If you are not on Twitter or checking out a lot of the major publishers out there, here is something that you may have missed on Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/sites/investopedia/2012/04/02/are-dollar-stores-really-a-bargain/3/).
My favorite part of this story:
Dollar stores are a great place to save some serious money, but you must be an astute shopper. As the old adage says: “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Comparison shop for not only price, but quality. Paying a few more dollars for a premium product that will give you years of use will save you more money than a cheaper item that won’t be around very long. If you have any doubts about a product, don’t purchase it. That advice should be used in every store you shop.
My son loves the dollar store for cheap toys, but honestly you don’t always know what you are getting and more often than not the stuff breaks within minutes. I’m not wealthy however find that paying a bit more elsewhere results in better quality merchandise that actually lasts longer. If you can afford to, either skip the dollar stores or just be VERY SMART about what you do buy there.