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Old 01-25-2013, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pa
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I never thought the girl scout cookie sale was a hassle, I enjoy those lemon cookies.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:16 PM
 
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We haven't had any little girls here selling the cookies, but I'm sure they'll be out in force at the grocery store this weekend. We always buy some. My DD sold them for many years, I've been a cookie mom, worked at many booth sales myself (one time in front of a Safeway in the rain on a Sunday night).

One year, a neighbor kid was selling them door to door, and the mom asked for the money on the spot. I knew this was wrong, but I gave it to her anyway. I called the council, and they wanted to know who/where, etc, and I said I didn't want to get anyone in trouble, but perhaps a word to the wise could go out.
The girls are not supposed to ask for money upfront, but some people prefer to pay ahead here and that works fine if that is what the customer wants to do.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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I'll always buy GS Cookies. I was a GS and sold them, as was my daughter. Plus, we like them. Thin mints and Samoas mainly. I like the shortbread ones but liked them better 40 years ago. They were different. I like the peanut butter ones too (Savannah's?) the regular ones, not the chocolate covered ones. Those are the only ones we buy. I'm a sucker though; I'll buy some from someone at work and some from any neighbor girl who might come to the door and, if we run short, some at the Grocery store. I suspect my husband buys his own stash of thin mints and keeps them in his desk at work.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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The girls are not supposed to ask for money upfront, but some people prefer to pay ahead here and that works fine if that is what the customer wants to do.
Key words, if that's what the customer wants to do. I did not offer to pay in advance; the girl's mom asked me to. The council told me the GS is not to ask for the money upfront. I think the mom in question just wanted to make things easier for herself.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:17 PM
 
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I would either totally ignore the emails. Or respond w/ No Thanks. And leave it at that.
And, I totally agree with you. What a bad experience she put you through. I hate getting roped into this type thing, but I also wind up buying from kids too.

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Old 01-25-2013, 10:22 PM
 
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I never thought the girl scout cookie sale was a hassle, I enjoy those lemon cookies.
Ha Ha I'm sure the OP could forward your email address to her "pushy" friend so that you could order a few boxes, plus shipping
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:23 PM
 
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One of my more "gluttonous" moments was eating an entire sleeve of Thin Mints in one sitting I do have a question, how much $$ do the girl scouts actually make on a box of cookies?

I was shocked to find out that my local Police use a "service" to call around for donations and they only get 40% or something of what the service collects. I'm sure it's different with the scouts, I was just curious.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:30 PM
 
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In our area, the troop gets 68 cents a box this year, the council gets around $2.10 and the rest goes to the baker. Council money supports the camps that scouts run as well as other activities. Basically, the scouts keep about 70% of the money with the rest going to the baker.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I bought two boxes from a woman at work whose daughter is in the GS. She came back to me and said she didn't have any more Thin Mints. I said, "What do you mean you don't have them? I just ordered them yesterday." Turns out her daughters troop ordered the cookies ahead of time based on what they thought they'd sell and then were selling them immediately. You don't wait for your order. I changed to the shortbreads, which she had, but that's the first time I've heard of a troop playing it that way.

Also, on her order form Samoas were called "Carmel De-Lites" or something.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:07 AM
 
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I bought two boxes from a woman at work whose daughter is in the GS. She came back to me and said she didn't have any more Thin Mints. I said, "What do you mean you don't have them? I just ordered them yesterday." Turns out her daughters troop ordered the cookies ahead of time based on what they thought they'd sell and then were selling them immediately. You don't wait for your order. I changed to the shortbreads, which she had, but that's the first time I've heard of a troop playing it that way.

Also, on her order form Samoas were called "Carmel De-Lites" or something.
There are some councils that ask troops to do this, but I haven't seen the cookies delivered early. Things have changed so much since my kids were in scouts that it is hard to keep up.
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