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#27 Jan 29 2013 at 8:27 AM Rating: Good
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Because artificial scarcity drives desire. Like with diamonds. And McRibs.
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#29 Jan 29 2013 at 8:46 AM Rating: Excellent
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Blood Cookies,starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
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Because artificial scarcity drives desire. Like with diamonds. And McRibs.
I don't care how scarce McRibs may seem to be, they're fucking gross!
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#31 Jan 29 2013 at 8:50 AM Rating: Good
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Blood Cookies,starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

You can't be King of the the World without a thin mint.
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#32 Jan 29 2013 at 10:23 AM Rating: Decent
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Popcorn don't come in Thin Mints.


Neither do girl scouts.
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Popcorn don't come in Thin Mints.


Neither do girl scouts.


And Public Health thanks them for that.
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#36 Jan 29 2013 at 12:00 PM Rating: Good
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Those Dollar General generics don't send girls to summer camp for free, either. Cookie Bucks paid part or all of my overnight GS camp experiences - my parents probably couldn't have afforded it otherwise.

Back when I was in Girl Scouts, we had permission from the post general to sell in front of the PX and the commissary on Fort Gordon. (It was always a ritual - send the cutest Brownie and Junior to his office to get written permission for the troop.)

I think our troop was consistently one of the top 100 in sales in the country. Smiley: lol

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#37 Jan 29 2013 at 12:48 PM Rating: Excellent
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-shrug- I didn't buy thin mints with the intent of helping girl scouts go to camp when I used to buy their cookies. I might as well save some bucks and get what I want out of it. Interesting side note from this website.

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Selling cookies is a major fundraiser for Girl Scout councils. Seventy percent of the money stays within the local council, and the remaining 30 percent goes to the bakery. From the 70 percent the council receives, each troop receives funding, typically 12 to 17 percent of the amount that they sell. The money goes into its treasury, and the girls vote to determine how it should be spent. Selling Girl Scout cookies is an important part of the scouting experience. The girls learn how to set goals, money management and teamwork skills by participating in this project.


So if a box of girl scout thin mints costs you $3.50 the girl that sells it is really only making .42 - .60 a box. A box of Dollar General thin mints costs about $2.00. If you truly wanted to help girl scouts and get your fix, buy some thin mints at Dollar General and give the difference in money directly to the scouts.
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-shrug- I didn't buy thin mints with the intent of helping girl scouts go to camp when I used to buy their cookies. I might as well save some bucks and get what I want out of it. Interesting side note from this website.

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Selling cookies is a major fundraiser for Girl Scout councils. Seventy percent of the money stays within the local council, and the remaining 30 percent goes to the bakery. From the 70 percent the council receives, each troop receives funding, typically 12 to 17 percent of the amount that they sell. The money goes into its treasury, and the girls vote to determine how it should be spent. Selling Girl Scout cookies is an important part of the scouting experience. The girls learn how to set goals, money management and teamwork skills by participating in this project.


So if a box of girl scout thin mints costs you $3.50 the girl that sells it is really only making .42 - .60 a box. A box of Dollar General thin mints costs about $2.00. If you truly wanted to help girl scouts and get your fix, buy some thin mints at Dollar General and give the difference in money directly to the scouts.

Doesn't everything cost a dollar at the dollar store?
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Selling cookies is a major fundraiser for Girl Scout councils. Seventy percent of the money stays within the local council, and the remaining 30 percent goes to the bakery. From the 70 percent the council receives, each troop receives funding, typically 12 to 17 percent of the amount that they sell. The money goes into its treasury, and the girls vote to determine how it should be spent. Selling Girl Scout cookies is an important part of the scouting experience. The girls learn how to set goals, money management and teamwork skills by participating in this project.

So if a box of girl scout thin mints costs you $3.50 the girl that sells it is really only making .42 - .60 a box. A box of Dollar General thin mints costs about $2.00. If you truly wanted to help girl scouts and get your fix, buy some thin mints at Dollar General and give the difference in money directly to the scouts.

If a box of Thin Mints runs $3.50, $2.45 goes to the local council and is distributed among troops and also finances administrative fees and other larger-scale operations beyond the troop level including owning/leasing and maintaining camp sites.

Last time I mathed, $2.45 was a larger number than the difference of $3.50 minus $2.00.

Edited, Jan 29th 2013 1:14pm by Jophiel
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Jophiel wrote:

If a box of Thin Mints runs $3.50, $2.45 goes to the local council and is distributed among troops and also finances administrative fees and other larger-scale operations beyond the troop level including owning/leasing and maintaining camp sites.

Last time I mathed, $2.45 was a larger number than the difference of $3.50 minus $2.00.

Edited, Jan 29th 2013 1:14pm by Jophiel


The question still lies on how much actually affects the girl scout you are buying cookies from and how much doesn't. I find it quite hard to believe that all the money helps said child in one way or another.

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You are thinking of the Dollar Tree.
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Criminy wrote:
Jophiel wrote:

If a box of Thin Mints runs $3.50, $2.45 goes to the local council and is distributed among troops and also finances administrative fees and other larger-scale operations beyond the troop level including owning/leasing and maintaining camp sites.

Last time I mathed, $2.45 was a larger number than the difference of $3.50 minus $2.00.


The question still lies on how much actually affects the girl scout you are buying cookies from and how much doesn't. I find it quite hard to believe that all the money helps said child in one way or another.

So you only care about the single girl scout who's at your door? I can't speak for the overall effectiveness of the cookie scheme, but distributing the money amongst the council is a better idea, especially assuming that some girls live in areas where they are not going to make a lot of sales.
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Criminy wrote:
Jophiel wrote:

If a box of Thin Mints runs $3.50, $2.45 goes to the local council and is distributed among troops and also finances administrative fees and other larger-scale operations beyond the troop level including owning/leasing and maintaining camp sites.

Last time I mathed, $2.45 was a larger number than the difference of $3.50 minus $2.00.

Edited, Jan 29th 2013 1:14pm by Jophiel


The question still lies on how much actually affects the girl scout you are buying cookies from and how much doesn't. I find it quite hard to believe that all the money helps said child in one way or another.

Elinda wrote:
Doesn't everything cost a dollar at the dollar store?


You are thinking of the Dollar Tree.

Oh. Well if you can get that box of cookies down to a buck (and insure they're still packaged in shiny silver tubes and taste, look, feel, and smell exactly like GS thin mints) you could be on to something BIG.
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The question still lies on how much actually affects the girl scout you are buying cookies from and how much doesn't. I find it quite hard to believe that all the money helps said child in one way or another.

Well, no. I'm paying to support the organization, not just one waif on my doorstep. Otherwise I'd just push a quarter and a crust of bread into her hand and send her on her way.
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Jophiel wrote:

If a box of Thin Mints runs $3.50, $2.45 goes to the local council and is distributed among troops and also finances administrative fees and other larger-scale operations beyond the troop level including owning/leasing and maintaining camp sites.

Last time I mathed, $2.45 was a larger number than the difference of $3.50 minus $2.00.


The question still lies on how much actually affects the girl scout you are buying cookies from and how much doesn't. I find it quite hard to believe that all the money helps said child in one way or another.

So you only care about the single girl scout who's at your door? I can't speak for the overall effectiveness of the cookie scheme, but distributing the money amongst the council is a better idea, especially assuming that some girls live in areas where they are not going to make a lot of sales.


Nope, I care for said troop. You are delusional if you think money raised from one troupe is going to benefit one that didn't sell beans. The one that didn't sell cookies are going to have to work with a very small budget with zero help from the council. What I find even more lulz worthy is the following.

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And national Girl Scout rules bar them from raising money for outside causes, no matter how worthy. Lucy Smegielski says that last year she was reprimanded by Connecticut Trails after her troop in Prospect, Conn., donated $1,000 they had raised in a bottle drive to a homeless shelter. Now, when the troop raises money for the needy, it does so as the "Prospect Youth Group."


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Stuff that Girl Scout councils do:
- Manage and organize the business aspect of the GS
- Manage and organize troops within their distrct
- Provide need-based dues assistance for girls in poverty
- Subsidize camp (and they still pay their counselors primarily in hugs and character building. I made $2.00 an hour or so when I was a counselor.)
- Create council-wide events, such as World Day. (This often involves renting out large fields, giant tents, etc)

Councils usually have a staff of 2-3 salaried people managing the business of 20-30 troops. Most girls do have to pay weekly dues, usually $5 a week, but girls whose parents cannot afford the dues are generally not turned away (that need-based assistance thing.) The dues stay directly within the troop, and go to cover the cost of arts and crafts, badges, food and snacks, facilities rental (if needed.) All troop leaders are volunteers, as are the assistants and the "cookie moms" (my mother held this role. During cookie season, our living room became a warehouse.)

So the 70% of funds stay within the council may not necessarily help the girl at your door directly, but it's helping her, her troop, and the people who manage her troop. Just like any business, really.
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Nope, I care for said troop. You are delusional if you think money raised from one troupe is going to benefit one that didn't sell beans.

Huh? Most of the money goes to the Council which oversees multiple troops. What do you think they're doing with it, exactly?
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Nope, I care for said troop. You are delusional if you think money raised from one troupe is going to benefit one that didn't sell beans.

Huh? Most of the money goes to the Council which oversees multiple troops. What do you think they're doing with it, exactly?


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Nope, I care for said troop. You are delusional if you think money raised from one troupe is going to benefit one that didn't sell beans.

Huh? Most of the money goes to the Council which oversees multiple troops. What do you think they're doing with it, exactly?


To line the pockets of a select few. But of course I forget posters here love to **** corporates in order to give the illusion that they are helping those in need when in reality they are only pleasuring a select few.

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I forget posters here love to **** corporates

Oh, yeah. National past time around here Smiley: laugh
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