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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And yes, back in the bad old days of bargain basements, department stores didn't have such well-developed discounters to go up against, much less the hordes of off-pricers, outlets and warehouse clubs that exist today.
It's when they say that they do not want Britain "turned into a bargain basement" that I am reminded of a lunch in another country some years ago.
The country has been named as Europe's bargain basement destination after research by the Post Office.
This is a bargain basement price for a very high quality children's shop in a Fabulous Location!
And Green's bargain basement deal included pounds 2.7million for the contracts of players ordinarily worth pounds 25million on an open market.
BRITISH firms are being increasingly snapped up by foreign companies in "bargain basement" buyouts following the recession, says a Birmingham business expert.
Now United have added pounds 80m to their already inflated transfer fund - what hope does Rafa have of competing with these two when he is confined to the bargain basement bin of footballers?
"He has already been linked with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in a cut-price pounds 6m deal and it may well be that Newcastle will be forced to let him go at that bargain basement price rather than lose him for nothing.
But some companies have used the chemical - known as DEG - as a bargain basement sweetener in a bid to save production costs.
He predicted this would "revolutionize department store retailing the same way the original bargain basement did," according to a story in HFD on Jan.
The bargain basement values of the day proved to be fertile ground for the individuals and firms that had the foresight to see that the tumult in the market would eventually settle and so bought up property, later enjoying a windfall of profits from their timely purchases.
STUART PEARCE is demanding a European berth for Manchester City next term to improve his chances of a successful summer bargain basement transfer trawl.
LEEDS boss Kevin Blackwell is close to signing Ipswich midfield schemer Jermaine Wright as he raids the bargain basement.
Jerry Bridge at Bridge The World says three night room-only hotel short breaks in Hong Kong from pounds 376 and bargain basement flights to the US - New York (around pounds 200), Los Angeles (pounds 250) and Las Vegas (pounds 289) - are hot sellers.