Top Dollar Store Finds

For a store where everything’s a dollar, I’m surprised I don’t shop there more often. I guess I’m a creature of habit so I’m more likely to go to a store that I know will have a particular item in stock. But recently I took a trip to my local dollar store to see what they have to offer. Now the thing about most dollar stores is that because their prices are so low, often times so is their quality. I wouldn’t buy anything at the dollar store that I planned on keeping for a long time. But there are many items that I buy in which I really don’t care about the quality because either they’ll only be used once or it’s just not that big of


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8 Responses to Top Dollar Store Finds

  1. Kevin says:

    Dollar store purchases always should be well thought out as there is a definite pay off to having such a low price. You mentioned plastic dishes but do not mention that many of them leak BPA which can cause definite damage to kids, adults and the enviroment.

    Chilren toys should never be purchased from these stores as they typically are just not safe.

    The rule of “you get what you paid for” is never more true than at a dollar store. With that in mind, I do sometimes head there for certain items but not without fully thinking items through.

  2. fractalbrothers says:

    I bet dollar stores are doing quite well now that we’re in a full blown recession.

  3. Mike says:

    As Kevin mentioned the safety of these products are in question since 100% of them are made in China. BPA is a huge problem for cheap plastics and lead paint is another big one. A deal is not a deal when it is at the expense of your health.

  4. Meghan says:

    The food selection can vary…my husband and I went by one to get some candy (another good deal) and they had the new Curves cereal (almost $4.00 at walmart) for $1.00! My husband stocked up w/ three boxes of the stuff.

  5. Linda says:

    Two common sources for dollar store merchandise is damaged freight or a retail store foreclosure, which means that some of the goods offered at the store are exactly the same as those you would find at any retail stores.

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  7. SnowCross says:

    I buy organic multi grain bread and organic green tea at my local dollar store.

  8. skaizun says:

    Continuing #5’s (Linda) thought, yes, some goods are simply damaged or from out-of-business manufacturers, but many are overseas knock-offs (i.e., potentially illegal in the US due to potentially dangerous or unlisted ingredients; ever have a large, factory-style, staple with your cereal?), or are expired (granted, not usually a problem with dry goods), or are poorly kept (have you seen the baked goods kept near the sun-baked store shelf?), or are mislabeled, or are labeled to appear like a name-brand product (granted, legit stores carry similar products under their brand name), etc. Is it worth a few cents or even a few dollars? How much danger can you be in from electrical tape that doesn’t insulate, or cosmetics made with execessive amounts of lye or other caustic materials, etc? However, having said all this, I’ll admit that I’ve bought numerous goods from dollar stores, and , with the exception of the aforementioned staple, the items were as good, if not better, than their more expensive, retail cousins. Just use common sense, such as washing linens, etc, before using them; examining food, carefully, before eating them; testing cosmetics on body parts that don’t show; etc.

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