My kids and I use IKEA as an outing. We budget about three hours and go through
the store test-sitting couches and armchairs, test-lying in beds, having lunch
or dinner (depending on the time of day) in the restaurant and picking up things
such as batteries and light bulbs. All these little things you need anyway are a
lot cheaper at IKEA, so we stock up. Going through the show rooms we let
ourselves enjoy the different interior decorating in each living room/bedroom
set, and by the time we go home we've enjoyed outselves at least as much as at
the movies, if not more. We don't usually buy anything we weren't planning on
(or at least remembered we needed). Christmas vacation is not complete without
an IKEA outing, and neither is summer vacation. One of my daughters is at BYU,
and she and her Swedish friends just go to IKEA for a whiff of home when they
I'm with 2Cents. Went there once. Won't be back. Quality of products reminds me
of the "As Seen on TV" store... Or the Dollar Store.
why anyone would buy furniture at IKEA is beyond me....I made the mistake once
of buying furniture there and won't do it again. It took forever to put
together and then the first time I had to move it broke and was impossible to
fix. From that experience I've learned to buy good quality brand used office
furniture for about the same price as I got the cheap stuff at IKEA.
I have a whole room (we pretentiously call it the "library") filled
with IKEA's Billy bookcases. Great, great product.I think whether a
person loves or doesn't love IKEA, you can tell something different is going on
in the way the store is designed. I hope the story I wrote helps people see why
it is they feel different in the store and can then see how other store space
might affect their buying habits.In China people are coming to IKEA
to spend the day in air conditioning -- they take naps in the beds, bring books
along to read in chairs and have a holiday.
The model only works if you (the consumer) let yourself become the rat. As the
Chesire Cat said to Alice, "If you don't know where you are going, any road
will get you there." Or YOU can be in control.
Yeah none of this stuff works on me I can see through all of it- I am not a
sheep all the other people with weak minds are though but not me- yeah right-
cosnumerism owns all of us one way or another whether we like it or not- it
either creates our job or dictates how we spend or both- we may rebel in some
areas and try and regain control but at the end of the day consumerism is all we
really have for an economy so it controls- as for me I like it- nothing like a
good therapy session at IKEA
Au contraire on the return shopper. We have hunted down and visited Ikea dozens
of times from Woodbridge VA and White Marsh, MD, to Newcastle, UK, and visited
stores in Phoenix, Denver and Draper. As for quality, we still have
bookcases purchased for our children, and a couple utility tables that we have
had for over 22 years, some of them now being used in our children's
families.I searched all over for shelving for food storage in an awkwardly
shaped storeroom, and no one in my area was selling modular items that I could
use to design the best shelving to maximize use of the space. Everyone else
sells the same 3-5 basic shelves, in limited dimensions only.Yeah, there
are no shortcuts through the showroom, and the lightweight cinnamon rolls are a
big draw at the end of running through the store, but wise shopping discipline
is wise no matter where one goes. Ikea has a good line of products, though the
designs may not fit everyone's style choices. I believe the founder is the
richest man in Sweden, hinting that Ikea is not a fad, and that plenty of people
have found value in their offerings.
As soon as I saw that IKEA was attempting to control their customers like rats
in a maze, I purposefully subverted their system by breaking out of the
prescribed pathway and traversing through the remainder of the space under my
choices and interests. It was my one and only visit to IKEA.
I found the experience at IKEA disconcerting and will never to go there
again.Their products are far from reliable or cost effective and are
very poor quality. It is a store of throw away one time use products. How anyone
can like that store is beyond me and it is designed for the shopper who has no
self control. Manuvering shopping carts is a task in itself. If ever there was a
non consumer friendly store, it is 5 acres of empty black top parking lot.
Shoppers don't like to get confused and it will doom their industry and I don't
think they will last much longer. No service or help in the store really is a
negative and a waste of time. Their plans might work in China or Europe but it
won't last here. I doubt they have many return customers.
I'm like Virgil-the model doesn't work on everybody. Its like
screaming or repetitive "come buy a car from us" commercials don't
work on me--don't drop everything and run down and buy a car.And how
(if I lived in Florida right now) all the screaming political ads wouldn't
change my mind of who to vote for. I find it silly that many worry and
complain about which candidate has the most money to spend on mailings or
ads--Like the amount of ads for one candidate are going to be what influences
who you want to vote for. But I guess maybe they (or IKEA layouts)
does work on weaker minds....
Ikea ROCKS, and the fact that I am of 100% Swedish extraction has nothing to do
with it, ha ha
I don't know why, but I actually don't find myself making more impulse buys at
Ikea, so perhaps the model doesn't work on everybody?I really do
like how the store is set out, though, and I usually dread shopping. Of course I
can see how it can be overwhelming, especially the first time. But I look at the
first section of the store as more of a museum than a store, a chance to see how
things are set up together which offers a holistic approach to the experience. I
feel less pressure to buy and more inspiration for what to look for.