I’ve been doing Dollar Daze for a couple years now. We’ve had some successes, we’ve had some total (like, complete and utter) failures, and we’ve had some meh items.
But today, my Zillas? Today I have found the product to end all products. The Dollar Tree item that is so far beyond worth it, you need to run- not walk -to your nearest store and snatch these up. For reals.
But first, a little perspective.
We bought the laser toy in the pet section of the grocery store for $5.99. Which at the time, seemed like an awesome deal, because I still remember the days when a laser toy for your pet was about $20.
This is a flashlight. Not anything fancy. Just a plain ol’ run of the mill flashlight that we keep around in case of power outages and use in the summer while we’re camping. I think this puppy was between $5-10.
Finally, check this out.
This is the stylus section in electronics at Target. If you have a smart phone or a tablet, you know how handy a stylus can be for saving your fingers and wrists from getting carpal tunnel. These aren’t super fancy styluses. Okay, maybe the zebra one’s a little prettier than the others, but their only purpose is to help you navigate your screens. No bells or whistles, just a foam tip at the end of a cylindrical case. Check out the prices on those puppies. And actually, those are cheaper than they used to be. When Andrea first got her iPad, we bought one for $25. So getting one for under $15 is a steal.
Well not now, my friends.
Meet the Holy Grail of Dollar Tree merchandise
Did you read the description on the box? This lovely little object is a laser pointer, stylus, and flashlight ALL IN ONE! For a dollar. I’m sorry, what did you say Nagzilla? I couldn’t possibly have heard that right.
Oh yes, yes you did. This little all in one stylus was just $1. Seriously. I shit you not.
I’ll admit I had my doubts.I mean, how good could any part of this be if it’s only a dollar? But it’s AMAZEBALLS. The laser is just as adequate at taunting the cat as the high end mousey shaped laser.
The flashlight works just dandy, and in some ways is actually better than the big one because I can focus the light on the item I’m looking at. Not sure it would work for a night hike in the woods, but for reading in the dark or lighting up the lock I’m trying to enter it’s very functional.
And the stylus? Oh, the stylus. It’s awesome. The tip is super sensitive, so I can use it on my iPhone without worrying about hitting the wrong thing. Most days, it’s better than using my own hands because I can avoid Fat Finger Syndrome® which accounts for about a third of my incorrect answers on Trivia Crack. Or at least that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
I worried that the tip would wear down and rip, which was a problem we had with some of the expensive styluses we used to get for Andrea, but I’ve been using this for two months now and have had no problems. It also doesn’t leave a mark or residue on my screen, like one of Andrea’s did. Using it was like having black soled sneakers on a gym floor. But not this lovely. It does its job without leaving skid marks. And it’s a little longer than some other styluses we’ve used, which I appreciate.
My only quibble (and really, this is so minor as to not be of any consequence) is that I don’t see any way to open it to replace the battery. I was a little concerned that it would go through the battery rather quickly, but like I said, I’ve already been using this for two months and haven’t had any issues with the power supply. And really, even if I could replace the battery, it’s probably cheaper to just buy a new stylus/laser pointer/flashlight because batteries tend to be pricey and this thing was only ONE DOLLAR! Hell, even if the battery only last two weeks, that’s still a good deal.
I honestly don’t know how Dollar Tree can possibly top the quality and usefulness of this device. I’m rather amazed that this thing can be purchased for less than $20, much less going for the bargain basement price of $1.
I just hope I don’t start a run on the 3-in-1 stylus, because I’d be really unhappy if I need one and y’all have bought them up because of my recommendation. You know what, never mind. Don’t listen to me. This thing sucks.