I think it's like anything else. It can be hit or miss. Some of the office supplies that I have purchased at dollar stores have been just fine. Other times, not so much. I bought a mini stapler there, and that didn't turn out so well. The Staples I got, were however, just fine. Paper clips too. I even picked up a surprisingly good pair of scissors at Dollar Tree. I need to see if they have more of those. I like to pick up Post Its and stuff like that at dollar stores too. They are much cheaper and work great.