- Their products are many times the same products you will find in other stores.
- Sometimes products hit the dollar stores because of damage or lack of freshness…
- …BUT they are often just offered cheaper because they operate on slimmer margins than grocery stores.
- Many items were surplus/over-stock items from a company. That company might even sell their items at a loss to the dollar store, but it's cheaper than paying taxes, paying for warehousing to hold the items, and frees up their warehouse space for items that will make them profit.
- Many times their surplus items they buy are surplus because it was last season's color, or an old style of something.
- Dollar stores will often buy and sell anything that's cheap. They will buy entire containers of goods at auction from China, without knowing what's in them, and will sell whatever ends up in that container. Surprise!
- Sometimes their products are name-brand products that don't advertise any more, such as Bon-Ami Cleanser (as explained HERE)
- Sometimes their products are name-brands products, only smaller. Irish Spring soap, for example, is the exact same bar you'd find in the grocery store…only smaller. Same with their ziplock bags. The box will only cost you $1 (rather than $2 or $3), but you might only have 7 or 10 bags, vs 20.
- Dollar Stores can sell the SAME items as groceries stores for cheaper, because they have C or B-class locations, so they pay much lower rent than class-A locations.
- They also have a small, low-wage staff, usually only about 10 jobs per store (as read HERE)
2. Pool Toys.
7. Office and Classroom Supplies:
8. Some toys.
So there you have it! Those are only SOME of the things that I regularly buy from the dollar store. Now, the big question…
- Most food. Mainly the canned food, but you have to be careful with bagged food, baking goods, seasonings, frozen. Much of it is higher price than the grocery store. So just grocery shop like I do and you'll get things MUCH cheaper…and probably better quality. However, I will say the dollar stores often times carry brands or items that grocery stores no longer carry which is helpful. But in terms of every-day groceries, I say avoid the dollar store!
- Vitamins and medication. I'm sorry, I just don't trust them. But ultimately, the price-per-pill isn't that great. Buy that kind of stuff at Costco and you'll get a better value.
- Electronics of any kind. Do I really need to explain why a $1 electronic is not a good investment?
So next time you go to one of my favorite hangouts (aka the dollar store), be aware of what you're tossing into that little green cart so you don't walk away carelessly spending your hard earned dollars.