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    Louise Davis
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    Default 5 things to avoid at a dollar store





    5 things to avoid at a dollar store

    Full story:

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...rdollar18.html



    By the Editors of Consumer Reports



    An aluminum baking pan. Lip gloss. Sewing scissors. Every item $1 or

    thereabouts.



    Picking through the merchandise at dollar stores can seem like a treasure hunt.

    But investigations by Consumer Reports' researchers have turned up some dicey

    deals. And let the buyer beware: Dollar shops and closeout stores have become

    destinations for shoddy products, as manufacturers have sometimes cut corners on

    safety, trying to meet demand for rock-bottom prices.

    Here are five items you should think twice about purchasing if you're shopping

    in one of these discount stores.



    Vitamins

    Some multivitamins bought at dollar stores didn't have one or more nutrients

    listed on the label. Some did not dissolve properly, so pills didn't break down

    fast enough to be absorbed.

    Get this instead: A better buy are name brands such as Centrum or Bayer

    One-A-Day. In CR's tests, those brands dissolved properly and all had the

    claimed nutrients. Or simply look for a label that says the product is verified

    by U.S. Pharmacopeia or NSF International.



    Electrical products

    Be wary of off-price items such as Christmas lights, extension cords and fans --

    they could have fake labels vouching for their safety. That means the product

    could, for example, have undersized wiring that can overheat and cause a fire.

    Get this instead: Seek products certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and

    other independent labs, such as Intertek ETL Semko and the Canadian Standards

    Association (CSA), which ensure conformity to safety standards.

    Look for the UL hologram to ensure the certification is real . (The label must

    generally be tagged or embossed right on the product.) You can also check the

    UL's Web site, at www.ul.com, to see if a product's brand name is certified

    (click on "consumers," then "certification").



    Toys for kids under 3

    By law, toys with small parts or sharp edges must be labeled as inappropriate

    for children under 3. But some imported toys, particularly those made in China,

    might be mislabeled or unlabeled.

    Get this instead: To be safe, stick to toys with larger parts. How large? If any

    piece of the toy is small enough to pass through the tube of a toilet-paper

    roll, it could be unsafe for toddlers. That's good advice, no matter where you

    buy toys.



    Soundalike brand names

    When investigators visited one dollar store, they bought Dinacell batteries

    packaged to look like Duracells. They later leaked acid. Counterfeit goods

    sometimes have brand names that imitate well-known brands, says Travis Brown

    Jr., general counsel for BuySafe, a company that guarantees online transactions.

    For example, a fake Louis Vuitton bag might be labeled "Louis Vitton."

    Get this instead: The real stuff. You need to look closely at the packaging to

    make sure you're not getting a fake.



    Soft vinyl lunch boxes

    Several brands of soft, insulated lunch boxes -- even those found at regular

    department stores -- have sometimes tested positive for lead, which can transfer

    to unwrapped food and your children's hands.

    The lead levels in these products alone are unlikely to be high enough to cause

    lead poisoning, but exposure is cumulative, so lead should be avoided whenever

    possible. Although several states have issued recalls for these lead-bearing

    products, CR has found them in dollar stores.

    Get this instead: Look for soft lunch boxes lined with nylon, not polyvinyl

    chloride, also known as PVC or vinyl.

    Wherever you shop, be cautious of extraordinary bargains. Products that are far

    less expensive than comparable items sold elsewhere could be cheap because

    they're counterfeit or otherwise defective. And avoid no-name products. A

    manufacturer's name and address is no guarantee of safety, but it does mean that

    you or the authorities can track down a legitimate corporation to remedy

    problems.

    Information

    Consumer Reports: www.consumerreports.org.










  2. #2
    Sue Anderson
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    Default 5 things to avoid at a dollar store

    Um, everything a dollar or thereabouts? I know that at least one of

    these type stores (Dollar Tree) everything is a dollar or sometimes

    two for a dollar. I buy gift bags there, and some kitchen utensils.

    Naturally I check for quality before purchasing, got an awesome pizza

    cutter and some stainless steel cooking tongs, but wouldn't buy the

    plastic measuring cups on a bet, too flimsy.



    I am curious about the aluminum baking pans, lipgloss and sewing

    scissors. Why not? Quality? Thickness of the pans? Sharpness of the

    scissors? Ingredients in the lipgloss? Why were they not mentioned in

    the article?



    Sue



    > An aluminum baking pan. Lip gloss and ewing scissors. Every item $1

    or thereabouts.










  3. #3
    Brandon Skinner
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    Default 5 things to avoid at a dollar store

    I was confused at first, but being that its an article, I think these items are simply listed to stress the broad array of things that you can pick up for a dollar or less, such as lip gloss, aluminum pan, etc.

    HTH,

    Brandon

    Sue Anderson <sueand56@yahoo.com> wrote: Um, everything a dollar or thereabouts? I know that at least one of
    these type stores (Dollar Tree) everything is a dollar or sometimes
    two for a dollar. I buy gift bags there, and some kitchen utensils.
    Naturally I check for quality before purchasing, got an awesome pizza

    cutter and some stainless steel cooking tongs, but wouldn't buy the
    plastic measuring cups on a bet, too flimsy.

    I am curious about the aluminum baking pans, lipgloss and sewing
    scissors. Why not? Quality? Thickness of the pans? Sharpness of the
    scissors? Ingredients in the lipgloss? Why were they not mentioned in
    the article?

    Sue

    > An aluminum baking pan. Lip gloss and ewing scissors. Every item $1
    or thereabouts.

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  4. #4
    Stephanie Koutek
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    Default 5 things to avoid at a dollar store

    I think those were just examples of things you can find in dollar

    stores, and the five things mentioned in separate paragraphs were the

    things to avoid.



    On Dec 19, 2007 10:43 AM, Sue Anderson <sueand56@yahoo.com> wrote:

    >

    >

    >

    >

    > Um, everything a dollar or thereabouts? I know that at least one of

    > these type stores (Dollar Tree) everything is a dollar or sometimes

    > two for a dollar. I buy gift bags there, and some kitchen utensils.

    > Naturally I check for quality before purchasing, got an awesome pizza

    > cutter and some stainless steel cooking tongs, but wouldn't buy the

    > plastic measuring cups on a bet, too flimsy.

    >

    > I am curious about the aluminum baking pans, lipgloss and sewing

    > scissors. Why not? Quality? Thickness of the pans? Sharpness of the

    > scissors? Ingredients in the lipgloss? Why were they not mentioned in

    > the article?

    >

    > Sue

    >

    > > An aluminum baking pan. Lip gloss and ewing scissors. Every item $1

    > or thereabouts.

    >






  5. #5
    Sue Anderson
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    Default 5 things to avoid at a dollar store

    Ahh! OOPs. :>



    Sue

    >

    > I was confused at first, but being that its an article, I think

    these items are simply listed to stress the broad array of things that

    you can pick up for a dollar or less, such as lip gloss, aluminum pan,

    etc.

    >

    > HTH,

    >

    > Brandon

    >

    > Sue Anderson <sueand56@...> wrote: Um,

    everything a dollar or thereabouts? I know that at least one of

    > these type stores (Dollar Tree) everything is a dollar or sometimes

    > two for a dollar. I buy gift bags there, and some kitchen utensils.

    > Naturally I check for quality before purchasing, got an awesome pizza

    > cutter and some stainless steel cooking tongs, but wouldn't buy the

    > plastic measuring cups on a bet, too flimsy.

    >

    > I am curious about the aluminum baking pans, lipgloss and sewing

    > scissors. Why not? Quality? Thickness of the pans? Sharpness of the

    > scissors? Ingredients in the lipgloss? Why were they not mentioned in

    > the article?

    >

    > Sue

    >

    > > An aluminum baking pan. Lip gloss and ewing scissors. Every item $1

    > or thereabouts.

    >

    >

    >

    >

    >

    >

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    Try it now.

    >










 

 

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