Dollar store owners and associates speak out

Marlene Alexander

With all of the criticism that some people like to heap on dollar stores about everything being junk made in China or food products past their expiration dates, I suppose it was only natural that dollar store owners and people who work there would want to defend their stores. Here's a sampling of some of the comments I've received over the last few weeks from dollar store owners and associates.

A store owner observed that a lot of the things she gets in to sell are made in Canada or Mexico, as well as China. Some are also made in America. She goes on to say that most of it is merchandise that was put on closeout and has then become available to dollar stores. Many of the things that are made in China have Wal-mart tags on them. This writer makes a distinction between her store and Dollar Tree, so I'm assuming that this is an independently owned store.