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Buying Guide by DMattsen
Version: 1.0 | Updated: 02/19/00
____ _ / __ ) __ __ __ __ ___ _____( )_____ / __ |/ / / // / / // _ \ / ___/|// ___/ / /_/ // /_/ // /_/ // __// / (__ ) /_____/ \__,_/ \__, / \___//_/_ /____/ / ____//____/ (_)____/ /___ / / __ / / / // // __ // _ \ / /_/ // /_/ // // /_/ // __/ \____/ \__,_//_/ \__,_/ \___/ This document Copyright 2000 Darrick C. Mattsen This FAQ is for private and personal use only. It can only be reproduced electronically as long as you give credit to the author (me). Please contact me at WLDNCRZY14@hotmail.com if you wish to add this to your web page. Do not change this document in any way except possibly to add HTML in the form of banners or whatever is necessary for your site but you may not add HTML in the content of the document. Thank you. Version 1.0 This is a small guide to the attributes of the items in Buy Mode. This makes it possible to plan what you may want to buy without jumping out of Live Mode. Hopefully it will come in handy. Odds are I will not add player created items; only ones released by Maxis. Guide to abbreviations *-Items with a * preceding it can be downloaded from www.thesims.com Hu-Hunger C-Comfort Hy-Hygiene B-Bladder E-Energy F-Fun R-Room Any numbers following these symbols represent the item's contribution i.e. a chair with C2 has a comfort level of 2. #x#-This represents how much room an item takes up. If it is 2x3, it takes up 2 spaces in one direction, and 3 in the other Seating ------- CHAIRS(seat 1) -------------- Werkbunnst All Purpose Chair--$80-C2-1x1--The cheapest chair in the game, but not bad for starting out. Best used as a seat at the table in the kitchen/dining room. Sioux Sity Wicker Chair--$80-C2-1x1--Tied as the cheapest chair, but this one is an armchair. This looks better in front of the TV or fireplace. Posture Plus Office Chair--$100-C3-1x1--Your typical office chair, great for in front of a desk. Deck Chair by Survivall--$150-C3-1x1--A step up from the older dining room chair, and also looks great outside for barbecues or other outdoor events. Touch of Teak Dinette Chair--$200-C3-1x1--Finally, a decent looking dining chair. Make it look like you have style by adding this to your home. Country Class Armchair--$250-C4-1x1--A nice comfortable, but purple, chair. Not too bad though. "Back Slack" Recliner--$250-C6 E3-2x1--At last, a recliner. Definitely better than the Country Class Armchair, unless you are still in a small room. This does take up an extra space since it reclines, unlike the previous chairs. "Citronel" from Chiclettina Inc.--$450-C7-1x1--Wow, this is...yellow. Bright yellow. Despite the brightness, its still a great chair. "The Saarbach" by Werkbunnst--$500-C6-1x1--Ooh, a leather chair. Sleek, stylish, a great chair for relaxing with a book or channel surfing. Empress Dining Room Chair--$600-C4 R2-1x1--A dining room chair that's somewhat comfortable and makes your room look better. Make your dining room less dreary to your sims by adding this stylish chair. "Von Braun" Recliner--$850-C9 E3-2x1--This, my friends, is a chair. Very comfortable, but very expensive, it looks great in front of your television and is perfect for any lazy boy (or girl) out there. Parisienne Dining Chair--$1200-C6 R3-1x1--The ultimate dining chair. Elegant, comfortable, and makes your room look better. At $1200, you'd better hope that a promotion or the lottery is your reason for splurging. LOVE SEATS(seat 2) ------------------ Contempto Loveseat--$150-C3 E4-2x1--Cheapest loveseat, seats two people and if you don't have a bed yet, a nap on this comfy loveseat isn't too bad. Indoor-Outdoor Loveseat--$160-C3 E4-2x1--Basically a Futon. Looks great inside or outside as said in the title. Not too bad of a rest on this either. Parque Fresco del Aire Bench--$250-C2-2x1--250 bucks for something with a comfort rating of only 2? Well, at least it looks good. Possibly best for outside, especially if you have a garden. Country Class Loveseat--$340-C5 E4-2x1--Another loveseat and this one looks good with the Country Class Armchair. Pinstripe Loveseat from Zecutime--$360-C5 E4-2x1--It's blue, it's pinstriped, it's perfect. Looks great anywhere and is pretty comfortable too. Luxuriare Loveseat--$875-C8 E4 R2-2x1--Made of lambskin leather, this white couch isn't baaad (not nearly as bad as that pun). Not as tacky as some of the previous loveseats too. COUCHES(seat 3) --------------- Recycled Couch--$180-C2 E5-3x1--Cheapest 3-seater in the game. Doesn't look too bad and is better for sleeping on than just sitting. Contempto Couch--$200-C3 E5-3x1--Slighty more comfortable than the Recycled Couch, and looks great if you already have the Contempto Loveseat. SimSafari Sofa--$220-C3 E5-3x1--Now this is great for a bachelor pad. The cliche zebra skin couch. Good addition to a rec room as well as the den. Pinstripe Sofa from Zecutime--$400-C5 E5-3x1--Looks like the Pinstripe Loveseat, but seats one extra person and gives you a little more of an energy boost when you nap on it. Country Class Sofa--$450-C5 E5-3x1--Need to finish your Country Class home set? Well here you go, now you can have the sofa too. "The Deiter" by Werkbunnst--$1100-C8 E5 R3-3x1--This is a wood couch with leather seats. Looks like something you'd find in the waiting room of a really nice building. Dolce Tutti Frutti Sofa--$1450-C9 E5 R3-3x1--Tacky is back and they've brought you this sofa. A fluorescent green sofa that goes great with the yellow chair. I can't complain though, as this is the best couch in the game. SINGLE BEDS(sleep 1) -------------------- Spartan Special--$300-C6 E7-3x1--Looks more like it belongs in a barracks than a house, but hey, at least its not your couch. This is the cheapest bed and it shows, but now you get a lot more energy from sleeping. Tyke Nyte Bed--$450-C7 E7-3x1--Multicolored bed, made for kids (obviously, once you see it) and is comfortable too. I believe adults can sleep in it too. DOUBLE BEDS(sleep 2) -------------------- Cheap Eazzzzze Double Sleeper--$450-C7 E8-3x2--Now you can have a nice big bed. It looks normal too and its comfortable and restores energy. Napoleon Sleigh Bed--$1000-C8 E9-3x2--Nice cedar bed, a step up from the previous one. But also double the price. Modern Mission Bed--$3000-C9 E10 R3-3x2--The best bed in the game, and adds to the roominess of your bedroom. A must have if you want your sims to get a good sleep in less time. SURFACES -------- END TABLES ---------- Pinegulcher End Table--$40-1x1--Cheapest end table. It doesn't have any special additions to your home, except that you can put stuff on it. Wicked Breeze End Table--$55-1x1--Slightly more expensive, but this one is made of wicker. Looks much better than the previous one, but still has no other advantages. KinderStuff Nightstand--$75-1x1--Really cheesy, but the best end table for a children's room. "Anywhere" End Table--$120-1x1--This is the first end table that actually can be considered 'good.' It is wood and looks pretty nice, but still nothing special. Imperious Island End Table--$135-1x1--Small wood end table. Again, nothing special. Modern Mission End Table--$250-R1-1x1--Finally, an end table that adds to the room. Looks good with the Modern Mission Bed, when you can finally afford it. Sumpto End Table--$300-R1-1x1--Nice Looking end table and the most expensive, although I still prefer the previous one. TABLES ------ Mesquite Desk/Table--$80-2x1--A basic wood table, but doesn't look too bad. Good table for newbies. NuMica Folding Card Table--$95-2x2--In my opinion, this is the best table to buy when the game starts. It is relatively large and only 15 bucks more than the first table. Plus, it holds much more. "Colonial Legacy" Dining Table--$200-2x2--Another nice table, but there isn't much special about it. Backwoods Table by Survivall--$200-3x2--Good picnic table for the patio. Great for parties/barbecues and actually not too bad of a table. London "Cupertino" Collection Desk/Table--$220-2x1--Looks better as a desk with a computer and/or phone. London "Mesa" Dining Design--$450-R2-3x2--Big wooden table with a black border around it. Pretty nice and classy. The "Redmond" Desk/Table--$800-R2-2x1--A nice, simple computer desk that isn't very tacky. Parisienne Dining Table--$1200-R3-3x2--Very nice, classy dining table. At $1200, it had better be. Definitely a great addition to any home, as long as you have the money to spend. COUNTERS -------- NuMica Kitchen Counter--$150-1x1--Formica counters that don't look too bad at all. Cheap, and a good surface for making food or keeping appliances on. Tiled Counter--$250-1x1--Green tiled counters with no special benefits. Look good in the kitchen or bathroom. Count Blanc Bathroom Counter--$400-1x1--Nice looking counters for the bathroom, but pretty pricy. "Barcelona" Outcurve Counter--$800-R2-1x1--Very cool looking counters, especially for a recreation room. "Barcelona" Incurve Counter--$800-R2-1x1--Looks great with the Outcurve Counters for a nice wave design. DECORATIVE ---------- PLANTS ------ African Violet--$30-R1-1x1--Cheap plant that makes a room look better, but needs to be put on a surface. Spider Plant--$35-R1-1x1--Cool looking plant that does the same as the previous one. Needs a surface too. "Roxana" Geranium--$45-R1-1x1--Pink and green flowers that need to be put on a surface. What a surprise Rubber Tree Plant--$120-R2-1x1--This plant can simply be placed on the floor, preferably a corner, to increase the beauty of a room. Echinopsis Maximus Cactus--$150-R2-1x1--Another plant that can be placed on the floor, but this is a cactus. How can you not like a cactus? Jade Plant--$160-R2-1x1--Nice looking plant that can simply be placed on the floor somewhere. Don't forget to water. WALL ITEMS ---------- "Tragic Clown" Painting--$45-R1--Picture of the paradoxial sad clown. Put it on a wall, let it brighten up the room Watercolor by J.M.E.--$75-R1--3 vertical pictures of flowers. Nice addition to a room such as a bathroom. *Cuckoo Clock--$180-R2--A tacky cuckoo clock, what else could you want? Bi-Polar by Conner I.M.--$240-R2--2 Vertical designs: one red, one green. I like it. "Delusion de Grandeur"--$360-R2--I can't tell what it is, but hey, thats art. Landscape #12,001 by Manny Kopees--$750-R3--Nice oil painted landscape, and a pretty big painting as well. Looks great in a living room. Snails With Icicles in Nose--$2140-R5--O...k, weird little picture, but with a Room rating of 5, I'm not complaining. Portrait Grid by Payne A. Pitcher--$3200-R8--Ooohh, aaahhh. Buy this=) "Still Life, Drapery and Crumbs"--$7600-R9--Room rating of 9, very good. If you've got cash to burn, buy this one. OTHER ----- Pink Flamingo--$12-R2-1x1--At $12, this is the cheapest item in the game. But hey, if you like tacky plastic flamingos in your yard (or house) go ahead and buy it. Poseidon's Adventure Aquarium--$200-F1 R2-1x1--A nice little aquarium, complete with fish. Just don't forget to clean the tank and feed the fish or they'll be surfacing quick. "Fountain of Tranquility"--$700-F1 R2-1x1--Nice fountain for outside, but $500 more than the Aquarium even though it has the same benefits. Bust of Athena by Klassick Repro Inc.--$875-R3-1x1--A bust on a small pedestal that is great for any home. "Scylla and Charybdis"--$1450-R4-1x1--I'm sorry, but I have absolutely no clue what this is. It looks like a yard ornament of some kind, and I'd rather keep it outside anyway. Grandfather Clock--$3500-R7-1x1--What house isn't complete without a $3500 grandfather clock? Blue China Vase--$4260-R7-1x1--Another item on a small pedestal, only this is a vase. Classy. "Large Black Slab" by ChiChi Smith--$12648-R10-2x1--I'm really hoping you've got money to spare if you want this. Really a good example of art though, especially with the price tag. ELECTRONICS ----------- FireBrand Smoke Detector--$50--Goes on any empty wall in a room. Use this in any room with a fireplace, stove, or anything that could start a fire. Note that this only covers one room. SCTC BR-8 Standard Telephone--$50-1x1--Needs to be on a surface, but it's still a phone. SCTC Cordless Wall Phone--$75--Only $25 more and goes on a wall so you don't waste surface space. Definitely the preferred phone in the game. Urchineer Train Set by Rip Co.--$80-F2-2x1--This can only be used by kids, but is also a group activity. If you don't have children, this is basically useless. Monochrome TV--$85-F2-1x1--Group activity as well. Then again, this is a tiny black and white TV, who wants to watch that with you? Huh?? =) "Down Wit Dat" Boom Box--$100-F2-1x1--Group activity and needs a surface to be placed on. But a good deal if you want music. SimSafety IV Burglar Alarm--$250--Place on a wall in a room for protection from burglars. Only covers one room. Trottco 27" Color Television B94U--$500-F4-1x1--A much better Tv with twice the fun, and this one has color. Zimantz Component Hi-Fi Stereo--$650-F3-2x1--Nice stereo, much more expensive than the boom box, though. OCD Systems SimRailRoad Town--$955-F4 R3-3x2--Nice large railroad set that is also a group activity. This one can be used by adults. Moneywell computer--$999-F3-1x1--This cheap, but useful, computer is a great addition to the home. You can play it or use it to find a job. This also needs to be on a surface. *Viva PGT Home Casino--$1750-F2-1x1--Bet $10 or $100, if you win you get a 10:1 payoff. This can easily pay itself off or drive you into bankruptcy...fun! Microscotch Covetta Q628-1500JA--$1800-F5-1x1--A better computer that is more fun. But, go out and buy a desk as well because you need a surface for it. "See Me, Feel, Me" Pinball Machine--$1800-F5-2x1--Another good group activity, and who doesn't like pinball? Nice looking machine complete with puns from "Tommy." SSRI Virtual Reality Set--$2300-F7-1x1--Have plenty of fun with this Virtual Reality headset. Sure you'll look like a mental case while you're playing, but at least you won't have a big red fun bar. This also needs a surface to be placed on. Strings Theory Stereo--$2550-F5 R3-2x1--Sleek, futuristic stereo that is fun for everybody. In other words, it's a group activity. The Brahma 2000--$2800-F7-1x1--An even better computer with a fun level of 7. Yet again, it needs a surface to be placed on. Buy a desk yet? Soma Plasma TV--$3500-F6 R2-2x1--::drools:: This is the supreme TV, for the ultimate entertainment center. Now excuse me while I return to what I was doing. ::drools:: Meet Marco--$6500-F9-1x1--This computer makes all the others obsolete. Heck, it even has its own personality. Too bad it doesn't come with a computer stand since it needs a surface. APPLIANCES ---------- Mr. Regular-Joe Coffee--$85-B-1 E1-1x1--Normal coffee machine for people who didn't get enough sleep. Needs to be placed on a surface like many of the appliances, so consider some of the kitchen counters. Brand Name Toaster Oven--$100-Hu1-1x1--A good cheap way of heating up your food. Needs surface. XLR8R Food Processor--$220-Hu2-1x1--Better way of preparing food, making it slightly more filling. Don't ask me how. Needs surface. Positive Potential Microwave--$250-Hu2-1x1--Ah, the good ol' nuker, how could we survive without you? Needs surface. Wild Bill THX-451 Barbecue--$350-Hu4-2x2--Mmm, barbecue. Great for out on the patio for parties. It comes with its own stock of food so don't bother putting a refrigerator near it. This can only be used by adults. Junk Genie Trash Compactor--$375-2x1--Definitely buy this unless you prefer taking the trash out every 5 minutes. Long live laziness. Dialectric Free Standing Range--$400-Hu5-1x1--The stove, another useful invention. Just make sure that you have cooking skill before using it. Gagmia Simore Espresso Machine--$450-B-2 E2 F1--Exchange bladder room for energy. Worth it unless your carpool arrives in 2 minutes and you've chugged 3 espressos. Only can be used by adults. Needs a surface as well. Dish Duster Deluxe--$550-2x1--A dishwasher for every adult, since only they can use it. Much better than washing everything in the sink. Llamark Refrigerator--$600-Hu6-1x1--Kind of a seafoam green refrigerator, but hey, it holds food. Get this if you actually want meals to fill you up, because you can't live off pizza forever no matter how much you may want to. Fuzzy Logic Dishwasher--$950-2x1--Another, sleeker dishwasher. The only difference, I think, is that this one is quicker to load. The "Pyrotorre" Gas Range--$1100-Hu7-1x1--Much better stove, but please make sure you have cooking skill unless you want a campfire in the middle of your kitchen. Note: Not as pleasant as it may sound. Porcina Refrigerator Model P1g-S--$1200-Hu7-1x1--Nice white refrigerator that goes with everything. Freeze Secret Refrigerator--$2500-Hu8-1x1--Sleek silvery refrigerator. Get this for really filling meals. PLUMBING -------- Hydronomic Kitchen Sink--$250-Hy2-1x1--Cheapest sink. Use it to wash dishes or your hands. Make sure you have a counter to install this in. Hygeia-O-Matic Toilet--$300-B8-1x1--Necessary for a household unless you want puddles in your house. Note: Not as pleasent as it sounds either. "Andersonville" Pedestal Sink--$400-Hy2-1x1--Great bathroom sink and not too expensive. The ultimate in handwashing care..or something. Epikouros Kitchen Sink--$500-Hy3-1x1--Another sink that needs to be installed in a counter, but much better. SpaceMiser Shower--$650-Hy6-1x1--Get this or a bathtub because washing your hands 20 times a day isn't as healthy as it sounds. Justa Bathtub--$800-C3 Hy6-2x1--Like the name says, its just a bathtub. At least you get more comfort than a shower. Flush Force 5 XLT--$1200-C4 B8-1x1--This is the toilet of the future, my friends. You might as well stick a TV in front of it because it's more comfortable than many of the chairs. Sani-Queen Bathtub--$1500-C5 Hy8-2x1--Don't let the name fool you because a man can enjoy this just as much. Who wouldn't want a nice, relaxing bath after a long day of saving lives, making business deals, or pickpocketing? Hydrothera Bathtub--$3200-C8 Hy10-2x2--So good you might as well say you're clean before you even get in. Note that this does take up a lot of room so make sure you have a good-sized bathroom. WhirlWizard Hot Tub--$6500-C6 Hy2 F2-2x2--This is a group activity and can only be used by adults. Take into consideration that this is a hot tub and not a bathtub so don't count on your hygeine improving much. LIGHTING -------- Bottle Lamp--$25-1x1--Your basic, cheesy, handmade lamp. Needs a surface like many lamps so start buying a few end tables. *White Globe Sconce--$35--A light fixture that can be placed on your wall. Perfect! Halogen Heaven Lamp by Contempto--$50-1x1--Nice little floor lamp. Nothing special, but at least you don't need a surface. Garden Lamp by Lunatech--$50-1x1--Small lanterns that are made for use outside. Good for lining paths and you don't need a surface for them either. Love n' Haight Lava Lamp--$80-R2-1x1--The lava lamp, not much else to say. You need a surface for it. Although you can't use it, the description says there's a secret compartment in the base. Hmm... medicinal use, right? Ceramiche Table Lamp--$85-1x1--Another lamp that needs a surface. Better looking than the Bottle Lamp. *Oval Glass Sconce--$75--Goes on the wall, but looks kinda funny in my opinion. I'll stick with the globe sconce for now. Lumpen Lumeniat Floor Lamp--$100-1x1--Doesn't need a surface and that's all you can say about it. *Top Brass Sconce--$110--Classier sconce that looks best in dining rooms, in my opinion. *Blue Plate Special Sconce--$135--Another wall light that lets off a nice blue glow. Elite Reflections Chrome Lamp--$180-1x1--Small lamp that needs a surface. Looks kinda like a flying saucer on a stick..really cool! SC Electric Co. Antique Lamp--$300-R1-1x1--Lamp that needs a surface. Looks like its from the really early 1900s. Not bad, but I don't really like it. Torchosteronne Floor Lamp--$350-R1-1x1--My idea of a lamp. Futuristic, metallic, great. MISCELLANEOUS ------------- Trash Can--$30-1x1--Basic trash can. Fills up quickly. I say go with the trash compactor. SnoozMore Alarm Clock--$30-1x1--Needs a surface, preferable a nightstand. Wakes you up in time to get ready for work. Magical Mystery Toy Box--$50-F2-2x1--Full of fun and toys. Can only be used by children. Narcisco Wall Mirror--$100--Put this on a wall. To bring up your Charisma, practice a speech in front of it. Can only be used by adults. Medicine Cabinet--$125-Hy1--Only difference between this and the previous one is that this gives you the extra option of brushing your teeth. Narcisco Floor Mirror--$150-1x1--Can't get enough of yourself? Buy this. Practice your speech here too. But can only be used by adults. Will Lloyd Wright Doll House--$180-F2-1x1--Group activity doll house for those of you who like controlling families in their homes. Hmm...sounds familiar... "Dimanche" Folding Easel--$250-F2-1x1--Paint on this and bring up that Creativity. You can also sell your paintings. Pinegulcher Dresser--$250-2x2--Change into a wide array of clothing with this. Cheap Pine Bookcase--$250-F1-1x1--Study up on Cooking or Mechanical with this bookcase. Kinderstuff Dresser--$300-2x2--Tacky dresser that allows children to change into all kinds of different clothes. Chuck Matewell Chess Set--$500-F2-1x1--Pull up a chair and bring up your Logic. This is a group activity too. Amishim Bookcase--$500-F2-1x1--Better looking bookcase with the same skill- building books. Traditional Oak Armoire--$550-R1-2x2--Same options as the other dresser, but this one makes the room look more presentable. SuperDoop Basketball Hoop--$650-F4-3x1--Group activity, although it seems like all they do is shoot from a few feet back each time...and mostly miss. Oh well, at least it's bringing up their fun level. "Exerto" Benchpress Exercise Machine--$700-3x1--Start working for those buns of steel. Working with this machine gets that Body skill built up. Can only be used by adults. Bachman Wood Beverage Bar--$800-Hu1 F3 R2-2x1--Make and consume drinks. I just wish they didn't make that stupid glug glug glug sound when they drink. Libri di Regina Bookcase--$900-F3-2x1--Better, more expensive bookcase. Same skill abilities. Antique Armoire--$1200-R2-2x2--Still the same as the others, except it makes the room look even better. The Funinator Deluxe--$1200-F5-3x3--A very large, children only, group activity. Looks like a deathtrap, but it's perfectly safe for them. Chimeway & Daughters Piano--$3500-F4 R3-2x2--Another way to bring up that Creativity. Also a group activity. A nice looking piano too, no doubts there. Aristoscratch Pool Table--$4200-F6-3x2--Can only be used by adults, but is also a group activity. One of my personal favorites, by the way. I hope you have enjoyed this guide. 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