How a lot would you pay for an in-demand Lady Scout cookie?
That is the query being requested of customers on secondary promoting web sites akin to eBay, the place a taste of Lady Scout cookies known as “Raspberry Rally,” is seeing a host of listings, in line with information experiences.
After promoting out on official web sites, the raspberry-flavor-filled cookie has change into a sizzling secondary market commodity.
A itemizing on eBay is at the moment asking $29.99 for one field, which is a number of occasions what the standard cookie field prices from the group (usually about $5) — a few 500% markup. One other Etsy sale posting, which appeared to solicit orders forward of Lady Scout cookie season for a presale, supplied a field of raspberry cookies for $20.98. Insider discovered a field for $99.99.
(Should you’re shopping for cookies from an official Lady Scout web site, in some instances, at the very least, you need to purchase at the very least 4 packing containers, in line with Entrepreneur’s try to purchase cookies from Troop 4758, which can also be offered out of Raspberry Rally.)
“Wow! Our Raspberry Rally was launched on-line right now, and boy did she promote out QUICKLY,” the Lady Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay wrote in a Fb publish, as Insider famous.
Lady Scout introduced the Raspberry Rally cookies in August 2022, together with the lineup of cookies for its 2023 season, which generally begins in January and runs till April, as CNN famous.
“The skinny, crispy cookie is a ‘sister’ cookie to the beloved Skinny Mints™, infused with raspberry taste as an alternative of mint and dipped in the identical scrumptious chocolaty coating,” Lady Scouts wrote within the August press launch.
The group determined to solely provide the Raspberry cookie as an internet product for native chapters to promote to, “enhancing ladies’ e-commerce gross sales and entrepreneurial expertise,” the group wrote.
Enter: the raspberry ringer. Lady Scouts itself famous the recognition of the cookie. In a single electronic mail to a troop in New York, it informed them that the cookie had “Raspberry Rally cookie offered out in lower than a day,” per CNN, which mentioned it reviewed the e-mail.
On-line, persons are commenting about how tough the cookies are to get:
guys I have been making an attempt to get my fingers on the brand new raspberry rally lady scout cookies for per week now they’re solely* accessible on-line & offered out & my native fb mothers group is tagging folks to assist me & my mother associates are texting their mother associates & I emailed the lady scouts web site
— extra waffles please (@am1naaa) March 2, 2023
If anybody has an additional field of the raspberry rally or caramel chocolate chip please lmk ?? They’re all offered out and I did not get to attempt them pic.twitter.com/IScDd9BVtj
— Tenny Minassian (@itsme10e) March 2, 2023
Others celebrated getting a field:
Behold the unicorn Lady Scout cookie…the Raspberry Rally! pic.twitter.com/gstqKvapvX
— Dr. Melissa Aho (@melissaaho) February 28, 2023
In an electronic mail to CNN, the Lady Scouts expressed disappointment within the secondary-market frenzy.
“When cookies are bought by a third-party vendor, Lady Scout troops are disadvantaged of proceeds that fund important programming all year long,” the corporate wrote.
“Lady Scouts of the USA, your native Lady Scout council, and our licensed cookie bakers can’t assure the freshness or integrity of cookies purchased by unauthorized websites,” it added.
Raspberry Rally. Courtesy firm.
However, as CNN famous, eBay did not say it deliberate to take down the cookies. “We strongly help the entrepreneurial spirit of hardworking native Lady Scout troops and encourage cookie-seekers to additionally help their native Lady Scouts… Nevertheless the sale of Lady Scout cookies doesn’t violate eBay insurance policies,” a rep from eBay informed the outlet.