The Girl Scouts of America announced Monday that its members would finally be allowed to sell its delicious cookies online and have them shipped to buyers. I have no idea if this is good news for the Girl Scouts or its members, but it’s definitely groundbreaking for daddies and mommies.
Until now the organization has refused to allow Internet sales, saying young ladies would not learn how to sell directly to people, handle money and deliver the product if they were allowed to proffer their wares via the worldwide web.
That would be true, if we lived in a world where our 7-year-old daughters were allowed to collect thousands of dollars, trudge through the streets with hundreds of pounds of cookies alone and hang out in the stairwells of our offices going,
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“Pssst…..hey buddy, you look like you know the score. How’d you like to score a couple of boxes of Samoas?”
We parents do. I’m not saying my daughter hasn’t been involved. She’s trudged many a mile to sell and deliver Do-si-dos, and gently asked friends and relatives whether they’d like to make a purchase. But when it comes to doing the real mule work of delivery, bracing Aunt Jan with threats if she doesn’t fork over for Thin Mints or reminding your co-workers of all the times you came through for orchestra oranges and glee club gladiolas, the parents shoulder the brunt of the burden.
The Girl Scouts say the traditional sales methods are still fine, and will continue to be a big part of sales. I say we’ll see about that.
Personally, I’m rooting for the disruptive technology of an Internet revolution.