you get what you pay for


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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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