Why e-commerce for Girl Scout cookies is a bad idea

It's great for American consumers, but it deprives girls of valuable business lessons

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When I was a young Cadette Girl Scout, my troop took a trip to New York City, where we stayed at a Girl Scout–affiliated hostel and visited the national headquarters of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. We funded the trip with our earnings from Girl Scout cookie sales — money we earned by standing in the cold peddling desserts to strangers.

But times have changed. The Girl Scouts recently announced "Digital Cookie," which, as its name suggests, will deliver Girl Scout cookies online. It will launch later this month in limited areas and will begin nationally in January, with as many as one million scouts expected to use the program.

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