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2006-02-24 04:27:28 PM  
fire sale stores are fun. get all the tools made in bangladesh you can carry. brazilian canned meat. jumbo cans of ground sage. kelly stouffer brand bbq sauce. computer games for windows 3.1.
2006-02-24 04:35:35 PM  
There are studies that indicate ingesting a half tube of toothpaste can harm or even kill a child under the age of six.

Which happens oh-so-frequently.
2006-02-24 04:44:35 PM  
That's because we drink fluorinated water.

Maybe the city kids do. I've always had well water.

The other thing to keep in mind is that many of these stores have evolving refund and return policies, so if you think you might want to return something you buy, check with the store manager about their exchange policy, just in case you get home and find something you may want to return.

Yeah, that's a big worry...use $3 in gas to go back to return a $1 item. Don't think so.
2006-02-24 04:47:44 PM  
Who in the hell does their serious grocery shopping at the dollar store?
2006-02-24 05:20:08 PM  
The Gaza Whitening Strips?
2006-02-24 06:01:39 PM  
In Texas, it may surprise you that it is not illegal to sell expired food.

Yeah, I'm shocked...
2006-02-24 07:40:35 PM  
Considering that 95% of food doesn't have any readable date printed on it, it's kind of hard not to sell expired food. Stupid.
2006-02-24 07:42:46 PM  
Has anyone been in one of these dollar stores? Worse than Wal Mart.
2006-02-24 07:43:44 PM  
Once when I was an goofy do-anything on a dare type kid a friend and I ate Nam-era K-rations.

We heard colors.
2006-02-24 07:45:23 PM  
leperboy69: There are studies that indicate ingesting a half tube of toothpaste can harm or even kill a child under the age of six.

Which happens oh-so-frequently.

When my wife was a little kid, she ate a bunch of bubblegum flavored toothpaste and threw up. She doesn't like anything bubblegum flavored to this day. Kids do stupid things.
2006-02-24 07:46:48 PM  
Dollar stores are great for some things, and up here they're a bit better-regulated than those in TFA.

Yes, 99% of their stuff is crap, and almost anything electric or electronic is a 50% shot to not work, but a wooden spoon is a wooden spoon, and a plastic cup is a plastic cup.

At the rate my 11-month-old's toys eat up D cells, the Dollar store is a godsend.

Hell, you can get toilettries that are identical (and probably rip-offs) of brand name stuff for about 1/4 of the price.

I put together an excellent and extensive first aid kit for my vehicle for less than $15...and to buy anything comparable elsewhere, even as a pre-packaged set, would have cost triple that easily.

/If you're careful, Dollar stores can be great.
//Wouldn't recommend the "Macaroni and Cheezy Sauce" dinner, though
2006-02-24 07:48:41 PM  
Salvation Army store -- Any day.
Dollar Store -- Never. Ever.
2006-02-24 07:52:01 PM  
Israeli toothpaste sounds dangerous
2006-02-24 07:52:26 PM  
You aren't supposed to marry little kids! Who are you, R Kelly?
2006-02-24 07:54:26 PM  
some dollar trees have an awesome selection of tuperware containers. they're also good places to get coloring books, markers, picture frames, big gift bags, and dishtowels.
2006-02-24 07:54:42 PM  
I Find dollar stores a tad on the depressing side. Everywhere you look you see the dusty, broken remains of somebody's failed business plan-- somebody's hopes and dreams.

My parents love the place, though. They can give the grandkids $5 each and watch them go nuts picking out cheap toys.
2006-02-24 07:57:28 PM  
Bought a mop and a bucket from the dollar store. The mop for some reason came prepackaged with GLITTER in it. I suppose thats so my floor would *sparkle*. The bucket on the other hand, exactly what one would expect of a holds water. The moral of the story? Only buy buckets and those little toy guns from the dollar store.
2006-02-24 07:59:00 PM  
You can also get books by James Lileks.
2006-02-24 07:59:04 PM  
There are a ton of those "salvage" stores around here. A coworker of mine loves them, so we went in one. Man, talk about scary.

Frozen meat - 6 months past expiration.
sausage - 3 months past expiration (this in the fridge section)
protein bars - almost a year past date ("but they're only 10 for a buck!"
canned goods that were over a year past date or severly dented. (if the dent puts a crease in the can, you sorta should toss it)
opened boxes of cereal (huh?)
flour bags with cuts in the bag (WTF?)

People eat that crap, too.
2006-02-24 07:59:07 PM  
I buy a lot of craft items there, and tupperware-like bowls/lids.

And when I was substitute teaching I bought a ton of school stuff and art-project materials there.

Good deal.
2006-02-24 08:00:54 PM  
You know, even if you're at a reputable store, you should probably look at the expiration date.
2006-02-24 08:03:53 PM  
The dollar store rules. If you're stupid enough to buy a can of Bolivian potted meat food product that expired 5 years ago...well, I just don't know what to tell you. Thanks for removing yourself from the gene pool, I suppose. Where else can I get a 3-pack of Krazy Glue for a buck? (1 tube can run $3 at the drug store across the parking lot.)
2006-02-24 08:04:25 PM  
Trust me on this:Dollar stores are great for some things,but do not get the pre-packaged chicken salad with the crackers. You'll be amazed at the churning that follows. On the other hand,I did find this cool-ass glass that lights up from the bottom when you lift it up off of yor table. Trippy.
2006-02-24 08:05:19 PM  
Zipster: Yeah, that's a big worry...use $3 in gas to go back to return a $1 item. Don't think so.

You either have really really expensive gas, or live way the hell away from dollar stores.

/car gets 23 MPG
/car uses 91 ($2.75 a gallon in CA)
/$3 worth of gas would take me about 30 miles
/closest dolar store is about 3 miles away
2006-02-24 08:06:33 PM  
Aha! ZOG has gotten so evil that they've gone far beyond simply controlling the media and are now literally cramming their lies down our throats! Israeli 'toothpaste' indeed. And what about the Palestinian children? Is Israel helping them with their brushing and flossing? The recent rise in the suspect deaths of Palestinian orthodontists points to a more sinister plot at work.
2006-02-24 08:09:43 PM  
I guess that's better than british toothpaste

/is there such a thing
//cheap shot
2006-02-24 08:10:09 PM  
I'm a confirmed Wal-Mart hater so when I can't get to Target or some other alternative I hit the local dollar store. I don't buy food there (except for the gigantic packs of bottled water) but I buy probably 90% of toiletries, housecleaning supplies, giftwrap, etc, etc, there.
/what's so wrong with Israeli toothpaste
2006-02-24 08:13:53 PM  
Dollar Tree shopper here. Some staples I get there: dishwasher soap; garbage bags; zip-lock bags; cat-pan liners; office supplies; commas.... just kidding. I save TONS of money getting these perfectly functional items at the dollar tree. I used to get my laundry soap there, too, but was recently seduced by Tide. Bloody expensive stuff, Tide.
2006-02-24 08:17:02 PM  
I've got you all beat. My local mall has the undisputed king of all dollar stores, Daiso. It's the only one in the US, and it pretty much wipes the floor with your typical Dollar General. It just opened a back in October and if it takes off, the rest of you farkers may see one pop up in your area soon. It absoultely rocks.
2006-02-24 08:18:12 PM  
I bought a nice grand piano at the dollar store but the toilet paper is a rip-off.
2006-02-24 08:18:28 PM  
There isn't anything wrong with dynacell batteries. 8 for a buck isn't bad when they still lasted 6 months in my TI-83.
2006-02-24 08:20:52 PM  
You fatcats didn't eat your plankton! NOW IT'S MINE!
2006-02-24 08:22:23 PM  
We have one walking distance from our house. We call it "The Nine"

It ROCKS!!! Freak factor there is high any time of the night or day.

Gag gifts abound at the nine. Last week I bought a buddy six big glass bananas, life size...
2006-02-24 08:25:09 PM  
Vandal7000: I guess that's better than british toothpaste

You're obviously forgetting about Hedley & Wyche. It tastes OK, and it's got great taste!
2006-02-24 08:26:59 PM  
If it wern't for the dollar store, I wouldn't have my bootleg can of spray paint. It has a Krylon wrapper on it, but under it is the real label that actually says "Generic" Spray Paint (with generic actually in quotes).

I also got a sealed box of American Gladiator nugat candy at the first dollar store I went to, about 6 or 7 years after the candy was actually made. I had one (they made me get a loose one to even out the price), and, well, it doesn't seem like nugat actually goes bad...

/wishes they'd get more cds in too
//besides the generic Mexican stuff
2006-02-24 08:31:10 PM  
Plenty of good stuff at dollar stores. Just dont ever ever buy food there.

Some of the stuff is not a good deal. You can get one of something for a dollar at a dollar store... or 5 of the same thing at a regular store for $3. Oh well. Who the hell buys food at a dollar store anyway. I didnt think anybody did.
2006-02-24 08:32:05 PM  
Vandal7000: I guess that's better than british toothpaste

Huh? Is that like "honest politician"?

I didn't think such a thing was possible.
2006-02-24 08:33:56 PM  
The article seems like the work of Ric Romero, and misses the basic fact that dollar stores are just plain fun. You can find the greatest kooky items ever, I'm a big fan of the bootleg toys myself, like the inceredible frightning light-up Teletubbies toy I got called "Chubblybubblies". My dog and wife are both terrified of it. Other neat things include....

Spanish Star Wars figures...

Foreign sci-fi movies that "recycle" footage from the original Battlestar Galactica show.

A framed 18x24 poster of the legendary hair-metal Nelson Twins. (gave it away as a door prize at a party)

Animated series Fantastic Four lollipops, about two years after the cartoon went off the air.

Goofy-ass dollar DVDs...

I love dollar stores.

/ total dork
2006-02-24 08:36:11 PM  
I buy about half of my groceries at a damaged freight store (my gf calls it the dented can store). I save about 80% on non-perishable goods.

Box of name brand cereal 1 week past due date: $0.99
Slightly dented (big) can of chunky soup: $0.99
Toothpaste (I get the $10 rembrandt stuff): $0.99
salad dressing (Ken's steak house big bottle): 2 for $1
Alpo choice cuts - 3 big cans for $1
10 Mach 3 razors (which cost like $3 per razor usually) - $1.99
etc, etc. I usually save about $50 every time I stock up, compared to what I'd spend at Kroger's, and their stuff isn't in much better shaper half the time.

Funny thing, though, is they sell condoms... and pregnancy tests
2006-02-24 08:37:10 PM  
Right now they have a deal where you can get 3 pounds of string cheese for $5.
2006-02-24 08:40:31 PM  
I want to go to a dollar store and buy a $10 bill. (Canadian)
2006-02-24 08:42:09 PM  
At the dollars stores here, they have Hebrew cereal. I'm not exactly what it's supposed to be, but they have a dreidel you can cut out on the back of the box. It's worth a dollar just to have in the pantry.

Also, the Dollar Stores are great for gift wrap! It's cheap, doesn't expire, and you can't tell the difference between that and the overpriced crap from Hallmark. If someone really cares about the packaging of my gift, then they're not worth my time and money.
2006-02-24 08:49:06 PM  
Ant: When my wife was a little kid, she ate a bunch of bubblegum flavored toothpaste and threw up. She doesn't like anything bubblegum flavored to this day. Kids do stupid things.

I just have to say that I'm feeling really old right now. The idea that anyone who was little enough to eat bubblegum flavor toothpaste is now old enough to be married just makes me want to readjust my wrappings and blow the dust out of my eyes.

/remembers when toothpaste came in one kind: mint paste
//W(hy)TF would you want to brush your teeth with vanilla toothpaste?
///daughter uses BubbleBerry Dora toothpaste
2006-02-24 08:49:42 PM  
There is lots of good stuff you can get at a dollar store:

Generic aspirin (yes, aspirin-250 for 99 cents. Aspirin has an expiration date on it)
Plastic cups
Batteries (they have expiration dates on them too)
Plastic anything
Cables (printer cables, USB cables, network cables, extension cords, whatever-99 cents)
Cheap ass FM radios (yes, a radio for 99 cents)
Scientific calculator (99 cents-this type of thing would cost fifty or a hundred bucks twenty years ago)

I don't usually buy food there, and only food that has expiration dates that haven't expired. But they are damned fun.

The main chain in my area (SoCal):
2006-02-24 08:50:27 PM  
Israeli toothpaste sounds dangerous

Better than UAE toothpaste, I suppose.
2006-02-24 08:52:41 PM  
"We found expired toothpaste made in Canada, China, even Israel and that can pose a problem to your health."

Canada? No problem, it's another first world country.
Israel? Still no problem...good healthcare, first world economy.
China? Ummm...might be a problem.
2006-02-24 08:53:23 PM  
almost every year at one of the local dollar stores i buy a friggen wierd joke gift. Basicly.... Its a sting ray candle in a christmas themed diorama pack. :) fun watching someone get it and try to figure out what the hell it is
2006-02-24 08:54:14 PM  
"2006-02-24 08:17:02 PM Mad_Radhu

I've got you all beat. My local mall has the undisputed king of all dollar stores, Daiso. It's the only one in the US, and it pretty much wipes the floor with your typical Dollar General. It just opened a back in October and if it takes off, the rest of you farkers may see one pop up in your area soon. It absoultely rocks."

Damn, that sounds cool. I love random Japanese stuff.
2006-02-24 08:54:54 PM  
Anyone with a child under the age of 9 that doesn't hit the dollar store at least one a month is crazy. Cheap coloring books, dress up clothes, knock-off Barbie clothes, crayons, stickers - my lord, the stickers. Dollar Tree is awesome.

Also, I get some kickass Israeli lotion and face creams there. Dead Sea minerals and all. $1.00 for a big ole' tube of it. Works better than anything I've ever bought from the drugstore or the cosmetics counter at the mall.

And they have Honey Almond scent. That rocks.
2006-02-24 08:59:33 PM  
"We took our undercover cameras to a handful of $1 dollar stores..."

One dollar dollar store?
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