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If You Find Yourself Making Random Purchases At IKEA, Here’s How To Avoid Them
By Izza Sofia, 19 Oct 2018
Image via Tooykrub / Shutterstock.com
Shopping in IKEA can sometimes make you feel like you’re trapped in a maze.
This is partially true since the brick-and-mortars of the flat pack company are designed to keep customers walking around various showrooms and stocking up their ‘FRAKTA’ shopping bags with IKEA goodies.
Once they’re tired of walking around, customers usually make their way to the dining section and order a plate of meatballs.
In this video, Vox shows you all the ways the company entices customers to purchase products that they might not necessarily need.
With it is a list of five tips by Lifehacker to help you avoid falling prey to IKEA’s witty purchasing baits. Preview three below and head over to Lifehacker to learn more.
Visit with a clear plan
Before making a trip to IKEA, draft your list of items to buy. According to researchers, half of consumer spending is often “unplanned,” and 80 percent of the decisions made during shopping are usually based on emotions.
Having a list prevents you from picking up random items and makes you more focused when your goals are listed on paper.
Make a beeline to your goal
Know exactly what you’re purchasing and pinpoint where it’s located inside the store. This prevents you from making your way across distracting showrooms and keeps you focused.
Alternatively, select your furniture online or via a catalog separate from the showroom areas. Ordering your items online might help you steer clear of impulse purchases.
Bring a friend and a snack
Since IKEA’s stores are so large, you tend to get tired after walking through the showrooms and end up filling your stomach with meatballs. Bring a fruit or a snack when you need to do some furniture shopping at its outlet.
Having a partner accompany you to the store might also help you stay on track with your purchases. Your companion can aid in managing your emotional purchases and justify why you need to buy particular items.
[via Lifehacker, opening image via Tooykrub / Shutterstock.com]
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