Fall Sale FAQ
Troop Fall Product Chair
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the sale dates?
October 1st – October 30th, 2012. These dates are for the nut and candy, the online magazine and E-Nuts+ sales.
November 1st - November 30th, 2012. These dates are for the nut and candy, the online magazine and E-Nuts+ sales for Cooke and Hale Counties only.
Will product be available for the beginning of the sale?
Yes. Council will supply each Service Unit an assortment of product to sell based on previous year sale. Service Units will distribute an assortment to start the sale. Additional product can be picked up based on availability. Contact your Service Unit Fall Product Chair to pick up additional product.
Troops may return or exchange product within 7 days. Be available for girls/parents to return/exchange unsold product. The 7 day return policy begins the date the Troop Fall Product Chair picks up product from the cupboard/warehouse. Troops should establish their own guidelines for girls checking out product, but must stay within the 7 day guideline.
Can a troop take orders?
Yes, troops that prefer to take orders may place an order with the Service Unit Fall Product Chair. Orders are due no later than October 22nd or November 22nd (Cooke and Hale Counties). All items that are pre-ordered will become the troop’s responsibility and may not be returned or exchanged.
What is the benefit to the troop?
Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains Fall Product Sale is an opportunity for Girl Scout troops to earn money to finance activities and other expenses. Troops will earn $1.00 for each nut and candy and E-Nuts+ item sold. Troops earn $2.00 for each magazine subscription and Gorp Value Jar sold (excluding E-Nuts+ Value Jars). The remaining proceeds from this sale will stay in GS-TOP to support programs and services for each of the more than 24,000 girls we serve.
What is the benefit for the girl?
Participation allows girls to gain experience in: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics and earn funds to support the troop and the Girl Scout council, as well as earning recognitions for herself.
Who may sell?
All Girl Scouts registered in the current membership year beginning on October 1, 2012 (November 1, 2012), with a parent/guardian signed Permission Agreement may participate in the sale. Girls/Troops with Outstanding Balances from previous year’s sales may not participate! See area product sales staff if they have not provided you with a list of Outstanding Balances.
To Whom May Girls Sell?
The Fall Product Sale is a “Family and Friends” sale. Booth sales are not permitted! Girls may offer products to friends, immediate neighbors, family members and other close acquaintances. There may not be any booth sales, advertising or promotion of this sale.
Why is the Fall Product Sale so short?
This is a fast sale by design. Due to the United Way Campaign and the holiday schedule, we have a limited time frame to hold the Fall Product Sale. It is critical for troops to pick up products and get it into the girls hands as quickly as possible.
When will we get our products?
Fall Products will be available by October 1st, (Cooke and Hale Counties by November 1st). Check with your area product sales staff to schedule your delivery/pick up time.
When is money collected?
Money is collected from customers upon delivery of the products. MONEY IS NOT COLLECTED BEFORE PRODUCTS ARE DELIVERED.
Are checks accepted?
Yes. Checks should be made payable to Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains or GS-TOP. All checks should have customer’s driver’s license number and phone number. Remind troops NO parent checks over $80.00 should be accepted.
When is final troop money due?
Fort Worth and Wichita Falls Area council proceeds must to be deposited into the Council Product Sales Bank Account no later than November 1, 2012 (December 1, 2012). Abilene, Amarillo, and Lubbock Areas must pay their council portion to the Service Unit Fall Product Chair at final meeting. Please remind troops to keep troop proceeds for outstanding balances from girl/parent.
Do troops use troop proceeds to pay Council for an Outstanding Balance due from parents?
NO! Turn in an Outstanding Balance Report to the council with receipt(s) and the signed parent Permission Agreement. Outstanding Balance Reports are available from your area product sales staff or download from council website.
Can troops withhold troop proceeds out of the nut and candy/magazine money even if a parent hasn’t paid?
YES! Troops should withhold the entire troop proceeds right off the top of funds collected!
What money can be deposited in troop accounts?
Troops will keep their profits from the sale and deposit into their troop account. Troops will deduct troop profits from the E-Nuts+ and magazine sale from the money owed to the council.
When do girls and troops receive their recognitions?
Recognitions should be available for distribution at the January Service Unit Meeting. Troops or individuals with outstanding balances must not receive recognitions until balance is paid in full, recognitions cannot be guaranteed if payment is made after January 15, 2012.
What do I do if someone has Fall Product Sale questions or comments that I cannot answer?
Call your Service Unit Fall Product Chair. If you still have questions or do not receive a response from your Service Unit Fall Product Chair, then contact the product sales staff in your area.
Nut and Candy/E-Nuts+
Can our family and friends order product online?
GS-TOP is participating in E-Nuts+, an online ordering option with Trophy Nut. Council code is: GS-TOP. To participate, girls/parents should go to www.nutsforknowledge.com and click on the green E-Nuts+ tab.
The E-Nuts+ program is designed for Girl Scouts to reach out-of-town family and friends to gain their support of the product sale. Emails are sent inviting family and friends to go, via a secured link, to the Trophy Nut private E-Nuts+ site to order Girl Scout products along with additional holiday and gift items. Family and friends place their order online, pay via credit card and products are shipped directly to the customer or their designated recipient(s) with a minimal shipping fee. The girl and her troop will be credited with the purchase and will receive all troop proceeds and recognitions associated with the purchase.
Can girls sell nuts and candy on the internet?
Except through E-Nuts+, online sales are not permitted. Girls may use online marketing to promote their product sale to family and friends only. For a complete outline of rules and guidelines, read “The 411 on Online Marketing” for Girl Scout Product Activities.
Can products be returned?
Products can be checked out for 7 DAYS only. If product is not sold or returned within 7 days, it will be the responsibility of the troop to pay for and sell the product. Troops should establish their own guidelines for girls checking out product, but must stay within the 7 day guideline.
What do I do if products are delivered damaged or melted?
Contact your Service Unit Fall Product Chair.
What if a parent does not pick up their product?
All products should be picked up on initial delivery day. If a parent misses their appointment, call and remind them of their appointment time. If the parent chooses not to pick up, redistribute product to other girls as needed. Troops should establish their own guidelines for girls checking out product, but must stay within the 7 day guideline
QSP/GAO Online Magazine
Does it cost more to renew or purchase a magazine from QSP?
No. The magazine selections offered through QSP are the regular subscription rates, plus many special offers.
My magazine doesn’t come up for renewal for six months. Can I renew now?
Yes. A magazine can be renewed at any time. If you renew now, you will extend the subscription for the period of your order, usually one year.
What if I don’t like the magazine I purchased, or have a problem?
Customer satisfaction is supported by a money-back guarantee from QSP. In the rare event of a problem, call QSP/Great American Opportunity (GAO) at their toll-free number 1-800-678-2673.