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2/3/10 6:19 A

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The last couple years I have been in SW Texas.. Daisies sold door-to-door and did booths last year, no holds barred. I had a Daisy and a Brownie daughter with two very active Troops in rural south Texas, and my Troops did pretty good thanks to San Antonio area booth sales. We would have died door-to-door because our town was isolated by about 20 miles from anything, and it only had a population of 931 emoticon We didn't do direct sales there until after order-taking. I used eBudde, made my own spreadsheets and pretty much stayed crazy the whole cookie season. Whatever cookies we signed for, we owned for life too LOL no returns.

Now I am in a humongous metropolitan area Council (Greater Los Angeles) but I am about 90 miles from the council center, in the mojave desert! I have NO IDEA what we'll sell this year as Juliettes but my Daisy they are telling me can only be at a booth for an hour, but booths are 2-3 hours in length. I'll have my Brownie with me too though so she can pick up the extra time. Here too.. we sign for the cookies, we keep them and have to pay for them.

There are no direct sales this year in this council but I heard Orange County and another more southern council did do that. I think it would be difficult if all I could get were cases and only 4. I order more than 4 cases of just thin mints just for the opening weekend booth sale!!

Let us know how that all works for you

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1/25/10 1:55 P

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Our council does preorders and then direct sales and booth sales at the same time. Our preorders have to be in by tonight and then booth sales/direct sales start February 27th. We are new to all of this since we are Daisies and had no idea what to order for booth sales! We signed up for 3 and I ordered 118 cookies for them. I am hoping that is a good start. We can always get more if we need them but I don't want to end up with a bunch of extras!

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1/22/09 12:38 P

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Wow, I've never heard of direct sales, but it might be nice to have the cookies with you when selling door to door.

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1/20/09 3:40 P

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MRL, I will pass this info on. This is our first year with a S.U. manager, Everything is so new!

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1/20/09 3:37 P

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For us, what you take from the cookie cupboard is your responsibility, NO returns.
But you can make many trips back to the cupboard during the 60 days. Like ours is open Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning.
They have let us pick which flavors we wanted more or less of. they even gave us a guideline we could use (like Thin mints are 25% of sales and Lemonades are 7%). Their suggestions and our review from last years sales where very close. I did see some troops picking up the same amount of each flavor, but they'll be back for more as they sell thru.

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1/20/09 3:37 P

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ANNFLY3 - It was a unanimous decision by the cookie managers in our service unit to give girls a week to neighborhood sell before starting booths. We are part of a large council, but our service unit is isolated from the "big city". We are still adjusting from realignment and the dominant council still doesn't understand that we are different. Our service unit is big relative to the small neighborhood service units around Austin. We are far enough away though, that we can change some things to suit us better.

MANDYKAEE - We did pre-orders up until last year. With the council realignment, we changed to direct sales. We had a positive experience last year and hope for success this year as well. Back in November, we had our first cookie meeting where parents decided how many of each cookie type they wanted initially. The troop placed an initial order that included what the parents wanted plus some for booths. Returns are possible, but highly discouraged. Our council actually gives bonuses for certain goals and not returning cookies is one objective. We will be able to get more cookies throughout the sale. Within the troop, we allow parents to return cookies as long as we have booths scheduled and will sell them. We are also allowed to transfer or trade cookies with other troops. All of this minimizes cookie returns to council.

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1/20/09 3:09 P

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wow - I have never heard of direct sales. That would be neat. I hate the way we have to make two trips minimum for each sale. Sometimes you go back 3 or 4 times, trying to catch someone home who ordered one box. Of course for my daughter, who sells at least 700 each year, we'd need more initial cookies. Can you turn back what you don't sell, or are they "yours"? And do you get to pick what flavors? Some sell better for us than others.

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1/20/09 1:34 P

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so does your counsel not allow booths the first week, or is that your own troop's decision? I could see it being a good idea to let girls sell individually first, then open up booths.
Not only were we limited in our initial order, but troops with scheduled booths had first pick at the cookies.
I hope next year they work out some of these bumps.

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1/20/09 9:53 A

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It's definitely a crazy time. My Cookie Mom and me talk almost every day during cookie sales. Our daughters end up picking up our assigned booths no one else in the troop wants. Our sale starts tomorrow and booths start next week. I am hoping my daughter gets ambitious and really gets out and sells this weekend.

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1/20/09 8:42 A

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Thank you!!
I just started a spreadsheet last night, so with your advise I'll keep doing that.
We had a limit for our initial order. Each girl could only have 4 cases, that's not enough to earn the first "recognition" after the participation patch.
I hope I don't make myself crazy running back and forth between the cookie cupboard and parents...
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1/20/09 8:05 A

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Our council went to direct sales last year. In addition to the receipts, my Cookie Mom created a spread sheet in Excel to keep up with how many cookies each girl took and how much money is turned in. She is very diligent about keeping up with the boxes. We sell a bunch of cookies, our initial order this year was 240 cases.

Good luck with your sale!


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1/19/09 9:00 A

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thanks!
yes, I have done that. I will also have to give them a receipt for any money they turn in.
I will definately keep making the receipts for any more cookies they pick up.

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1/19/09 8:54 A

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We've never done direct sales, however, I would have each parent sign for the cookies that they take. This would make them accountable for returning the money or the cookies.



I want to get to a healthy weight and stay there forever. I don't have to make huge changes all at once, just small ones consistently.


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1/19/09 8:35 A

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Last year we took orders for cookies, then received the cookies, collected the money and we were done.
This year we have direct sales.
Saturday I gave the girl's parents 4 cases of assorted cookies. We have a meeting on Tuesday and I had asked them to bring any money and request for more cookies at that time.
Do you have a suggestion on how to keep all of this in order for the remaining of the sale? I'm not the worlds best organizer and I'm nervous about losing an account of things.
What has worked or Not worked for you?
Thank you!!

Edited by: ANNFLY3 at: 1/19/2009 (08:36)
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