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Buymode icon Buy mode is one of three independent modes in the game (the others being Live mode and Build mode) that appears in The Sims, The Sims 2, The Sims 3, and several spin-off games. It can be activated by clicking on the Buy mode icon in the user interface, or by pressing F2. Buy mode allows players to purchase items from an object catalog and place them on the current lot, sell objects that are on the current lot, and arrange objects on the current lot. Construction-related elements such as doors, windows, fences, and stairs are not associated with buy mode, but are in build mode. Buy mode largely focuses on furniture and appliances

Buy mode is one of three independent modes in the game (the others being Live mode and Build mode) that appears in The Sims, The Sims 2, The Sims 3, and several spin-off games. It can be activated by clicking on the Buy mode icon in the user interface, or by pressing F2. Buy mode allows players to purchase items from an object catalog and place them on the current lot, sell objects that are on the current lot, and arrange objects on the current lot. Construction-related elements such as doors, windows, fences, and stairs are not associated with buy mode, but are in build mode. Buy mode largely focuses on furniture and appliances.

The descriptions of many of the objects available for purchase in the game (particularly the less expensive ones) involve humor, sarcasm, insults towards the player, and wit, and serves as comic relief in the game. For example, one of the cheapest cars available in The Sims 3, the "Big Lemon", notes that although the car's doors are jammed and its ignition is faulty, it is still worth buying. Another example is the outdoor entertainment item "Foot-and-Hand Ball" used to train the athletic skill, which references and pokes fun at American football, which, despite its name, rarely involves contact with the ball via the feet.

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