How 99 Cents Only Stores Makes Its 99 Cents

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The scheme is called pump and dump, says a public-interest group that tested the store’s products in California. When 99 Cents Only Stores needed oysters on the cheap for its canned-seafood customers, they went to William Purcell and Colleen Purcell-Kangas of Purcell International in Walnut Creek, California.

The entrepreneurial spirit of the Purcells drove them to the most contaminated places on earth, like China and Korea, to score the cheap. Sure, the oysters were a value—that is, if 99 Cents Only customers like lead and cadmium in their seafood at 46- and 51-times above the state of California’s safety standards. Both chemicals are cancerogenic and present reproductive risks. Lead impacts brain health, abnormal behavior, and blood pressure.

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When the Chemical Toxin Working Group, a non-profit consumer-advocacy organization, caught the two culprits in the midst of the scheme and sued them with their test results, the company told the court that this was just a one off, as the industry likes to call it. Sure, we sold an ungodly amount of the product to Californians, and it was totally contaminated and probably did hurt the offspring of some of their shoppers, particularly consumed during different points during pregnancy. In fact, we won’t even contest we sold poisoned product, their lawyers told the court. But we just poisoned them once, Judge. So let us off easy? Just the cost of doing business, right? It’s okay to poison some kid or maybe a few. They were low income anyway and wanted the cheap stuff.

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CTWG is battling Purcell International in court right now, demanding that poisoning 99 Cents Only Stores customers should be a punishable offense. Follow the upcoming trial.

Here are the dirty numbers Purcell Interntional peddled on 99 Cents Only Store customers.

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*The JSC Surfside Seafood Oysters in Cottonseed Oil were supplied to 99 Cents Only Stores by M. W. Polar and originally intended to be sold to the California prison system until that deal went bad and the chain had the opportunity to dump them on their customers. See this story here.

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Jack Sinclair

Jack Sinclair

Jack Sinclair
CEO of 99 Cents Only Stores






William Purcell III

William Purcell III


William Purcell III
CEO, Purcell International



Colleen Purcell-Kangas

Colleen Purcell-Kangas



Colleen Purcell-Kangas
Vice President, Purcell International







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