A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 13, 2009
“You get what you pay for”

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Answers.com
Idioms: 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.

The Free Dictionary
You get what you pay for.
Prov. Cliché If you do not pay much money for something, it is probably of poor quality.; If you pay well for something, it is more likely to be of good quality.
Alan: I was so pleased to find shoes for such a low price, but look, they’re falling apart already. Jane: You get what you pay for. This brand of soup is more expensive, but remember, you get what you pay for.

27 June 1943, Chicago (IL) Daily Tribune, “Investors’ Guide,” pt. 2, pg. A6:
A time proved maxim warns the bargain hunter that you get what you pay for and no more. There’s another maxim that the exception proves the rule, so it must be admitted that occasionally one will find a true bargain, but the first principle still holds.

19 December 1946, Hartford (CT) Courant, “Loomis Endowment,” pg. 12:
And not even in education can the old adage, “you get what you pay for,” be adjudged out of place.

OCLC WorldCat record
Five stories.
Author: Michael Walker Sewell
Publisher: 1966.
Edition/Format: Thesis/dissertation : Fiction : Manuscript : English
Contents: Life begins at seventy.--You get what you pay for.--Benjamin Holt.--A big dramatic thing.--One day from Fresno.

OCLC WorldCat record
In communications skills, you get what you pay for.
Author: G Davis
Edition/Format: Article : English
Publication: Modern hospital, 1969 Jul; 113(1): 48
Database: From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

OCLC WorldCat record
You get what you pay for
Author: David Anderson, prose writer.
Publisher: San Francisco : Seven Freds Press, 1971.
Edition/Format: Book : Fiction : English

OCLC WorldCat record
You get what you pay for
Author: Larry Beinhart
Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, 1988.
Edition/Format: Book : Fiction : English : 1st ed

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