Thin Mints, Do-Si-Do’s, Lemonades, Shout Outs, or Tagalongs… What’s your favorite Girl Scout Cookie? We all have one, and its sad (and maybe a blessing) that we can only get them once a year. Right? When there is something that tastes that good, consumers want it all year round. They want to be able to go to the store, and with their normal grocery shopping buy a box of Thin Mints. The truth is, they can’t. Girl Scout Cookies are only sold once a year.
Thats where we come in! Us, as eBay Entrepreneurs, know that when the supply is in demand the price increase, thus making us money. If you look on eBay right now, you will see hundreds of girl scout cookies selling per hour. The prices are good and if you were buying to resell now, you probably would not make much money. Thats because the supply is still really good. You could walk to any grocery store, and there probably would be a girl scout outside selling cookies. This sparked an experiment last year for my friend.
Girl Scout Cookies are usually sold between February and March, so that is the time to gather up your inventory. He really didn’t have to go far, matter of fact, they came to him. He was telling me that every time he was offered to buy some cookies he did. He made sure to have a good selection across the board, and he just stocked up. He kept an eye out on eBay and Amazon in April, but there were sellers that were still selling them pretty cheap. Same thing for May, but when June came he acted.
He was able to sell his cookies and make between 45% – 66% profit. He did claim that he ate a few boxes along the way, so his profits were cut down, but this is a great example of Supply and Demand. He first started selling them in an Auction format, but once he found a consistent trend, he changed it to a fixed auction to save on fees.
One rule to point out here. If you are a girl scout or a parent of a girl scout, there are rules and regulations on selling your cookies online. The Girl Scouts of America highly discourage selling your cookies online, because they think that the girls learn so much more from being out in the field selling their own cookies. You may agree or disagree with that, but I thought I should share.
So if you haven’t already, make sure you grab a couple extra boxes of Girl Scout Cookies, and put them somewhere you wont eat them. It could pay off in a few months!