Because our donations continue to fall, the Central Office is left with no choice, but to increase prices of AA literature. Book prices will follow the increases set by AAWS. We did not increase prices Oct. 1st, hoping that the fellowship might help us keep AA literature as low as possible, through group and individual contributions. We have been asking for support for several months in an attempt to keep AA literature at current prices.
Since that has not happened, future orders will sell at the new prices set by AAWS. To prevent any one group from taking all of the books we have left, we are limiting groups and individuals to two cases of hard back big books beginning today, October 7. We made a large order before the price change. We would greatly appreciate payment at the time of purchase for these books. When we have to reorder items, the price will then increase.
We will also be reviewing our charge policy for groups. The average time to pay bills is 47 days. There are groups that pay on time, every time, but there are many groups that do not. We expect groups to pay in the month they pick up literature. We pay for literature before we receive the order making slow payments a cash flow problem. The privilege of charging purchases by groups will be modified. The Central Office is not a lay-away for literature purchases. Without the support of groups and individuals we will have to make the changes necessary to maintain the office.