Girl Scouts, Please Make it Easy to Find Information About the Cookies!

by Joanna Pineda Posted on January 4, 2009

girlsellingcookies It’s that time of year again: Girl Scout cookie time! My niece is a Girl Scout and I of course want to support her by ordering lots of cookies and selling lots of cookies. I wanted to send an e-mail to friends and co-workers with some helpful links, but found the Girl Scouts and Girl Scout Cookie Web sites not at all helpful. Once again, I had to turn to Google to find information about the cookies!

So here’s the deal.  I wanted to send an e-mail and include a link to a page describing the cookies — that’s it, just the cookies.  Here is what I found (or didn’t find):

It seems to me that the Girl Scouts Cookie site is stuck in the traditional model of selling cookies through your neighborhood Girl Scout, with all information coming from sweet Suzie Girl Scout.  But seriously, isn’t every mom and dad of a Girl Scout sending out e-mails to family and friends asking them to buy cookies?  If the Girl Scouts were smart, they would create a page just for those of us who want to use the Web and e-mail to market the cookies! Heck, why can’t I order online?  It’s 2009!

Okay, enough hammering on the Girl Scouts, who do a good job for millions of girls, after all.  Oh, and by the way, if you want to order Girl Scout cookies this year, my niece will gladly take your order.  Just send me an e-mail (jpineda-at-matrixgroup dot net) with what you want and how to get in touch with you.  Take your pick from this page:  Meet the Cookies.  My favorites are Tagalongs, Samoas and Thin Mints.  I’ve ordered some Dulce de Leche cookies, which are new this year, for good measure.  Cookies start arriving in January.  Yum!

3 replies on “Girl Scouts, Please Make it Easy to Find Information About the Cookies!”

Joanna, I was an assistant Cookie Mom this year and even more appalling is that the Girl Scouts organization ACTIVELY PROHIBITS girls or parents from selling using the web. Even e-mail is forbidden! Of course, this is crazy and retrograde–and no doubt ignored by many. But the problems you encountered trying to find simple information are only the tip of the iceberg.

E-mail was forbidden this year? Oh no! I sent an e-mail to a group of my friends and other moms in the neighborhood. Oh well. Nobody told me I couldn’t help my niece by selling cookies via e-mail. She made her goal, exceeded it actually. Not allowing marketing via e-mail is just plain wrong!

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