The last time I was in a dollar store was 20 years ago in college and it was all trash then. I doubt 20 years of inflation, even low inflation, has been good to them.Think about what kind of product $1 got you in a DollarTree store thirty-five years ago compared to the goods they stock now. There's some questionably useable things there but most of it is absolute trash.
I use to check out the BigLots near where I lived a few decades back, mainly for grocery items that rotated regularly. It was a good place to buy pasta, cereal, and a few select items when they had them.The last time I was in a dollar store was 20 years ago in college and it was all trash then. I doubt 20 years of inflation, even low inflation, has been good to them.
Hmm, they still sell hot dogs at Costco. That was supposed to go away. The people will talk with their feet! /s
That was my experience in college, bought some cleaning supplies, and they were all a waste of money.I use to check out the BigLots near where I lived a few decades back, mainly for grocery items that rotated regularly. It was a good place to buy pasta, cereal, and a few select items when they had them.
DollarTree or similar stores though, I've only gone in a few times ever, and never purchased anything but a notepad and a screwdriver that I needed on-the-spot. That screwdriver broke the 2nd time I tried to use it, and I wasn't surprised. I think I might've purchased some cleaning product once as well, to expectedly discover at home that it was mostly water.
I now live on a tight, fixed income...and I won't bother going to dollar stores for anything. It's a waste of even a dollar (dollar twenty-five now?), imho.
Reminds me of when I was working at the EB shipyard. All these vendors would show up on the street on payday selling all kinds of tools, most of it was junk. I spotted a set of 5 small spin type hex nut socket tool set. They were like a $1.50. All I could lose was a $1.50. Well, everyone of those tools, the first time you used any pressure, the plastic handle would crumble in your hands like they were made out of sugar.That was my experience in college, bought some cleaning supplies, and they were all a waste of money.
He's a little Nancy-girl with the outlook that everyone is bringing down $100k per year and if you aren't, you are a failure. Tries to be an elitist and is nothing but a wanna-be, on the outside looking in.Yes, it's you.
If you assume the average person has a $1000.00 phone, maybe you need to review some aspects of your life.
Also, when the price of ANYTHING rises by 25% overnight, some people are going to be hurt, whether you believe so or not.
In the U.S. market, the ASP is closer to $500 due to Apple's popularity. According to IDC, the ASP for Apple phone sales is a staggering $950 (and they have close to 45% domestic market share):Psst: the average selling price of smart phones is in the $400 range. And you can go much lower than that or not buy new.
I make a reasonable amount of money, and I've never financed a phone, and I've never paid more than $250 OOP for one either. But I also don't care if someone titters at me using a phone that's more than 2 generations old... not that I'd be likely to associate with such a person in the first place, nor they me.I guess I was wrong. It was my ignorance.
The people around me have expensive Apple smartphones, or Samsung S21 ultras, or those Samsung Z phones. They are like $1500 and up.