Daiso - What Are Your Best Purchases?

For those out of the loop Daiso is the 100 yen shop. 3600 stores in japan, and now 19 stores in Australia. All [most] products are $2.80.

So i wanted to find out, What have you bought there that they would recommend to others? (or not recommend)

So far the main item i've been really impressed with is these red handled screw drivers for opening up computers. Very sturdy and haven't stripped the heads.

Small silicone tongs have been lasting well.

Things that haven't done so well

  • 3* 3 bladed "mens" razors (just too dull)
  • 5 drill bits 3-3.6mm (were not strong enough)

Anyone else?

Comments

  • +4 votes

    Massage hook, clay pot with lid, space bag

  • +1 vote

    Fabric type storage trays and a little trashcan for my desktop.

  • +6 votes

    Daiso is best when you know what you're looking for.
    Bought a banana stand from them, and use that to hold my headphones (I knew they would have them!)
    Best 2.80 I have ever spent.

    The purchases that weren't so useful were the impulse buys, under the premise that "I might need them in the future" and "its so cheap, why not".

    That being said, I recommend people to spend more money on less disposable items, if heavy use of them is expected (e.g. cooking utensils). Otherwise if you know what you're doing, daiso can be great.

  • +1 vote

    glassware
    that are made in japan, like bowls etc

    • +1 vote

      I bought a nice single glass and it broke/cracked in my hands while hand washing it. Wasn't using hot water or anything either.

      It was labelled European thin glass or something equally vague. I bought it specifically because it was such a nice simple glass with a thin rim/edge (cos it's so much nicer to drink from that way).

      Was disappointed when it broke. Used it only a handful of times. Still, it was cheap so the gamble was worth it. Kinda.

      Their stoneware etc is nice though.

    •  

      don't let them fool you just because they put a lot of Japanese on their packaging, most of Daiso products are made in China.

      I bought a bike chain with digit combo lock from Daiso, they retail around $5 from Kmart. http://mydaiso.com.au/index.php/bicycle-lock.html

  • +2 votes

    I got a paper towel holder from them that's still going strong after several years, been happy with that.

  • +9 votes

    Caramel Corn!
    Dried Mango!

    • +1 vote

      Dried Mango is quite nice actually. Very sweet though.

    • +1 vote

      They are not that dry, very moist inside, sweet and sour drooling

    •  

      Ozbargain Minion reporting for duty sir!
      I love the dried mango thingy too* but you can buy the exact same brand in some Asian/Chinese groceries for up to 15c cheaper.

      *I used to buy heaps from Woolies, grown and air-dried in Australia without sulphites. Unfortunately, they don't stock the brand (Altitude?) anymore - nobody else was buying 'em, I guess :-(

  • +1 vote

    They had wasabi and karashi in tubes when they first opened. Pretty good price for those, I thought. And the little cans of drink are the real deal and kinda fun - yoghurty sodas and mix fruit/veg juices etc.

  •  

    The little electric AA toothbrushes are a good size for small children; most others tend to be huge for small hands and mouths, and are more expensive. The design of the handle isn't the best: it goes from on—>off—>unscrew, but I can live with it. The replacement heads are cheap, too, at just $2.80 for 4.

  • +7 votes

    Silicone hair catcher for the shower, so the hair doesn't go down and block the drain.

    I prefer to sort of make a mental list since it's so much cheaper in Japan (108Yen, which would be $1.16 atm), but that presumes going to Japan regularly.

    On my list are laundry bags, compression bags, confectionery, stainless steel "soap", etc.

  • +6 votes

    The dried mango are the best.

  • +1 vote

    Sharp kitchen knives. I use them infrequently but find them more than adequate.

  • +1 vote

    Anything made in Japan - cutlery, bowls, table runners, laundry nets, chocs (Daiso brand)

  • +3 votes

    Japanese ear wax pick.

  •  

    Laundry bags, and I grabbed a cute pair of scissors with some kind of floral pattern on it, on my way out.

  • +5 votes

    Definitely their loose leaf tea bags. You get 100 for $2.80. No more tea infuser for me!

    And who can resist their dried mango on your way out of there

    •  

      Great suggestion! Will try this out since I have some loose leaf Rooibos left over.

    •  

      They heckled me with a free sample at the counter last week. Needless to say, I left with 3 bags.

      • +1 vote

        H… hectored… ?

        •  

          No? I think heckled was the right word for the situation. Am I missing something here or are the OzB vocabulary police out in full force?

        •  

          @jackary: "Heckled with a free sample" is this like "Hey mate, this dried mango could queue better than you!"

        • -1 vote

          @Pterodactyl: Lol. Got Oxford's in our midst, do we? Anyway:

          heck┬Ěled - heck┬Ěling - transitive verb:
          to harass and try to disconcert with questions, challenges, or gibes.

          So yes, considering I had a lady yelling over the top of me in broken English "YOU TRY BUY THIS YOU LIKE IT VERY GOOD" then yes, I would say she was heckling me.

          Honestly please bugger off. Surely you haven't done all your odd weekend jobs already?

        • -1 vote

          @jackary: Chill, it wasn't an attack.

        • -1 vote

          @heyrosered: When the entire basis of my comment was ignored and repeated comments about the semantics of ONE WORD used has ensued, I'd call it an attack. Some would even say I was being heckled. How about we all just move on, yeah?

  • +1 vote

    I've got heaps of things from Daiso,but i tend to stick with what's made in Japan!

    • +12 votes

      "Heaps More" - You mean $0.80-$1.00 more per item when they have to pay Aussie wages, high rental / insurance Australia's ridiculous port handling charges on containers and GST.

      I still think we are getting a bargain @ $2.80…..Where else do you have the convenience of buying a space bag, tea pot, fake eyelashes and a packet of Japanese chips for $2.80 each in the same shop ?

      • -6 votes

        In all my examples I've demonstrated an enormous percentile differenc. Whether iit's socks or stocks if I have to pay 20-40% more, I will feel ripped off. Saying it's just a few cents is poor justification. I've seen petty theifs declare what they do is ok, coz it's just a few dollars.

        As for rent, wages, tariffs or gst, u need to be more educated if u want to argue based on facts. If u think Canada or Singapore isn't comparable to Australia u must be in lala land, or haven't travelled much.

        • +3 votes

          You are right! Just last week my wife bought a friggin handbag for over 10k ! I've seen handbags in shops go for less than $100 and she wanted a particular brand which happened to be over 10k

        •  

          You can compare all you want, but what matters in the end isn't the price you pay in Canada or Singapore - but the price you pay here.

          And in that sense, Daiso is cheap for what you get.

        • +1 vote

          Actually…

          http://fortune.com/2015/01/21/10-highest-rent-shopping-strip...

          Sydney is in there at 9th in the world. Most is Hong Kong / New York and yes their Daiso would be 'cheaper' then ours but they have a high population in a small area. No Canada or Singapore in sight. All the expensive rent places are high metropolitan cities… Australia doesn't even have the population that can compare to the likes of Hong Kong or America. I was in Daiso in Singapore, the line had like 20+ people and they had 4 registers going at a time. The Daiso I've been to in Melboourne always have 1 register and like a line of 0 - 3 people. Even on the weekend. The business just isn't here. Australian rent is high… the people earn a lot so we do buy things but there isn't enough people I reckon to make up for it so they gotta up the price…

        • +3 votes

          I live in Footscray and go to the variety stores alot ! But they're not always cheaper. Daiso is a lot more organised and has better customer service.

  • +2 votes

    plastic coffee pour over and filter papers

  •  

    a metal noodles drainer, the next cheapest one I could find was like $10+ at some Asian grocery store

    got a few full size Katsu don bowls

    couple of nice looking made in Japan plates

    air fresheners are big and cheap (compare to the ones in Woolies/Coles)

    •  

      Which air freshener do you recommend? I have bought 2 types and they both did nothing for a whole room. Yes, I could smell the product close by but the scent wouldn't actually fragrance the room.

      • +1 vote

        I got those ones with little beads/jelly balls, they are not the best, but 2 or 3 of them together still beats the ones in Woolies, and still cost less :)

        otherwise, the bambo charcoal ones are pretty good too (they are only good for deodorizing though)

  • +1 vote

    The largest size metal mixing bowl they sell and a cute owl glass (hand crafted by italian artisans! just kidding it only said made in italy).

    Bought lots of other nonsense but I cant remember the rest so they probably aren't significant.

  • +2 votes

    The spaghetti cooker gets a lot of usage. 9mins for normal spaghetti or fettuccine and 12 mins for penne . Pro tip- don't use the lid for cooking just for draining.

  • +4 votes

    4 birthday cards for $2.80. Beats paying $6.95 for one at the newsagents or even $1 for one at the $2 shop.

  • +5 votes

    My son and I like to make card games, so the pack of 200 blank cards are pretty handy.

  •  

    Back Scratcher.

  • +1 vote

    A sheesha/shisha pen (e-cigarette, e-hookah, whatever floats your boat) from Daiso in San Francisco.

    Cmon, those things retail for at least $10-$15 normally, and Daiso had them in cute colours and flavours — banana split and strawberries and cream, woo!

  • +4 votes

    The electric lint remover is pretty good. Using it for 6+ months now and it works reasonably well. Requires 1 or 2 AA batteries I think. Still running on the original ones I put in there.

    edit: looks like this

    edit2: Dad really likes the floor mops they have there too. The handle is good and the refills work for a long time.

    • +3 votes

      Careful with softer thinner garments, something similar i got from DX tore a hole in my one of my merino wool shirts =(

  • +2 votes

    Bought a mini electric whisk once. It was absolute rubbish and would jam in anything thicker than water. Their bowls are really good value though, really sturdy!

  •  

    Make up brush cleaner/soap. It works a treat.

  • +1 vote

    I'm in Japan now. Just in the Kutchan (Niseko) store.

    It's the 100 yen store (108 yen including tax) = $1.15 for everything.

    We stocked up on all the stuff we didn't need!

    Actually I bought a lightning cable for 108 yen, let's see if it lasts longer than a few days.

  • +1 vote

    not the vegetable peeler - it was just junk.

  • +2 votes

    usb desk fan, lasted 2 weeks.

  • +6 votes

    the stick on splashback. its just clear and you can't tell. we change it every few mths. keeps our splashback nice, clean and new. get it! its sooo popular in asia. best money spent.

  • +1 vote

    It's remarkable they can standardise the price of all their products. Surely not everything is worth $2.80, some inherently more value than others. I usually don't shop there because it is hard to know if I'm paying too much and the quality is generally pretty junky.

    •  

      I wonder if people assume that everything in Daiso is Made In Japan and thus expect things to be of 'Japanese quality'..

      Loads of stuff they sell is still made in China and elsewhere. I check everything before purchasing. There's usually a marked difference in quality between Japanese made homewares etc versus Chinese made stuff there… and knowing how dirt cheap you can buy the same stuff from China online, even $2.80 feels like too much at times lol.

      •  

        Pays to check Aliexpress and eBay while you're shopping, I find most items can be had for much cheaper imported than from Daiso.

        •  

          You're paying for the whole Japanese style gimmick because let's face it people love Japanese stuff e.g sushi, toyota cars, electronics. When you delve a little deeper you will realise most of their products are sourced from China and other Asian countries so the brand is not indicative of the quality.

  • Top