BOSTON (MainStreet) -- As a rough economy eats away at disposable income, times have been good for so-called "dollar stores," the bargain-priced purveyors of discounted goods.Among the national players in this unique space are Family Dollar Stores ( FDO), 99-Cent Only Stores ( NDN) and Dollar General ( DG - Get Report).
|If you're amazed at how cheap things are in a dollar store, you'll be even more amazed to find out you're overspending.|
One avenue for dollar stores is to work with well-known liquidation and overstock companies. Food items are often available at a discounted price as they draw closer to their expiration date. "Distressed" products can range from those with misprinted labels to slight variations in volume and ingredients.Hamilton advises his store-owner clients to go with recognizable brands as much as they can. "Even if your prices are a penny or two higher,