Are you paying more than a dollar at the popular Dollar Tree store?
The retail chain, which has 12 locations scattered throughout the Coastal Bend and more than 15,000 across the country, says it has no choice but to raise prices this year.
One of the last true dollar stores is on the verge of succumbing to inflation and skyrocketing shipping costs, angering many of its loyal shoppers.
Willa Davenport has been shopping at Dollar Tree for years.
We found her picking up “paper napkins, birthday cards,” she said.
In an age when drugstore greeting cards can cost $ 6, they still cost a dollar there.
Just like wrapping paper and gift bags, food, home decor, and even Halloween and Christmas decorating.
“I don’t think it’s fair for them to increase the price,” Davenport said. “The reason is they’re Dollar Tree, you go there to get things for a dollar. Will they change all their signs? “
The good news is, all is not well: Dollar Tree officials say they plan to increase the prices of certain items from $ 1.25 to $ 1.50.
It will also convert parts of many stores to “Dollar Tree Plus” formats with prices up to $ 5.
It really shouldn’t come as a surprise if you’ve been to the grocery store, hardware store, or clothing store lately.
Prices are on the rise everywhere, due to rising raw materials and shipping costs.
“I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner,” said Dollar Tree customer Claudia Bligh. “You get a great buy there. ”
Bligh says Dollar Tree items will always be worth $ 1.50.
“I think people will be okay with that,” she said.
But client Shannon Carr had hoped the business would hold up.
“We want to see a dollar. That’s why you go there,” Carr said. “Because it’s a dollar. Not a dollar fifty. A dollar.”
Think about it: Dollar Tree has been selling items for just a dollar for over 25 years.
And how they were able to continue to do so this year is a mystery.