Just bought something from Family Dollar and switched it to a Dean and DeLuca shopping bag? You wouldn't be the only one who is embarrassed by economy shopping escapades in dollar stores, which don't have the same snob appeal as more expensive stores. Take this quiz to see whether that reputation is justified.
Why do dollar stores have such a low reputation in the U.S.?
Their products are usually cheap and break after a short period.
Their products are usually off-brands that do not engage in advertising.
Culturally, it is considered a shameful thing to be frugal.
When do dollar stores experience the most success?
in economic hard times
at Christmas time
in economic boons
In 2008, by how much did the Family Dollar chain rise in value?
Where do dollar stores get a lot of their merchandise?
from factories that sell defective items at almost no cost
from big retailers that have liquidated for economic reasons
How do dollar stores keep costs low?
through cost cutting measures like spreading out deliveries
by only minimally marking up prices
by having as few employees as possible
Why do you need to be wary of some products sold in dollar stores?
They are made in China according to inferior safety standards.
Because they are usually seconds, they may be defective.
They are usually poor quality.
Why is shopping in a dollar store often a hit-or-miss experience?
Once they are gone, they are gone.
Sometimes you get good quality, sometimes you don't.
They are not usually organized, so it may be difficult to find what you are looking for.
What is another way that dollar stores make money?
They have overly priced drinks and snacks.
They charge extra for shopping trolleys and baskets.
They also stock regular products at near traditional prices.
What happens to the stigma of shopping in a dollar store during economic downturns?
remains the same: something to keep quiet about
In 2008, what did a New York Times food critic say about shopping in dollar stores?
that they were taking advantage of the hard times
that shopping there was the best way to save money
that gourmet meals could be created from products found in dollar stores