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made to sell readily at a low price, regardless of value or use.
something that is catchpenny.
Historical Examples

It is the staple commodity of your newspaper-mongers, and the catchpenny song of the streets.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 368, June 1846 Various

Wrote a tale of “’76,” which with others will make a catchpenny book.
Louisa May Alcott Louisa May Alcott

And what catchpenny ballad writer could not write a parody on them as you have done?
The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson, Volumes One and Two Harriette Wilson

It was Marr, though, who had seized upon it when it merely was a catchpenny carnival device and made of it a real money earner.
Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb

Their popularity is not of the catchpenny sort; thoughtful people read them, as well as the great drove of the undiscriminating.
Library Of The World’s Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6 Various

Fortunate, indeed, is the famous man who escapes the catchpenny biographer.
Old Familiar Faces Theodore Watts-Dunton

(prenominal) designed to have instant appeal, esp in order to sell quickly and easily without regard for quality: catchpenny ornaments
noun (pl) -nies
an item or commodity that is cheap and showy


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