Depending on the size, they're quite good even for storing staples like coffee, tea, sugar, rice, etc, etc.
Indeed, just not the type that comes in five parts: the jar, the (loose) rubber seal, the lid and the two little metal clamps that hold the lid down.
The other ones that don't actually fall apart when you open them are the ones I use for all those etc's.
I am making my rumtopf in one of those this year:
(better picture of the content
& picture of some other preserves I made last year