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Philadelphia Steals and Deals Amazon VS Dollar Tree

Real Estate Agent with HomeStarr Realty RS143922A

Today, while waiting for a pre-settlement walkthrough, I found a fascinating YouTube video. It is comparing prices on Dollar Tree prices and Amazon prices. I was astonished and decided to use this as this week's Philadelphia Steals and Deals. I purchased some of these items myself and was shocked that they worked. As the man in the video suggested, I also made it a point to read the labels. This practice helped me understand the product's compatibility, ensuring I made the right purchase.

I have read several articles about Dollar stores. Some say they will be closing. Others say they are just going to be raising prices again. Despite rising prices in today's economy, they are the best buy in town. When I shop there, sometimes I spend $14; other times I pay $38. Where can you buy a six-pack of purified water for $1.25?  I may need a pair of reading glasses, which have raised recently from $1.25 to $1.50. Where can you get a fashionable pair of glasses for this price? 

Hopefully, Dollar Tree will stay in business as it is a fun place to shop. Please take the time to watch the video, as it does have some great steals and deals. I know I will be stopping there after my pre-settlement walk-through and picking up some great bargains, including Scottie tissues. 

I hope you enjoy the video by the Deal Guy

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Hannah - I have bookmarked your post.   It seems I have often gone down many rabbit holes while searching videos on YouTube or other sources so maybe another time.  After all who doesn't like to see value when shopping?  

Apr 12, 2024 10:26 AM
Hannah Williams

It is a good idea, Michael Jacobs. It is a few minutes long but, to be honest, certainly worth watching. You will be amazed at what you will find

Apr 12, 2024 10:36 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Hannah Williams ,

Just watched the video..AMAZING! Thank you for sharing it with us..who doesn't like a bargain!

Apr 12, 2024 10:57 AM
Hannah Williams

Dorie Dillard Austin TX  I apologize for it being so long but I was waiting for a client and it was so interesting I did not notice. I agree. Who does not like a bargain? 

Apr 12, 2024 11:06 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Hannah:

Those are some impressive deals at Dollar Tree for sure. I don't go there often - not much of a shopper - but every now and then I do for something I know they have.


Apr 12, 2024 12:47 PM
Hannah Williams

The last time I went Jeff Dowler, CRS, I was shocked at all their new inventory. I spent forty dollars but purchased some great merchandise. 

Apr 12, 2024 02:09 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi there, Hannah. I'm a Dollar Tree aficionado! Sometimes when I need a break I just drive over to a Dollar Tree and wander the aisles to see if something catches my eye! Many years ago, we had friends visiting from Belgium and for some reason I went with Diane to a Dollar Tree (just can't remember how or why we landed there). I explained to her that everything cost a dollar. She couldn't quite get the concept. To this day I remember her running up to me with various items and asking if they were all a dollar. She ended up spending some money that afternoon.

Apr 12, 2024 01:19 PM
Hannah Williams

Nina Hollander, Broker You could not say that today as there are products that are more money some are as high as $7.00. You have to watch what you are buying, but you still are getting a bargain. It is really a fun place to shop  

Apr 12, 2024 02:16 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Hannah, always fun to see what you come up with as new deals for the week.   Probably haven't been in a Dollar Store in years.   Think the last time I did go in, was looking for a giant pot for my front porch.

Apr 12, 2024 02:03 PM
Hannah Williams

Joan Cox, it would be best if you stopped there. you will be amazed by what you find. It will cost you more than a dollar, but it is still an excellent bargain 

Apr 12, 2024 02:19 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Hannah it is kind of strange with the Dollar Stores here in Middletown, CT.  They are closing one, and opening one.

Apr 12, 2024 03:20 PM
Hannah Williams

George Souto Perhaps it is just the location that was closing. I do not see any signs so far of locations closing in our area but you never know 

Apr 14, 2024 11:20 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I was sad to hear that Dollar Tree and the 99 Cent Store, are going to be closing their doors.

Apr 12, 2024 05:58 PM
Hannah Williams

Myrl Jeffcoat  so far I have not seen any closures in the Philly area in fact the inventory seems to be increasing.

Apr 14, 2024 11:23 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Even if the Dollar stores raise their prices another $.50 they will still offer bargains better than a lot of the larger stores.

Apr 12, 2024 06:21 PM
Hannah Williams

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 The last time I went I was surprised at the bargains I found there. There was a clipper for plants that sells for $12 at other stores that I picked up for $1.25 I was amazed 

Apr 14, 2024 11:26 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

hi Hannah- I'd never gone to a Dollar Store until last year. We were looking for a cleaner that the internet said was at the Dollar Store. I'm such an idiot....I was in the aisle looking at something else and wondered to Larry how much it was. A shopper nearby smiled and laughed.."It's all a dollar!" (although now it's $1.25) 

Apr 12, 2024 07:52 PM
Hannah Williams

Kathy Streib  I have never been in an empty store. There are always people shopping . I would be sad to see the stores go out of business. Especially in today's economy it is a place where people can shop and come home and feel like happy. 

Apr 14, 2024 11:31 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well in our part of the world the 99 cent stores are closing thanks to our Governor... who will be your future President:)  He raised the Hourly Rate to $20 not even McDonald's can keep up with it... they raised their prices .... if you go and buy a meal do not be surprised to pay $25 really??? Endre

Apr 12, 2024 10:20 PM
Hannah Williams

Endre Barath, Jr. There are always long check-out lines as there are not many cashiers. When I drive-by McDonalds I also see lines , but that is okay everyone needs to make a living. Are you sure that is the reason why they are closing ?

Apr 14, 2024 11:37 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

This is a great post for those looking for a bargain price!

Apr 13, 2024 04:55 AM
Hannah Williams

Thanks Kat Palmiotti I found so many bargains on simple things that makes one feel good. There are not many places these days that you can find a bargain or make $10 go far 

Apr 14, 2024 11:40 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I try to buy spring water, I have heard that "purified" is code for tap water that has been filtered, haha.

Apr 13, 2024 05:45 AM
Hannah Williams

Brian England  puified water takes out  lead and other chemicals that treatment plants may miss. It also makes tap water taste better. I like to give it to Cleo. Second of all you should Google it as it as it is not so funny. Many people use water purify systems on their faucets. 

Apr 14, 2024 11:45 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this video.

Enjoy your shopping adventures and have a great weekend.

Apr 13, 2024 11:00 AM
Hannah Williams

Roy Kelley  Thank you for taking the time to read and watch  the information- I hope you and Dolores have a nice weeked 

Apr 14, 2024 11:47 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Hannah,
Rumor is my favorite 99¢ store in Yuma is closing. Darn it. It was so convenient and affordable. Of course, nearly everything was $1.25 but still...

Apr 14, 2024 08:40 AM
Hannah Williams

I am sorry to hear this Carol Williams  it was one store where the consumer could feel like they were getting their monies worth 

Apr 14, 2024 11:49 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Hannah, I'm very familiar with dollar store pricing as I used to be a buyer for a large NY company!

Apr 15, 2024 07:44 AM
Hannah Williams

Look at that Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 who says you do not learn something new every day on Active Rain amazing information 

Apr 15, 2024 10:06 AM