YGWYPF


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YGWYPF

An initialism of "you get what you pay for," meaning the less you pay for something, the lower quality it will inevitably be, especially when there are pricier—and therefore higher-quality—options available. The abbreviation is only used in writing. I got new headphones for $5 from a shop at the mall, but they stopped working after just a week. Oh well, YGWYPF. The company has unpaid interns doing so much work around here, it's no wonder there are so many issues with these projects. YGWYPF, after all.

you get what you pay for

proverb The less you pay for something, the lower quality it will inevitably be, especially when there are pricier options. I got new headphones for $5 from a shop at the mall, but they broke after just a week. Oh well, you get what you pay for. Of course the interns are going to mess things up—you get what you pay for, and we aren't paying them anything!
See also: get, pay, what
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: get, pay, what
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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, what
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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, what

YGWYPF

verb
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

you get what you pay for

Inexpensive items may be of poor quality; a bargain may not be a good buy. This economic truism dates from ancient times and is a point of contention among today’s value analysts. High price does not always indicate high quality, but it is hard to convince the buyer whose bargain-bin running shoes lost their soles in the first rainstorm.
See also: get, pay, what
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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