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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 26 2011 12:57 a.m. MST

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hcsfam
Farmington, UT

For some reason, this idea just doesn't sit well with me. I think it is a bad idea. Maybe concern that prices will escalate? Deseret Book is one of the most expensive around.

alternate
Salt Lake City, UT

My concern is that Deseret Book will not sell the inexpensive picture of the First Presidency, or President Monson, scriptures, seminary manuals, ctr rings, etc., without taking a profit and collecting sales tax. With all due respect to the management of Deseret Book, they now appear to function just like any other retail store. High prices, no employee loyalty, maximize profits at any cost.

bryHunt
Mesa, AZ

My main concern is . . . Blah blah blah blah blah. Welcome to the new reality my friends. The Church is not immune to the new economy we now live in.
They will shed employees and other costs where they can. Too bad, so sad.

CARL
South Salt Lake, UT

These first five are already consolidated. All they have to do is to knock down a wall separated between them.

Gosh-DUH
Burlington, CT

I share the concerns expressed by hcsfam and alternate. buying a book from Deseret Book is not essential to my eternal salvation or my commitment to keeping my eternal covenants. However, items of sacred clothing are. and now we will be at the mercy of a capitalist-oriented bookstore to keep our temple covenants. wonder when non-Utahns will be required to order items from Deseret Book. sort of like having to buy government-run health care.

seems we are going in the wrong direction as a Christ-centered church.

Russ
Salt Lake City, UT

Why go there when you can now order at the distribution online store. Saves me time.

Pale Bear
Orem, UT

I had all these same thoughts (except bryHunt's). If I have to pay more at Deseret Book for garments I will NEVER shop there again. As Russ points out, you can buy from the online distribution store instead. Even if it is strictly a business decision, I don't believe the Church's purpose in this is to intentionally make our lives difficult. But I'm willing to see how this plays out before I worry about it.

SpencerJ
Kaysville, UT

Just to clarify, Deseret Book will make Church materials and products available for sale according to prices and policies established by the Church.

The prices of sacred clothing and other church materials will not be at the mercy of a capitalist oriented bookstore.

dung beetle
Bountiful, UT

Deseret Book has consistently sold items that are in both inventories for higher prices than Distribution Center stores. Presumably that will continue.

AZres
Mesa, AZ

Seems to me getting temple clothes, etc. at a bookstore will take away from the sacred nature of the whole process. The Church is pushing ordering online for everything, but they need to perfect the process before they close all these stores. I know of someone who ordered two dresses online and received a box of 500 dresses. Others have ordered men's garments and received women's, thus making it necessary for the customer to go to the distribution center for personalized help. What about the areas of the Church where there aren't any Deseret Books? I know people in Salt Lake still think they are the center of the universe, but they are not. Not everything is better through buying on the internet. Certain things need to have personalized help and attention. I hope they have really thought this through and aren't just looking at their "bottom line".

Red Rider
Clearfield, UT

It seems that too many people like to make a judgement before they have all the facts. If you weren't aware, in 2009 there were 6 Deseret Book stores that began operating with Distribution Services inside (3 in Utah- Salt Lake, St. George, Ogden and 1 in Portland, 1 in Idaho Falls, 1 in Las Vegas). These stores DO NOT sell product at higher prices than what you would pay at the Distribution Center and they do not charge tax on those items. It's okay to not agree with the decision, but please make sure to get your facts straight before you begin making certain claims. As for me, I'm excited to be able to do one stop shopping. But for those that don't like Deseret Book, you are still presented with other viable options.

SLMG
Murtoa Australia, Victoria

Azres
What about the areas of the Church where there aren't any Deseret Books?

In Australia there are no Deseret Book stores and there is no longer a Church Distribution Center either since last year. We have to order every thing from the Church on line and for my family and Branch this has not been a problem.

I have only once received the wrong order, an email to the center and it was sorted. The return postage was paid by the center.

Ordering from Deseret Books has not been a problem even having to pay postage is reasonable and the pkg. are bulk delivered to Australia by DHL and delivered by the local postal service.

So all to you living in the U.S. take a step back and consider yourself fortunate to live within driving distance

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

The Church owns Deseret Book.
About the issue of "what about those who are no where near Deseret Book"? Well, the article clearly states that the Church is consolidating operations in places where there is a Deseret Book. Anyway, the hysterical "I do not want to buy sacred clothing in a book store" misses the whole point. At least some of these distribution centers are in no way on temple grounds, so the move to a book store is no decrease in sacredness.

bobosmom
Norfolk, Nebraska

Im not close to deseret book so I have to order things I need from the distribution center which is very convienent for me. I try to avoid deseret book because they are very expensive for books etc so I always try to order it from church distribution as they are usually cheaper. I would imagine that they would have the distribution center items in a self contained ared due to the nature of scared items. Church is probably looking for a way to save some money and who knows it might just work out.

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

Don't be intimidated by Sherry Dew's title. She's a good woman and a good manager...but the bottom line is that the Church does own the Deseret Bookstore line...which is a for profit entity. However, I seriously doubt that the church will run the handling of the Distribution Center's Church manufactured "not for profit" products any differently than before other then consolidation to make it more effficient. And not all of the centers are closing. Many of the workers at these centers are voluntary. So why is everyone so overly reactive???

With the expansion of the overall missions and stated goals of the church including taking care of the poor, Humanitarian Aid, Perpetual Education and Temple Construction... efficiency is becoming more and more critical. these are carefully calculated steps the church is taking to see that the resorces a not only properly used but efficiently used. You need to be a ble to see the Bigger picture.

don
lake forest, ca

John Pack Lambert,In my area they closed the Deseret Book. So I tried a Christian book store. They had a nice Catholic section but to my surprise they also have a cult section which featured books about Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses,and Scientology.

Yorkshire
City, Ut

SpencerJ says:
"Just to clarify, Deseret Book will make Church materials and products available for sale according to prices and policies established by the Church."

I am hopping he is right because currently that is NOT the case. Currently, Deseret Book charges more for the 'Distribution' items it sells in its stores.

I M LDS 2
Provo, UT

I have never received good service or merchandise from the Distribution Center. Maybe this merger will improve things. I am willing to pay a little more if the help knows what they are doing!

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Is this happening to prop up Deseret Book? The Orem distro center is always slammed with people while Deseret Book next door is often very quiet.

MrsDownhomeAmerica
Los Angeles, CA

These are, for the most part, vintage whines. I'm old enough to remember when temple garments were sold in the lingerie section of JC Penney in downtown Provo, and the nearest Deseret Book was in Salt Lake City. We didn't die. We got some of what we needed from the Seventies' book store, and the rest in the mail. Actually, it stood me in good stead for when my husband went back to graduate school, and there was no money for anything from the secondary market. I had to plan lessons and so ahead of time, and get my own inspriation. A few years ago, the church cut the prices of almost all ordinance related clothing in half, so we are still to the good, no matter. I still buy pictures online from the distrubution center and from the secondary market, since I can't draw a lick, but these purchases are mostly online anyway. It's nice to have a chance to see the latest things in one place. I remember finding the first olive drab tops for my soldier husband, stationed in the California deseret, I wept. I think we can get by.

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