Between the months of January and April, you can't visit a big-box store or open a personal email from Rob in Accounting without being propositioned with a $4 box of Girl Scout Cookies. During the rest of the year, however, it's difficult to score some uncut Samoas. But not impossible.
Several off-season cookie hustlers hide in the not-so-dark alley of the Internet (Amazon!), but one stands out as the largest and most ruthless supplier. Vin Mints, as we'll call him, agreed to answer our questions so long as we protected his identity.
Read on to learn the gritty details of his operation, from not getting high on his own supply to how he muscles other sellers out of the marketplace.
How did you come up with the idea of selling Girl Scout Cookies?
Vin Mints: "I was listening to a podcast by Jordan Malik that went over selling on Amazon and mentioned Girl Scout Cookies."
How long have you been doing this?
VM: "I just started this year."
You'd need a huge stock to last the whole year. How many boxes do you buy and where do you buy them from?
VM: "I buy about 1,000-2,000 from different troops up to April 1st and 1,000-2,000 from eBay troop sellers after April 1st. I buy most of them after the traditional season since this reduces the inventory available to other sellers and buyers."
That's quite the windfall for a kid! Do you personally know the Girl Scouts you buy from?
VM: "I do not know any Girl Scouts or troops personally."
Have you ever gotten a weird reaction from the Girl Scout troops you buy from?
VM: "Some people have asked and I have not felt comfortable enough to say I resell them."
How many boxes do you typically sell in a month?
VM: "I believe the record month was about 200 boxes, but it varies depending on what people are looking for at the time."
Do you mind sharing approximately how much money you're making from this a year?
VM: "I do not keep track of the cookies specifically, but I try to sell them for three times my cost of inventory." [Editor's Note: A typical box of Girl Scout Cookies is $4; Vin Mints resells them for about $9-$13. Let's say he buys 4K boxes in-season for $16,000 and resells them all. He could take home about $32,000 this year.]
Is this your only job? If not, what is your day job?
VM: "I work as an accountant for a small B2B business during the day and have my own accounting firm and work as an apprentice for a woodworker on the weekends."