I was going to post something angry and inflammatory about the new Girl Scout cookie knockoffs from WalMart, but then I read the comments on the article, and discovered a really intelligent discourse on both sides.
Still, my opinion is pretty much against WalMart using this as a tool to boost sales. Sure, it may have no impact whatsoever, but at the same time I can’t support it, as it seems like a really poor marketing decision on the part of WalMart. Girl Scouts is one of the major social and growth opportunities for low-income girls. Cookie sales help pay for troop activities, council facility upkeep, camp facilities, and all sorts of other things. For example, selling those Thin Mints and Tagalongs helps girls who’d otherwise be unable to travel abroad do so. I went to England partially thanks to a grueling yet completely rewarding bit of cookie-hawking.
Hopefully, people will continue to buy Girl Scout cookies in the quantities they always have, and that the Wal-Mart knockoffs won’t impact that.
By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish.
I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob.
Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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I’ve never ever EVER seen Girl Scouts selling cookies. Walmart is giving underserved areas a chance at those cookies!
I think the Girl Scouts are afraid of the South Side.
I’ve never actually seen a Wal-Mart on the south side, either…
(I forsee an exciting Death Match in the future, in which Wal-Mart and the Girl Scouts fight for market share.)
That is so lame. Boo on Wal-Mart!