Stores going out of business

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  1. billsharpe

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    We shop at our local 99 cents store about once a month and usually run up about $20 in purchases.
     
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    The 99ยข Only stores should use a new name, since it could be misleading.
     
  3. James Long

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    They could use the system that is usually incorrectly attributed to JC Penney and have all of their prices end in 99 cents. (The urban legend is that JC Penney took a penny off their prices to create *.99 pricing.)

    99.9c pricing does follow the same marketing scheme. $8.99 looks less expensive than $9.00. Gas prices of $2.699 look cheaper than $2.70. Those extra pennies and tenths saved add up ... but are more valuable as marketing to trick people.

    I don't shop 99c stores, but I have visited and remember seeing a wall of stuff ending 99. The opposite of the bargain bin in the stores I normally shop. Instead of a store full of quality merchandise at decent prices and a small section of cheap stuff for under a dollar the 99c store flipped the script and has a store full of cheap stuff and a small section of more expensive items. Note that I didn't call any of their merchandise "quality" or "decent".

    My wife will occasionally buy something in a 99c store or dollar store. Usually something trial or travel sized where she doesn't want a full sized container. She normally ends up with something worth half of what she paid for. But that is the price of convenience.
     
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    Barbasol shaving cream at 99.9 cents is much cheaper at the 99-cent store than elsewhere and works just fine. There are other bargains to be found, too.

    I don't find the name 99-cent store misleading for less than a penny. The Dollar Store name is already taken.
     
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    11 stores in the US.
     
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    But you will probably find that the Barbasol purchased at a dollar store is actually much more expensive per ounce than that purchased at a regular store.
     
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    No, it's the same size bottle as at a regular store, not a trial size. Trust me, it's a bargain, even compared with buying bulk packaging of Gillette at Costco.
     
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    I've never seen a GNC that wasn't in a mall. Shopping malls are dying; the tree dies and its branches die. Goodbye GNC, adios over-priced vitamins and protein powder, hello Amazon Prime
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    A GNC near me recently moved from a dying indoor mall to a strip mall. Now the store has much better visibility and easier access (closer parking). GNC is one of about a dozen stores that have left that mall for one of the nearby strip malls. No one has moved in to that mall recently (not even a seasonal store).
     
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    Marie Calendar's is closing some of its restaurants. That may hit home, as we eat there regularly and like their pies.
     

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