Saturday , 21 October 2017

IKEA Employees Reveal Shopping Secrets

“During and right after both summer and winter sale, as well as the weeks around April 1st and August 1st.” — throwawayIKEAthrowaway

“The entire store is cleaned overnight, every night. The same goes for the kids play area. If no accident in particular happened, we disinfect the ball pit once a week and wash all balls, etc. It has happened on numerous occasions that kids puked, pooped or peed in the ball pit. That is a just cause for an emergency biohazard evacuation and immediate cleaning. We take the cleanliness of the play area very seriously!” — throwawayIKEAthrowaway

“…IKEA is pretty lax on their return policy as it is. The only the thing that they absolutely do not take back is bedding. None whatsoever.” — thaiangel9008

“I hardly ever bring in lunch. We have a co-worker discount on food in the restaurant and bistro. $3 for an entree under $5.99, a side, bread choice, and drink with 1 refill included. $4 for entrees over $5.99.” — thaiangel9008

“[You can’t get them] for free, but those products will make their way down to the as-is area when the room settings, as they are called, are due for a makeover (timeline decided by service offices) and they will be discounted for 30-80 percent off.” — throwawayIKEAthrowaway

“We do make most of our profit on smaller metal parts that are needed for larger combinations. Although a lot of it is off set by losses in other products. Believe or not we have entire product lines where the profit margin is between -20% and -60%, yes, we do lose money on sales.” — throwawayIKEAthrowaway


“Loofahs!! (The bath sponges). Don’t do it! Worst ever!!” — thaiangel9008

“Manager or not, only employees of the AsIs department can give you further discounts. And yes, if you see something you would like, just approach someone at the window and ask them to

“Manager or not, only employees of the AsIs department can give you further discounts. And yes, if you see something you would like, just approach someone at the window and ask them to lower the price, in most cases they will be able to do that.” — throwawayIKEAthrowaway

“There actually are shortcuts the to get through the store faster but in some stores, it changes month to month. If you see a blue 3′ x 3′ rectangle in a random place, it’s most likely a cut-through to the next department. All depends on where you are and what store you’re in.” — NickNac113

“If you know the name of it then you can either call the call center (phone on the IKEA website) or go in-store and IKEA employees can pull up the assembly instructions. If it’s a part we can order then of course! It ships from Sweden and usually takes about 5-10 business days to get to you.” — hodydody

“Ordering online is different from ordering in store. When you’re actually in the store, you grab all your items and it comes from the store you’re in. Online it comes from a warehouse (usually Tahoe) so shipping is more expensive because of shipping and handling. Also IKEA doesn’t ship lights or lamps in fear they might get damaged.” — hodydody

“There are certain test stores in each region, Stockholm, and Helsingborg in Sweden, one or two in Germany, Delft in the Netherlands, Burbank, CA and one in Asia as well.” — throwawayIKEAthrowaway

“We do not make any money on the meatballs, or any food at all for that matter. In fact, the entire restaurant is a huge write off.” — throwawayIKEAthrowaway

“[The kitchen splashbacks] are the only products in the entire store that are custom made by a third party factory, everything else is mass produced so the price difference can be quite big.” — throwawayIKEAthrowaway

“One big trick though is to build it on carpet. It shows that in the directions but in all honesty it helps. All of our powered build tables have carpeting stapled to them.” — NickNac113

“Except the exterior walls, all of the walls of the sales floor (affectionately, “the maze”) are modular and movable, and every department has an emergency exit slot since every department at one point or another touches an exterior wall. We’re all trained that as soon as we get the fire alert, to open the walls and call out to customers where the exits are, as well as the overhead signs by federal law that say we need to mark where emergency exits are.” — NickNac113