110 W 32nd St, New York, NY | Directions 1000140.748807 -73.989428
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Chelsea
VERY FEW 99 CENT ITEMS, FALSE ADVERTISING – This use to be a great store, not anymore!
almost every item in the store cost over $1.
They should change their name to $1 to $10
Some bargains almost everything is now overpriced.
Some items higher than the supermarkets!
Serley, nasty, unfriendly cashiers!
The store should run a class in good
customer service for their cashiers!!!!
Jacks World is the place for cheap finds.
Don't expect to buy anything of good quality at this place. Everything here is cheap, quick fixes. and lack of durability. They have everything from toys, batteries, office and party supplies, kitchen ware, house ware, curtains and even frozen food. I do not rely on their products, therefore do not visit this place often. When I do, its for things that I can't go wrong with. Things like a misc. notepad for jotting, eraser for my kid to take to school or a bag of plastic cups and paper plates for BBQ's.
One thing to keep in mind when visiting this store is to expect to be in a overly crowded place where everyone is in a hurry and the customers are rushing to be first on line. If you like 99 cents stores you should visit this one. Its huge and they have everything. This store has three floors of a variety of 99 cents and up items.
The Heaven and Hell of Cheap – If you don’t know, now you know! This little (actually big) Native New Yorker secret in the heart of midtown is like a mega 99 cent store and grocery store combined. 99 cent stores are like New Yorker’s version of Walmart, except you never know what they will have at Jack’s (they often have leftovers from pricier stores, super-discounted), and they tend to, other than random leftovers, exclusively carry no-name product lines. I know the Jack’s store on 32nd St. has two floors- by far the biggest 99 cent store I’ve been to. Jack’s offers much-needed bargains in Manhattan, where grocers tend to price gouge and exploit the fact that shoppers don’t have cars, and have little choice on foot (Jack’s actually has three locations through-out Midtown Manhattan). There are also very few 99 cent stores in Manhattan compared to Brooklyn, where there’s seemingly one on every corner, and the ones that do exist there tend to be clustered by the housing projects that line the rivers on the east/west sides of the island.
The downside? The place can get pretty crowded and chaotic, and could stand much more uniform organization. Much of the food (which includes frozen) is single serving and of the snack/junkier/high-carb variety. You’ll probably buy a few things you don’t need just because it’s cheap and forget (or lack the will) to return it- but, hey, then again it’s 99 cents… what do you have to lose? You can always donate the stuff to a friend or charity.
Like many 99 cent and general stores, not everything is 99 cents… they have lighting/lamps, house wares, and hardware departments where items tend to run more like $10 and up (still a steal!), and recession induced inflation has caused many products to drift up to $1.19 or more. Like most 99 cent stores, they offer beauty/hair accessories, toiletries (avoid toothpastes made in China!), bath supplies, cosmetics, stationary, hardware, seasonal, cleaning supplies, sewing notions, hosiery, glassware, hardware, home goods, cheap apparel, giftware, toys and electronics.
Another thing one has to realize about 99 cent stores is that they all have their specialties, niches, and preferred product lines- what one cannot find at one store, one might find at another.
Where Jack’s stands out is with their pet, luggage, wedding and baby departments (again, if you’re concerned about poisoning, be careful with anything that baby sucks on that is made in China… but then again, isn’t everything everywhere made in China?).
My favorite way of saving at these shops is buying the 3 for $1 bath/body soaps (a huge discount compared to grocery/drug stores, although for the face I require more expensive moisturizing soap, like Dove, which runs $1 a bar (and you can find Dove at Jack’s too!), cheap, yet tasteful 99 cent body sprays/perfumes (in every flavor!), and body and hand lotions. What’s funny about 99 cent store soaps and lotions is they often come in more fragrant and exotic varieties than what you can get in the drugstore; mint, cocoa butter, rose, imitation Irish Springish, peach and every other fruit under the sun, etc, and are great as long as you don’t mind the fact that they often (although not always) are made in Turkey or Asia. And when they are that cheap, why get just one? What not have one in every scent to suit your mood and the season?
My strategy for saving with these places is to go in with a list of the odds and ends I need, load up on soap/perfumes each time I go (because I don’t want to go to these hellholes often- hey, I’m not in it for the ambiance, but think about how often you use soap), and buy about $40 worth of stuff. That way I only wind up going about 4 times per year.
Jacks 99 cent store – With three floors of shopping, Jack's World/Jack's 99cent store has pretty much everything you might imagine you'd find at any typical 99 cent/discount store. But more of it, in a constantly changing array. It's got: food (dry goods, refrigerated & frozen), hardware, party supplies, hair accessories, seasonal decor, toiletries, luggage, bath supplies, kitchen ware, toys, electronics, etc. It's reliable for picking up basic household needs, and of course there's some tacky junk, but the real deals are the closeouts here. You never know what you'll find, but you can often get amazing discounts on brand-name stuff.
I've always loved this place. I used to go here all the time when I worked on 34th Street many years ago. I'd come here for party supplies, office supplies, random snacks, etc.! At some point they added a third floor with some electronics and gourmet foods. They have a good selection of fancy oils, vinegars, salami and a decent selection of cheese and cold cuts. Totally not what I expected from Jack's. Needless to say those things are not 99 Cents but still priced cheaper than you'd find elsewhere.
The place is kept clean and reasonably organized, and they have a plethora of cashiers (some on each floor), so it's always quick to get out of there with your purchases. One tip: shop on the first floor first, because you can bring merchandise up to the second and third floors, but you can't pay for it there.
good place to spend your dollars – this place gets crazy sometimes, specially lately, but its still got some good deals. just go late or early so you dont have to deal with them crowds
Jack is a great place! – Jacks is a great place to shop if you are on a tight budget. And lets face it, who isnt. Yeah its always crowded but what do you expect in this economy. The two times I needed staff help, i was able to find someone quickly and they were knowledgable and friendly. You will be suprised what you find at jacks. this christmas was a good one for us!
terrible service bad smelly store !!! – jack's .99 cent store at 34 st in manhattan is very very bad when i shopped there the employees are very very rude & at the jack's .99 cent store at 34 st in manhattan have many many small dangerous animals at that messy jack's store i made a very bad mistake shopping over there i do not recommened anyone to go to jack's .99 cent store i hope someone investorgate that store it is not good for adults escally not children or babies this store even smells horrible !!!.
Great service, prices – Went in the day after New Year's to get some items to decorate my apartment; while every other "convenience" store (CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade) had already put up Valentine's decorations/products, Jack's still had leftover Christmas items for 1/5 the original price. I was able to get some great decorations for any time of the year at a very reasonable price. Also, the staff was very friendly and helpful - even the security guy at the door joked with me and wished me a happy holiday - rare for New York!
Great low price selection on almost everything you could want!! – After stopping in Jack's tonight, I asked myself why I hadn't shopped there sooner. I went in looking for gift bags and ended up buying 5 of them at 50 cents each. They would have easily run $3-4 elsewhere! A great deal. I also bought tissue paper, crayons and coloring books, all 99 cents each. I wanted to buy more but figured there's always another time.
Great for NYer's on a budget – I have been to Jacks several times now and I really don't have any complaints. First of all, there are three floors of goodies. The first floor is full of 99 cent items where you find anything from frozen foods to refrigerator magnets. Think of anything in between and its there. Socks, candles, tools, cleaning supplies, make-up. Best of all, not everything is non-brand. I have actually purchased Campbells soups, Delmonte's tomato sauces as well as Bazooka bubble gum. Some items are 2 for 99 cents so sometimes I am surprised when the cashier totals my order. Just keep in mind that the first floor registers are programmed only for the 99 cent items so you cannot shop on the upper floors then bring goods downstairs. Okay, now to the other floors. The second floor has anything from picture frames to picnic supplies to cookware. All at very reasonable prices. The third floor has more expensive (but still reasonable) items such as HD TV's and Hamilton Beach Stand Up mixers. I have seen those for 399 bucks and at Jack's it was 169 bucks. Still a great deal. I have never tried to return anything so I am no expert on their policy regarding returns and thus cannot comment on that. Still, I know Jack's is closing in about 5 minutes from now (approximately 7:45 PM) and I wish that were not so because I would run there right now and do a little shopping.
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