Goodness gracious. It has been a week since the last posting. I have really been a slacker. It is time to rectify that.
Just the other day I heard a news report about Girl Scout cookies (GSC) and Wal-Mart deciding to test market a couple of GSC knockoffs - thin mints and tagalongs. For a more complete discussion of this you can go to an MSN.com site and the Harquail blog.
Essentially, WalMart wants to continue to provide a product that most Americans have come to love and look forward to buying. We purchasers have to wait for the annual sale to get our favorites. I particularly like the peanut butter cookies, as well as the aforementioned. From a business perspective, it seems "reasonable" to provide similar cookies to a ready-made audience.
Frankly, I think it stinks. Shame on Wal-Mart. Granted the GSC's are expensive. You don't get that many in a box. Consequently you have to buy more boxes. But, they are a bargain when you consider the help you are doing for the girls and the organization.
Our daughters were Girl Scouts and Maryann was a troop leader for several years. Cookie sales time was a very big deal. It still is. I, for one, will continue to support the Girl Scouts.
I have yet to set foot in the newest Wal-Mart store that recently opened in our area. I will prolong that experience for as long as I can. However, I do know of one business that has benefitted by the store's opening. Homestead Greenhouse is on the street most people use to get to Wal-Mart. Julie indicated that more people are finding their greenhouse as they go to Wal-Mart.
I would hope that Wal-Mart would make a very substantial, continuous contribution to the Girl Scouts as long as they are selling such cookies. Or, WM could stop the cookie knockoffs.
What do you think?