If you thought that Americans chowed down on too many Girl Scout cookies during the pandemic, you’re forgetting a key part of the Girl Scout cookie journey: the purchase. Lots of cookies are sold at booths. Specifically, 15 million boxes, which were not sold this year due to cookie-booth cancellations due to the pandemic, reports the Associated Press.

If you’re thinking, “Um, sell some boxes to me. I will sacrifice for Girl Scouts of the USA by eating a box of cookies,” you are not alone. Yet despite widespread interest, the 15 million box surplus has created something of a crisis for the group.

Surely a fire sale would be effective. Or major grocery chains like Safeway, Kroger, Albertsons, and Walmart could stick them on store shelves in a heartbeat. But these are not options for the organization, which fears that cheap or widely available cookies would dilute future annual sales, which depend on now-or-never sales pitches delivered by cute elementary schoolers.

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