5 Things You Shouldn’t Buy From Dollar Stores

dollar stores Everyone loves a bargain and there are bargains to be had at your local dollar store. Nothing beats the feeling you get when you find that deal of the century: exactly what you needed for only a buck! But don’t let that euphoria blind you to the dollar store duds cramming every shelf. Here are 5 things you should never buy from a dollar store.


1. Light Bulbs These can be had cheap and that’s a good thing because you’ll be going through a lot of them once you start down this road. You’ll be lucky if bulbs that are supposed to last for years last hours or minutes… if they work at all! Real fluorescent bulbs are costly, but they also last the 5 years or so they claim and are a better buy in the long run. Safer, too.


2. Electronics This covers everything from radios to battery chargers to TV cables. Don’t forget that they are cheap because they are made cheaply and won’t last. This is fine if you’re looking for some plastic doodad to store nails or tacks but intricate or delicate devices will be cheaply made from the cheapest components and will ultimately break down. When dealing with electrical currents, slipshod construction can be a jolting experience and a fire hazard. Bottom line: these are not worth the risk.


3. Food Unless you are starving stay out of the food aisle at the dollar store and forget anything perishable. You don’t know where this stuff is made or under what kind (if any) sanitary conditions. Or even how old it is. If it’s a brand name you recognize and trust, make sure you check the expiration date while double-checking that this is not a knockoff of some kind. You don’t want to kid around with food.


4. Miracle Products It dices, it slices, and it does your laundry and washes your car. It will also eat dollars right out of your wallet. Remember if this special kitchen/bathroom/workshop gadget actually did all the things it says it claims to do on the package, they wouldn’t be selling it for a dollar. And even if it does function to some degree, count on shoddy construction and a short lifespan. Let’s face it, some of the annoying chores in life we’ll just have to do ourselves. There is no miracle fix and especially not at the dollar store.


5. Pharmaceuticals Diet pills, pregnancy tests, vitamins… these can all be purchased at most dollar stores. Don’t. If you think you’re showing the big pharmaceutical companies that you’re not going to pay their inflated prices, think again. Who knows what you are getting in these so-called ‘medicines.’ As with food, you also have no idea what levels of cleanliness are enforced where this stuff is made. Medicine is not something to play Russian roulette with. And there you have it. Keep a keen eye on those dollar store shelves and search out the products that are actually worth your hard earned money.

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This guest blog was written by Andrew Salmon. He writes for a number of websites including IVA.net – a website about the informal creditors agreement.


  1. Regular dollar tree customer says

    Okay let me start off by saying that I am a regular dollar tree customer and I go almost every week. I can honestly say that I only agree with two of the categories on this list: electronics and mirical products( but who buys those anyways from anywhere they are usually scams). The part that I find most untrue is the food part. Just as any other business, dollar tree has regulations on food dates and sanitation. Just because they’re food is cheap doesn’t mean it’s old or bad. They often even have name brand “trial” sizes in their food section. They also have great “knock off” brands that I have also seen in Walmart. So don’t let this article be the only thing you go by when shopping at dollar tree. Use trial and error( it’s only a dollar for Petes sake what are you loosing). I agree with the electronics part because I have used trial and error. However, I will say that some of the products in the electronic isle like accessories and occasional name brands are pretty good. Again you should use trial and error to determine this. As for the pharmaceuticals part, this is also not true and I know from experience. I use their medicines and things a lot and they work for me. Never found anything wrong with them. Also, I’ve had this light bulb in my room for almost a year and I have it on a lot and it has never burnt out. I understand the purpose of this post is to save people time and money but some things are just not true(especially the food). These are just my opinions and personal experience from dollar tree. Who ever wrote this ahold maybe do a little more research on the company and how they work and their regulations.

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