13 Dollar Store “Deals” That are Actually Ripoffs

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Sometimes you get what you pay for. This is certainly true in the case of dollar stores. Often we think we’re getting a good deal because we get to save a few bucks. But, the truth of the matter is those deals are nothing more than ripoffs. Here are 13 of those such deals.

13. Toys

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If you were thinking you were going to go to the dollar store and load up on toys for the kiddos this Christmas, you might want to think again. Dollar store toys have so many issues. For one thing, they’re flimsy and can break easily, which can present a choking hazard for young children, not to mention they’ll be sad when their brand new toy breaks. Another issue is that dollar store toys are often made in China and are rarely tested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which means they may contain hazardous materials.

TIP: Avoid purchasing pet toys at dollar stores, too. They may also be made from inferior materials and contain harmful chemicals.

12. Plastic Cooking Utensils

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Need some new utensils for that party or barbecue you’re planning? You might want to get them from some place other than the dollar store. That’s because plastic cooking utensils sold at dollar stores often contain bromine, a component found in brominated flame retardants (BFRs). And, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, BFRs are linked to obesity, diabetes and even cancer!

TIP: Skip out on the metal cutlery, too. Kitchen knives sold at dollar stores are often cheaply made and dull, which means you could end up cutting yourself instead of your food.