I found this information from an issue of Good Housekeeping. I figured, I share this with you. As the article says: Does the cheapest product always save you money? Personally, I think cheaper does not mean you’re always saving money. I am going to be honest with you on this. I don’t shop at any Dollar store, period while giving due respect to all that shop there. I just don’t see how they can pass on to consumers those real cheap prices; there’s gotta be some catch to it.
So here was the findings at the Good Housekeeping Institute (the exact excerpt):
What we discovered: Dollar store goods may be penny wise but, some of them are pound-foolish.
- Glass Cleaner – We had to use more spray from the dollar store cleaner to get our windows sparkling than we washed them with Windex. Plus, Windex left fewer streaks.
- Body Lotion – The Lander product that we found at the dollar store was cheaper than Lubriderm, but it had a runny texture and didn’t moisturize for as long.
- Laundry Detergent – In most of our tests, Tide beat the Sun brand that we picked at the Dollar Store. Sun also failed to remove mustard stains from cotton.
- Dishwashing Liquid – While about teaspoonful of Dawn washed an average of 19 plates, the brand we bought at Dollar General managed only six. The expert from GH Institute says: “this cleanser is unacceptable”.
Personally, even if I see branded items in the dollar stores, I still have reservations and won’t buy from them. Who knows if I’m getting a diluted product? I have so many questions running on my mind about authenticity, so I will not buy anything from a dollar store, period.