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In Sims 3, you're shown some attributes for the items you can buy. For instance, the "oTron" computer has "Fun: 7" but the next most expensive machine also has "Fun: 7" but is a lot more expensive.

Are there any other attributes that will have changed? Or is it just aesthetic?

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It varies from item to item.

For most stuff, as above, it can reduce breakage or make the item more difficult repair if it's a really expensive item.

Though some items have penalty moodlets or bonus moodlets if the item is considered "cheap" or high quality that can be applied when used, such as cheap stoves making the food taste bad or cheap showers giving you the cold shower penalty.

The issue is that the game doesn't tell you any of this and you generally have to figure it out via trial and error as some items added later can be awesome but low-priced but not considered cheap or even have better bonuses then more expensive stuff (one of the beds added in..i think IP, is almost on par with some of the best beds in terms of benefits but is a mere 400 or so cash, while other similarly priced beds are complete garbage in terms of ability and have the cheap penalty), while you have stuff like the all-in-one bathrooms which are extremely expensive but coded as cheap causing them to break constantly.

Also some items have expanded functionality with different upgrade options available.

Cheap dish-washers are loud but can be upgraded to be silent, while better quality dishwashers are just silent naturally while older tvs can't be upgraded much, while mid-level tvs can have channel count or picture quality boosted, and higher end tvs already include all those enhancements so you can only make them unbreakable.


Also some Sims have preferences for more economical or more expensive items, or certain wishes requiring items above a certain price to count.

Also more expensive items are useful for upgrading Lots, since you can cram more value into less/same space.

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The more expensive items has a lower chance of breaking. Other than that, if the items have the same attributes then yes, it's just aesthetic.

  • Actually most things that are more expensive have more durability. Showers dishwashers or anything that has a functional use. – Virusboy Jan 11 '15 at 18:36
  • Good point! I forgot that appliances break too. I've updated my answer. – ecnepsnai Jan 11 '15 at 18:37
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    Not strictly true -- the game uses fractional values behind the scenes, and the 1-10 point "scale" is simply a reasonable approximation. Using mods (such as AwesomeMod) it is possible to view the actual values behind the rounded display values. – Raven Dreamer Jan 11 '15 at 19:46

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