Posted by Bob on May 31, 2000
In Reply to: Cheap at half the price posted by Richard Jones on May 31, 2000
: This has always baffled me, when someone says this.
: Of course it would be, if the person thinks that it is good value at the normal price!!
: What am I missing.
You're missing the humor. The original expression was "that would be cheap at twice the price," clearly a bargain. Sarcastically, we say "cheap at half the price" to signify the opposite... like the service department thieves at the car dealer I visited this morning.