Buying online from IKEA

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Demon Hunter, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    I found a desk at the IKEA website, but I've never bought anything from them before. Does anyone have experience buying from IKEA online? I've avoided other sellers like because of woeful stories about missing and damaged parts, bad manufacturing, etc.
  2. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    IKEA stuff are actually pretty decent quality, although I'd avoid buying online and get it in person. Their delivery charges are by no means cheap.
  3. Pistol Pete macrumors 6502a

    Pistol Pete

    Jan 6, 2005
    So Cal

    store is good...ordering online i read that its bad...

    just google reviews...
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Don't you dare say that. Ikea can do no wrong.

    *strokes Ikea's head*
  5. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    You're going to be spending a whole lot of time at that desk.

    I'd at least go look at the floor models to see how well they are constructed.

    You'll be building yours from kit, so you better know what you're getting into.
  6. faustfire macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2002
    Yea, I was going to buy some shelves from them online but the shipping cost was almost twice the cost of the shelves.
  7. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    Shipping charges can sure bite you in the arse.

    Last year I was looking at all these great deals on generators until you figured out that the shipping was more than $200.00.
  8. Demon Hunter thread starter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    I was fairly impressed by my roommate's desk, which is very similar to the ones I'm looking at.

    Maybe picking it up in person is the better option.
  9. mashinhead macrumors 68020

    Oct 7, 2003
    I personally HATE ikea with a passion. In fact along with starbucks and Kinkos, its one of my mosted hated brands. I could tell you long detailed stories of horrible experiences, and their completely ignorant excuse for customer service. But hate fits everything pretty good. Never bought online, but just given the shipping charges, if you can pick it up locally i'd recommend it. THeir online catalog and web and phone ordering is only 1/3 of what they offer in store.
  10. Demon Hunter thread starter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    I take it you're also a fan of Fight Club? :)

    Do you have any other suggestions for where to buy my desk? I liked IKEA because of the reasonable prices and "convenience."
  11. mashinhead macrumors 68020

    Oct 7, 2003
    actually that is my favorite movie. :eek: but i'm not entirely against comsumerism. Everyone knows everyone has to make money, i just hate brands that make things harder than they need to be when its so easy to make it easy. I don't hate them cost they represent consummerism, but because my expereinces there sucked. Consistantly

    i don't know what you're budget is but there here is something comprable in price to ikea ,apart from target.

    and a little more.
  12. Demon Hunter thread starter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    Good suggestions, thanks!
  13. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2006

    What are your feelings about Wal-Mart?
  14. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2006
    I like Ikea's products, but hate going to the store. If you have one near by and don't mind spending some time putting the desk together, then it is a good bet.

    I bought my desk from Ikea:

    In the store there is an option for a sliding extension that mounts perpendicular to the end without the drawers. I have my laptop on that extension, giving me the entire desk for a work area (junk area as of now).
  15. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    FWIW, I find Plummers a bit more expensive than IKEA (10-20%) and the quality is good though I hate the hardware hardware they use to put things together. [Prefer IKEA]. (Typed on the Plummers desk my iMac sits on).

  16. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    Assembling things is fun. :) You should know what you're getting into when you get an IKEA product... if you hate putting things together, well, too bad?

    I bought a JERKER desk from them last year (very sturdy, for the most part). Ended up driving to the nearest store (Emeryville, 60 miles away) because shipping would have been in the hundreds!

    p.s. Fight Club is awesome.
  17. andriella macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2006
    Ontario, Canada
    Ikea Canada's online ordering system is a little flawed, in my opinion. You choose what you would like to order, enter your credit card information, and then someone is supposed to call you within 72 hours to talk about shipping and finalize the order.

    It took eight days for them to call, and by then I had gone to a store and bought it there.
  18. Planner Dude macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2006
    Ikea and Target are great stores.

    You really need to go to the store though. As others have said the shipping rates are outrageous!!

    Another added bonus of going to the IKEA store is their scratch & dent section. My computer desk came from that section (floor model..nothing worng with it...just assembled) and I recieved 60% off the already cheap IKEA price. Now I have a sheek ultra modern (or retro, whichever you want to call it) desk!

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