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The problem, to be blunt, is that dollar store toys are junk.
As a result, safety is an issue. Dollar store toys are often subject to recalls because they contain lead or have parts that can break off and present a choking hazard, for example. You can search for recalls on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website.
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.