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Girl Scouts Cookies Sales Decline

Girl Scouts Deal With Declining Sales, Counterfeit Cash

Despite attempts to maintain high profits through downsizing cookie boxes, the Girl Scouts of America are not immune to the poor economy. MSNBC reports a dramatic decline in cookie sales with some troops selling 35 percent less cookies than they did last year. Although the institution lowered its cookie-selling goal in anticipation of the recession, Girl Scouts is nowhere near its goal.

Not only are the Girl Scouts having a hard time getting people to purchase cookies, it's also being plagued by counterfeit currency. Fake $20 bills were use to buy cookies from several troops in the Bremerton, WA, area. No suspects have been named, but many troops now employ a special pen that detects fake bills.

While I'm not shocked by the decline in sales, I was surprised to hear about the fake money. I don't understand how anyone could cheat young girls who are raising money for a good cause. How do you feel about the matter? Has the recession changed your Girl Scout cookie purchasing habits?

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kathili kathili 8 years
Who knows where the counterfeit bills even came into the cash flow though; meaning, I think it's important to remember that some customers may have unknowingly paid with fake money. In my area, I actually haven't seen any girl scouts selling this year. Otherwise, I'd love to help them out!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I haven't bought any girl scout cookies in years. As far as the counterfeit money people... if a person uses counterfeit money, they'll use it on anyone - it doesn't matter who it is. People disgust me sometimes. I don't care who you use it on stealing is stealing.
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 8 years
Tisk tick counterfeiters! :( I support the girl scouts and bought 7 yummy boxes of cookies this year.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
the decline is kind of par for the course i think. especially since we all know that the cookies, as great as they are, aren't the healthiest - so it's hard to justify buying them sometimes even if it's for a good cause. i think that it's really horrible to think that someone was scamming the girls though. that's just not fair/right and i hope that they have consequences to deal with.
Shellper Shellper 8 years
I planned on buying many! However, I have yet to see any being sold, I can't believe it. As a city dweller, usually I see the scouts in the train station or at the grocery store... I'm keeping an eye out! :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Awww :(
TinaDenali TinaDenali 8 years
That's really just very sad. I bought two boxes the other day. :) Go Girl Scouts!
suziryder suziryder 8 years
Who would steal from Girl Scouts?? That's sad. I bought three boxes this year: Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs. They're sitting on my desk right now (the Tagalongs have already been opened, hee!) Three boxes is about normal for me for cookie season... although I did feel more compelled to buy after reading here about how the Girl Scouts are struggling with sales..
doogirl doogirl 8 years
If any Girl Scouts come to my door, I'll probably buy a box or two. I'm a little disappointed in the smaller boxes because I thought the regular sized boxes were too small for the price I've paid. Stealing from Girl Scouts is just mean! They're little girls! They're doing something good and people are stealing from them?
emalove emalove 8 years
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I bought more cookies than usual this year.... And starangel, that is awful, someone stealing that poor girl's money! How low of a human being are you that you steal money from a girl scout??
soapbox soapbox 8 years
How low can people get? Stealing from children? My God... That being said, we got 6 boxes of GS cookies in my cabinet. Recession or not, you gotta support the scouts :)
lisabarn lisabarn 8 years
That is just wrong!
amelioratelj amelioratelj 8 years
That is so unbelievably low :( If anything, my husband and I bought more cookies this year than most years because we assumed they had less sales than usual.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
I didn't buy them before. I keep wishing for some Camp Fire Candy :( I can't believe people would steal from them though. Pretty low.
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
Aww redstar that's precious
redstar204 redstar204 8 years
i didn't use to but now my niece has been in it for the last few years so i've been buying them from her... i felt bad this year b/c she didn't end up with a lot of sales and my whole family ended up buying about 5 boxes each to make her feel better...
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
*People stealing from Girl Scouts. :(
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I read a story a few weeks ago. It was in Texas (I think), where a Girl Scout had a booth set up at the local Wal-Greens. Someone came up to the girl, grabbed her cash bag with roughly $250 in it and took off. It was planned because a woman was sitting there in the driver's seat of the get away car. How sad! Please stealing from Girl Scouts.
Atiyah Atiyah 8 years
I dont know if its just me or not but the boxes i purchased this year just dont taste the same.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Even in rough times, I'm still going to buy a few boxes to support the little girls I know that sell them. The fake money thing surprises me as well...someone must really, really like GS cookies and not want to have to pay for them. It's pretty sad that people would go so low, though.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
That's a new low.
Food Food 8 years
That's pretty awful. :(
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Who would do that? What a disgusting individual.
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