Should I go back to IKEA?

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    Lightbrite
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    One week ago, I went to IKEA to buy an office storage cabinet, desk, and broom/dust pan set.

    Several hours later, I was standing in the store, disoriented and hungry, mustering up the courage to walk away empty-handed.

    Baruch Hashem, I left the store, got fresh air, and returned home to eat and decompress.

    Now, I know what I want, and am ready to make a purchase.

    If you were my friend IRL, what would you suggest is best?

    You already got a picture of the in-store experience. Granted, this was on a Sunday. If I going during the week, then I can avoid the mayhem, or at least a good deal of it, that happens when a billion people, and their offspring and parental generations, visit IKEA together.

    SHOPPING IKEA ONLINE:

    Cons:
    1) COST: If I buy the cabinet, and desk (who knows about the broom’s online availability? Not I, at least, not yet.) online, then I will end up paying more money per item, including more in taxes.

    2) CONFIRMATION: I’d also miss out on confirming that said desk and cabinet are the right colors and fit for my home.

    3) SHIPPING: I think shipping costs $50 more, if I order online too.

    —–

    Pros:

    1) SAVE GAS & TIME: I will save myself a day of driving and choosing (and spare myself the risk of IKEA-overload), too.

    2) BUY LESS: If I shop online, then I can prevent buying additional knick knacks in the store. Though, if I come with a list, then I’m pretty experienced at keeping my eyes on the prize. Plus, I have a limited budget, so it’s easier to not buy things (at the end).

    THANK YOU 🙂

    #1379259

    👑RebYidd23
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    Go to Ikea, and look at the floor the whole time, following the arrows.

    #1379269

    Joseph
    Participant

    Why is Ikea’s website more expensive for the same items compared to Ikea’s store?

    #1379270

    Mammele
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    Maybe email Ikea’s Customer Service your dilemma and perhaps/hopefully/wishful thinking snag yourself a free shipping coupon? Hey, a girl can dream…

    Worst case scenario you’ll have vented and let off some steam.

    #1379313

    Gadolhadorah
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    If you go back, don’t get tempted by the gratis “Swedish meatballs”….the meat does not have a good chassideshe hashgacha…..the gravlax looks tempting but there is still the inyan of whether the salmon were inspected for tiny worms…However, the bottled water has a circle “M”.

    #1380165

    takahmamash
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    1. Gratis means free – not sure where you are, but there are no IKEAs that give away free meatballs.

    2. From what I’ve read, seen, and heard, the words “good chassidese hashgacha” are a misnomer. According to a few friends who are mashgichim for various agencies in the U.S. and E”Y, the Badatz hashgachot are no better or worse than any other hashgacha.

    We went to IKEA in Rishon last week, and bought some living room cabinets. We had no problems. We didn’t have the meatballs, but we did have falafel. It wasn’t bad.

    #1380182

    zahavasdad
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    They have kosher Swedish Meatballs at Ikea? If yes which ones?

    #1380189

    Gadolhadorah
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    The Swedish meatballs at Ikea stores in much of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states is ganz treifus…not chassideshe hashgacha, no Badatz hashgacha, no hashgacha period unless someone has convinced the Ebeshter to change his rules on what is or is not treifus…..Ikea offers “freebies’ as a function of the location and food traditions of local stores

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    Joseph
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    They give free ready-to-eat food samples in places like Costco and Pomegranate. So why not Ikea?

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    takahmamash
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    They have kosher Swedish Meatballs at Ikea? If yes which ones?

    Netanya and Rishon L’Tziyon.

    And we’re scheduled to get an IKEA in Be’er Sheva in the next year or two.

    #1380385

    Mrs. D
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    A Gutte voch! I have had some Ikea experience and would highly recommend the following few tips: 1. Don’t go by yourself! Take at least one more person, preferably someone who has been through the place before and understands the Ikea purchasing system. It will be a great benefit that you have been there once before, so you CAN get through the whole place much faster the second time around. You’ll know exactly where to go…. as long as you did previously record the name and model of the products that you are looking for. So, essentially you could go straight to the warehouse section and find the boxed products that you want. Number two, be sure that you are prepared to follow their interesting Swedish pictorial assembly instructions, because you need to assemble these products yourself. Sometimes they get rather complicated and it’s easier to arrange an order where you pay for someone else to assemble the products. In israel, this happens at your home, and so you can even decide to do that after you bring the item home and see for yourself just how easy or complicated that particular assembly might be. 3. DO NOT get the broom and dustpan set!!! They are cute but they are duds and they break very soon. That is my other experience.
    lots of luck and enjoy your Ikea experience meatballs or not.

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    hml
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    You should never have anything more serious to worry about, my friend.

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    👑RebYidd23
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    Why say something so condescending and dismissive?

    #1386229

    Lightbrite
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    hml: Amen 🙂

    #1386230

    Lightbrite
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    hml: And thank you! 🙂

    #1386246

    Lightbrite
    Participant

    So it happened… today I went back to IKEA.

    Thanks for all of your help… after an exhausting few hours in the store, and then through rush hour, I made it home with no new furniture, and with peace of mind.

    Progress… 🙂

    #1386687

    They give free ready-to-eat food samples in places like Costco and Pomegranate. So why not Ikea?

    Those are samples of their wares, intended to encourage the purchase of more of the
    sampled item. That reason does not apply when a furniture store serves food. (However,
    another reason is of course to encourage people to enter the store, and this does apply.)

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