thing you don't want is dear at any price

a thing you don't want is dear at any price

proverb It is a waste of money to buy something you don't want or don't need, even if it is at a reduced price. A: "Hey, they've got silk curtains on sale for $150, marked down from $400!" B: "But those are really ugly and don't match any room in our house. I know it's a good deal, but a thing you don't want is dear at any price." I know Aunt Mabel would sell me her car for a great price, but I live in the city—I don't need a car! And a thing you don't want is dear at any price. No, I don't want his hideous old couch, even for free. Haven't you ever heard that a thing you don't want is dear at any price?
See also: any, dear, price, thing, want
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thing you don't want is dear at any price

Prov. You should not buy something just because it is cheap. Jill: There's a sale on black-and-white film; we should get some. Jane: We never use black-and-white film. Jill: But it's so cheap. Jane: A thing you don't want is dear at any price.
See also: any, dear, price, thing, want
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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