Girl Scouts Will Finally Be Allowed To Sell Cookies Online

If you don’t live near or work with the family of a cookie-selling Girl Scout, it can be a bit of a pain finding and acquiring the treats. In spite of everyone else in the world going online to reach the highest number of consumers possible, the Scouts have been reluctant about letting their young ladies make cookies available via the Internet, until now.

The AP reports that Girl Scouts will now be allowed to sell cookies online — through mobile apps or personalized websites — if they get the thumbs-up from their scout councils and guardians.

Girl Scouts of the USA tells the AP that scout councils will be given two online platforms to choose from (they can’t opt into both) when sales season heats up in the coming weeks.

The website option would allow individual sellers to create their own online pages that can be personalized with the scout’s first name and, if she chooses, videos introducing themselves and explaining the purpose of the cookie sales.

The scouts would send out links to their personal sites to potential buyers, who can order and pay online. These sites would only be accessible by the e-mailed links. The notion is that this both encourages the scouts from developing sales leads and maintains some level of privacy.

The mobile platform appears to be a higher-tech version of the more traditional person-to-person sales the scouts have done for decades. But rather than carrying around paper order forms or hoping to eventually get paid, everything would be done via the app.

So while, in either of the options available to scouts, consumers would still need to make some sort of connection with a local scout, it gives the young sellers new options in terms of reaching more people. For example, parents who help sell by taking orders at their offices no longer need to hunt down their colleagues for cash, or worry about the cookie stash being stolen from their desk. Instead, people would be able to pay directly online and orders would be shipped straight to the buyer.

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  1. DrRon says:

    The girl Scouts units get screwed with cookie sales. Their portion is only a few cents per box. I just stuff a $5 bill into the can. DON’T BUY THE COOKIES!

    • JoeBlow says:

      But the cookies are delicious, and the fact that you have to find a girl scout selling them during their sales drives introduces an element of scarcity.

    • GnRJosh says:

      Don’t be fooled. The money going into the can is still divided the same way as if you bought regular cookies (unless the troop is not declaring that money during the cookie drive, which is actually against the rules and, if caught, the troop could be barred from any further fundraising activities and would have to pay for all troop expenses out of pocket. Depending on the council, troops will either participate in Operation Cookie Drop (using the money to procure boxes of cookies to send to the troops abroad) or cookies will be given to a local food pantry in the amount the troop raised this way. Troops in our council earn $0.55/box of cookies at $3.50/ea. Roughly $2/box actually goes back to the contracted baker with the remaining balance going to council. Last year we began taking credit cards using Intuit’s GoPayment card scanner and our two troops ate the cost of the transaction fee (roughly $0.09/box) but sales more than tripled by offering the option of debit/credit cards so it will be extra nice to take advantage of the app for sales without the fees. According to the information my wife got during “cookie training” last night, we won’t be doing the web sales as apparently it is very costly to the council in both transaction fees AND website costs so they have chosen the app.