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When was the last time you bought cookies from an actual girl scout?

Asked by surlygirl (363points) January 11th, 2008

i started thinking about this after my boyfriend asked me to help sell cookies for his little sister. i think it has been at least 7 years since i got mine from a scout. they always come from the scout’s sister, aunt, grandparent, etc at my place of work.

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ccatron's avatar

last year and this year. also, we had an actual girl scout come up to our door after we already bought some from our niece.

but, i agree, you don’t see them much anymore. the forms are either posted in a break room at work, or a family member is selling them for the kid. unfortunately, you can’t just knock on random doors anymore. you might get shot! plus, adults are usually able to sell more to their friends. coworkers, and family pretty easily.

cwilbur's avatar

Wednesday. The girl scout’s parents are friends, but she did all the selling.

gcross's avatar

A couple times within the last year.

A lot of my co-workers “help” their kids and nieces and nephews on things like this. They’ll bring a brochure and order form to work, put it in a pocket folder with a routing slip on the cover and send it around to everyone. They collect the money in various ways. Same with Tupperware and Avon. Those selling chocolate bars usually bring a box and leave it on the corner of their desks with an envelope for the money.

Most people participate, especially when it benefits kids.

miltonandmichele's avatar

Last year actually. I live in southern Maryland just south of DC and where I live, the girl scouts set up tables in front of both exits of the post office (there’s no escape!) and in front of Lowe’s, Home Depot and the grocery stores. It’s a smart way to do it for them because they get a lot of sales.

figbash's avatar

It’s mostly done by the parents now, and at work because that gets the best result.

I’d still like to see the actual Scouts be more involved in the process, though. I think there are a lot of early learning lessons that could come out of the experience including basic understanding of finance and economics, and interactions with adults that could bolster self-confidence and/or teach them how to handle rejection.

Strauss's avatar

This week.

Skippy's avatar

I did from a Girl Scout at church. She was very polite and called me MRS. J. She gave me the entire speach, and then presented me with the order form. I bought 10 boxes.
Then I went to the bank and the manager had 200 of each type for sale in his office. (bought some there too)
Love it when they are outside the grocery or Lowes!

cwilbur's avatar

The Girl Scouts have taken to setting up tables in subway stations. They send the cutest and youngest girls out with plates of cookies to offer to commuters, and then, once you have taken a cookie, the girl asks, “Would you like to buy a box?” And, of course, you cannot say no without seeming like an ogre.

It works. It really works.

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