rip-off and stealing

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Hello guys,
this question came up:

If I buy a low quality pc and pay a lot of money for it, so, can I say:

- This computer is a rip-off !!!
- The salesman ripped me off !!!
- I was ripped off by a salesman who sold me a pc.
- This pc is a stealing.
- The salesman stealed from me by selling a low quality pc.

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Hello MB,

For me, the first three sentences are fine.

In #4, the gerund "stealing" surprises me; I wouldn't expect to hear it.

In #5, you might possibly say "the salesman stole from me by selling me a low-quality pc", as a flamboyant way of saying "the salesman ripped me off..."; but I wouldn't expect to hear it.

Best wishes,

MrP
 

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Ok, I got it. Many thanks.
 

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Hello MB,



In #4, the gerund "stealing" surprises me; I wouldn't expect to hear it.
In North America we can say 'This pc is a steal.', but this meaning is the opposite of that of the other 4 sentences.
Saying something is a steal means that it was an extremely good bargain, so inexpensive for its value that buying it at that price was almost like stealing it.

Best wishes,

MrP
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Thanks for the tip, 2006
 

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You can say 'daylight robbery' for something that is grossly overpriced. ;-)
 

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rip-off
[usually sing.] something that is not worth what you pay for it: $70 for a T-shirt! What a rip-off!

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rip sb
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off
[usually passive] (informal) to cheat sb, by making them pay too much, by selling them sth of poor quality, etc.: Tourists complain of being ripped off by local cab drivers.


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robbery
(informal) the fact of sb charging too much money for sth: You wouldn’t believe some of the prices they charge; it’s daylight robbery.


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be a
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steal
(especially NAmE) to be for sale at an unexpectedly low price: This suit is a steal at $80.
 
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