What would you do?

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What would you do?
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Thu, 04-17-2003 - 4:05pm
I work in my family's business that has a small convenience type store at a seasonal marina. I was thinking about buying extra cookies to sell in the store summer, but if they don't sell then I am stuck with them because I can't do it as a booth sale. Do you think it is a good idea? Would you do it given the opportunity? I have to decide by 4/28 - also if I do my DD's can still earn incentives and of course the Troop gets the profit.

TIA

Tami

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Thu, 04-17-2003 - 4:14pm
I thought by the Girl Scout Rules you can't sell cookies in retail stores period. A business can give them away but not resell them. Also I think you can't resell them online. Wouldn't have known that by the looks of Ebay last January! Just an FYI!
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Thu, 04-17-2003 - 7:56pm
One of my daughter's best customers is the owner of our local convenience store, who buys several cases each year and sells them. Our troop had several cases of cookies left at the end of the sale, and I paid for them out of my own pocket and am selling them as I can. Personally,I don't understand what the big deal is about not reselling cookies. Our council doesn't seem to mind if we do that, as long as the cookies are paid for.

Monkey

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Thu, 04-17-2003 - 8:53pm
You're going to have to ask your service unit cookie chair what your council's rules are on that. The girls themselves are supposed to be selling the cookies (not mom or dad at work which is how about 80% of cookies get sold) and some councils (mine, new and old) have rules against selling a large number to a buisness and the buisness selling them. The boxes do say on them "not for resale".

Now on the personal level, I don't really think it's being "honest and fair" to your daughters or to the rest of the troop to make a large sale to your family buisness so your daughters can get the incentives and then turn around and resale them for the same price. Yes the troop does still get the profit and no one gets "hurt" but it's not my idea of a Girl Scouty thing to do. If it's *legal* in your council for you to do this I would suggest letting your daughters presale what they can for incentives and then whatever you sell to your family buisness splitting between the whole troop to count towards incentives (since none of the girls will be doing the work and most councils have rules about all teh boxes have to be counted towards someone).

Or, just set up a booth sale at your family buisness. You can still do booth sales after council has recieved their money. We have two troops here splitting the cost of a booth at May Fest to sell the rest of the cookies they have (overestimated originally at presales)

Youngin

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Fri, 04-18-2003 - 8:48am
I'm with Youngin on this one.

If you bend the rules for this, what message does that send to other Girl Scouts?

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Fri, 04-18-2003 - 11:11am
I like the idea of clearing it with council first. I heard that some of the scouts that sold them on Ebay, the whole troop was banned from cookie sales all together. I wouldn't risk getting caught and having to rely on other fundraisers. If they wanted people to "resell" them they would have them in the local stores by now. The only way you are suppose to get them is through a girl scout. Not off the shelf. I would be neviuos if I were you. What happens if a council member walks into the store and sees the cookies being sold over the counter? Then I bet you'll think twice.

HAve the girls set up a booth, wear their uniform and to the selling. Mom's and dad's step away and let them earn their own goals!!!!

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Fri, 04-18-2003 - 1:05pm
Thank you for all of your input! After reading what all of you ladies had to say, I have decided not to do it. I really didn't think it through that much before I guess and all of your points make sense to me. What made me even think about it was the year one of my DD's was in Daisy's the leader asked me if I would try to sell the extra boxes at our store and I said yes. I never knew that it might be a problem. Then last year my first year as a leader I ordered about 2 cases of extra cases in case anyone needed them from our troop. As it turned out they did and I only had about 10 boxes left which sold very quickly in the store. That is why I was thinking about getting more to do the same. Now, I feel like I am ignorant of some of the laws/rules in scouting. I did read the manuals but don't remember every thing. Again thanks for the input. I appreciate it.


Tami