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Gore Book Sales Tank, Supporters Claim Unfair Tactics
Transterrestrial Musings ^ | November 23, 2002 | Rand Simberg

Posted on 11/23/2002 1:45:16 PM PST by NonZeroSum

Seattle, WA November 22, 2002 (APUPI)

Former Vice President Al Gore's new book, "Spirit of Family," has been out for over a week and a half, but it's selling poorly, despite an expensive campaign by Al and Tipper, and much free publicity from the media. Yesterday, it was #11,231 on Amazon.com's list of top-selling books.

Supporters of the former Vice President are calling foul, however, claiming that the Amazon web site is very confusing, and makes it difficult to purchase the book properly. They have airlifted a large number of hired lawyers into Seattle to sue Amazon to force it to issue refunds on mistakenly purchased books, and instead send copies of the Gore book to Amazon customers. There are also allegations, unproven so far, that there have been police roadblocks and other Republican-funded tactics to prevent Gore supporters from getting to Borders and Barnes & Noble.

However, defenders of Amazon claimed that the Gores had tried to artificially inflate sales by busing hordes of people, who had never before used the Internet, to public web terminals, to allow them to purchase the book. In addition, many were given mistaken instructions, and told to "purchase a book on every page."

Though many of the site designers were Gore supporters themselves, there were many complaints of difficulty in using it. "When you go to the website, there are lots of flashing ads and things, and you have to manually type in the name of the author or title to get to a page that allows you to actually buy the book," said one frustrated customer. "They wouldn't take cash or checks, but only credit cards. I don't have a credit card."

Even those who managed to complete a purchase, didn't always do it correctly. Many accidentally purchased Pat Buchanan's "Death of the West." Several ended up with Segway scooters.

"Many of Mr. Gore's supporters were new to this, and had never even read a book before, let alone purchased one," said Gore's chief attorney, David Boyishness. "They had no experience with web sites, or reading material."

He went on, "It's ridiculous to think that people like this would want to buy a book by Pat Buchanan. His book is the antithesis of everything that Mr. Gore's book stands for."

The Gores are requesting that the court order a mandatory repurchase of all mistaken books, and have those mistaken purchases replaced with the Gore book. Amazon attorneys have argued that there's no way to determine a book purchaser's intent, except to look at the actual on-line orders.

"It wouldn't be fair to those people who actually wanted Mr. Buchanan's book to force them to return it, and have to read the Gore book instead," said an Amazon spokesman.

The Gore team doesn't accept this argument, and will ask the court to "estimate" the number of people who would have actually purchased the Gore book had the site been easier to manage, and randomly send them books while garnishing their wages for the cost of it.

Mr. Boyishness summed it up.

"It was very unfair of Amazon.com to make it so complicated and difficult to buy Mr. and Mrs. Gore's book. Buying and reading books are one of the foundations of our democracy. It's very important to make every purchase count, and we expect that the court will agree with us."


(copyright 2002 by Rand Simberg)


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: 2000election; gorebook; idiots
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First as tragedy, the second time as farce...
1 posted on 11/23/2002 1:45:16 PM PST by NonZeroSum
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To: NonZeroSum
Supporters of the former Vice President are calling foul, however, claiming that the Amazon web site is very confusing,

Only for South Floriduh voters.

2 posted on 11/23/2002 1:47:24 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: NonZeroSum
Some purchasers ended up mistakenly purchasing a book by Pat Buchanan? Or a Segway? Were they ordering from Floriduh?
3 posted on 11/23/2002 1:49:22 PM PST by Clara Lou
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To: NonZeroSum
If you're not laughing your ass off at this, check your pulse; there's a chance that you're as dead as the Wooden One himself.

Bravo, Rand Simberg!

Freedom, Wealth, and Peace,
Francis W. Porretto
Visit the Palace Of Reason: http://palaceofreason.com

4 posted on 11/23/2002 1:50:55 PM PST by fporretto
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To: NonZeroSum
Oh please, stop. I can't laugh any harder. No more algore posts, please...
5 posted on 11/23/2002 1:51:58 PM PST by Nuke'm Glowing
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To: NonZeroSum
Great post. I loved it! Funny as hell.
6 posted on 11/23/2002 1:52:12 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: Paleo Conservative
Supporters of the former Vice President are calling foul, however, claiming that the Amazon web site is very confusing, Only for South Floriduh voters. 2 posted on 11/23/2002 1:47 PM PST by Paleo Conservative [

THIS is SO funny !!

7 posted on 11/23/2002 1:52:31 PM PST by timestax
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To: fporretto
This is too funny... maybe Amazon will just list the Gorebatross's book on its home page to bump up lagging sales. It'll be a hotfire bestseller by then! ;-)
8 posted on 11/23/2002 1:53:04 PM PST by goldstategop
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To: NonZeroSum
Ask a liberal if they would like to buy al gores new book and see the look you'll get.
I noticed that hillary's tome "It Takes a Village" was selling for a dollar on a discount book sellers list.
You're next al baby.
9 posted on 11/23/2002 1:53:55 PM PST by Pompah
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To: NonZeroSum
Thanks for the laugh -very funny.
10 posted on 11/23/2002 1:53:56 PM PST by austingirl
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To: NonZeroSum
Funny.
11 posted on 11/23/2002 1:53:57 PM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: Clara Lou
This is a parody isn't it?
12 posted on 11/23/2002 1:55:18 PM PST by WVNan
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To: NonZeroSum
Every time things just don't turn out for Gorecrats and democrats in particular, they all blame someone else. Time to look in the mirror folks and take a second look at the silly and arrogant man you think is so----well you know, so, ummm What in heavens name do you see in him at all? Read his books,? I haven’t the time for poorly written subjects.
13 posted on 11/23/2002 1:55:46 PM PST by yoe
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To: NonZeroSum
LOL! Does Gore never tire of calling his followers stupid? His life is one long denial.
14 posted on 11/23/2002 1:55:49 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: NonZeroSum

15 posted on 11/23/2002 1:56:07 PM PST by jws3sticks
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To: NonZeroSum
Gore's book suffers poor sales due to many reasoning such as those listed above, but when it comes down to it - the key to a successful book by a leftist is physical size. Too thick and it can't be table leveler at the local soy palace. Too thin to be an effective door stop in the college dorm room.
LOL!
16 posted on 11/23/2002 1:56:38 PM PST by mgc1122
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To: NonZeroSum
As usual, the outrageous always seems plausible with Al. Ya got me on this one. It'll teach me to read the whole thing, next time.
17 posted on 11/23/2002 1:57:25 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: NonZeroSum

18 posted on 11/23/2002 1:57:32 PM PST by jws3sticks
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To: WVNan
Sort of Onion-like, dont you think?
19 posted on 11/23/2002 1:57:46 PM PST by Clara Lou
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To: NonZeroSum
Gore supporters claim unfair tactics? Oh no, they are on to me. I moved then all right by the register where everyone could see them. Noone bought a one.
20 posted on 11/23/2002 1:58:03 PM PST by MissBaby
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To: NonZeroSum
What a hoot....
[And seriously - the lines are being reported as VERY short at their book signings. Maybe they should try free pizza or something.]
21 posted on 11/23/2002 1:58:13 PM PST by Route66
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To: NonZeroSum
Gore's chief attorney, Mr. Boyishness.

LOL, A Naked Gun satire couldn't come up with a more apropo name,....hehehehe.

22 posted on 11/23/2002 1:59:07 PM PST by Cvengr
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To: NonZeroSum
Gore's chief attorney, Mr. Boyishness.

LOL, A Naked Gun satire couldn't come up with a more apropo name,....hehehehe.

23 posted on 11/23/2002 1:59:08 PM PST by Cvengr
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To: NonZeroSum
This is a spoof right?
24 posted on 11/23/2002 2:00:47 PM PST by Torie
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To: NonZeroSum
"Many of Mr. Gore's supporters were new to this, and had never even read a book before, let alone purchased one," said Gore's chief attorney, David Boyishness. "They had no experience with web sites, or reading material."

He went on, "It's ridiculous to think that people like this would want to buy a book by Pat Buchanan. His book is the antithesis of everything that Mr. Gore's book stands for."

I think this says a lot about the intelligence of Al Gore’s supporters. They have never read a book, they have never used the Internet or reading material.

In other words Al Gore’s fans are illiterate idiots. Al Gore’s fans are unschooled fools who can’t be expected to understand a book written by Pat Buchanan so don’t bother to send it to them even if they ordered it.

25 posted on 11/23/2002 2:01:32 PM PST by Pontiac
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To: NonZeroSum

26 posted on 11/23/2002 2:02:11 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: jws3sticks
I hadn't seen that pic. Good one!
27 posted on 11/23/2002 2:02:22 PM PST by Clara Lou
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To: NonZeroSum
ROTFL! Priceless.
28 posted on 11/23/2002 2:02:56 PM PST by RAT Patrol
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To: NonZeroSum
God, rats are dumb.
29 posted on 11/23/2002 2:03:36 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: NonZeroSum
I had to recheck the source. I thought this must be an article from the Onion! It's even funnier thoughg because it's true.
30 posted on 11/23/2002 2:04:48 PM PST by Arkie2
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To: NonZeroSum
Classic !
31 posted on 11/23/2002 2:06:20 PM PST by ChadGore
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To: Torie
I assume this must be a spoof, since I just checked Amazon and the sales ranking of Algore's book is actually a very impressive #721.
32 posted on 11/23/2002 2:06:21 PM PST by HHFi
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To: NonZeroSum
Many of Mr. Gore's supporters were new to this, and had never even read a book before.

They could have purchased the bound catbox liner Mr. Gore wrote and they still would never have read a BOOK.

33 posted on 11/23/2002 2:06:49 PM PST by IronJack
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To: NonZeroSum
If he'd just stop smoking and showing up for the book signings in drag...


34 posted on 11/23/2002 2:08:54 PM PST by Dick Bachert
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To: IronJack
Did it ever occur to you that Gore might write better than he talks? Some of us do you know. OK, maybe not Gore. But one must be open to the possibilities. Of course, Gore's book was probably ghost written. The combinations and permutations are endless here.
35 posted on 11/23/2002 2:09:41 PM PST by Torie
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To: NonZeroSum
I note that "Bush at War" (quite favorable to the President) is at the top of Amazon's current bestseller list.
36 posted on 11/23/2002 2:10:04 PM PST by edwin hubble
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To: HHFi
Yeah, Tipper bought ten more copies this morning. 721 is respectable?
37 posted on 11/23/2002 2:10:35 PM PST by Arkie2
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To: NonZeroSum
This is satire, blast it! The idea that the Dims want the courts to determine what the customers "meant to buy" (read meant to vote for) and then replace Buchanan with gore's scribblings is a not-so-subtle hint that something here is not entirely factual...
38 posted on 11/23/2002 2:11:41 PM PST by jonascord
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To: NonZeroSum
I checked out the Amazon page for the book and I don’t see anything difficult in navigating the page to purchase the book. But then I am not one of Al’s Dim supporters who has never read a book before or been on line.

Great post.

39 posted on 11/23/2002 2:11:58 PM PST by Pontiac
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To: NonZeroSum
Former Vice President Al Gore's new book, "Spirit of Family," has been out for over a week and a half, but it's selling poorly, despite an expensive campaign by Al and Tipper, and much free publicity from the media.

A much more apt description would have been, "a blitzkrieg of free publicity from the media", IMO.

40 posted on 11/23/2002 2:11:59 PM PST by Dane
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To: Pontiac
this is one of the DemoncRATs typically defenses ala "our voters are so stupid they " [couldn't figure out how fill in the ballot] [were confused by the web site] [didn't know they were dead] etc
41 posted on 11/23/2002 2:14:09 PM PST by Steven W.
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To: NonZeroSum
ROTFL! THIS IS SERIES!
42 posted on 11/23/2002 2:16:15 PM PST by sweetliberty
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To: Arkie2
That's the thing-- it's just so plausible. I wouldn't put it past a Democrat.
44 posted on 11/23/2002 2:19:14 PM PST by Clara Lou
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To: NonZeroSum
Isn't it funny how when a liberal writes a book, the authors(Gore, Hillary, Stephanopolis, Begala, Carville, etc.) are all trotted out before us on the main stream media BEFORE the release of the book, and the very successful conservative authors are begrudgingly given facetime AFTER they become bestsellers? Examples that come to mind are Coulter, Hannity, Bernard Goldberg, Rush, etc. (I'm not sure Bernard Goldberg ever made it to the lefties' media.)
45 posted on 11/23/2002 2:20:55 PM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: NonZeroSum
Let Freedom Ring
46 posted on 11/23/2002 2:22:59 PM PST by Mark
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To: NonZeroSum
Here's what the guys down the block have to say to AllBore and his bride, Tupper.


47 posted on 11/23/2002 2:23:19 PM PST by jws3sticks
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To: NonZeroSum
What a crock. I just went to Amazon.com and it took me roughly two seconds to find Al Gore's book. How moronic do you have to be to accidentally purchase a Segway Human Transporter? Those things require a $495 down payment. You would think that it would set of some alarms in your head that something is wrong when you are purchasing a book and the total cost is $495. But these are Dummiecrats we're talking about here so I guess we really shouldn't be too surprised.
48 posted on 11/23/2002 2:23:49 PM PST by AStack75
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To: jonascord
One thing about liberals, it's getting harder and harder to tell real from satire. The two are that similar. Ever look at some of their websites? I swear the first time I looked at "Smirking Chimp" and "Bartcop" I would have sworn they were satirical.
49 posted on 11/23/2002 2:25:52 PM PST by sweetliberty
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To: MissBaby
I hear that Charmin toilet tissue is at 1/2 price now. Is that the unfair competition Gore is upset about?
50 posted on 11/23/2002 2:26:41 PM PST by Smedley
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