As someone who tries to avoid confusion with people in conversations, I try and use the best words for the task.
So often, misunderstood comments cause issues anywhere.
Cheap is a word I find used inappropriately, my understanding is it means poor quality, low price.
And yet its used for example, 'Cheap greenhouse wanted", Good insulation needed, must be cheap".
I use the terms deliberately, economical, good value.
Deliberately keeping away from the sense of 'poor quality".
I wonder if others wrestle with the word?
John Daley Bendigo, Australia
The Enemy of progress is the hope of a perfect plan
I imagine they have become interchangable in many places due to the fact that they often pretty much work out that way. In my area, I don't think people who use the word improperly are trying to find top quality at a low price. I think they are emphasizing cost over other factors, and are willing to accept low quality if it gets them a low price.
And he said, "I want to live as an honest man, to get all I deserve, and to give all I can, and to love a young woman whom I don't understand. Your Highness, your ways are very strange."
For low price, I use the term inexpensive. To me, that implies a low price with no connotations regarding quality. The word value, to me, refers to price as related to quality. I once bought a car that was an excellent value at $7000 below Blue Book. I sold it several years and 100,000 miles later for about what I paid for it. Still, it was not cheap or inexpensive.
Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from making bad decisions. Mark Twain
Agreed, "cheap" has heavy connotations of poor quality or disposability, as well as mean-spirited stinginess.
I bristle when people say I'm cheap. I am efficient with my dollars, looking for best value over time. I will spend more for quality, or source quality items gently used, because it actually costs me less in the long run. You buy cheap, you buy twice -- and make landfills overflow with crap goods.
The proper English word is "frugal," but people don't know it. I like "thrifty" which says smart and efficient all at once.
Depends, if you mean that cool thing you got for 10 cents on the dollar, absolutely. If it means your kiddo's wearing cheap shoes that offer no support and/or fall apart, nope.
I'm a gal who loves a bargain, in fact, I find it very difficult to pay full price for anything. I would rather get the dented or scratched appliance, call it "pre-disastered" ((the car from The World According To Garp), and get 20% off. BUT I will also pay $20 for a pair of sox that will last forever because the company will replace them for life.