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Girl Scout Cookie Scandal

Okay, it's not really a scandal (at least not yet), but I wanted something catchy. Ever the helpful neighbors, we bought a box of Girl Scout Cookies the other day. Actually, we bought 'em a few weeks ago, but they were delivered the other day. Cost? $3.50. Pretty…

Okay, it’s not really a scandal (at least not yet), but I wanted something catchy.

Ever the helpful neighbors, we bought a box of Girl Scout Cookies the other day. Actually, we bought ’em a few weeks ago, but they were delivered the other day. Cost? $3.50. Pretty pricey for a box of cookies, thought I. Then I opened them.

There were 15 – fifteen! – cookies in the box. The entire box. That works out to more than $0.23 per cookie. Now it’s not an issue of donating to the group. Had they simply asked for a donation, we’d probably give them one. But what a rip-off. Fifteen reasonable-quality cookies, for $0.23 each?

61 replies on “Girl Scout Cookie Scandal”

Girl Scout cookies are a great deal!! As a Girl Scout, I learned many valuable skills which have helped me succeed as an adult. Everything I know about sales, marketing and customer service, I learned as a Girl Scout. By the way – 100% of the proceeds stay in the local community– none of the profit goes to the national organization.

It’s not about the cookie – it’s about the cause.

By the way – if you look at an order form – at least in our area- it will tell you how many cookies are in each box approximately.

What happened to them, it seems that every year the quantity keeps getting reduced. The thin mints this year look like the package inside is 25% less. Yes it is nice to contribute to a good cause, but maybe let us know that we are not getting as many cookies per box!!

The local troop will only make about 12 cents a box, if they can obtain enough sales to get that much.

Sadly, while a fund raiser the company that makes the cookies gets more from the sales then the Girl Scouts do. On top of that, the national Girl Scouts take their chunk of the profits leaving the local troops with a small amount of the total profit. Everybody has their hand out. You’d actually do better the give the local troop a direct donation.

Yes, I understand. I’m sure as with many other things, I’m simply in the minority. I’d just rather have them come by and say “Can we have $5?”. At least then I think of it in donation terms, and not consumer terms.

Nonetheless, who should show up yesterday but the Girl Scots? I don’t believe that a nicer organization exists, and the price is right, at just $1 per box. Of course, I can never see their ready-made haggis being even remotely as popular as thin mints.

Exactly. I mean, it’s a fund-raiser. People are more likely to donate money if they feel they’re getting something out of it (e.g. a box of cookies or overpriced tickets to a show or whatever). Otherwise, the Girl Scots would just walk around asking for cash.

You should buy Boy Scout’s Trails End popcorn instead. Its a better deal.

But I just bought Girl Scout cookies too. It is too expensive to be considered buying cookies. So I go into it like this: I am donating to the Girl Scouts and All I got was this yummy Thin Mint.

Hey, its better then nothing!

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