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Wal-Mart Rips Off Girl Scouts With New Cookies

Will Wal-Mart's New Cookies Hurt the Girl Scouts?

Over the years, world's biggest retailer Wal-Mart has been the source of heated scrutiny for many organizations, from labor unions to environmental groups. The grocery giant's latest purported victim? The Girl Scouts.

According to Ad Age, the corporation, which has focused on expanding its Great Value private label, handed out test versions of its cookies at Chicago's recent BlogHer conference. One Ohio mommy blogger — and former Girl Scout cookie mom — took immediate notice of the cookies' resemblance to Girl Scout varieties.

"Wal-Mart has copied the Girl Scouts' two best selling cookie types, Thin Mints and Tagalongs," wrote C.V. Harquail on her blog, Authentic Organizations. "There goes the Girl Scout cookies' special allure, and there go the profits that fund the Girl Scouts' programs."


The issue, which has already garnered a reasonable amount of attention, once again raises the question of the corporation's concern for its community. Do you think the new cookies will cannibalize sales of Girl Scout cookies? Is Wal-Mart responsible for considering the impact of its sales on its surroundings — or is it up to the Girl Scouts to evolve with the times?

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PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
I think Girl Scout cookies are nasty...all of them. And if Walmart cost is cheaper then of course people will pay the cheaper price, even if they won't admit to buying Walmart brand.
Matdredalia Matdredalia 8 years
I'm sorry but I don't want to hear it, and I was a Girl Scout. Every type of Girl Scout cookie is available by some other brand, most notably Kebler. As a matter of fact, those elves have a pretty perfect version of Thin Mints known as "Grasshoppers" that cost about a buck fifty less than the girl scout version and which I cheerfully stock up on whenever I get the craving. And tagalongs? Well there have been generic version of chocolate dunked peanut-butter filled cookies for years. WalMart's just jumpin' on the bandwagon. People will support the Girl Scouts because they want to support a good cause, not because of the cookies. As a matter of fact, my family walked into WalMart once and noted the Girl Scouts outside, and instead of making our usual cookie purchases for about half the cost, we instead hit up the GS's on the way out and bought ten boxes of cookies. Did we normally buy ten boxes of cookies? Heck no. Would we ever do that in Wal Mart in one sitting like that? Hell no. Would we do it to support Girl Scouts? You betcha.
fishbulb fishbulb 8 years
The girl scouts are a great organization! They've done fundraisers for planned parenthood (another org. I adore). I was a girlscout and i don't buy for the cookies, I buy because I like the ideals. Although, the samoas are a guilty pleasure of mine.
wmoonw wmoonw 8 years
I really don't buy girl scout cookies for the cookies, anyway. I buy them because a little girl is making sad puppy eyes at me from my front porch. And I bet a lot of people feel the same way.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 8 years
It's not like Walmart is really known for ethical business practices. Their goal is to make money, not improve communities.
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
Oh Lord, the next thing you know, Oreo is gonna get mad because there are store brand Oreos out there. It's the nature of the beast people. Get over it!
annebreal annebreal 8 years
I really hope the average American buying Girl Scout cookies realizes they're a not-for-profit organization and aren't just getting the cookies for cookies sake but doing it to donate as well. And I'm a little confused how one can feel "bombarded" in public and at work by Girl Scouts but would much rather be bothered at home, door-to-door. What? Anyway, the move doesn't surprise me. At least Wal-Mart still allows Salvation Army bell ringers outside their doors, unlike Target. Big box stores don't seem to have a heart.
starlawill starlawill 8 years
Well it's a typical Wal Mart move, but honestly, Girl Scout cookies have such a huge following, people are constantly attempting to re-create knock offs all the time....this is nothing new. Step up your game Girl Scouts! I agree with one of the previous posters....a Girl Scout cookbook would be a neat fund raiser idea. Nowadays, it's pretty simple to go online and put together a book to sell. Besides, being that they are only available at a certain time during the year...they will always have that allure.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
It's pretty messed up that they would take that away from the girl scouts. This just reconfirms my hatred for Wal-Mart and why I won't shop there.
girlwparasol girlwparasol 8 years
they're* d'oi.
steen steen 8 years
While I'd probably buy the Good Value cookies if they were tasty, I'll still buy cookies from the Girl Scouts when they're selling them.
girlwparasol girlwparasol 8 years
Having been a girl scout for quite a bit of my youth, i can tell you: they do have other forms of fundraising. unfortunately, with the other forms (selling candy bars, for example), a troop leader needs to commit to buy X-amount of boxes of the product, and if the girls don't sell ALL of it, their troop can potentially lose money. the cookies are simpler, as every troop is provided order forms, and cookies are delivered based upon numbers ordered. there's no initial investment required for the troop. and i liked girl scout cookies, but since they switched bakers, i don't care for them any more. it's disappointing, as i haven't found a substitute for tagalongs that i've liked yet. (and, of course, the girls can't bake the cookies themselves due to food safety regulations and child labour laws. selling cookies fits more into "business sense" badges, not culinary ones.) as for wal-mart? their predatory, sure, but isn't that old news by now? i don't shop at wal-mart because i dislike their ethics. end of story.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
if they are cheaper than the girl scouts version I am there. I have thought for a long time that the GS need to get another schtick. the cookie thing is old.
chancleta chancleta 8 years
People who enjoy supporting the girl scouts will continue to.
chancleta chancleta 8 years
Amen Sy! :highfive: My take: It's cookies people. Get over it. We don't really buy girl scout cookies because they're amazing. We buy them to show support to the girl scouts.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
Seriously, where do Girl Scouts "bombard" people? There might be an over zealous parent once in a while in the office, but usually I see Girl Scouts outside of Trader Joes or in front of the train stations. Personally, I think door to door is a terrible idea. Just because that's the way it was done in the old days doesn't automatically make it better. I don't want to be bothered when I'm at home. I'd rather buy cookies when I'm already out buying stuff. Walmart is trying to change it's image and be a good corporate citizen, but this isn't helping matters. But the bottom line (and that's all that really matters) is that people who want to support the Girl Scouts will continue to do so, no matter where similar cookies are sold.
mandaleebee mandaleebee 8 years
I love Tagalongs more than almost any other cookie, but I also love that I can only buy them once a year... otherwise my waistline would definitely increase in size! I am rarely in Walmart and if I am I can guarantee you its not to buy their cookies, so I will definitely still buy them from girl scouts. And I have never been "bombarded" by these kids. Really they either sit outside of a supermarket, or I see a stapled copy of the order form on the office (and a few years ago, college) walls. If I want cookies, I sign it! Otherwise I move along. Let the girl scouts do their thing. I know a lot of people who would be sad to see the GS cookie sales end. As far as homemade cookies go, I'd rather try something new and exciting that I don't know I can buy already, but that's just me!
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