"The Girl Scout Cookie Program is one of the most powerful and effective financial literacy programs in the world, and it has been teaching girls basic business acumen since the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts 100 years ago," the organization said. "The five essential skills of goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics are the engine that drive the cookie sale forward. Third party retailers remove girls from the equation entirely, denying them the opportunity both to gain crucial financial literacy and business skills, as well as to earn proceeds for their troop and local council, which go directly toward community projects and powering amazing experiences for girls."
When asked if the GSUSA thinks people should buy Girl Scout Cookies from Amazon, a spokesperson said, "Definitely not." Instead, GSUSA recommends checking its website to locate where Girl Scouts are selling the cookies at booths in your area. If you know a Girl Scout, you can also order the cookies online via her Digital Cookie website, which is available to friends and family.