Went to Ikea’s sales-tax free sale, but wound up leaving without buying anything. There a couple of good reasons for this:
- Ikea doesn’t allow rain checks so if you can’t find what you wanted, you just have to come back again (and again and again …).
- Believe it or not, TJ Maxx has the same quality of furniture at reasonable prices. You are paying a premium for the Ikea brand and hype.
and less practically,
- Ikea is overexposed and overhyped… I like the Fight Club scene where the main character considers the addiction to Ikea furniture as an evil. And we know what he winds up doing… in the movie anyway.
- It’s the Ikea color scheme:
“To create a neutral color scheme in a room, use a range of “un-colors” like brown, beiges, gray, taupes, and whites.”
— Furnishing your first home
To add, Costco doesn’t have the best prices or service.
- You can find sale items at walgreen’s for instance or safeway that are lower than Costco’s never-sale items.
- You have to wait in lines that look like an airport terminal traffic jam.
- You have to pay in cash or whatever disadvantaged credit card that is trying to peddle market share (first discover, now American Express).
- You have to pay $40/year just to be able to walk in and look around.
- You wind up buying mass quantities because they don’t have anything smaller than 1 gallon of olive oil, or because you dread having to stand in line for 30 minutes to just buy a couple of items.