17 Rip-Offs at the Dollar Store
You’re at the dollar store for a quick purchase when you come across what seems like a good deal. Whether it’s a sale item or an everyday low-price deal, looks can be deceiving. Here are 17 rip-offs to steer clear of at the dollar store.
Medicine and Vitamins
Those packages of painkillers may seem like a good deal, but when it comes to your health, stick to name brands for medicine and vitamins from stores you know. Those sold at dollar stores may be counterfeit, expired or simply ineffective.
When it comes to buying kitchen knives, it’s best to choose quality over price. Many dollar store knives are cheaply made and are dull which may lead to cut fingers and hands. Stick to well-known brands from a reputable retailer.
That $1 pair of pliers isn’t going to hold up well. If you’re an avid DIYer, avoid buying tools at the dollar store as they are often cheaply made which means they will break or even worse—may result in injuries.
While most baby food sold at the dollar store is just fine, it is better to just skip it. Some may be expired and it’s generally not much cheaper than the baby food sold at well-known retailers.
Toys sold at the dollar store often break easily and may contain hazardous materials. Plus, the flimsy design may mean broken pieces which could easily be swallowed. Don’t take the chance.
If you’re buying batteries in bulk, you won’t get the best deal if you buy them from the dollar store. Instead, you can find better deals on large quantities of name-brand batteries at larger retailers.
Pet Food and Toys
Pet food sold at the dollar store may seem like a bargain, but it may lack the nutritional value found in popular name brands, or it may even contain harmful ingredients. Toys for your furry friends at discount chains may also be made from inferior materials and contain chemicals that could be hazardous to your pet.
Don’t let the candy aisle distract you. If you’re looking for larger quantities of candy, you’ll likely get a better deal at a larger retailer. Plus, double check the expiration date as food sold at dollar stores may be expired.
Disposable Plates, Napkins, Cups
If you’re getting ready for a party, you won’t get the best deal on disposable plates, napkins, cups or cutlery at the dollar store. Not only are the prices often higher than other retailers, but the quantity isn’t always what you’d hope for.
Skip the bulk packages of bottled water at the dollar store. When comparing prices, you’ll often find you pay more per bottle at the dollar store than you would at other retailers.
Extension cords sold at dollar stores are often low-quality, which mean they could short out and even cause a fire. Stick to extension cords made by reputable companies and sold at reputable retailers.
Take a closer look at that discounted tube of toothpaste. It may seem like a good deal, but dollar stores often sell smaller toothpaste tube sizes than you’ll find at other stores so the deal is probably too good to be true.
Dollar stores often sell boxes of plastic sandwich bags in smaller quantities than other retailers. So in the long run, you’ll end up paying more per sandwich bag when purchasing them from the dollar store. Also, who know what that plastic is made of?
The dollar store isn’t the best place to stock your pantry, as the quality of the food may be questionable, especially when it comes to sell-by dates. If you do buy food at the dollar store, check the date and weight of the item, as many are sold in smaller bottles or packages than what you’d find at your regular grocery store.
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Windshield Wiper Fluid
That windshield wiper fluid may have a $1 price tag, but it’s better to pay a little extra for the name-brand version. Dollar store fluid may not have the same ingredients and may not work as well at clearing ice in colder climates.
While the dollar store may be a great place to stock up on disposable forks for a picnic, avoid the plastic kitchen serving and cooking utensils because they may be made from cheap plastic and contain unhealthy chemicals. Pay a little more for stainless steel versions instead.