10 Things You Should Never Buy At The Dollar Store

A few weeks ago, we presented you with a list of 15 things that you should buy at the dollar store. Okay, great, but it’s a big store: there must be something that you should avoid, either because of crappy quality or because paying a dollar isn’t such a good deal. Right?

Over at Wisebread, they wrote up a list and also flipped it around, detailing ten items you should buy at the dollar store and then that you should avoid.

1. Electric Appliances

If it has an electric plug, don’t buy it. Counterfeit Underwriters Laboratories seals are a thing, so that’s no guarantee of quality. Just stay away.

2. Plastic food storage bags, plastic wrap, aluminum foil wrap

Offerings at your dollar store may vary, but the quantity and quality of these offerings just doesn’t measure up.

3. Kitchen utensils

It might seem like a good idea at the time, and it’s only after you’re dealing with a melted spatula or shattered paring knife that you rethink your choices.

4. Vitamins

Now experts say that maybe we shouldn’t be taking so many vitamin supplements in the first place. You’re better off visiting a health food or drug store for your supplements if you do want to take them, though.

5. Toys

This depends on the age of your kids, but the toys available in dollar stores might just be flimsy junk, or could be dangerous.

6. Medicine

By the time they hit the dollar store, meds could be expired, stored in sketchy circumstances, or they might be counterfeit to begin with. Stay away.

7. Oven Mitts and Potholders

You might question this until the day when your cheap potholder melts. Buy something made of, you know, cotton.

8. Soda

Usually not such a great deal in dollar stores – watch for deals in grocery and big-box stores, if you’re going to drink soda at all.

9. Tools

You buy a $1 hammer, you’re going to get $1 of use out of it.

10. Chewing Gum

Like soda, the deals at the dollar store aren’t great. Watch for deals elsewhere.

10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should) [WiseBread] (via)

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  1. careycat says:

    There are two types of toys at the dollar store – cheap chinese imports – junk – and repackages of figures sold in other stores – Hasbro repackages G.I. Joe, Transformers and other brands – Marvel and DC superheroes are also repackaged, and Hot Wheels are often good to buy there because you can find hard to find Hot Wheels ie. 1960’s Batmobile, Starship Enterprise, because no one picks through them like they do at WalMart – so not all toys are stay-away in fact sometimes you can find things for your kid in there that are great!

  2. theocraticjello says:

    Pregnancy tests. Don’t buy dollar store pregnancy tests. They exist.