Not buying the girl scout cookies makes one look cheap?

coolwater

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jun 8, 2009
722
1
I never buy anything from people come up to my door, but it's really hard to say no to kids selling girls scout cookies.
 

iOrlando

macrumors 68000
Jul 20, 2008
1,813
1
this might seem sort of obivious, but


can you not answer the door?


I never answer the door for anyone unless I know them. No point in coming to my dwelling for any other reason.
 

GoCubsGo

macrumors Nehalem
Feb 19, 2005
35,743
141
this might seem sort of obivious, but


can you not answer the door?


I never answer the door for anyone unless I know them. No point in coming to my dwelling for any other reason.
Do you also tell people you can't answer the door because your mom is in the shower? :p


These kids don't come to my door. I have bought them from the market. Each year I get a box of thin mints and a box of those coconut carmel delightful yummies. To me those are the only two worth buying as the shortbreads can be had from Walker's at the same premium.

As a former girl scout I can't really say one way or another if I was offended when people didn't buy them. I wanted that cheap ass prize they offered for selling the most and my parents were always there to help me get it.
 

rdowns

macrumors Penryn
Jul 11, 2003
27,345
12,408
Little girls knocking on my door. Who wouldn't want that. :eek:

Refusing to buy Girl Scout cookies in un-American. Just sayin'.
 

ILikeTurtles

macrumors 6502
Feb 17, 2010
320
2
I can ignore them when they come to my door, just as I do with the proselytizers; however, when they stake-out the entrance to my local grocery store and Target, it becomes a big annoyance!

I can't recall the exact amount, but the money that actually goes to the Girl Scouts from one box of cookies sold is shamefully minuscule.
 

mscriv

macrumors 601
Aug 14, 2008
4,911
586
Dallas, Texas
The temptation is tough because I'm with Jessica on this one, the Thin Mints and Samoa's are awesome.



I just kindly say no thank you and walk away as fast as I can before I change my mind. :p
 

iOrlando

macrumors 68000
Jul 20, 2008
1,813
1
Do you also tell people you can't answer the door because your mom is in the shower? :p


These kids don't come to my door. I have bought them from the market. Each year I get a box of thin mints and a box of those coconut carmel delightful yummies. To me those are the only two worth buying as the shortbreads can be had from Walker's at the same premium.

As a former girl scout I can't really say one way or another if I was offended when people didn't buy them. I wanted that cheap ass prize they offered for selling the most and my parents were always there to help me get it.
nothing good comes from strangers knocking on your door. think about it.
 

notjustjay

macrumors 603
Sep 19, 2003
6,040
111
Canada, eh?
I can't recall the exact amount, but the money that actually goes to the Girl Scouts from one box of cookies sold is shamefully minuscule.
Here in Canada a box of Girl Scout cookies costs $4. Of that, I assume a fair chunk has to go toward paying for the cookies themselves, and a chunk to subsidize the cost of the prizes the kids are going for as motivation to sell the cookies. I don't have any figures, but I would hope that the Scouting organization itself would get at least 25% to 40%. I'd be interested to see if anyone has actual numbers.

While I'm not involved in scouting, I do volunteer for a charity that does fundraisers and I have come across ads for various companies that sell "fundraising cookies", and they always promise about 50% profit (e.g. they'll sell you the box for $2, you sell it for $4).

As for saying no or looking cheap, just be polite and say no thanks. Not a big deal. Having said that, I can never manage to... I like those cookies :D
 

teleromeo

macrumors 65816
Dec 2, 2006
1,285
34
kidnapped by aliens
I run a shop and when they offer me something to buy I always explain that I have an agreement with my wife that she buys those things at our private adress. My wife at home on the other hand ...
 

notjustjay

macrumors 603
Sep 19, 2003
6,040
111
Canada, eh?
I don't see the need to lie or get people's hopes up. If you're not interested, just say so. No shame in that, and it doesn't make you look "rude" or "cheap".

Generally speaking, if the organization finds that people just aren't interested in whatever product or fundraising technique they are using, they will figure it out and try something else. Girl Scout cookies are an example of something that's so popular that they're probably not going away anytime soon, but you might as well be honest if you're truly not interested.

Edit: OK, sorry, there was a tiny tinge of resentment in this post. As I said earlier, I do volunteer work (not with Scouts though) and that does include fundraising. Sometimes I get the run-around from my friends when I have to "hit them up". They don't want to say no to a friend, so they'll say things like, "Well, er... I need to ask my wife first, and then we'll get back to you" or "Not this time, but ask me again next year!" This is more aggravating to me than if they simply said "Sorry, no, I'm not interested" -- I won't be offended, honest! -- and at least with the latter response I can report back to our board of directors and say "Hey, nobody I asked was interested in this type of event, maybe we need to think of alternatives".
 

Mousse

macrumors 68020
Apr 7, 2008
2,047
2,678
Flea Bottom, King's Landing
Refusing to buy Girl Scout cookies in un-American. Just sayin'.
I'm proud to be un-American then.;) I usually ask the girls if they're being fairly compensated for their time and effort in pushing over priced cookies. The usual answer is they get nothing!:mad:
A bunch of rich bastards exploiting our youths.:mad: Fye on it, ah fye!, I say. I refuse to buy Girl Scout Cookies. I slip them a buck. I make sure they understand that buck is for THEM not their greedy taskmasters.
 

Disc Golfer

macrumors 6502a
Dec 17, 2009
582
0
Why would you feel guilty for not wanting something that is gross? That's like feeling guilty for not raiding the candy aisle at the convenience store every time you fill up your gas tank, or feeling guilty for not stopping at the drive thru despite those nice people's hard work in making it so convenient.