Ikea's latest initiative is good for the environment and your bank balance, after the retailer announced plans to start buying back furniture and selling it on second hand. We could not be more on board with this.
While you might already try to utilise the likes of Gumtree and eBay, Ikea's 'Buy Back' scheme will encourage its customers to sell back their unwanted IKEA furniture to its stores in the UK and Ireland.
The furniture sold back to IKEA will then be available to buy as second hand items in stores to customers who can give them a new home - meaning you can grab yourself a bargain. Such a great concept!
Launching in stores from 27th November, customers selling an item back will receive a refund card (like a gift card) to spend in store, which will have no expiry date. Depending on the condition of the furniture traded in (as new, very good or well used), the voucher could be worth as much as 50 percent of the original price you paid for it:
- As new – no scratches: 50% of the original price
- Very good – minor scratches: 40% of original price
- Well-used – several scratches: 30% of original price
Items will then be resold as second-hand in the 'As-Is Area' of stores (previously known as Bargain Corner), and furniture that can't be resold will be recycled.
Products that are eligible for Buy Back include:
- Office drawer cabinets
- Small structures with drawers
- Display storage and sideboards
- Bookcases and shelf units
- Small tables
- Multimedia furniture
- Dining tables and desks
- Chairs and stools without upholstery
- Chests of drawers
- Children’s products excluding baby items and PAX accessories.
If you want to get involved, you can submit items for consideration by filling out an online offer request on the Ikea website. The tool will automatically generate a preliminary offer, which you can redeem at the Returns & Exchanges desk in their nearest store. Items have to be returned fully assembled.
This is brilliant.
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