Top 10 Hidden Costs Of Shopping At The Dollar Store


Top 10 Hidden Costs Of Shopping At The Dollar Store

Many large North American retail stores offer inexpensive items for sale, but none do it better than the dollar store. When shopping in a dollar store and looking over those amazingly cheap party supplies, toys, craft supplies, plug-in phones, power-surge bars, and frying pans . . . we need to ask ourselves, “How can anyone make a profit selling these items for a buck (or two) retail?” Well, the answer is that the true cost of a dollar store bargain is actually much higher than the number we see on the price sticker . . . after we factor in all the hidden costs.

The following list reveals ten noteworthy “hidden costs” that are easily overlooked when stocking up on goods at a dollar store.

1Product Safety


A recent study revealed that 81 percent of dollar store products contain dangerous and toxic chemicals that are “above levels of concern.” These toxic chemicals include bromine, lead, PVC, chlorine, and phthalates. In addition, choking, fire, and laceration hazards were found on numerous occasions, as evidenced by the countless recalls of dollar store products over the years.

Overseas manufacturing does not always meet North American safety standards, and inspections of imported goods are rare[1] (less than one percent of shipments falling under the jurisdiction of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, for example). Is the cheap stuff worth it—if the products are dangerous to us and to our children? While there are safe products at dollar stores, it is advisable to do some research before picking up those hard-to-believe bargains.