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    Poppy
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    Ive been shopping for Valentine’s Day home decor. Ive been scoping Hobby lobby, Michael’s, kirklands, and Pier 1 for seasonal sales or deals and early finds. Well I decided to get on Amazon (I’m a prime member) to see if they might have some good deals on some vday decor. Well to my surprise they had the exact vday sign I bought at Dollar Tree ( that’s right 💵 DOLLAR TREE)for $7.00. Under the reviews 2 people have bought it for this year leaving a 4 star review. I just can’t. My trust level with Amazon has plummeted.

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    JD
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    I mean, Amazon never claims to have everything for the cheapest price. They often do but they are under no obligation to. Private sellers are on Amazon as well.

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    anonymousse
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    Yeah, where does it say amazon has the best prices? I shop amazon for the convenience.

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    ktfran
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    There have been a few items I’ve seen on amazon and elsewhere and they weren’t cheaper on Amazon. They were cheaper elsewhere. I don’t expect them to always have lower prices. I do love the convenience though.

    Honestly, you just have to be a smart shopper.

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    Kate

    I think Dollar stores negotiate special deals with suppliers, probably on large lots of merchandise or whatever. But the assortment that they have is limited.

    Amazon doesn’t claim to have the lowest prices, their thing is that you can find anything you need and get it delivered quickly and conveniently.

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    JD
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    Ya I have for sure found cheaper deals outside of Amazon, but often it involves paying for shipping so that can make Amazon a better deal. With my vacuum it was about $40 cheaper on the manufacturers site. I use Amazon for the abundance of items, free 2 day shipping and convenience. Plus, Prime Now, which I miss terribly being somewhere that doesn’t have it now.

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    Copa
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    When I went to order the book Is He Mr. Right? online, a new paperback copy on Amazon was something absurd. Like several-hundred-dollars absurd.

    ETA: I bought it used for something reasonable, like maybe $5 + shipping. It turned out to be a copy someone took from a library.

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    dinoceros
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    Amazon might fulfill some orders, but they don’t produce or market all of the products. Stores/sites don’t get an itemized list of where each product is sold and for what prize. There are a lot of reasons to dislike Amazon, but this doesn’t really seem like one of them.

    Also, part of the reason that Dollar Stores work the way they do is that some items are worth less than a dollar and are sold for a dollar, and some are worth more and are sold for a dollar. For example, a lot of the $1 versions of laundry detergent or whatever are proportionally smaller and are probably a similar cost per unit as the big ones.

    Consumers need to compare prices if they are concerned about getting the best deal.

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    Poppy
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    Amazon use to be my go to and was very convenient until Walmart came out with their free shipping over $35. Amazon is no longer convenient for me. And of course I pay more for certain brands and products that i would be cautious to buy anywhere else. I’m just sad that something I paid $1 for is being sold $7 and people not able to know they can get it cheaper. This is one of those items that you cannot compare prices unless you know that its in a store somewhere. Its a hard item to compare price for. Also, beware Wal-Mart has private sellers too and those items can only be exchanged threw those sellers and not at Wal-Mart. The private sellers I dealt with were from China and it was not worth my time and a waste of money.

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    CurlyQue
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    Amazon has Ikea and Trader Joe items that are much more expensive than if you went to that store, but for some people the convenience is worth it. My grandmother likes a certain spice that Trader Joes carries but isn’t able to drive to the one near her and i don’t want to deal with shipping it, so Amazon though priced higher is worth the convenience for me.

    You’ll also see lots of comments on those items stating it’s cheaper in store so that people can make informed decisions.

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    JD

    You also would have to be willing to go to the dollar store. I’d rather pay $7. That place is like a third world country here. People already lack teeth around here, throw in a dollar store, scary.

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