bargain-basement


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bargain-basement

1. Sold at a low or reduced price; very inexpensive. The term comes from a section of a department store, usually at the ground or basement level, where inexpensive items or those at reduced prices are sold. George paid nearly $500 for his designer suit, but I think my bargain-basement suit looks just as nice.
2. Of very poor or inferior quality; having very little or no value. You can tell that these are bargain-basement toys: they all broke after an hour of the kids playing with them.
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Not-quite perfect products offered at bargain-basement prices; regular merchandise also available.
Effectively, it meant that Adolph Zukor, who was the chairman of Famous Players-Lasky, drove the Allens out of business and through FPCC, he bought all their theatres at a bargain-basement price.
PARRY SOUND - At the bargain-basement price of just one dollar, one would think that 10 acres of prime waterfront property on Georgian Bay, in the heart of this community, would have been snapped up when it first went on the market almost 10 years ago.
The aftershocks, which rippled through SoHo as wave after wave of artists armed themselves with the easy-to-use, bargain-basement camera, are still being felt today.
KIA will launch a revised line-up of its Sedona MPV model in the autumn, adding fresh appeal to the bargain-basement people carrier which has become Britain's third best-selling MPV.
The American business community seems to be recognizing that people who wear corduroy also think corduroy, and those who have bargain-basement wardrobes also tend to have bargain basement intellects.
The former Leeds forward is out of contract at the end of the season and he fits in with Bolton's bargain-basement approach.
Many people buy a bargain-basement PC because they don't take into account the processing power they'll need for some of their common tasks, For instance, if you're a heavy-duty garner or plan to videoconference via your PC, you should look at chips with speeds of around 450 MHz.
The first shoe dropped last October, when SAPPI announced it had a buyer in the Seattle-based Plum Creek Timber Company, which was paying a bargain-basement $180 million.
But Park Avenue South's bargain-basement days are over, and rents and reaching parity with core Midtown rates, according to executives from SageGroupAssociates (SGA), a full-service commercial brokerage and real estate consulting firm.
As the evening wears on, and the sweat gathers in greater profusion, off come the bargain-basement shirts and jeans.
However, the only small-market team that could be considered active in the free-agent market was the Pittsburgh Pirates, and they signed Sanders and Lofton to bargain-basement deals.
No flashy advertising, no bargain-basement sales, no trendy latte stand amid its crammed stacks.
Singletary, large and lazy as a 2-year-old, an also-ran on dirt and plucked by a group of mainly nickel-and-dime investors for a bargain-basement price, has crashed the Super Bowl of horse racing.
And the South Korean firm's success is likely to continue as it sheds the bargain-basement appearance of the current Rio and replaces it with an upmarket version for around pounds 8,000, on sale by mid-2005.