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IKEA Employees Share Insider Shopping Secrets That You Might Find Useful
By Mikelle Leow, 13 Jul 2017
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With its unwinding mazes and guilty-pleasure meals, everyone seems to be at least a little obsessed with IKEA.
Just when you thought life couldn’t get any peachier, Apartment Therapy has discovered some interesting insider secrets from IKEA workers that might improve your future shopping experiences significantly.
As the following tips were pulled from Reddit threads ranging across a span of time, they might not be wholly accurate to IKEA’s store policies of today, which are subject to internal changes—so you might want to take them with a grain of salt.
Read eight tips below and check out Apartment Therapy’s for more.
You can get great deals on past showroom items.
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“[You can’t have past showroom items] for free, but those products will make their way down to the as-is area when the room settings, as they are called, are due for a makeover (timeline decided by service offices) and they will be discounted for 30 to 80 percent off.”
The prices of as-is items are often negotiable.
“Manager or not, only employees of the as-is department can give you further discounts. And yes, if you see something you would like, just approach someone at the window and ask them to lower the price, in most cases they will be able to do that.”
For the best as-is discounts, visit your IKEA store at certain times of the year.
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“During and right after both summer and winter sales, as well as the weeks around 1 April and 1 August.”
IKEA makes losses on certain items, and doesn’t make money on food.
“We do make most of our profit on smaller metal parts that are needed for larger combinations, although a lot of it is off-set by losses in other products. Believe or not, we have entire product lines where the profit margin is between -20% and -60%, yes, we do lose money on sales.”
“We do not make any money on the meatballs, or any food at all for that matter. In fact, the entire restaurant is a huge write-off.”
It’s possible to get replacements for old items.
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“If you know the name of [the product], then you can either call the call center (phone on the IKEA website) or go in-store and IKEA employees can pull up the assembly instructions. If it’s a part we can order, then of course! It ships from Sweden and usually takes about five to ten business days to get to you.”
The one thing you should never get from IKEA:
“Loofahs!! (The bath sponges). Don’t do it! Worst ever!!”
You can return almost everything, save for bedding.
“…IKEA is pretty lax on their return policy as it is. The only thing that they absolutely do not take back is bedding. None whatsoever.”
There are shortcuts to getting past the maze.
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“There actually are shortcuts the to get through the store faster but in some stores, it changes month to month. If you see a blue 3’ x 3’ rectangle in a random place, it’s most likely a cut-through to the next department. [It] all depends on where you are and what store you’re in.”
Continue reading more IKEA insider tips here.
[via Apartment Therapy, images via various sources]
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