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Dollar-Store Deals…and Rip-Offs

February 6, 2011

When my kids were little we always used to go to the dollar store. They would have their allowance in hand and ready to purchase odd things. Things that only kids could or would love. As they grew older they graduated to stores like Macy’s, Forever 21 and the Gap…but they soon found out that the dollar did not go far at those stores. Dollar stores – discount retailers that charge about a dollar for each item – are popular in this tough economic climate. But not everything they stock is a good deal. Some dollar-store products are poorly made, and others could be purchased elsewhere for a better price.

Steep inflation in recent years has made it difficult for dollar stores top provide as much as they once did for $1. These stores really can’t raise their prices – they wouldn’t be dollar stores if their merchandise cost more than $1 – so they must resort in subtler ways to charge more, such as reducing the quality or quantity of their goods. Example: A dollar store package of paper napkins that once provided 100 napkins for $1 now might provide just 50 or 75…or it might include 100 napkins made from lower quality paper. Here is the great deals and the rip offs!

Great Buys…

  • Cleaning Products
  • Dishes and Glassware
  • Gift Wrap 
  • Greeting Cards
  • Grooming Tools
  • Kitchen Accessories
  • Christmas Tree Ornaments

Rip Offs…

  • Baby Food
  • Bagged Candy
  • Batteries
  • Bottle Water
  • Children’s Toys
  • Extension Cords
  • Pet Food & Toys

Certainly there are exceptions to every rule. At GAI (www.gunwel.com) the price we charge for the work we do is affordable and respectable. We know that this economy is hard on everyone and want to make it easy and stress free  the moment you walk through the Gunwel doors. Call us today at 212-979-6830 or stop by for a visit. See you soon!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. February 6, 2011 5:51 pm

    Your post is right on target. I have found that you must really check expiration dates when buying food at such stores. Often its expired or nearly so!

    Thanks for sharing the great tips!

    Michael
    CCO OutMaturity

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