"Dollar Or More" Store Apparently Doing Better Than "99 cents Or Less" Store

Reader Daniel says that this “dollar store” where everything is a dollar or more seems to be doing better than the 99 cents or less store on the same street. It’s having a store-wide 50% off sale.

What do they even sell in there, gumballs?


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  1. SkokieGuy says:

    Me thinks 50% off sale = going out of business sale.

    The same thing happened at a dollar store by me. Pasta and canned goods normally 2 for $1.00, were $25.00 each. My pantry is loaded.

  2. Overheal says:

    might have something to do with the 99cent store being to cheap to afford a front door.

  3. SkokieGuy says:

    Duh – yes, that should be $0.25 each……..

  4. winstonthorne says:

    I love dollar stores. I haven’t paid more than $1 for Reynolds wrap or sandwich bags in YEARS.

    • weakdome says:

      @winstonthorne: Amen. I can’t stand paying full price for baggies or aluminum foil. Cleaning supplies, too, and occasionally tissues/TP. I am, generally, the only BMW in the parking lot, which is also fun and ironic.

  5. onesong says:

    what’s this seems?

  6. FeuerrotBenz says:

    @SkokieGuy: Canned goods marked up to $25.00 each?
    That sounds like a FAIL sale.

  7. A.W.E.S.O.M.-O says:

    Isn’t just about every store in America technically an “everything is a dollar or more” store?

    • ccouvillion says:

      @A.W.E.S.O.M.-O: It’s not the same. Unlike normal retail, they guarantee that you won’t pay less than $1, no matter how cheap it should be.

      This reminds me of the sales that offer: “Everything in the store, up to 53% off!” Big deal! Worse is: “Up to 53% or more off!” So, basically an item can have any amount of discount from 0% to 100%?

  8. HPCommando says:

    Basically, everything in these stores are either ‘distressed’ (the case was torn in shipping, so the whole shipment was declared damaged and salvage), ‘excess inventory’ (“Oh, you only wanted 1,000 of that? What do I do with the other 9,000 we made for you?”), surplus inventory (major chain going out of business or no longer wants to carry the line), or…someone in China decided to make them and market them on the cheap.

    The last one is the pre-dominant one; at my local one, I’ve been picking up USB cables, cell phone chargers and miscellaneous electronic adapters for $1 each.

    Also found a magnetic sign kit for making a set of signs for a truck or car that can be removed when off-duty (great for real estate agents or repairmen).

    Dollar Tree has a deal with Hormel, who cans their glop with the Dollar Tree pricing and logo on it; others appear to be surplus from Canadian store chains.

    If you stay away from the Chinese or Mexican candy, you can supply your Halloween visitors on the cheap from these places. My local store sells the movie theatre pack candies (Junior Mints, JuJuBes and others) for $1/box, which is at least $9 less than it costs at the theatre…York Peppermint Patties or GooGoo Clusters are 25 cents each, Pepsi is 3 cans for $1.

    • Nick1693 says:

      @HPCommando: “Dollar Tree has a deal with Hormel, who cans their glop with the Dollar Tree pricing and logo on it; others appear to be surplus from Canadian store chains.

      Seriously? I’m off to Dollar Tree!

  9. BrianDaBrain says:

    How silly is it that the sign underlines “More”. Are things that cost more than a dollar at the dollar store really worth highlighting or getting excited about? Maybe the other place should highlight “Less” somehow to increase revenues.

    • HPCommando says:

      @BrianDaBrain: Most of these places used to be 99 cents, but the economy has forced them in many areas to raise it as the low margin that allowed these prices has all but disappeared.

      Many items sold for 99 cents actually cost as little as 10 cents; it was that markup that cushioned these stores for so long.

      Now, that margin is disappearing, the costs are closing in on the pricing, and something had to give…in this case, the 99 cent/$1 price ceilings.

      These are now anywhere from $1 to $1.99, as these stores are adjusting their margins back to a more profitable model on gouging the cheap prices to subsidize the more expensive items.

      • groupie says:

        @HPCommando: This is very true. And it’s the reason why my mom was forced to close her dollar store. There are no longer any profits now that the price of goods has gone up.

        Even today some dollar stores that sell things like hair accessories and milk for $1 are losing money on that product, but they only stay alive by marking up other dirt cheap products like lunch bags and pencils.

      • ThePantsParty says:


        So you’re trying to say that it therefore makes sense to emphasize this fact by underlining “more”?

  10. ViperBorg says:

    I like how “More” is underlined. Very classy.

  11. bcsus83 says:

    I’ll pass on the dollar store baggies and foil—just cuz it’s only a buck doesn’t mean it’s a good deal. Last time I went into a dollar store, they had generic gallon ziploc-type bags for $1. Great…cept there were only 10 bags in the box. I could go to Walmart and get 20 generic bags for $1.12. Same thing w/ trash bags, foil, etc…pretty much everything I found in the dollar store was actually more expensive per unit than buying a regular size package at a regular store. Doesn’t surprise me a bit that a dollar store would go out of business.

  12. goodywitch says:

    Not everything is a good deal at 99cent stores (paper towels, some hair accessories, enchilada sauce). That, and sometimes people prefer to pay more. One professor at my junior college said that the school used to be free, so people didn’t attend as much. As soon as they started charing more, the people came. Sometimes people feel like because it costs more, it’s worth more, when it’s not the case.

  13. Zimorodok says:

    Truth is, it’s now a $1.98 store, so their $0.99 prices are after the 50% discount!

  14. pb5000 says:

    The dollar store is great for computer cables. They sell all varieties of USB cables and even some you can find firewire cables at! My amazing deal on a printer last holiday season was slightly less than amazing when it didn’t come with the cable to connect it, low and behold the dollar store came to my rescue. I was at Wal Mart a few days later where the same type of cable endorsed by HP was only $14.99.

  15. What is the point of a “dollar or more” store?
    The point of a dollar store is the implication that you are getting a great deal, or being thrifty.

    A Mercedes dealership could say that everything is a dollar and up.

  16. Preyfar says:

    I was going to say, $25 each? Sounds like a 2-for-1 discount you’d get a Target.

  17. BytheSea says:

    $5 Below is doing well round here. It’s filled with typical teenage crap like snacks and stuff to bling your cell phone with, cheap makeup and jewelry, and flashy school supplies. Their gimmick is that it seems like a junk store of things for cheap, but really, it’s just filled with things that are typically $5 or less.

    I go there for wrapping paper and cards.

  18. I once bought a personal massager at a dollar store…

    No, I’m serious, it wasn’t like a vibrator, it was just this little hand held thing that, well, vibrated…

    But the reason I bought it was because the box to it was a misprint, one side of the box said “Massager” and the other side said “Deluxe Slicer”. I do not want a “slicer massage”, no matter how deluxe it might be. But obviously that was why it was in the dollar store, because of the fucked up box…

  19. bagumpity says:

    The dollar store is like a box of chocolates. Except that you should never buy a box of chocolates there. In fact, my family has a rule: No food from the dollar store. We got stuck in a tiny podunk town during a road trip due to a major winter storm. The only store still open was one of the million or so stores with “dollar” featuring prominently in the name. We bought some ramen and canned spaghetti and a bunch of pop with weird brand names we had never heard of. That night, the hotel toilet flusher handle broke due to heavy overuse. I don’t know which product caused the severe intestinal distress, but the rule has been in place ever since.

  20. Carbonic says:

    at the dollar tree….I was waiting in line behind a guy that had:

    Jar of Pickles
    Frozen Hot dogs
    Frosted desserts of all types
    weird brand mustard
    weird brand candies

    I felt sorry for the dude. I realized it might have been dinner.

    • Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

      I suppose if you factor in inflation, $1.98 is the new 99 cents.

      Sometimes I feel pathetic sitting in line for 10 minutes to buy a 99 cent package of Chinese night-light bulbs, but then again, I could go to Home Depot and sit in line for 20 minutes and spend $3.98 for exactly the same bulbs from exactly the same factory.

  21. Dyscord says:

    I love dollar stores. Plenty of times, I’ve found brand name products there for cheap. Also, cheap doesn’t ALWAYS mean shitty.

  22. Pal says:

    I don’t think that price is the issue here. The problem is that the entrance to the 99 cents store is to the rear.

  23. BiZarRroBALlmeR says:

    no one wants to enter a store by entering it’s rear.

    • ChuckECheese says:

      @BiZarRroBALlmeR: In the late ’90s until about 2001, Dollar General sold hand-painted decorative heart-shaped plaques that said “back door friends are best.”

      A couple weeks ago at Dollar Tree, we saw a woman purchasing a handful of home pregnancy tests, priced at–yep–$1 each.

  24. chrisfromnl says:

    Wow, this is from my hometown: Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada.
    Reader Daniel, who are you?
    I’ve always laughed at the “Entrance at Rear” sign.