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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It suits manufacturers to try to pigeonhole players into categories relative to handicap to encourage buying off the shelf.
It becomes more like buying off the shelf than ordering a unique product and that brings cost savings.
If there is a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product that meets the requirement, buying off the shelf often seems like an easy decision.
The luggage handling bright sparks lost my bag, complete with six pairs of knick-knacks, and I was advised by the glam receptionist, who obviously knew the joys of buying off the shelf in that fabled outlet Normal in a land called Anywhere, that the hotel's shop sold "undergarments".
I've finally taken the opportunity to subscribe to both GUNS and American Handgunner, so you might see a slight dip in revenues as I've been buying off the shelf for some time now.
When we work together, we can change the marketplace, instead of just buying off the shelf," Wegenke says.
But while the supermarkets do perform well, buying off the shelf is not always a guarantee of value
Retailers such as Suits You and Ciro Citerio are buying off the shelf abroad which means that their styles are more likely to become homogenised,' he said.
If you're buying off the shelf, try to avoid juices with artificial ingredients and anything less than 100 percent juice.