Everyone loves Girl Scout cookies, but there’s traditionally been one small issue: Tagalong time only comes around once a year. That is, up until now. Now, some enterprising independent vendors have made Girl Scout cookies available on Amazon — with Amazon Prime free shipping, no less!
Of course, there is a catch. These cookies are sold by third parties through Amazon Marketplace, and while your friendly neighborhood Girl Scout may charge only around $5 per box, you’ll have to pay these vendors double for the price of convenience. A box of Samoas runs for about $10, while Thin Mints are going for $8.78. If you buy Thin Mints in bulk, you can get four boxes for $27.05, saving about $8. (It pays to have a cookie addiction!)
Our only concern is: Where does this leave our enterprising Girl Scouts? As much as we hate to admit it, part of the magic of Girl Scout cookies is that you have to wait until late winter or early spring to get your hands on your choice box (or six) of Samoas. But now that the secret’s out, will little Sally’s cookie-selling days be over due to the demise of demand? We hope not.
The Girl Scouts also warn that cookies sold online may not be all they’re cracked up to be:
"In many instances, these cookies are actually expired. To find out when Girl Scouts will be selling cookies near you, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free on iOS or Android devices,” a Girl Scout representative told Tasting Table.