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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.
Properties currently on the market in Florida offering excellent investment opportunities, he says, include Milan Apartments in Apopka which offer that winning combination of bargain basement purchase prices and high rental yields, with a guaranteed rental scheme in place for two years giving net returns of up to 8.
GIL Prescott aims to go shopping in the bargain basement to find a lightning quick striker.
Born as sub-contractors to the major manufacturers, white box makers are gaining popularity in their own right thanks to improved products and support services, bargain basement prices that are typically 20% lower than brand names, and a cheap Third World labor pool.
Tynecastle gaffer Jim Jefferies signed 28-year-old Weir two years ago in a bargain basement pounds 300,000 cash plus players deal that took Brian Hamilton and Craig Nelson to Falkirk.
Upmarket shops and stores were refusing to open in the city because of its bargain basement shopping image - but they were the very things needed to dispel the image.
Theres a broad consensus that premium wines at a higher price-points are the way forward, yet the country continues to be a source of bargain basement wine instead.
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?
I hope I made a few people smile and proved it is possible to achieve open-race wins with dogs from the bargain basement.
Liens on the property combined with near 100% vacancy and a declining Downtown market culminated in bargain basement pricing that Trump was quick to capitalize on.
I think that they should give whatever money they had for their part in the new stadium to Moyesy and let him go and spend some decent money on some quality players instead of having to go and crawl around the bargain basement for Dickov and the like.
The losers will be the poorest and most disadvantaged youngsters whose parents cannot afford even a bargain basement private education.
THE owners of troubled chain store What Everyone Wants yesterday launched a return to its bargain basement roots after a slump in profits.
In a well known London store: Bargain Basement Upstairs.
Smith has already landed Scotland World Cup defender David Weir for a bargain basement pounds 250,000 from Hearts.