We often come across situations like:

  1. Investment is costlier than profit.
  2. Repairment is costlier than the price of new.

I actually want to ask that if there any idiom or Proverb exists in English especially for the two examples, as they exist in my mother tongue.

If so, what are the idioms to express these situations?

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    Repairment isn't actually a word that people use. We just use repair for the act of repair nowadays.
    – SamBC
    Commented Mar 14, 2019 at 10:55

2 Answers 2



Repairment is costlier than the price of new.

I would just say "it's cheaper to buy a new one"

not really an idiom, but it is what i hear people say and a quick google search shows it is very common


For maintenance, the idiom or actuality is :

Preventative maintenance is expensive, breakdowns are very expensive.

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