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How do you say "next to nothing" in German?

Ryan Smyth Ryan Smyth (0) on 01/10/13

"Next to nothing" is usually something we say in English when we find a really good deal on something.

How could I say something like:

  1. These shoes cost me next to nothing.
  2. I had lots of airline miles, so I got a ticket for next to nothing.

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“so gut wie gar nichts”

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In my region we also tend to say:

"(für) fast nichts""(für) fast gar nichts"

but also:

"fast umsonst" (which would mean "almost for free")

  1. These shoes cost me next to nothing.- "Diese Schuhe haben mich fast nichts gekostet."
  2. I had lots of airline miles, so I got a ticket for next to nothing.- "Ich hatte viele Flugmeilen, also bekam ich ein Ticket fast für umsonst (coll.) / für fast gar nichts."

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