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    If something is free, would you classify it as being cheaper than something which costs money?

    I an having an argument with a friend about this.

    I argue that is something is free then it shouldn't be classified as being cheaper, it is FREE.

    Yours thoughts please?

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    It's cheaper because it was free.

    Free is Free.

    in money terms, free = £0 so it's cheaper

    plus you have to give away your details and effort to get the "free" items, those are costs as well albeit unmeasurable....

    in opther words £0 + efforts + details
    :-p

    Free isn't £0 free is £N/A

    I agree free isn't cheaper, free is free.

    My oppinion is that free is free, it didnt cost anything so how can it be cheaper?

    i agree free = £N/A ... IF the item comes to you without you having to do anything whatsoever...

    like i say, free = £0 because there is no monetary sacrifice needed to get the item.
    provided efforts and details held the same, free is cheaper ...

    jonnyq;2064409

    i thought we were just dealing with money rather than the economic costs … i thought we were just dealing with money rather than the economic costs ]http://www.answers.com/free just to be sure



    efforts and detail are social costs :-p

    i still say it is free because i'm obviously right



    oke youre right then :-p

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    I've got £500 to spend on a bed, but my friend has an extra one which he is willing to give to me free of charge.

    What's the cheapest option for me ?

    Swings and roundabouts eh...

    Well if free isn't cheaper it must be dearer or cost the same, which is obviously wrong. Therefore it MUST by default be cheaper

    How old is it? Has it had much use? Have you seen a special deal on a bed that you really, really want? If its FREE and you're not fussed, have it!

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    Deek43;2064488

    How old is it? Has it had much use? Have you seen a special deal on a … How old is it? Has it had much use? Have you seen a special deal on a bed that you really, really want? If its FREE and you're not fussed, have it!



    Eh!!!

    The bed doesn't exist :whistling:

    jonnyq;2064469

    why is effort being brought into the equation?we are talking about the … why is effort being brought into the equation?we are talking about the words being used to compare something which you do not pay for and something you do pay forif the term 'costs nothing' is used then you could talk about effort etc.most people wouldn't take into account the social and effort costs - just the moolah but i know what you are saying :thumbsup:-p



    like i said, if the good comes to you without you having to do anything at all whatsoever (give details of delivery, allocate time to receive the good, etc etc) then i agree free is free.. these (details, time) are what i called efforts which are measurable in money terms albeit difficult (time value of money, opportunity cost etc etc)

    aScottishBloke;2064508

    Eh!!!The bed doesn't exist :whistling:



    Ok, metaphorically speaking.

    I give up:oops:

    Your question is not a new one OP. In fact, it was asked by both Plato and Socrates (and numerous philosophers since), but is generally accredited to Socrates. You'll also see that some of the answers given in this thread have also been used over the years - see ]http//en…not

    aScottishBloke;2064455

    What's the cheapest option for me ?Swings and roundabouts eh...


    If you chose the free one, you haven't chosen the cheapest option, you have chosen the free option :x

    ctuk;2064615

    If you chose the free one, you haven't chosen the cheapest option, you … If you chose the free one, you haven't chosen the cheapest option, you have chosen the free option :x



    If only it were that simple: see ]http//en…not

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    Shengis;2064462

    Well if free isn't cheaper it must be dearer or cost the same, which is … Well if free isn't cheaper it must be dearer or cost the same, which is obviously wrong. Therefore it MUST by default be cheaper


    Spot on!

    ;-) :lol:

    Shengis;2064710

    ;-) :lol:



    :? What are you laughing at, you pirate? :thinking:

    ctuk;2064615

    If you chose the free one, you haven't chosen the cheapest option, you … If you chose the free one, you haven't chosen the cheapest option, you have chosen the free option :x



    Of course you have - it's the one that has cost you the less money!

    hannah19790;2064739

    Of course you have - it's the one that has cost you the less money!


    It didn't cost you any money, it was F R E E

    Less money = Cheaper

    No money = Free

    ????

    Looks easy to understand in my eyes

    Shengis;2064462

    Well if free isn't cheaper it must be dearer or cost the same, which is … Well if free isn't cheaper it must be dearer or cost the same, which is obviously wrong. Therefore it MUST by default be cheaper



    Liddle ol' me;2064592

    ]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socratic_problem_free or not?



    So how does that fit with the third question posed by Socrates (see paragraph 2)? ;-)

    Liddle ol' me;2064719

    :? What are you laughing at, you pirate? :thinking:



    You know:whistling::-D

    ctuk;2064757

    It didn't cost you any money, it was F R E E


    I'm aware that it's F R E E but it's still less money. 0 is less than1

    hannah19790;2064793

    0 is less than1


    This is correct. Well done.

    Shengis;2064785

    You know:whistling::-D



    Well, I can guess. After all, you don't show much respect for people on here. And you still haven't answered the question below, Mr. Disrespectful Pirate.

    Shengis;2064462

    Well if free isn't cheaper it must be dearer or cost the same, which is … Well if free isn't cheaper it must be dearer or cost the same, which is obviously wrong. Therefore it MUST by default be cheaper



    Liddle ol' me;2064779

    So how does that fit with the third question posed by Socrates (see … So how does that fit with the third question posed by Socrates (see paragraph 2)? ;-)



    Liddle ol' me;2064592

    ]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socratic_problem_free or not?

    ctuk;2064806

    This is correct. Well done.



    I knew you'd agree with me in the end!:p

    Liddle ol' me;2064828

    Well, I can guess. After all, you don't show much respect for people on … Well, I can guess. After all, you don't show much respect for people on here. And you still haven't answered the question below, Mr. Disrespectful Pirate.



    Check your CP:p :w00t:

    plastic bags and free but they are not cheap in the long run they are costing this planet and adding the copious amounts of waste, so in that sense something free can be more expensive than something that is not free! thought i would throw that out there!

    aScottishBloke;2064508

    Eh!!!The bed doesn't exist :whistling:


    And you call him a friend? :thinking:

    rockyfella;2064920

    And you call him a friend? :thinking:



    Yeah, some friend that is, offering you something he ain't even got.

    Banned

    Eh ?

    My friend doesn't exist either :whistling:

    aScottishBloke;2065193

    Eh ?My friend doesn't exist either :whistling:



    ]find-a-friend.co.uk

    It could depend upon the time and effort involved to get the item that costs nothing in terms of monetary value......ie if your time has been used to get such item,can it be classed as free?

    How much do you value your time and effort?

    So something that is free is not necessarily free,even though money has not been used as currency.




    Am I confused?
    Am I looking into this too much?
    Should I find another thread?

    :thinking::?:whistling:;-)

    A scottish bloke's friend offered me a free bed..
    I hire a van @£50 a day. Drive up to Scotland.. Diesel + £65 each way.
    Had to stay B&B £35, cheap.
    Total cost £265 excluding my labour.

    My local bed shop, the ones that deliver by helicopter had a double bed, delivered, for £250.


    Which is the cheapest option?

    To me, cheaper means you are saving money.

    Free means you are saving a lot more money, and therefore it is cheaper.

    kelly_o_fanatic;2066172

    To me, cheaper means you are saving money. Free means you are saving a … To me, cheaper means you are saving money. Free means you are saving a lot more money, and therefore it is cheaper.



    Well put:thumbsup:

    aaahhhhh, so out of two free items which is the cheaper?

    rockyfella;2065520

    A scottish bloke's friend offered me a free bed..I hire a van @£50 a day. … A scottish bloke's friend offered me a free bed..I hire a van @£50 a day. Drive up to Scotland.. Diesel + £65 each way.Had to stay B&B £35, cheap.Total cost £265 excluding my labour.My local bed shop, the ones that deliver by helicopter had a double bed, delivered, for £250.Which is the cheapest option?


    The cheapest bed is the one from the shop, the FREE bed has no price so how could it be cheaper
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