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I never really shopped at the Dollar Store because I felt the quality would be really bad. Well, after I got over myself, I started going there and have found some awesome bargains.

Recently I was attacked for going there. I was told that I was supporting cheap labor from under-developed countries and China and that I was causing much humanitarian suffering by choosing to patronize these stores.

I never really thought about that. I just figured it was over-stock from other stores that didn't sell.

Am I in the wrong here, in your opinion? I was wondering what your views are.
 

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When you think of it, a good portion of us support these countries when buying products from other stores as well so it just isn't the dollar stores. Next time I'm in my local dollar store I'm going to try and look around at where things were made. I've always thought of the items as being the items from other stores going out of business? Now this is making me wonder and concerning me as well.
 

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A lot of the Dollar Stores here carry over stock from other stores. The "Real Deals" store I go to has stuff from Target, Sears, Linen's N' Things, etc.

That said, I don't think anyone should attack you for where you shop. It's your choice. Besides, I can just about guarantee there's *something* they buy *somewhere* that was made in China or some other similar country ;)
 

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A lot of the Dollar Stores here carry over stock from other stores. The "Real Deals" store I go to has stuff from Target, Sears, Linen's N' Things, etc.

That said, I don't think anyone should attack you for where you shop. It's your choice. Besides, I can just about guarantee there's *something* they buy *somewhere* that was made in China or some other similar country ;)
:yeah: my thoughts exactly.

I shop where i can afford the best bang for my buck. No regrets.
 

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I shop where I can afford what I need. Most of the stuff at the dollar store here is just leftovers from department stores.

I refuse to feel guilty over where I spend my hard earned dollars. I hear this stuff all of the time about Walmart.

You make your own decision!!!:grball:
 

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some of it is made for them, some of it is overstock from other stores. manufacturers will make deals with the higher end stores that they will buy back all inventory of an item if it doesn't sell in a certain amount of time. when they get it back they then sell it to stores like the dollar store or tuesday morning, big lots, etc. it just depends on where they will get the best deal. unfortunalty it is getting harder and harder to find things that are only made in the us without going totally broke. if you can find everything you need and it's not made in 3rd world countries, that's great for you. but gosh that could be a full time job.
 

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Well hell, honey, Wallace World does the same crap. And I'd rather see a Dollar spent at Dollar Store than one red cent in the pocket of the Walton's.That ,to me, is a true crime.
 

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Well hell, honey, Wallace World does the same crap. And I'd rather see a Dollar spent at Dollar Store than one red cent in the pocket of the Walton's.That ,to me, is a true crime.

I have to agree 100% with you. I cannot bring myself to spend money at Walmart. I was very happy to be able to get every bit of my school shopping done without setting food in one ;)


While we're on the subject.... is there such a thing as underwear (panties) that are not made in some place like Bangladesh :toothy:
 

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I like the Dollar Store, I can't find a better price on soap or cards anywhere else.
 

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The bigger chains of dollar/off price/discount stores carry merchandise that is overstock from other retailers. Although there are so many of these off price stores now and currently being opened I cannot see how there is enough overstock to supply them. The merchandise has to come from somewhere and be inexpensive enough for the stores. So of course some of the merchandise is coming from China and other areas of the world where it is cheap to produce goods. I would think there are factories in China and elsewhere that are producing good just for these dollar stores, which is why some of them carry brands we never heard of with varying degrees of quality. The clothing designers have been doing this for years because there isnt enough backstock to fill all the outlets that have opened in the last 10 years. Liz Claiborne, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach all have lines that are produced exclusivly for their outlets. The styles may be the same but the quality is often less than if a garment is purchased at a regular retail store because the price has to be lower to be sold at an outlet. The same is true for Mikasa, Corning, and Lenox, they too produce products exclusivly for their outlets at reduced prices.

I only buy names I know for H&B or items for the yard, garden, school supplies, etc. I am wary of buying food products at these stores. Buy what you can afford and dont feel guilty. Believe me I would buy American if I could.
 

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i dont trust the milk from our $ store b/c the last time i got it from there it went bad within a couple of days. ive knowticed that the fisher price clothes they sell (or atleast the store here) fits better on merrick than the clothes we get at target, meijers, jc pennys or kouls. they are kinda on the small side and that maybe why. merrick is a picky eater and he is still in sizes 24 months to 2 t for toddler clothes. like a few weeks ago i made scrambled eggs with all kinds of cut up veggies and he loved it but yesterday i made some scrambled eggs with sausage and a green pepper from mom's garden and he didnt eat it.
 

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You all are really informed buyers. I never really gave thought to these things. The person angry with me acted like children were being forced to work in sweat shops, etc., and I got to feeling guilty.

If you don't mind my asking, why are so many people against Wal-Mart? I'm asking because I'd like to be as informed as possible before I decide where to shop.
 

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YankeeMom has a link on her signature. Wake up Walmart. Walmart has been in the news for it's low pay, so low that the workers there cant afford the health insurance they offer, discrimination against women becoming managers, and the way they come into a town and destroy all the competition. I read that they were building a new Superwalmart accross the road from the old one. They didnt want any new business in the area so they left the old building empty and wouldnt rent it to anyone. Just to keep the competition out. One friend whose brother used to work at a regional office as a buyer a few years ago described Walmart as a locust. Coming in and destroying everything in it's path.
 

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I love dollar stores and appreciate that I can find some good values at them. Plus, they provide jobs and a chance for those who have limited budgets to buy the necessities at a reasonable price.
 

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Ditto what Jinx said. Ideally I would love to only buy items made in America by people earning a fair wage..however...it is a global economy. Just about every store has something for sale "made in China" so I doubt the people heckling you can be totally guilt free, I am sure there homes are filled with items made overseas. There is a book for sale called " A Year Without made in China". I have not read it, but read the reviews and interviews with the author & sounds like it is pretty humorous and entertaining and the point is most of use do not realize how much of what we consume is made overseas.
Most of us go to Dollar type stores for a reason: we are on a budget. With the price of gas & groceries going up, well, we all try to do the best we can. Where we shop is a personal decision and for most of us trying to stretch a dollar, I would love someone out there try to tell me where I can find the items I need (and yes, need) in the same price range without driving all over the place wasting gas....which brings up a whole other set of issues!
I recycle, I shop at the farmers market in the summer, heck, I watch PBS. I know most people on this board are just trying to do they best they can.
 

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Recently I was attacked for going there. I was told that I was supporting cheap labor from under-developed countries and China and that I was causing much humanitarian suffering by choosing to patronize these stores.
I happen to be an importer from a third world nation, and I know, first hand, that I'm helping workers there. Yes, my workers over there make unbelievably low wages, but without my dollars and the dollars of other buyers, they'd have no income. Not all imported goods come from sweat shops. Before I chose my company in India, I went there to check it out myself, and though some of my guys only make $20 per month, they're not starving, have decent homes, work no more than 60 hours per week, have their children in school, no child labor, etc. They live differently there...families sharing a home that their ancestors have owned for generations, so with their combined incomes, they do manage to raise their circumstances. It's cooperative living, and it works. Not all cases are so rosy, but I can prove that it's not all bad either. Besides, who did that creature think they were attacking your shopping choice? That's some nerve.
 

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I happen to be an importer from a third world nation, and I know, first hand, that I'm helping workers there. Yes, my workers over there make unbelievably low wages, but without my dollars and the dollars of other buyers, they'd have no income. Not all imported goods come from sweat shops. Before I chose my company in India, I went there to check it out myself, and though some of my guys only make $20 per month, they're not starving, have decent homes, work no more than 60 hours per week, have their children in school, no child labor, etc. They live differently there...families sharing a home that their ancestors have owned for generations, so with their combined incomes, they do manage to raise their circumstances. It's cooperative living, and it works. Not all cases are so rosy, but I can prove that it's not all bad either. Besides, who did that creature think they were attacking your shopping choice? That's some nerve.
This is very informative. Thank you.
 

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All I can say is that 70% of what Wal-Mart sells comes from China or other underdeveloped countries like India. The same people who blast you for this probably buy a lot of what they have at Wal-Mart.

Keep in mind that if you are buying fruit out of season, it's probably from another country. ALL bananas are from another country....wanna stop eating bananas? BTW, banana pickers have the highest death rate of any worker because of the deadly brown banana spider, so our obsession with cheap bananas is killing people in central and south america every day.

Even buying American grown produce, you're supporting illegal aliens.

Unless you're going to become a pioneer, and make all your own stuff and grow all your own food, you're going to buy something from another less developed country.

I will continue to buy things from the dollar stores. I see no harm in it. It's not most of what I buy. You can't get around global trade completely, so you might as well just do what feels right to you.

I will not buy packaged edibles (including pet food) made in another country after all the scares. I buy fruits and veggies in season, mostly at a local stand where I know I'm getting American produce (except bananas, of course). If I buy produce from another country, it's tree grown and peelable like mangos or avocados (remember the Mexican spinach scare?).

There is plenty of stuff made in the U.S. or Canada that I can buy frugally. I don't feel guilty that maybe 2% of what I buy is from other countries.
 

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Well hell, honey, Wallace World does the same crap. And I'd rather see a Dollar spent at Dollar Store than one red cent in the pocket of the Walton's.That ,to me, is a true crime.

I totally agree.....no matter what store you shop at, I'm sure that they do the same thing to some degree.I shop where the best deals are-no regrets here either.
 
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