Dollar stores have weathered the storm and are now serious contenders that can go up against larger stores like Walmart. They are good for buying certain products at a low price that would ordinarily be up to five times more costly elsewhere, but there are also other products they sell that are best left to larger chain stores.
Business Insider went through Dollar Tree, the most popular dollar store, and provided a list of products that were great buys and not so great buys and came up with 15 of each. Here are just a few:
Party Supplies: Good Buy
Pay up to 70% less on party hats, streamers, utensils, tablecloths, balloons and centerpieces.
Seasonal Decor: Good Buy
The seasonal decor rotates throughout the year and competes with the likes of other stores. Find everything you need from Christmas lights to Easter baskets.
Classroom Decor: Good Buy
For teachers who buy decor for their classroom out of pocket, Dollar Tree has some things that are far cheaper, but of good quality, than the teacher’s stores.
Over-the-Counter Drugs: Not So Good
Dollar Tree and its other stores: Dollar General, and Family Dollar were involved in a series of lawsuits alleging the sale of sold expired drugs and were ordered to pay $1.2 million in fines and damages.
Motor Oil: Not So Good
Motor oil was also part Dollar Tree lawsuits that claim the oil was unviable and, according to Business Insider, “designed only for car engines made before 1930.”
Toys: Not So Good
These haven’t always passed the necessary inspections and can break easily, posing a choking risk for a young child.
To learn about the other products Business Insider says are great or not so great, you can read the article in full here.
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