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.