Ikea launches 'Buy Back' where you can sell old furniture back to the store
Ikea is set to launch a new initiative – ‘Buy Back’ – that will encourage customers to sell their unwanted Ikea furniture back 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.
Customers selling back an item will receive an Ikea refund card to spend in store, which will have no expiry date. Depending on the condition of the furniture traded in, the voucher could be worth as much as 50% of the original price.
The introduction of Buy Back from 27th November coincides with one of the busiest shopping periods of the year in the lead up to Black Friday.
The hope is that the initiative will help customers take a stand against excessive consumption this Black Friday and in the years to come.
Here is what you can hope to get back in Ikea vouchers when you trade in old furniture:
- 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 anything that can’t be resold will be recycled.
‘Sustainability is the defining issue of our time and Ikea is committed to being part of the solution to promote sustainable consumption and combat climate change,’ says Peter Jelkeby, Ikea’s country retail manager and chief sustainability officer.
‘With the launch of Buy Back we are giving a second life to many more Ikea products and creating more easy and affordable solutions to help people live more sustainably.
‘It is an exciting step forward in our journey towards becoming a fully circular and climate positive business by 2030.’
Products that are eligible for Buy Back include dressers, office drawer cabinets, small structures with drawers, display storage and sideboards; bookcases and shelf units; small tables; multimedia furniture; cabinets; dining tables and desks; chairs and stools without upholstery; chests of drawers; children’s products excluding baby items and PAX accessories.
Customers wanting to sell back their old furniture simply need to visit IKEA.co.uk and submit items for consideration by filling out a simple online offer request.
The tool will automatically generate a preliminary offer and customers will then be invited to bring the fully assembled product and preliminary offer to the Returns & Exchanges desk in their nearest store, where they will then receive a refund card to spend in store.
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