Family Dollar. Dollar General. Big Lots. Deal$. I’m sure there are a zillion other low-end regional deep-discount store chains I don’t even know about. What these places all have in common is that they sell everything at rock-bottom prices. Almost everything is going to be some no-name Chinese knock-off brand, or there might be a few name-brand items that are obsolete, normally low-priced, or both.
But you know what? That’s perfectly all right. Sometimes you don’t need to spend $20 on a set of earbuds. If you left your earphones at home, or the battery on your Bluetooth has run down, and you don’t want to spend real money on something you just need for a little bit, what more do you need? Those $5 RCA Budz or “Purple Vibes” aren’t going to give you audiophile quality, but they’ll play the music. Some of those $5 ‘phones even have an in-line microphone.
$11 for an 8 GB flash drive or a 16 GB micro SD card isn’t the best price in the world—you’ll probably find it cheaper on Amazon—but it’s certainly good enough if you need it right now. And who knows what else you might find? I’ve found some perfectly serviceable mice in places like that, or USB cables, or blank CD-ROMs, or whatever else might be handy. (I found that $1 4 GB SD card I mentioned yesterday, for example.) It varies from store to store, too. Big Lots in particular tends to have a little better-quality stuff than the others.
In any event, it can be fun to wander through these places sometimes and see what you can find. You’re probably not going to find anything too expensive, but you might find something cheap and useful. And whatever you find will be cheap enough you won’t feel too bad about shelling out a few bucks, and then you’ll have a new toy to play with.
Maybe if it turns out to be something that’s useful enough, you can spend real money on a more expensive version later. I think my first headphones with an in-line mic came from a discount store like this, and later on I upgraded to Skullcandy.
I picked up a dopey-looking “HYPE” brand “mini rechargeable bomb speaker” for $2.50 today just because it looked like some silly fun. It’s probably complete junk, but at least I get the experience of playing with it for just a couple of bucks.
So if you’re looking for some cheap junk that might be fun to play with, take a look at your local deep-discount place. You never know; maybe you’ll find something there that might be worth grabbing. At the least, you’ll find something new to play with.