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Opening Arguments

Hope they change the slogan

Is nothing sacred?

A Los Angeles fixture, the 99 Cent Only Store, will be raising prices on some items, voiding their long-standing slogan of "Nothing Over 99 Cent, Ever," and breaking the hearts of some 99-Cent loyalists.

The chain, which opened in the Westchester section of Los Angeles exactly 26 years ago Wednesday, said the business lost about $1.5 million last quarter.

With rising costs and the sluggish economy, the store said it is forced to raise some prices, KNBC's Doug Kriegel reported.

I was helped along the path to cynicism when, as a child, I discovered that not everything at the five and dime (which, for some reason, we called "the dime store") cost just 5 or 10 cents. Some things were even over $1.

Posted in: Current Affairs


Bob G
Thu, 08/14/2008 - 11:57am

MY path was slightly similar...I became disenchanted when the old 5 cent "grab bags" went up to a whole QUARTER!
Then I knew...nothing was sacred any longer.



Harl Delos
Thu, 08/14/2008 - 12:42pm

Stores like Dollar General have some items that are $3 and $5, and some are strange prices like 3 for $7.

One of the other chains, though, has only dollar items - and they aren't $1, either, they're 94c.

Plus 6c sales tax.

It's surprising that they don't put big signs in the window, showing that it's $1 after sales tax. Six cents ain't much, but sometimes, it doesn't take much to win a customer.