Don’t Buy These 7 Things at a Dollar Store

Dollar stores lure us in with their rock-bottom prices, but is everything really a bargain? We suggest you steer clear of these items.


Dollar stores can be great places to pick up inexpensive items, but sometimes you get what you pay for.

Rather than ending up with a bargain, you could end up with junk or, even worse, something dangerous. In the video below, Money Talks News money expert Stacy Johnson rounds up the items you should probably avoid. Watch the video, and then keep reading for more information.

1. Electric cords and other electric devices

If you would rather not reduce your home to embers, we suggest you steer clear of cords and electric devices from dollar stores.

That may sound overly dramatic, but dollar stores don’t have a great track record of quality control when it comes to cords and electronics. As far back as 1999, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned about faulty power strips, extension cords and surge protectors being sold at discount stores. More recent warnings have highlighted faulty extension cords, holiday minilights and portable heaters.

2. Toys

The problem, to be blunt, is that dollar store toys are junk.

Safety is an issue as a result. Dollar store toys are often subject to recalls because they contain lead or parts that can break off and present a chocking hazard. You can search for all the CPSC recalls here.

Beyond that, we suggest that you’re better off paying a little more and steering clear of the tears and frustration.

We’re talking about stuff that breaks if you look at it wrong. The wheels will fall off, the batteries won’t work, or your 3-year-old will snap it in two before you’ve even hit the parking lot. Then, you’ll be left a buck (or two) poorer with a broken toy and an upset child.

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