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In Japan, 100-yen shops (百円ショップ hyaku-en shoppu or 百均 hyakkin) have been proliferating since around 2001. This is considered an after-effect of a decade-long recession of the Japanese economy.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> Despite the emphasis on value, however, some items, such as chocolate bars, may be priced higher than they are at other stores.

For a few years, 100-yen shops existed not as permanent stores, but as vendors under temporary, foldable tents. They were (and still are) typically found near the entrance areas of supermarkets.

A major player in 100-yen shops is the Daiso chain. The first store opened in 1991, and there are now around 2,400 stores in Japan. This number is increasing by around 40 stores per month. Daiso has also expanded into North America, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East.<ref>Typical Overseas Stores Archived November 12, 2008 at the Wayback Machine</ref>

In India,Major player in India is by the name US DOLLARSTORE initiated in year 2004 by NANSON OVERSEAS PVT. LTD. promoted by Gaurav Sahni . It was initiated with initial merchandise imported from Usa for its 2 stores in New Delhi.Thereon with 300+ stores by 2014 the merchandise sourced from dozens of countries suitable for Indian consumer has been added to variety. They were known as 49 & 99 shops.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }} and by 2014 with Rupee devaluing the price range of Rs149/- was added. The typical prices in these shops are now 99 and 149 Indian rupees. 99 rupees is approximately equal to 1.5 US dollar . Items are generally cheap gift articles, Health and beauty products, food items, toys, watches, office stationery, and crockery.

In China, ¥2 (or ¥3, depending on the area's economic prosperity) shops have become a common sight in most cities. In Hong Kong, major department stores have opened their own $10 shops (US$1.28) to compete in the market, and there are now "$8 shops" (US$1.02) and even "$2 shops" (US$0.26) competing at lower prices, especially in poorer communities. Low prices are helped by Hong Kong's lack of sales tax and its proximity to China.

In Taiwan, fixed price stores can be found in many locations, including night markets, regular shopping streets, regular market stalls, and department stores. Two typical price points are NT$39 and NT$49. Given that the retail environment in Taiwan is already highly competitive, it is not unusual to see such stores fail. Typically the goods for such stores are manufactured in China to keep costs down.



In Spain there are Todo a 100 shops ("everything for 100 pesetas" (€0.60)), although due to the introduction of the euro and inflation, most products cost a multiple of €0.60 or €1. Most of these shops maintain their name in pesetas, and most of them have been renamed as Casi todo a 100 ("almost everything for 100 [pesetas]"), Todo a 100, 300, 500 y más ("everything for 100, 300, 500 or more") or Todo a un euro. Colloquially, the expression todo a 100 implies that something is either cheap, kitsch or low quality.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }}

In Portugal there were Trezentos shops (300 escudos, €1.50), but with the introduction of the Euro currency, this designation is not used nowadays and the terms 'bazar' or 'euro store' are preferred.

In Germany, there are ToBi (German: Total Billig{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, "Totally Inexpensive") stores where most items cost one or two Euro or less.

In Hungary, there are 100 forintos bolt ("100 forints store") stores, but they do not form a single chain, instead operated by small, independent companies.

The HEMA chain started in the Netherlands, sell goods using standard prices of 10, 25 or 50 cents, and later also 75 and 100 cents. After World War II, this model could not be sustained and the standard pricing system was abandoned.<ref>{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[dead link] }}</ref> HEMA is the abbreviation of Hollandish standardized prices company (). The HEMA had some 500 Dutch stores in 2011 and also operates in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and France.


  • In Belgium: HEMA.
  • In Denmark: Tiger, which means tiger as well as being a pun on the word for the Danish ten-krone coin, opened in the mid-nineties in Copenhagen and has since spread to over 100 locations in other countries and is arguably the most successful single discount store in Europe. The chain is owned by the company "Zebra" and recently began releasing original music, after a campaign on the company's website found them several artists.
  • In France: HEMA, Prisunic, Monoprix, Uniprix, M. 1-2-3
  • In Germany: EuroShop, HEMA, Pfennigland, TEDi (1400 stores across Europe), Mäc-Geiz (240 stores), Thomas Philipps (200 stores), Pfennigpfeiffer (110 stores)
  • In Greece: 300 (300 drachmas, €0.90)
  • In Italy: NINEtNINE cent paradise
  • In Ireland: Dealz, EuroGiant
  • In Luxembourg: HEMA
  • In Malta: Tal-Lira
  • In the Netherlands: Euroland, HEMA and Zeeman.
  • In Norway: Tier´n,{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B=

{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }} a colloquialism for ten kroner, US$1.75.

North America

According to IBISWorld, dollar stores have grown 43 percent since 1998 and have become a $56 billion industry. Colliers International claims there are more dollar stores than drug stores. With stores of other types closing in large numbers, dollar stores often replace other types of stores in shopping centers. They succeed partly because of impulse purchases.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

Among today's dollar stores are:



  • In Australia the main variety stores now consist of The Reject Shop, Daiso, The Basement, Sam's Warehouse, Red Dot (Western Australia), Browse in and Save & Cunningham's Warehouse Sales (South Australia), Hot Dollar (NSW & ACT). Former chains include Crazy Clark's, Go-Lo and Chickenfeed.
  • In New Zealand: The $2 Shop, 2 Cheap, Dollar Saver, 1, 2, 3 Dollar Shop, Crazy Clark's and Coin Save

South America

In Argentina, variety stores are called todo por dos pesos (2 pesos).

In Brazil, these stores are called um e noventa e nove (one and ninety-nine, meaning BRL1.99, about US$1.20) usually written as 1,99. They began to appear in the 1990s possibly as a consequence of both the increase in the purchasing power of the low income classes after the curbing of hyperinflation and the decrease in middle-class net income due to a gradual increase in the national average tax load.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }}

Brazilians sometimes use the expression um e noventa e nove to refer to cheap, low quality things or even people.

In Chile, they are called todo a mil (referring to the one thousand Chilean pesos banknote). They are commonly located in middle-class neighbourhoods where big retail stores don't usually venture and in small commercial districts like the ones in Santiago.

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