you get what you pay for


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You get what you pay for.

Prov. Cliché If you do not pay much money for something, it is probably of poor quality.; If you pay well for something, it is more likely to be of good quality. Alan: I was so pleased to find shoes for such a low price, but look, they're falling apart already. Jane: You get what you pay for. This brand of soup is more expensive, but remember, you get what you pay for.
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you get what you pay for

Inexpensive goods or services are likely to be inferior, as in That vacuum cleaner fell apart in a year-I guess you get what you pay for, or The volunteers take three times as long with the mailing, but you get what you pay for . This economic observation probably dates from ancient times but is disputed by those who do not equate high price with high quality.
See also: get, pay

You get what you pay for

and YGWYPF
sent. & comp. abb. You get whatever value you actually pay for. Yup, your machine crashes because it’s junk. YGWYPF.
See also: get, pay