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101 Things to Buy Before You Die Paperback – September 13, 2006

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"A brilliant idea to fuel the desires of shopping fantasists." -- Vogue, September 2006

"A definitive list of what you can't afford to live without." -- Elle, December 2006

"A witty whirlwind guide to some of the best purchases on the planet." -- The San Diego Union Tribune, November 2006

"An indispensable guide for serious shoppers who want to know what to invest in and where to find it." -- WM, December 2007

"For us nonrich civilians who refuse to spend our hard-earned dollars on anything less than the best." -- New York Post, October 2006

About the Author

Maggie Davis is Consume Editor for London's Time Out magazine. She has also worked at The Observer, Vogue and the London Evening Standard's ES Magazine as a fashion writer. Charlotte Williamson is Style Editor for the Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine. She has also worked at ES Magazine as a features writer, and writes regularly for Harpers Bazaar and Elle. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Red Rock Press (September 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933176091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933176093
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.6 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,298,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By T. P. Sutin on May 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
I don't really have the kinds of friends that know a lot about what's out there. If I tell one of them that I think I want to by a new fridge or sofa, or that I wish I could find a good pair of jeans, they tend to stare back blankly. They certainly don't have any good advice or suggestions. So I use this book like a directory of quality. I don't have a lot of money to waste on things trying to find what I want. I only want to buy something once and be happy with the result. That's why this book is perfect for me. It has suggestions on just about everything as well as what to look for and where to get it. I've used the book to buy about a dozen things and all of them have been exactly what I was looking for.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nan Tuckett on May 31, 2007
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And a lot more interesting tidbits that make this book not only fun to read but also a learning experience. After reading about it, makes perfect sense why civet coffee should cost so much. And the colorful pictures are a great complement to the descriptions. Okay, so no-one absolutely needs the best expresso maker before they go to the great Starbucks in the sky, but a pair of comfy cashmere socks would be nice or the same after shave lotion that Prince Charles favors. A great gift either for that significant shopper in your life or yourself.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on December 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
Ok Guys, just look at the front cover: a purse, a lipstick, high heeled shoe, diamond encrusted wrist watch and a big multi colored fabric thing.

Absolutely nothing there that you'd possibly want.

So what are you going to get her for Christmas, birthday, anniversary?

Here's a bunch of things that I guarantee you would never have thought of yourself. Well, there's the Aston Martin on page 156 - there are some Aston Martins listed on E-Bay for less than $100,000. And the Vespa motor scooter doesn't seem like such a bad idea at all in these days of $3 a gallon gasoline.

One problem is that this book is written in England. The authors are a couple of stylish British ladies. But that's OK. The high end products like these are pretty well distributed anywhere in the world. And for most of us, just knowing the brand names on things like cosmetics makes shopping a lot easier. And anyway, this is (for men) just an idea book, you can probably find something similar locally -- maybe even at Target or WalMart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dutchgirl on August 10, 2012
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Interesting but unfortunately since the author is from Britain a lot of the items are British or from Europe. I wished I'd known that before I bought the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Thompson on November 27, 2009
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If you are serious in finding a list of the most luxurious items to actually purchase and use, don't bother with this book. This book couldn't have taken anymore than a week to put together with the author just google'ing the most expensive couch, rug, handbag and so on.
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