Girl Scouts Charging More Per Box Of Cookies In Some Areas Because They Know You Can’t Resist

Let’s face it: You want those Girl Scout cookies. Those Girl Scout cookies are going to be yours, and there’s nothing anyone can do to keep you from them. That’s why some cities might be seeing price hikes on Thin Mints and Samoas this year, as certain local councils adjust their prices for inflation. Because they can.

Secure in the knowledge that the general public is always jonesing for cookies and their position as purveyors of said revered items, Girl Scout councils in some cities are charging more for their cookies this year, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Because it’s up to each local council to decide how much to charge per box, prices could vary depending on how far you’re willing to drive: Cookie inflation is coming to Southern California, for example, where councils in San Diego, Orange County and Greater Los Angeles have hiked the price from $4 to $5, after San Francisco’s council did so.

It’s the first time prices have gone up in those areas in a decade, with councils citing operating costs and other expenses going up each year. But hey, say the Girl Scouts of Orange County, $5 a box is still a bargain, especially compared to the $5.84 they could be charging if cookie prices had advanced apace with inflation.

In the South, some councils are now moving from $3.50 to $4 per box, while Girl Scouts of Greater New York are staying firm at $4 per box.

But let’s face it — any grumbling and groaning you might be doing will soon be replaced by the rumbling in your stomach that means it’s cookie time. And the Girl Scouts know you’ll pay it anyway because you don’t know any better.

“Our research shows that many customers don’t know what they pay per box now,” the Los Angeles council’s website says. “People understand that costs go up over time.”

$5 Thin Mints? The Changing Economics of Girl Scout Cookies [Wall Street Journal]