Re: Popcorn sales
Gerald A Belton (gbelton@MAILHOST.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Tue, 6 Dec 1994 09:01:11 -0600
> We always have this problem. The real issue is that everything is
> now funded through a fund raiser and people are pretty sick of it.
I keep seeing messages here about the problems people have with popcorn
sales, but it seems that we are missing a major point; the product itself.
The Trails End popcorn is excellent, but it is WAY over-priced. Wal-Mart
sells a gift tin containing 38 ouncess of popcorn for $6; ours contains
10 ounces less and sells for twice as much. A 5-pack of Orville
Reddenbacher microwave popcorn sells for $1.99; ours is $5.
People want to help Scouts, but let's get serious. The product costs too
much. People don't want to sell it because they don't want to pressure
their friends to buy an overpriced product.
Compare this to Girl Scout cookies, which cost about the same as a
comparable product in the grocery store. A box of Girl Scout cookies
costs about the same as a box of Oreos.
Frankly, I think the BSA violates thier own fundraising guidelines with
this popcorn sale. The BSA does not allow "can shakes" or other forms of
institutionalized begging, insisting that troops provide a service or a
product in exchange for funds. However, it is clear that anyone who pays
$10 for a box of microwave popcorn is making a donation, and NOT getting
$10 worth of popcorn.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City