2014 4:32:56 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: null and void

Government-inspired censorship. The USA at this time is no better than the soviet union was.


12 posted on 07/08/2014 4:33:26 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: null and void

Ive seen stacks of liberal books from Gore, Clinton , Obama in my store many times. I’m emailing them and will tear up my card.


13 posted on 07/08/2014 4:34:00 AM PDT by albie
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To: null and void

Of course. Where do you think food stamps get spent?


14 posted on 07/08/2014 4:34:53 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Politicalkiddo

How are they able to pay so much starting out? I thought they were union but there has to be a reason they are able to pull it off.

I know Aldi pays well starting out (for retail) but there is an obvious reason: less people working harder.


15 posted on 07/08/2014 4:35:02 AM PDT by CommieCutter ("For an idea to be too simplistic, it must first be proven wrong" --Thomas Sowell)
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To: null and void

Anybody notice the 2nd name on the BoD list?

Bummer...


16 posted on 07/08/2014 4:35:17 AM PDT by DJ Frisat (Proudly providing the NSA with provocative textual content since 1995!)
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To: albie

Send them snail mail with your card and a demand for refund on the unused portion.


17 posted on 07/08/2014 4:37:40 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: CommieCutter

The founder, (I didn’t care enough to remember his name or even look it up) only makes around $300,000-$600,000 a year. IIRC, Costco workers get full benefits and an average of $22/hour. The guy even supposedly answers the phone personally when you contact Costco’s headquarters.


18 posted on 07/08/2014 4:38:48 AM PDT by Politicalkiddo (The more helpless the victim, the more hideous the assault.)
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To: Politicalkiddo

Excuse me, “Co-founder”.


19 posted on 07/08/2014 4:40:51 AM PDT by Politicalkiddo (The more helpless the victim, the more hideous the assault.)
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To: null and void

My screen-name came first, back in 2001, but in fact I did join SC a few years ago because the Wal-Mart/SC is so near where I live. There’s also a BJ’s in my area but the SC is closer. Costco was too far away to consider but now after this I would never consider it on any account, even if they opened one next door. Until this story broke I didn’t realize Costco is an Obama supporter.


20 posted on 07/08/2014 4:42:02 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: DJ Frisat

I think Carson is another “Manchurian Candidate” for us. One may also see he is a staunch gun control advocate.


21 posted on 07/08/2014 4:44:43 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: null and void
I'd continue to buy the cheap gasoline and cheap boxes of grapefruit but short the stock (when the time is right -- and I think the fat lady is warming up right now).

I've never purchased a book at Costco. Easier to click on a box on Amazon. (But I have no plans to buy D'Souza's book from either source.)

Boycotts never, ever work. However, a business plan of selling cheap commodity products in bulk at a time of commodity shortages and rising commodity prices might not work too well.

22 posted on 07/08/2014 4:48:42 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: SisterK

well, bye


23 posted on 07/08/2014 4:49:26 AM PDT by SisterK (behold a pale horse)
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To: vetvetdoug

I believe that he’s in favor of amnesty too.


24 posted on 07/08/2014 4:52:04 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?)
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To: Politicalkiddo

If this guy wants his business to serve as a Tool for The Fool in the White House, he has that right. I can spend money elsewhere and will continue to do so.


25 posted on 07/08/2014 4:52:59 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: null and void

I love Costco....guess next time I go shopping I will ask for book and see what happens....

WND sometimes get it wrong....

The movie was great....


26 posted on 07/08/2014 4:56:47 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: null and void

The only entities Costco hurts here are . . . Costco.


27 posted on 07/08/2014 4:59:39 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: null and void

I never found the need for 1 gallon sized Mayo or pickles.


28 posted on 07/08/2014 5:03:25 AM PDT by 9422WMR ("Ignorance can be cured by education, but stupidity is forever.")
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To: 9422WMR
Negative comments are all ready appearing on Costco's Facebook page. I suggest everyone participate in this. We should also download the Costco App, rate it low and leave negative feedback. This was done with A&E during the Duck Dynasty outrage and seemed to have an impact.
29 posted on 07/08/2014 5:06:10 AM PDT by RBW in PA
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To: null and void
I don't for a minute doubt the politics of the ownership. However, there are some things that I can tell you, as an insider who has published books sold at Costco and Wal-Mart and Target.

*3500 copies sold on a roll out isn't bad---but it's not spectacular. Normally Barnes & Noble sets the stage with a pre-order. A pre-order of 20,000 copies is excellent, but I don't know how many B&N pre-ordered of this. However, once B&N does its pre-order, Costco and WM come in with their orders based on that.

*700 copies in a week when you have a movie premiering, however, is not sufficient to keep a book in WM or Costco. Don't get me wrong, it's a good number. But after 10 years, my "Patriot's History" still sells about 250 copies a week with zero publicity and zero marketing. We'll sell 700 in Christmas weeks, easy.

For comparison, "Patriot's History" after the Glenn Beck exposure was SHIPPING 19,000 copies . . . a day.

So, what I'm guessing is that the book did a good initial sale, then has tapered off significantly. Costco and WM only carry the very hottest books.

Again, not questioning whether Costco is a bunch of libs, but only providing a little inside baseball.

30 posted on 07/08/2014 5:15:00 AM PDT by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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Already this month pulled my membership due to its policy of stripping those with concealed carry at the door to leave them defenseless.

Will be a Sam’s boy hereinout.


31 posted on 07/08/2014 5:21:05 AM PDT by bestintxas (Every time a RINO bites the dust a founding father gets his wings)
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To: P.O.E.

I endure an occasional trip to Costco as a preview of the United States when unrestrained immigration becomes the norm.

No word of a lie: when I hear English spoken aloud in Costco I’m surprised.


32 posted on 07/08/2014 5:21:16 AM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The Ends)
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Scott Losse, an inventory control specialist...

You can't make this stuff up.

33 posted on 07/08/2014 5:35:06 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: CommieCutter
I know Aldi pays well starting out (for retail) but there is an obvious reason: less people working harder.

Aldi is awesome. The checkers are so fast, you have to race to get your money out of your wallet before they are finished your order.

34 posted on 07/08/2014 5:41:18 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: AlexW

Done and done. We are currently “members” and are up for renewal. I mentioned that in the email and stated that if this is indeed occuring, we won’t be renewing and will urge others to either never join, cancel or not renew. We’ll see what, if any, response we get.


35 posted on 07/08/2014 5:54:41 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: null and void
They are opening their first Oklahoma store near me soon.

It reminds me of a Seinfeld skit.

"And you wanted to be my Wholesale Shopping Headquarters"?

36 posted on 07/08/2014 5:59:20 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: lee martell

I concur. I mentioned it because it explains his communist-like mindset. Book banning indeed.


37 posted on 07/08/2014 5:59:22 AM PDT by Politicalkiddo (The more helpless the victim, the more hideous the assault.)
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To: Politicalkiddo
That's certainly a piece of the puzzle. Just found this as well.

Costco "has half the number of employees per square foot (of Walmart), is a much smaller company, its stores are only in affluent areas and people are buying in bulk," says Richard Berman, who runs a business advocacy group opposed to a minimum wage increase. "It's like saying, 'Why does Microsoft pay more than Starbucks?'

http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/30/why-is-costco-able-to-pay-so-much-more-than-minimum-wage/5050001/

Seems to be typical garbage again, higher wages = less people working.


38 posted on 07/08/2014 6:01:17 AM PDT by CommieCutter ("For an idea to be too simplistic, it must first be proven wrong" --Thomas Sowell)
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To: LS

OTOH, I bet they still have Hillary’s Hard Choices on the shelf...


39 posted on 07/08/2014 6:06:23 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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Just submitted...Sam's Club here I come!

I have been a loyal Costco member and shopper for years. I just found out that one of the co-founders is a big Obama supporter, and the company has ordered Dinesh D'Souza's "America" pulled from shelves, a slap in the face to conservatives everywhere. I bet Hillary Clinton's book is displayed prominently.

As free Americans, your founders and/or Board of Directors can support the causes they choose and spend their money as they see fit. I find it ironic that they hate the very country that provides such freedoms. They should realize, however, that censoring conservative views has consequences for business. I too am a free American with many options. I will not spend money at any establishment supporting the current White House occupant, who seems determined to destroy the country with his Marxist beliefs and policies.

Although my membership runs through next May, it is unlikely that I'll be shopping at Costco again. Your top competitor, a fine American company, is right down the street.

You can save the canned reply because I'm not interested.

(My name and member number)

40 posted on 07/08/2014 6:27:55 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Pitch black is the new "transparent.")
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To: Mich Patriot

Corporate Mailing Address
PO Box 34331
Seattle, WA 98124

Corporate Physical Address
999 Lake Drive
Issaquah, WA 98027

Customer Service
Costco.com Member Service: 1-800-955-2292
General Member Service: 1-800-774-2678
Business Delivery Member Service: 1-800-788-9968


41 posted on 07/08/2014 6:29:18 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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If changes need to be made to your existing membership, please e-mail us at Costco.com Questions & Comments or call (800)774-2678 or visit your local warehouse.
42 posted on 07/08/2014 6:31:43 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: null and void

More of the tolerance from the Liberals. If his beliefs were correct then he wouldn’t have a problem with an opposing view would he? More slime to consider.


43 posted on 07/08/2014 7:06:05 AM PDT by JayAr36 (When an American dies Obama lies. And lies, and lies and lies forever.)
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To: wayoverontheright
This action is just one more piece of evidence that even the adherents of this demonstrably failed ideology don’t believe it can stand up to a book.

Very good point. I wonder if the decision to remove the book was decided in the board room or just by the whim of some buyer.

44 posted on 07/08/2014 7:18:13 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Global Warming is caused by illegal immigrants!)
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To: null and void
Dunno. It's at an astounding 70% discount at B&N, and so that's not good either.

I know people get all worked up about a book that "didn't make the NYTimes." Truth is, NO publisher knows what the Times' formula is. Certainly my "48 Liberal Lies" sold enough to get on the Times . . . but did it do so all at once? Probably not. My guess is that DD's book probably had a print run of 20,000-25,000, probably sold somewhere around 8,000-9,000 already, but has begun to tail off quickly as the movie campaign winds down. Mind you, those are good numbers, but they aren't Hillary's 60,000 (which was terrible based on her advance, but respectable for any other author).

45 posted on 07/08/2014 7:18:41 AM PDT by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: null and void

Looks like Michelle needs to have a talk with those two guys about ‘eating healthy’.


46 posted on 07/08/2014 7:22:26 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: LS

Reminds me of the astronaut who buttonholed an author at a party, “I took your book into orbit, I couldn’t put it down!”


47 posted on 07/08/2014 7:30:33 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: samtheman

I don’t see any reason to go to costco vs Sam’s. They carry almost the same merchandise anyhow. I tend to prefer the items at Sam’s, other people are the other way around.

I had a membership to both for one year to try Costco. I bought one item online, went to Costco a total of three times in a year, then never renewed my membership there.

If it wasn’t already a foregone conclusion, this would be the tipping point for me to never go there again anyhow.


48 posted on 07/08/2014 9:06:45 AM PDT by jurroppi1 (The only thing you "pass to see what's in it" is a stool sample. h/t MrB)
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To: null and void

LOL. You heard the famous exchange between a British playwrite and Winston Churchill-—the playwrite sent Churchill two tickets to his play and said, “The play opens tomorrow night. Please come and bring a friend . . . if you have one.” Churchill responded, “Can’t make tomorrow. Will attend the next performance . . . if there is one.”


49 posted on 07/08/2014 9:46:23 AM PDT by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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Obama butlicking Sinegal has lost sight of the big picture. D’Souza’s book is above the radar. He wont stop access and knowledge of it. People who want it will get it, and he looks like a censorer against a political view he doesn’t like, and will lose business. Fewer people will get excited about the removal of the book to come to Costco, than will stay away because of it’s removal.


50 posted on 07/08/2014 10:16:32 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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