Girl Scouts Raspberry Rally cookie

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Black market-like prices have emerged for a Girl Scout cookie flavor this year as keen consumers who were lucky enough to get the sold-out cookies are taking advantage of the situation and selling them for 10 times the price on sites like eBay. 

The new Raspberry Rally cookie looks just like a Thin Mint but tastes like chocolate and raspberry — at least that's what we're told since many cookie fans haven't been able to taste them, Girl Scouts included. They only became available for purchase online starting Feb. 27, which means no ordering from your granddaughter and no sales of Raspberry Rally at Scout-run booths in your neighborhood.

But the plan to create a little hype for the limited new flavor has backfired. The cookies sold out within hours of going on sale, which means most purchasers didn't have a chance to buy them. Now, some unscrupulous characters who were lucky enough to get some boxes of Raspberry Rally are selling them on eBay to make a quick buck, much to the annoyance of everyone everywhere.

Some boxes have sold for $60 each, about 10 times higher than the usual $5-$6 from the Scouts. Most boxes are selling for $20-$30, including some listings that include multiple boxes for $100 or more.

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Naturally, the Girl Scouts aren't pleased about the development. "When cookies are purchased through a third-party seller, Girl Scout troops are deprived of proceeds that fund critical programming throughout the year," the organization told CNN in a statement. For its part, eBay says that sales of the cookies don't violate its policies and has no plans of removing the listings. 

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Scouts and troop leaders also noticed the effect of the new black market-like prices. "My troop (ran a cookie booth) for 6 hours today and we kept a tally of 43 potential customers who asked us where the Raspberry cookies were and then walked away without buying anything when we told them they were sold out nationwide and that we never had them at booths anyway," said one commenter on the r/girlscouts Reddit forum. "It is extremely frustrating and demoralizing for the girls to have this conversation over and over. Great job, GSUSA!"

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