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Battle for Poor Shoppers Fuels Dollar-Store Deal
Wall Street Journal ^ | July 28, 2014 | By Paul Ziobro and Shelly Banjo

Posted on 07/28/2014 6:19:46 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement

The battle for America's poorest consumers intensified Monday with Dollar Tree Inc. agreement to buy rival Family Dollar Stores Inc. for about $8.5 billion.

The chains thrived during the recession as the number of working Americans living in poverty increased by nearly 40%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The stores appealed to cash-strapped shoppers with bargain-basement prices and locations that were closer to their homes than many Wal-Mart supercenters. The smaller package sizes of everyday items like laundry detergent and cereal fit into the budgets of consumers living paycheck to paycheck.

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"poorest consumers..." I'm not sure that is entirely accurate.
1 posted on 07/28/2014 6:19:46 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

Battle for food stamp money, they mean?


2 posted on 07/28/2014 6:20:47 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Shouldn’t they get it for 99 cents? Just sayin’...

Truth in advertising and all...


3 posted on 07/28/2014 6:22:52 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Think how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I shop at the dollar store and I have a net worth in the top 10% according to stackup.com .

Well, maybe that’s why I do...


4 posted on 07/28/2014 6:23:40 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I bought some cheese slices at a Dollar Store - got them home and realized they didn’t actually contain any dairy at all.


5 posted on 07/28/2014 6:24:06 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: P.O.E.

And poor Americans from a poorer middle class than we had ten years ago.

Says something about a country when the $1 stores are booming.


6 posted on 07/28/2014 6:24:50 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: ConservativeStatement

The EBT retailer wars. Family Dollar must know the system is about to change.


7 posted on 07/28/2014 6:24:51 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
fit into the budgets of consumers living paycheck to paycheck.

Americans are now classified as "consumers" down from a free, united people.

What do those in government consider themselves?

8 posted on 07/28/2014 6:25:31 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: ConservativeStatement

“Storage Locker Wars”

“Pawn King”

Huge bull-market for DOLLAR STORES.

Explosion in use of food stamps.

ALL OF THIS POINTS TO THE SAME STORY

(which you cannot report since POTUS is black).


9 posted on 07/28/2014 6:25:55 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: ConservativeStatement

Top 5% here and I go to the Dollar store twice a month for certain things.


10 posted on 07/28/2014 6:26:10 PM PDT by therut
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To: ConservativeStatement

I would qualify as a poor shopper tho I hardly ever shop at either one.

Every now and then I send a package to my grandchildren and will pick up some cheap Chinese stuff for a buck each. Sometimes they are pretty neat. For instance I sent my grandson a plastic cap pistol and for 50 cents more included a bunch of extra caps.

Now these are not the same as the old roll caps we used in our Roy Rogers sixguns. They resemble small plastic primers. My Son-in-Law said they had to send him out of the house because they were so loud.


11 posted on 07/28/2014 6:28:21 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: ConservativeStatement

In the Era of Baraq, Wal-Mart is being undercut by dollar stores.

And Carlyle (probably the most well connected Wash DC private equity bunch) is buying trailer parks.

The future is not bright.


12 posted on 07/28/2014 6:29:14 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: gaijin

For some odd reason, I’ve not once seen the phrase “Recovery for Wall $treet but not Main Street” on the news in the last 6 yrs.....


13 posted on 07/28/2014 6:30:05 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: ConservativeStatement

During the Obama regime years I’ve seen many pop up around my city. I guess that’s fundamental transformation.


14 posted on 07/28/2014 6:34:20 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: ConservativeStatement

15 posted on 07/28/2014 6:37:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

We used to have Five and Dime stores.

That’s back before we had fiat currency.


16 posted on 07/28/2014 6:38:24 PM PDT by Iron Munro (IRONY)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is that a singular store? I don’t see a web site for Dollar Palace on a Google search.


17 posted on 07/28/2014 6:38:49 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

I’m in the 60K range and I shop at Dollar General regularly. 20 minutes in Walmart or 4 minutes in Dollar general for the same item? Easy answer on that.


18 posted on 07/28/2014 6:39:09 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Very funny.

Sort of makes you wonder about poor Debra’s social life.

.

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19 posted on 07/28/2014 6:40:14 PM PDT by Mears
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To: ConservativeStatement

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxHKtI-pdzw

http://drss-business.com/business-openings/dollar-palace/

https://www.facebook.com/DollarPalaceFiestaSurprises

https://foursquare.com/v/dollar-palace-plus/4d0ced373bbaa1435c6a39da


20 posted on 07/28/2014 6:42:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: RginTN
This is from a CNN article:

http://money.cnn.com/2014/07/28/news/companies/dollar-tree-family-dollar/index.html

Dollar Tree plans to continue to operate both the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar brands. Dollar Tree stores sell all items for $1 or less and CEO Bob Sasser told investors Monday they will continue to do so. Family Dollar stores sells many items for more than $1 and will stay with that pricing policy as well. Dollar Tree stores are found mainly in suburban areas. Family Dollar stores are primarily in either urban or rural locations.

21 posted on 07/28/2014 6:46:51 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

I buy lots of stuff at Dollar Tree. If you get there early Tuesday you can even get large loaves of whole grain bread. One of ours has frozen foods - 6 waffles for $1. Noticed they are carrying more things that are labeled Made in the USA. Did check out on-line to make sure they were telling the truth. Their greeting cards are great and eliminate the expensive ones from Hallmark.

Yes, packages are somewhat smaller but at a dollar per item, allows me to have a little more variety yet stay within my grocery budget. Can’t do that at a regular grocery store.


22 posted on 07/28/2014 6:48:31 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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4 Weeks
29%

Support It Or Lose It

23 posted on 07/28/2014 6:56:06 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: babygene

“I shop at the dollar store and I have a net worth in the top 10% according to stackup.com .

Well, maybe that’s why I do...”

I always heard, “Watch put after the little money and the big money takes care of itself”.

An interesting observation I have made of EBT shoppers. they refuse to buy marked down meat or scratch and dent products. Short dated meat (not expired) regularly gets marked down 50%. They walk right past and buy the same thing for 2 times the price. No problem for me, more for me to buy.

BTW, I have never seen a deer, duck, rabbit,cow, etc with a “use by” date on it.


24 posted on 07/28/2014 6:59:23 PM PDT by wrench
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To: TigerClaws

There was as time when the country looked up to the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Now business deals around dollar stores and extreme couponing. Welcome to the Obamaeconomy.


25 posted on 07/28/2014 7:03:25 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: Grams A

Toothpaste is $1 at the Dollar Tree stores. I recently came across two coupons for Crest, each $1 off a certain size which was in stock, and got both for free. Money saved.


26 posted on 07/28/2014 7:06:03 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yep, ya gotta dress up if you're going to Wal-Mart.


27 posted on 07/28/2014 7:14:40 PM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: Bryan24

Same here - easy in, easy out and great prices on bath tissue, laundry detergent, pet foods, etc. I love Dollar General and the savings I get from shopping there.


28 posted on 07/28/2014 7:19:22 PM PDT by Catsrus (A)
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To: PGR88
I bought some cheese slices at a Dollar Store - got them home and realized they didn’t actually contain any dairy at all.

Wait.....................................are saying you were surprised?

29 posted on 07/28/2014 7:26:42 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I’m in the top 5% and I love Dollar Tree. They have a very unusual selection in their food section. They carry my favorite hot sauce, “Louisiana Perfect.” People think I’m nuts for shopping there.


30 posted on 07/28/2014 7:29:07 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: dragnet2
"What do those in government consider themselves?"

The "makers," "producers" and "taxpayers," as they often say in political speech.

Heavy Hitters: Top All-Time Donors, 1989-2014
http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php
American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees $60,949,129 [Democrat] 81% [Republican] 1%”
National Cmte to Preserve Social Security & Medicare $10,414,606 [Democrat] 82% [Republican] 17%

Leviathan (Uncle Sam employs more people than you think)
National Review ^ | 02/03/2011 | Iain Murray
"...nearly 40 million Americans employed in some way by government."

About "70 million" people are receiving good incomes but are also steeped in debt, and most of them can't borrow more for big ticket items. Meanwhile,...

More Than 101 Million Working Age Americans Do Not Have A Job
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3005481/posts


31 posted on 07/28/2014 7:32:44 PM PDT by familyop ("Dry land is not just our destination, it is our destiny!" - -Deacon character, "Waterworld")
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To: ConservativeStatement

Dollar Tree stores are great for cheap school supplies and school room decorations (wife and daughter are teachers). Family Dollar got their arse kicked by Dollar General - wonder what Dollar Tree is going to do to fix that.


32 posted on 07/28/2014 7:35:49 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: babygene

I’ve always heard there were 2 ways to live like you’re wealthy. One is to have a lot of money. The other is to have extremely low expenses.


33 posted on 07/28/2014 7:41:37 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: familyop

And all that means what?


34 posted on 07/28/2014 8:10:28 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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Wait.....................................are saying you were surprised?

YES! I had no idea the technology was out there to make orange-colored, individually wrapped, rubbery, fake cheese slices with vegetable oil, starch and some other ingredients.

35 posted on 07/28/2014 8:10:56 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: ConservativeStatement

Almost everyone I know just LOVES the Dollar Tree and most are far from poor. It’s just fun to buy some things for $1, i.e., party favors, greeting cards, gift bags, etc.


36 posted on 07/28/2014 8:14:10 PM PDT by EDINVA
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"poorest consumers..." I'm not sure that is entirely accurate.

It's not accurate. I shop in those stores and could afford to pay $1.05

37 posted on 07/28/2014 8:16:20 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: gaijin

The old, beat-up race card has been “declined”.


38 posted on 07/28/2014 8:17:16 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: PGR88
I bought some cheese slices at a Dollar Store - got them home and realized they didn’t actually contain any dairy at all.

Been there, done that. Then I realized that the key to buying food in a dollar store is to buy name brands only. The name brands are there, you just have to search a bit, and accept that there won't be much variety.

But the price will be right.

39 posted on 07/28/2014 8:22:34 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

A look at how Dollar Tree, Family Dollar differ
http://www.cbs8.com/story/26130598/a-look-at-how-dollar-tree-family-dollar-differ


40 posted on 07/28/2014 8:28:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: babygene

Same here. On some stuff their prices just can’t be beat. I came out of the 99c store one day and there were 4 older people standing by my new Jag. They said....we just wondered who was driving this beautiful car at the dollar store. I said...yeah I shop here, that’s why I can afford it. They laughed.


41 posted on 07/28/2014 8:44:21 PM PDT by sheana
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, dear.


42 posted on 07/28/2014 8:47:55 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: ConservativeStatement

If any FReepers see boxes of Larry the Cable Guy’s Beer Bread Mix at a dollar store, get some. I just made my first loaf yesterday and it was a big hit. Gonna get multiple more boxes on my next visit there. All you need is the bread mix, one room-temperature beer and 3 Tbsp of butter and you’re good to go. I bought it as a joke and was pleasantly surprised.


43 posted on 07/28/2014 8:50:02 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad (((( ))))
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To: therut

Old man Rockefeller used to hand out dimes during the Great Depression


44 posted on 07/28/2014 8:51:16 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: PGR88
"I bought some cheese slices at a Dollar Store - got them home and realized they didn’t actually contain any dairy at all."

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

Maybe you should have paid with phony money.


45 posted on 07/28/2014 9:12:41 PM PDT by Heart-Rest ("Our hearts are restless, Lord, until they rest in Thee." - St. Augustine)
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To: Heart-Rest

Good place to buy holiday items and plastic flowers for the graves.


46 posted on 07/28/2014 9:28:53 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: ConservativeStatement
Dollar Tree is a good place to buy books. You can pretty much always find an interesting novel there, plus political books. I got Andrew Breitbart's Righteous Indignation and Game Change there, for example. The former was great, the latter cheesy, but cheesy in an enjoyable way, like eating McDonald's.
47 posted on 07/28/2014 9:32:03 PM PDT by eater-of-toast ("It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones." --Calvin Coolidge)
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To: ConservativeStatement

This article repeats some of the dumbest shibboleths around. The reality is that five-and-dimes always had an audience. When Woolworth’s closed its stores, a cavernous niche was created. Drugstores like Walgreens and CVS filled some of the gap, but their prices have shot up into the stratosphere, making visits there like getting a loan from the local legbreaker. Dollar stores are reinventing the five-and-dime. In an era of high gas prices, there is no reason to drive out to the Walmart or pay the local chain drugstores’ extortionate prices when a dollar store is round the corner.


48 posted on 07/28/2014 9:40:48 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: PGR88

Well let me tell ya about Velveeta, it’s been around since 1918.


49 posted on 07/28/2014 9:41:53 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Zhang Fei

bttt


50 posted on 07/28/2014 9:55:16 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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