You can find almost anything on Amazon, so it should come as no surprise that Girl Scout Cookies are on there. Can we trust these cookies though?
The Girl Scouts of the USA don’t work directly with Amazon on cookie sales, so whatever you see on there is being re-sold by someone else, according to NY Mag.
Some of the Amazon cookies are Prime eligible, and seem like they are real boxes of cookies, but according to reviewers, the cookies are often stale, melted, and clearly overpriced, as a box can go for upward of $10, when they usually sell for $4 or $5.
On top of that, you can’t even guarantee their legitimacy:
“We caution against sales of cookies bought online because you don’t really know. They can be expired. They can be from three or four years ago. We can’t guarantee they haven’t been opened or tampered with,” a spokesperson for the Girl Scouts of the USA told NY Mag.
A spokesperson told the magazine that the purpose of the cookies is for the little scouts to interact with people and learn financial skills, while these Amazon sellers are basically depriving them of that experience.
If you’re desperate for cookies during the offseason, you can take a shot, but you’re probably better off just snacking on the Girl Scout Cookie cereal, Nesquik, or Crunch Bars. At least they’re official, and don’t come in the mail tasting stale.