you pays your money and you takes your choice
you pays your money, and you takes your choice
When you buy something, you must accept the risk that it will not be what you wanted. I'm sorry to hear that the laptop you bought online doesn't work, but you pays your money, and you takes your choice.
you pays your money and you takes your choiceused to convey that there is little to choose between one alternative and another.
Both pays and takes are non-standard, colloquial forms, retained from the original version of the saying in a Punch joke of 1846 .
you ˌpays your ˌmoney and you ˌtakes your ˈchoice(saying) used to say that there is not much difference between two or more alternatives, so you should choose whichever you prefer: It’s hard to say which explanation is more likely; it’s more a matter of you pays your money and you takes your choice.
The unusual grammar in this idiom copies the speech of showmen at a fairground.