One of my latest bargain finds is batteries at my local dollar store. I’ve been buying packs of eight AA and AAA batteries for—you guessed it—$1. That’s a huge savings compared to the $8 per eight-pack at my local grocer.
However, I’m starting to wonder if the dollar store batteries are wearing out more quickly than usual. If that’s true, I’m not getting as good a deal as I thought. Even if I spend less up front, I may have to buy the batteries more often. Plus, I’m adding more disposable batteries to the landfill, and I don’t like that idea.
You’ve probably faced this kind of purchase before and wondered: Is this bargain really a good deal? Here are some situations in which it might not be:
Scamsters—particularly those selling items online—want to offer you a deal so good you can’t pass it up. If the seller’s price is significantly lower than anything you’ve seen, be extremely wary. On an online site, check out the seller’s rating. Ideally, you should only buy from sellers who have a 99 percent or better positive rating and who have completed lots of sales. On sites like Craigslist, be sure check fraud warnings.
When have you found that a deal is not really a deal? Share your shopping tips in the comments below.
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