Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Deal on My Books at Costco

My publisher recently received a large order for all three of my survival-related books from Costco Stores.  Since these big chains are able to buy in volume, they negotiate for big discounts which they are able to pass along to the customer.  Generally, Amazon has the best prices on most books, as they too buy and sell in volume, often making very small profits per copy.  But if you live in an area where there are Costco locations and prefer to shop in person rather than online, you may get an even better deal.

I don't have access to a Costco store here, as there are none in Mississippi, but a friend sent me this photo taken with his phone last week from one of the stores in the Los Angeles area.  They had plenty of copies of Bug Out, Bug Out Vehicles and Shelters, and Getting Out Alive, all priced at just $8.99 per copy, which is a significant discount off the cover prices of $14.95 and $15.95:


I don't know if every Costco store has these in stock, but I'm pleased to see them offered by the chain, as they have a limited selection of books to begin with.  The fact that they chose to carry all three of these titles is evidence of the growing popularity of preparedness topics in general.  I'd love to hear from you if you see these in stock in a Costco store near you.

16 comments:

  1. They are just about to build a Costco in our city, dag nabbit! Barnes and Noble are being really difficult ordering books that have anything to do with prepping.

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  2. When Bug Out first came out in 2010, Barnes & Noble didn't take it into their stores (but Borders and Books-A-Million did. B&N did take Getting Out Alive and Bug Out Vehicles though, and later picked up the first Bug Out, so any branch should be able to get it for you if they don't have it on the shelf as all the books are in their system.

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  3. Thanks Mr. Williams - I will haunt B&N and see if I have better luck this time.

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  4. Congrats Scott.... Good PR, and great distribution. I picked up "Astray from the Herd" a couple weeks ago. Love your point of view on things... Dig the frog skins reference too...

    Hope all has been well...

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  5. Thanks Jack, glad you liked it. I wrote that one for fun and some of it is outdated now, but coming back from months at a time of living out of the kayak, it was hard not to see things that way.

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  6. That's great news!
    Costco and BJs have both stepped up their book sections. Lately, I'm seeing much more than just the typical overstock children's fare and handful of NYT best sellers...

    Enjoying the BOV read - will post my review ASAP!

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  7. Any chance that Sams Club will carry your books?

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  8. Dustin,

    Maybe they are stocking more titles because of the demise of Border's. It's too bad so many bookstores are going out of business. Hopefully, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million can hang on.

    Anonymous,

    It would be great if Sams Club picked them up, but who knows what these big corporations are going to do. Maybe if Costco has good luck selling them they will.

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  9. Hey, good news - local Barnes and Noble seems to have caught up, and I ordered both BOV and 13 Survival Scenarios books, should be in next week. Will wonders ever cease.

    Looking forward to reading them.

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  10. That's great that they could get them for you. Thanks for ordering them and I hope you find them useful.

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  11. Hey Scott I still have not received a review copy of bug out vehicles yet if you could get back to me when you can I would sure appreciate it.

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  12. BadVooDooDaddy,

    I sent you an email this morning. Just heard from someone else who did not get their copy. I'll get this taken care of ASAP.

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  13. Could not find Bug Out Vehicles at my local Costco. So I broke down and ordered it through Amazon.

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  14. Sorry your local store didn't have it, 3rdMan, but thanks for ordering.

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  15. FINALLY got those two books I ordered from Barnes and Noble (13 Situations Alive and BOV), skimming over them quickly, they look like they will be good reads.

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  16. Just got my hands on a copy of BOV and very stoked to dig deep. Especially the live aboard boats section...

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