get (something) off the shelf

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get (something) off the shelf

To obtain something that is ready made for purchase from available stock; to get 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 get off the shelf. Yeah, if you get a hearing aid off the shelf, it'll be less expensive, but they are much more prone to failure than those prescribed by a doctor.
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Without buy-in across the company, a product stands little chance of getting off the shelf.
However, he added, "you look at which product has the better shot at getting off the shelf.