buy (something) off the shelf

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buy (something) off the shelf

To buy something that is ready made for purchase from available stock; to buy something that is not custom built or crafted. We use our own custom software, so we can offer much more precision than what you can buy off the shelf. If you buy a hearing aid off the shelf, it'll be less expensive, but also much less likely to help you than one prescribed by a doctor.
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buy, get, etc. something off the ˈshelf

buy, etc. something which is not made especially for somebody, and is found in an ordinary shop/store: Did they buy the computer system off the shelf or was it designed specially for them?
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'Other parts, we bought off the shelf. Like the engine, we procured it from an auto plant.'
The drones, bought off the shelf, are sent up to check for signs of the enemy before troops advance over hills.
The new models are aimed at helping OEMs and SI partners build configurations and customisations for customers who are looking for desktop PCs, and gaming solutions that can be bought off the shelf and even family PCs.
If we do then that is something that can't just be bought off the shelf, it is something that has to be custom-made and then installed.
The Congress also termed the deal a "great Indian mystery", and claimed that a "huge scam" is brewing as due procedures in the purchase of the fighter jets were not followed and were bought off the shelf "like oranges".
"From an engineering perspective, our approach will be a much simpler project because the fuels and waste are safe, the reactor won't need a heat exchanger and steam turbine generator, and the lasers we need can be bought off the shelf," he added.
"These are too easily bought off the shelf to the general public in low budget stores and no advice is given on its use at the time of purchase.
There are still a lot of amateur golfers that play with clubs that are just bought off the shelf and never fitted to their game.
Having manufacturers shoulder much of the development work, and having platforms ready to be bought off the shelf makes the military's task much easier in reaching that goal, he added.
We used 20 mls of vinegar, which is half the price and can be bought off the shelf at any local supermarket."
Packages can be bought off the shelf or tailor-made by Great Rail Journeys and they include flights, hotel accommodation, Amtrak rail tickets and city sightseeing passes.
Do I really want success that can be bought off the shelf? YOU BETCHA LIFE I DO.
The main difference between the pedigree bandhgala jacket, which we cut in India, and the ones made by Italian designers is that the former is mostly custom-made and rarely bought off the shelf. In other words, a good bandhgala needs to be cut precisely to suit every contour of the wearer's body, and not indulge in generalisations like a Western jacket (usually bought on the basis of chest measurements only).
Despite the seemingly obvious answer, it is not due to a tremendous amount of communion wine, as eucharistic wine is not bought off the shelf. It is also, by and large, not used for daily communion purposes.
However, readers have seen the price of digital books fall by 18 per cent and those bought off the shelf by two per cent.