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All Good Things Must Come To An End

by TerriAnn

Once upon a time, Ikea was among my most frequented stores. My daughter’s early vocabulary included the Swedish brand. 85% of all furniture in my house have the famous four-lettered logo embroidered on the tag.

While the quality was always hit or miss, the prices were a constant that fit perfectly in our budget. Once we got a standing wardrobe with three drawers and two doors for only $29 each (we got three). If you were diligent, you could get some pretty decent furniture for a reasonable price. Billy, Gorm, and Lack have been apart of our home for years.

But, alas, all good things must come to an end. As with all companies that gain fame and fortune, things change. That usually means quality goes down and prices go up. That is true in this case as well.

Is it possible to make particle board even less sturdy? Yes! Once an item is assembled it becomes practically useless if you ever try to move it. Things are so cheaply made that even the displays, which you would think are super-glued and fitted with heavy-duty bolts, are wobbly.

The sales are laughable and, for lack of a better word, stink. The only reason so many items have a “new lower price” is because they raised them so much the preceding years. The monthly specials are hardly discounted and only feature things no one wants anyway. Returned items can be bought at a discount in the As-Is area but, in my opinion, that has become synonymous with the ‘junk corner’.

At least they have good customer service, right? Wrong! With about ten customers in the line to return, only 1-2 girls are working and somehow they both move so slow you would think they were going backwards. That is only if they are moving. Otherwise any workers in the vicinity will gather around one monitor trying to figure out which button to push.

We once got a store card for a large purchase. Though we promptly paid the amount in full, we still kept the account open just in case. When I went to use it the other day, the account had apparently been closed. Thanks for the extra sweat and embarrassment by not giving me any notice at all. Great way to entice customers to buy more…

So if I ever step foot in the giant blue and yellow box, it will only be for their yummy meatballs and mashed potatoes.

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Lee February 8, 2011 - 2:50 pm

I can’t stand Ikea. Never been a fan.

Cookies & Clogs February 8, 2011 - 10:54 pm

You must have forseen the downfall…

Paula @ Frosted Fingers February 8, 2011 - 2:54 pm

yeah, their quality basically sucks. we’re going there Thursday just to have lunch and let the bigger kids play in the play area for an hour

Cookies & Clogs February 8, 2011 - 10:55 pm

Great plan. Their play area is nice and free 🙂

eve February 8, 2011 - 3:40 pm

I have only been once, about 7 years ago and LOVED it, only reason I haven’t been back is there are none around here- glad I didn’t get one closer or I would be sad now too… 🙁 Thanks for sharing this, I would have never known and gone out of my way to visit one if I was in an area- not now!

Cookies & Clogs February 8, 2011 - 10:54 pm

Glad to save you some gas and disappointment!

Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy February 8, 2011 - 6:20 pm

We live really far from an IKEA so we’ve only bought just a couple items from them.

Cookies & Clogs February 8, 2011 - 10:57 pm

I would recommend the $7 LACK tables (the small square ones) since those are made like rocks! You’re better off with Target!

Jocelyn February 9, 2011 - 8:12 am

I TOTALLY AGREE. The hubby and I bought a malm 5-drawer chest earlier last year when we were setting up our daughter’s room–mind you we already have two of the same chests in our own room. And we could tell by the quality of the wood and the some of the parts were just not up to par..disappointing…

Cookies & Clogs February 9, 2011 - 12:12 pm

Wow, so a side-by-side comparison proves it. Yeah, sad that a company can get so big and just plummet. So now what? Do we shop at Target?

Penelope February 10, 2011 - 11:02 am

Ack, that’s a stinker

Cookies & Clogs February 13, 2011 - 10:44 pm

Oh well. I’ll just have a find a new go-to furniture place. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

Nia February 13, 2011 - 7:25 am

I love the “look” of some of their items. The quality is so disappointing – you’re correct moving IKEA furniture basically means throw it out.

Cookies & Clogs February 13, 2011 - 10:45 pm

Some styles are nice but others are so standard and blocky. Yes, we tried moving some before and it gets all wobbly. It used to be you get what you pay for but that all goes out the window when they raise prices.

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