you get what you pay for
you get what you pay for In commercial transactions, the quality of goods and services increases as the prices increase, i.e., the more one pays, the better the merchandise. 2003, Michael Blumenthal, "For Whom the School Bell Tolls," Time, 7 Dec.: Though it may sound unapologetically capitalistic to say so—there are times when even a certain crass Americanism has the ring of authority: you get what you pay for.
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