you get what you pay for

Inexpensive goods or services are likely to be inferior, as in That vacuum cleaner fell apart in a year—I guess you get what you pay for, or The volunteers take three times as long with the mailing, but you get what you pay for. This economic observation probably dates from ancient times but is disputed by those who do not equate high price with high quality.


Nearby words

  1. you can't win,
  2. you can't win 'em all,
  3. you cannot serve god and mammon,
  4. you could cut it with a knife,
  5. you don't say,
  6. you just don't get it,
  7. you know,
  8. you know something?,
  9. you name it,
  10. you never can tell

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