Monday, April 8, 2013

Home Collection 70"x72" Vinyl Shower Curtains (Dollar Tree)

You get what you pay for...
I was surprised to see that Dollar Tree carried these, as I would have thought the size alone would have required more than a dollar’s worth of materials, but I guess I was wrong!

This is one of the many things at “The Tree” where you get what you pay for, and that is not necessarily a bad thing (at least in this case).  For a dollar, do you really expect to get a rugged shower liner that can withstand pulling and tugging?  If so, you’re exactly the kind of person that should never shop there.  Obviously, these things are pretty fragile, and aren’t meant to put up with a lot of resistance or wear and tear.  As should be expected for the price, the rings are not enforced with metal, so it doesn’t take much to rip it, and any kind of tear is going to spread rapidly.  So if you have children, or are pretty hard on your shower curtains, I probably wouldn’t even waste the money on this.  But for households like mine (which is just made up of the wife and me), or especially if you’re just going to use it in a spare bathroom, or one that doesn’t see much traffic, then this should definitely be worth the cost.

I’ll admit we hung onto this thing way longer than we should have, as it was falling apart a long time ago, but I’d say we got a good four-to-six months of solid life out of it before it started to crap out.  That means a rate of about $2 per year, which doesn’t seem like a bad investment to me.  Sure, we could get a more expensive one that could be washed and kept for several years, but those generally cost at least $10, and there’s no guarantee they will last that long.

Overall: 6.5/10.  You get what you pay for, which in this case is a dollar vinyl shower curtain liner.  So it’s not going to be tear resistant, or made to withstand rugged abuse, so if you have a house full of children (or rowdy adults), then this will not be for you.  But for a smaller family, or especially a guest bathroom, this is a nice, cheap alternative that with proper care should get you a few months of solid use.  Recommended.  At a dollar, you might as well give it a shot to see if it’s right for your household.

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