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(Quartz)   "Dollar stores are now getting too expensive for many Americans." This is why we can't have nice stuff, America   (qz.com) divider line 70
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2014-01-11 02:17:29 AM
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2014-01-11 02:41:54 AM
Most things at the 'dollar store' that are name brands like spam, chicken of the sea tuna; Campbell soup, other cereals, rices and things that are 'name brands' are the exact same price you'd find as supermarkets--and even then supermarkets often discount those name bands while dollars stores do not.

You go there to get off brands.
 
2014-01-11 03:50:23 AM
I've walked around those stores and never really seen great prices. Family Dollar, Dollar General, Dollar Tree. Though some of the off-name dollar stores will sell meth pipes for a buck. Incense burners or something.
 
2014-01-11 06:44:18 AM
at least i don't have to get all dressed up to go to the dollar store. wallmart can be so elitist.
 
2014-01-11 08:33:04 AM
What Optikeye said. I just spent $50 at dollar tree for "food staples" and "treats" for a Cub Scout "camping" (in a cabin) yesterday. Saved lots, but you have to compare prices. Often $.79 standard canned goods are $1. On the other hand, I picked up a couple of dozen "ez read" keyboards for my wife's elderly customers for $2 each when they were still $15-20 retail/amazon.
 
2014-01-11 10:54:33 AM

violentsalvation: I've walked around those stores and never really seen great prices. Family Dollar, Dollar General, Dollar Tree. Though some of the off-name dollar stores will sell meth pipes for a buck. Incense burners or something.


Family Dollar is not a 'dollar' store by any stretch of the imagination. Dollar Tree? Yes.
 
2014-01-11 11:08:07 AM

John Buck 41: violentsalvation: I've walked around those stores and never really seen great prices. Family Dollar, Dollar General, Dollar Tree. Though some of the off-name dollar stores will sell meth pipes for a buck. Incense burners or something.

Family Dollar is not a 'dollar' store by any stretch of the imagination. Dollar Tree? Yes.


Family Dollar means you bring your One dollar and his family, Mr. Five, Mr. Ten and Mr. Twenty.
 
2014-01-11 11:18:04 AM
You can still get bootstraps for $1 at the dollar store.  What are they waiting for?
 
2014-01-11 11:35:16 AM

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: Family Dollar means you bring your One dollar and his family, Mr. Five, Mr. Ten and Mr. Twenty.


You mind tellin' me what four middle to old aged men are doing all living together? Sounds a bit homogay to me.

There's also a Dollar General near here that sells cigarettes. It looks too scary to ever want to go near it, let alone shop there, because I think I'd get raped Deliverance style.
 
2014-01-11 11:44:37 AM
Once a week the newspaper (this dead tree thing that someone throws at your driveway, and has yesterday's "news" printed on it) lists what restaurants and other food service places the county health inspector had to close down. It's often entertaining reading. A few months ago, it mentioned that the local Dollar store's food service had to be shut down (evidence of rodent infestation and no certified food manager on duty).

I was horrified to find out that the dollar store serves food.
 
2014-01-11 11:45:04 AM
What I found is that the dollar package of sugar or flour or whatever was too small to be worth it.
 
2014-01-11 11:48:28 AM

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: John Buck 41: violentsalvation: I've walked around those stores and never really seen great prices. Family Dollar, Dollar General, Dollar Tree. Though some of the off-name dollar stores will sell meth pipes for a buck. Incense burners or something.

Family Dollar is not a 'dollar' store by any stretch of the imagination. Dollar Tree? Yes.

Family Dollar means you bring your One dollar and his family, Mr. Five, Mr. Ten and Mr. Twenty.


You forgot this

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2014-01-11 12:25:39 PM
layaway at the dollar store...its more likely than you think.
 
2014-01-11 12:37:44 PM
I like my little General Dollar around the corner. If you need milk, two-liters or basic canned items in a pinch, it's a lot cheaper than the supermarket next door. I wouldn't do my regular grocery shopping there, but it beats having to wait in line at the supermarket or paying 3x the price at a convenience store.
 
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2014-01-11 12:42:55 PM
oblig...

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2014-01-11 12:48:13 PM
I shop exclusively from local dumpsters - the price is always right.
 
2014-01-11 12:48:23 PM
I get things like wrapping paper and bows at the dollar stores, they're good for camping supplies too. I'd never buy food from one though. Not to long ago I saw a poster in a Dollar Tree window that was advertising "$1.00 Steaks!" It didn't say whether it was $1 per pound or per steak. I also noticed it didn't say beef. Who knows what it was.
 
2014-01-11 01:09:36 PM
I buy cleaning supplies and insulated one use coffee cups at the dollar store. My husband is fascinated by the dollar store, though, so we go there often. He's an immigrant.
 
2014-01-11 01:16:25 PM
Dollar Stores are kicking Walmart's butt. Notice how many they are building within walking distance of their customers.

The poor are getting too poor for Walmart.
 
2014-01-11 01:23:14 PM
Dollar General isn't too bad around here in terms of cleanliness.  They also accept coupons for brand name products.
 
2014-01-11 01:27:00 PM
The 1%.

The titties on the fish of the American economy.


Nice to see you again, bunner.
 
2014-01-11 01:27:58 PM

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Dollar Stores are kicking Walmart's butt. Notice how many they are building within walking distance of their customers.

The poor are getting too poor for Walmart.


It's going to be fascinating to watch and see what happens to the Market and the Job Creators (peace be upon them) when people can't afford to buy their products and services and their profits start evaporating. I've already learned how to get by with a lot less than I used to have--I wonder if somebody that saw their entire net worth wiped out in a market crash will be able to do the same.
 
2014-01-11 01:34:03 PM

John Buck 41: violentsalvation: I've walked around those stores and never really seen great prices. Family Dollar, Dollar General, Dollar Tree. Though some of the off-name dollar stores will sell meth pipes for a buck. Incense burners or something.

Family Dollar is not a 'dollar' store by any stretch of the imagination. Dollar Tree? Yes.


I do go to Family Dollar when they have $1 2L Cokes - about one week a month.  They're almost never than cheap at the regular grocery.

But for many items, I agree.  Better to wait for a sale at your local grocery.  Dollar Tree aside (great for party decorating supplies), most dollar stores are more about convenience, and not low prices.
 
2014-01-11 01:36:12 PM

buzzcut73: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Dollar Stores are kicking Walmart's butt. Notice how many they are building within walking distance of their customers.

The poor are getting too poor for Walmart.

It's going to be fascinating to watch and see what happens to the Market and the Job Creators (peace be upon them) when people can't afford to buy their products and services and their profits start evaporating. I've already learned how to get by with a lot less than I used to have--I wonder if somebody that saw their entire net worth wiped out in a market crash will be able to do the same.


Ayup.  After being downsized and taking a job that pays less than half of what we were living on, we are barely treading water.  But, at least we are still in the house that I thought the bank would take over a year ago.  OTOH, neighbors are evaporating around us, and then a few weeks or months later, little pieces of paper are stuck to the front doors.  The difference is that we always tried to live on less than one paycheck, while our neighbors were living on a minimum of 2 paychecks, and paying credit card minimums.  Oh, and we are simply employees, but our neighbors were all mid-level managers and above for large enough companies to have business cards.
 
2014-01-11 01:52:17 PM

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Dollar Stores are kicking Walmart's butt. Notice how many they are building within walking distance of their customers.

The poor are getting too poor for Walmart.


It doesn't even have to be walking distance.  Even for those in the hollers, having a dollar store every 5 miles along the main rural highway is a lot more convenient and less gas guzzling than the Wally Worlds every 20 miles in the 10k towns.
 
2014-01-11 02:08:20 PM
Well, the "iron law" of wages is that moronic plebs will cause wages to decline to subsistence levels. And now you're all competing with third world plebs and illegals willing to live 20 to the room so they can send cash home.

For some reason I was under the impression that 5below was either a brewpub or icecream parlor by the company behind 5 Guys burgers. I finally rolled past one up close and it appeared to be an upscale dollar store.
 
2014-01-11 03:04:05 PM
I hate the Quartz website. Not the content but the programming

A huge fixed panel to the left that wastes my screen space. A refresh that rolls the contents back to the top every 5 seconds or so.

Whole thing just sucks
 
2014-01-11 03:36:35 PM
Thank you, Republican Party of the United States. Thank you for 30 glorious years of financial rape of the poor, then the lower middle class.
Are you finished yet, or do you have enough energy left in you for one more go-round?

Because the rest of us are wondering when we can start rebuilding the nation after your Shermanesque "trickle-down" folly.
 
2014-01-11 03:59:59 PM
Nothing wrong with the occasional trip to dollar tree. I never buy real food, but I'm not above buying chips or candy. They're great for random cheap stuff too. For example, wrapping paper. Why pay like $5 for the fancy stuff? Same story with birthday cards. Why go to hallmark and pay more for something they'll look at once for thirty seconds?
 
2014-01-11 04:28:49 PM

optikeye: Most things at the 'dollar store' that are name brands like spam, chicken of the sea tuna; Campbell soup, other cereals, rices and things that are 'name brands' are the exact same price you'd find as supermarkets--and even then supermarkets often discount those name bands while dollars stores do not.

You go there to get off brands.


I've been noticing for a few years now that both Dollar General and Family Dollar have slowly replaced their store and off brands with name brands. I don't go to a dollar store to buy Windex, I go to a dollar store to buy generic window cleaner that's as good as Windex for half the price.

Another problem with dollar stores is they like to round the prices off to whole numbers, which usually end up being more expensive than. They will sell a jug of laundry soap for $8 that the local grocery will sell for $7.59.

Basically they have become more about convenience than saving money.
 
2014-01-11 04:57:27 PM

some_beer_drinker: at least i don't have to get all dressed up to go to the dollar store. wallmart can be so elitist.


Dammit!
 
2014-01-11 05:42:10 PM
Why can't poor people go without eating?

If you cross food out of the budget, you save a lot of money.
 
2014-01-11 05:44:35 PM
Plus, they require you to wear pants. I don't have time for that.
 
2014-01-11 06:21:05 PM
i live in a poor neighborhood and the dollar store and gas station are the only places you can get to on foot or a bike. when people are buying individual cigarettes for 50 cents each at the gas station[south carolina-about the cheapest prices in the country. a 20 pack of generics is $3?] don't bother to explain to them they are getting ripped off. they know it. they either don't have a car or the $50 to go to the supermarket and shop wisely. or they don't care and only the next 8 hours in their life matters. the food prices aren't a bargain to someone who passes by 2-3 supermarkets a week but its a oasis in the dessert for some. the dollar store i walk to has the best price for.......milwaukee's best ice beer in town.
 
2014-01-11 07:01:06 PM

starlost: when people are buying individual cigarettes for 50 cents each at the gas station[south carolina-about the cheapest prices in the country.


Wait. You can buy oneys at gas stations in SC?
 
2014-01-11 07:52:33 PM

starlost: i live in a poor neighborhood and the dollar store and gas station are the only places you can get to on foot or a bike. when people are buying individual cigarettes for 50 cents each at the gas station[south carolina-about the cheapest prices in the country. a 20 pack of generics is $3?] don't bother to explain to them they are getting ripped off. they know it. they either don't have a car or the $50 to go to the supermarket and shop wisely. or they don't care and only the next 8 hours in their life matters. the food prices aren't a bargain to someone who passes by 2-3 supermarkets a week but its a oasis in the dessert for some. the dollar store i walk to has the best price for.......milwaukee's best ice beer in town.




Wow...you can buy a pack of 20 cigars for $1.07 at tobacco stores in Texas (some sort of tax loop hole allows this because they are wrapped in tobacco and not paper).

Being poor is very expensive. They can't stock up on items when they go on sale or buy in bulk.
 
2014-01-11 07:58:09 PM

HempHead: starlost: i live in a poor neighborhood and the dollar store and gas station are the only places you can get to on foot or a bike. when people are buying individual cigarettes for 50 cents each at the gas station[south carolina-about the cheapest prices in the country. a 20 pack of generics is $3?] don't bother to explain to them they are getting ripped off. they know it. they either don't have a car or the $50 to go to the supermarket and shop wisely. or they don't care and only the next 8 hours in their life matters. the food prices aren't a bargain to someone who passes by 2-3 supermarkets a week but its a oasis in the dessert for some. the dollar store i walk to has the best price for.......milwaukee's best ice beer in town.
Wow...you can buy a pack of 20 cigars for $1.07 at tobacco stores in Texas (some sort of tax loop hole allows this because they are wrapped in tobacco and not paper).

Being poor is very expensive. They can't stock up on items when they go on sale or buy in bulk.


The poor do not shop at Costco.
 
2014-01-11 08:23:51 PM

buzzcut73: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Dollar Stores are kicking Walmart's butt. Notice how many they are building within walking distance of their customers.

The poor are getting too poor for Walmart.

It's going to be fascinating to watch and see what happens to the Market and the Job Creators (peace be upon them) when people can't afford to buy their products and services and their profits start evaporating. I've already learned how to get by with a lot less than I used to have--I wonder if somebody that saw their entire net worth wiped out in a market crash will be able to do the same.


 It is a global economy so they don't care if Americans, specifically, buy their products.
 
2014-01-11 08:50:13 PM

duckpoopy: buzzcut73: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Dollar Stores are kicking Walmart's butt. Notice how many they are building within walking distance of their customers.

The poor are getting too poor for Walmart.

It's going to be fascinating to watch and see what happens to the Market and the Job Creators (peace be upon them) when people can't afford to buy their products and services and their profits start evaporating. I've already learned how to get by with a lot less than I used to have--I wonder if somebody that saw their entire net worth wiped out in a market crash will be able to do the same.

 It is a global economy so they don't care if Americans, specifically, buy their products.


So you're saying if the largest consumer economy in the world starts to collapse, that everybody else is going to be just fine?
The second biggest, China, has a lot of their economy tied into ours. When their production starts seeing cuts because people aren't buying iPhones or whatever as much as they used to, that consumer demand from factory workers over there that are now unemployed are going to take up the slack?

Getting rid of the middle class, as seems to be the goal lately, is a very poorly thought out strategy. It didn't work out so well in the run up to 1929 either.
 
2014-01-11 09:09:23 PM

buzzcut73: Getting rid of the middle class, as seems to be the goal lately, is a very poorly thought out strategy. It didn't work out so well in the run up to 1929 either.


Newsflash: capitalism and capitalists don't give two shiats about long-term strategy. The goal is to rape everything that isn't nailed down and then get the hell out as fast as you can.
 
2014-01-11 09:37:54 PM
Frankly Wal Mart sells a lot of things more expensively than you can get elsewhere.  Dollar stores sell stuff worth 59 cents for $1.  Even Big Lots sometimes gets proud of their stuff.

To get the best deals you would have to study all of them, which isn't exactly practical.
 
2014-01-11 09:46:38 PM

CujoQuarrel: I hate the Quartz website. Not the content but the programming

A huge fixed panel to the left that wastes my screen space. A refresh that rolls the contents back to the top every 5 seconds or so.

Whole thing just sucks


You forgot the commenting by paragraph thing, too.  Suckage so big that no one comments, which I guess is what they want.

But they carry business news you don't get elsewhere, esp. the int'l. stuff.
 
2014-01-11 10:14:02 PM
~~Whatthefark
One of the Dollar Stores near me has the Dollar Steaks.  It's very thin and made of reconstituted meat.  It is ground beef glued back together to look like a steak.  No I did not have the nerve to try one.
 
2014-01-11 10:33:35 PM

pintoboy: ~~Whatthefark
One of the Dollar Stores near me has the Dollar Steaks.  It's very thin and made of reconstituted meat.  It is ground beef glued back together to look like a steak.  No I did not have the nerve to try one.




I'm surprised McDonalds is not all over that.
 
2014-01-12 12:04:07 AM
After moving, I really miss having a closeby 99c store. There's a Dollar Tree I can go to, but they don't have any dairy or veggies. Yeah, the portions are smaller and more expensive in the long run, but as a single guy I rarely eat enough to finish three heads of brocolli or need anything other than medium sized eggs.

Still, these stores have done so well on wrapping paper that Hallmark is dropping all that kind of stuff.
 
2014-01-12 12:58:59 AM
When I was a kid, they still had dime stores. A dollar ain't worth a dime anymore.
 
2014-01-12 01:22:48 AM
Here the chains making big increases in market share and reputation are Aldi and Lidl. Both cheap stores with lots of own brand stuff and a much smaller range than the majors like Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys. I know people who work for Asda (owned by Walmart) who get staff discount on groceries but choose to buy lots of stuff at Aldi because it workes out cheaper than even the staff discount price.
 
2014-01-12 01:43:31 AM

cherryl taggart: but our neighbors were all mid-level managers and above for large enough companies to have business cards.


Wow, I never really thought of business cards as a luxury.  I worked at a four person company and we all had business cards.  They are a necessity if you meet with a lot of people.  It's not really a function of a company's size, it's a function of what you do within it.

They also aren't expensive.  You can get about 500 of them at Staples for $24.95 when they run sales.  There's nothing worse than meeting with someone and having to write your contact info on the back of THEIR business card.  It makes you look bush league.
 
2014-01-12 03:59:21 AM

Kittypie070: The 1%.

The titties on the fish of the American economy.

Nice to see you again, bunner.


*nose smooch*
 
2014-01-12 04:28:11 AM
I've been in a dollar store once.  My roommate and I bought some "potted meat food product".  2 cans for a dollar.  Another roommate ate it in a dare or lost bet.

That's all I know about dollar stores.
 
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