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Old 07-20-2019, 06:12 PM
 
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The article below claims that dollar stores (Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, Dollar General) are bad for the poor because they tend to cluster too many in small areas and thus force out grocery stores, which carry fresh foods (They undercut the grocery stores on processed foods and other nonperishables, and the margins on fresh food are razor-thin.) I live in a town with a population of 29,000, just under 10 square miles and there are 6 Dollar st0res that I can think of- it always seemed to be a lot. We do have poorer demographics than other nearby suburbs- higher % who didn't finish college, higher % below the poverty line, etc.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other...Z2F?li=BBnbcA1

And yet- we have 4 traditional grocery stores. All are local chains- not a single Mom and Pop, but not Kroger or Albertson's, either. One Dollar Store is in the same shopping center as a full grocery store.

So... is it that bad to have that many Dollar stores in an area? I see a lot of soccer-Mom types using them for party favors and supplies, cheap toys for the grandkids, etc. I've never been in one.
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Old 07-20-2019, 06:18 PM
 
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Then go and see.


I still have 2 screwdrivers we bought from Dollar Store in 1994. They still work.
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Old 07-20-2019, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY 🇺🇸
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Strange how you know who shops at dollar stores--right down to describing them as "soccer mom types"--yet you say you've never been in one. Okay.

Beyond that, the answer to your question is right in the article. Dollar stores aren't bad for poor "communities." They're bad for the bottom line of competing stores.
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Old 07-20-2019, 06:28 PM
 
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1. All dollar stores are not the same. Dollar Tree is a true dollar store (all merchandise is $1). Family Dollar and Dollar General are just modern, low-end general stores.

2. I like all of these for convenience and occasional bargains, but in general the food prices aren't great. Walmart or Aldi are usually quite a bit cheaper, so are the big supermarket chains if you shop the specials. I am lucky to live in an area with these options.

3. I don't know much about grocery pricing, but there may be some truth to this. However, if the real issue is food deserts without a market to support fresh goods, I don't see marking up shelf items as the fix. So I don't fault the dollar stores for competing in that space.

4. If you think about it, the modern American grocery store with a wide selection of perishable goods (and spoilage to match) is pretty extravagant. I see Aldi's model as a good middle ground.
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Old 07-20-2019, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY 🇺🇸
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Then go and see.


I still have 2 screwdrivers we bought from Dollar Store in 1994. They still work.

I hear ya!

I picked up one of those Insta-Slits years ago (DH calls it "that thing), then went back for more. We're still using the first one lol.
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Old 07-20-2019, 06:46 PM
 
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I tend to buy my greeting cards there. Paper plates and their 6 packs of water.
And the plastic flowers for my parents at the cemetery.
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Old 07-20-2019, 07:03 PM
 
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The article below claims that dollar stores (Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, Dollar General) are bad for the poor because they tend to cluster too many in small areas and thus force out grocery stores, which carry fresh foods (They undercut the grocery stores on processed foods and other nonperishables, and the margins on fresh food are razor-thin.) I live in a town with a population of 29,000, just under 10 square miles and there are 6 Dollar st0res that I can think of- it always seemed to be a lot. We do have poorer demographics than other nearby suburbs- higher % who didn't finish college, higher % below the poverty line, etc.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other...Z2F?li=BBnbcA1

And yet- we have 4 traditional grocery stores. All are local chains- not a single Mom and Pop, but not Kroger or Albertson's, either. One Dollar Store is in the same shopping center as a full grocery store.

So... is it that bad to have that many Dollar stores in an area? I see a lot of soccer-Mom types using them for party favors and supplies, cheap toys for the grandkids, etc. I've never been in one.
How about Wal-Mart? Or McDonalds located near Black Angus Steakhouse?
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Old 07-21-2019, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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They are a part of paradigm which is frightening.


I have a BP monitor, made of assembled components, including a switch. A suppler sells them switches for 5 cents each. They find another supplier with 4c switches. They buy those and save 1c. But that adds a new weakest link, the switches break, and an otherwise serviceable article is now useless. Retailers refuse to reorder and the remainders are sold to Dollar Stores, which pop up everywhere because there is now an endless stream of junk,.
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Old 07-21-2019, 06:00 AM
 
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Strange how you know who shops at dollar stores--right down to describing them as "soccer mom types"--yet you say you've never been in one. Okay.
My SIL and the women in my garden club have told me they go there. So, yes, my statement was based on observations unless for some reason they were lying. I buy very little processed food and I get good prices on non-food items at Costco so I don't have any reason to shop in them.

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They are a part of paradigm which is frightening.


I have a BP monitor, made of assembled components, including a switch. A supplier sells them switches for 5 cents each. They find another supplier with 4c switches. They buy those and save 1c. But that adds a new weakest link, the switches break, and an otherwise serviceable article is now useless. Retailers refuse to reorder and the remainders are sold to Dollar Stores, which pop up everywhere because there is now an endless stream of junk,.
I totally agree with you on that. A tiny piece of plastic fails on something, it can't be fixed, it goes into the landfill and you buy another because they're cheap. And this hits the poor the hardest because they're looking for the lowest prices.
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Old 07-21-2019, 07:28 AM
 
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I really can't imagine a dollar store forcing out a grocery store.

I think they do serve a good purpose, I know that besides soccer moms, there are plenty of senior citizens that shop there to pick up shampoo, cleaning goods, etc to save money. Then they have money to buy food at the grocery stores.

And I like that they place them out in the rural areas.
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