15 Things You Shouldn’t Buy at a Dollar Store

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Buying lower-priced batteries at a dollar store is most of the time getting old ones that do not reach Target’s standards anymore. Dollar store items are often liquidated from other retailers.

“Batteries may have been on a Target shelf for three years, and now they don’t hit Target’s standards anymore. Dollar stores are not ordering new batteries and pricing them well—they’re taking old stuff off other stores’ shelves,” says Shelton

So, even if the price is indeed smaller, your batteries will be old and poorly made. You’ll see them draining quickly or even worse, leaking. Many low-priced batteries contain carbon-zinc, making them prone more to leaking, compared to higher-quality ones that contain lithium.

With all this being said, choose a brand name that you know you can trust and you’ll get a better working product.

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8 thoughts on “15 Things You Shouldn’t Buy at a Dollar Store”

  1. 9

    You are correct on most of the items. I have bought batteries they are name brand but if used a lot will die in 24 hours. The cereal is only enough for 1 or 2 bowls of cereal, and the packages are getting smaller too.
    Some times or should I say once in a blue moon you can get a regular size small box of cereal.
    Vegetables in a regular store you can get your 1can a lot cheaper then dollar tree. I love the small pkgs of Cheetos that use to cost 2.00 in a store. The stores raised the price to 2.29 and reduced the pkg size. Dollar tree has a snack Cheetos which was a good deal for a 1.00 now that package has shrunk to 1/2 the size. Some candies the pkgs have shrunk as well. The glass dishes are an excellent buy. Be aware and look at your package and price check. You can get deals, but the quality isn’t there.

  2. 7

    totally disagree..I make $11 Grand a Year. Extreme Poverty..Can’t afford to pay triple the price of things at regular store. Batteries are not good, tho..We can read, if something is expired WE DO NOT BUY IT. Sheesh..

  3. walter glassberg

    Expiration dates should be checked at all stores. Not everything at a 99 is cheaper, but some items are a lot cheaper. As the Supremes sang…’You gotta shop around’. in 20 years in Las Vegas, l saved a lot of $, mostly at the 99 cent plus store.

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