you get what you pay for

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you get what you pay for

  1. In commercial transactions, the quality of goods and services increases as the prices increase, i.e., the more one pays, the better the merchandise.
    • 1991 October 28, Janice Castro and Richard Woodbury, "The Man Who Fired a Dog To Save a Buck," Time (retrieved 4 Nov 2018):
      You get what you pay for. If you want a lower price, you can go to Motel 6..

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  • Used both to denigrate inexpensive goods as naturally inferior and to praise expensive goods as being of high quality.

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