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Old 22nd August 2007, 17:35   #1
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So I was browsing their latest catalogue and stumbled across something that only carried the magical two words that get me interested: glass and aluminium.

Of course I had to go to their store and check that out. I had to find out that only the front consisted of these materials (and the frosted glass was thin and the shiny side was at front attracting fingerprints). The rest was the goddam lowest-end plywood again
 
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Suck as to basement price and expensive materials?
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Suck as to basement price and expensive materials?
It would be possible to have low prices with decent materials if they wouldn't be such cheapskates. They are already TRYING it with their Stockholm line.
 
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IKEA products are not meant for high quality but good pricing for the not so discriminating consumers. You shop at the wrong place if you are looking for high quality furniture.
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my current house is IKEA bought everything there, only thing that deviated was the office desk which I constructed myself (with help of my not so two left-handed father )

Overall quality is above par, only the living room chairs are a bit too soft, the table however is very good, the sofa is comfy, the wardrobe is a little bit less practical but ok for the price.

shopping at dedicated none-IKEA furniture store triples the price easily; I bought sofa for €700, 3 seat, comfy, my parents bought similar sofa, slightly bigger at dedicated sofa shop, €6000. I can't see the difference in finishing and/or comfort
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Most IKEA customers are in their 20's and 30's; they enjoy the modern look at affordable price. Want all teakwood furniture, go some place else. My glass table top cost over $300; but it is thick and heavy. My all hardwood dining room table and cabinet was over $4,000 30-years ago.
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only real downside for IKEA is moving! once you dissemble it will never be as sturdy fit together as before
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The french conforama stores usually offer better value for sofas/tables/chairs.

If I wanted solid wood furnitures there would be a new store opened up by a Swiss entrepreneur which saves costs by building inhouse only after an order (so no shipping and storage costs).

http://www.resedahome.ch/products/vi...?catId=6&jse=1


Cheap isn't always value as the value is defined as = ((usability + enjoyability)*lifetime)/cost.

So that 4000$ dining room furniture lasting 30 years and hopefully looking ace all the time can be better value than buying mediocre stuff from Ikea 3 times over the same period for 1000$ each time.
 
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So that 4000$ dining room furniture lasting 30 years and hopefully looking ace all the time can be better value than buying mediocre stuff from Ikea 3 times over the same period for 1000$ each time.
Still can get >$3000 for it today
Paid $8,000 for Yamaha Piano 15 years ago; today $2500 at eBay
Solid wood always retains value ..... hundred years old solid wood dining room furniture goes for top dollars today. Initial cost is high.

Certain things apply when keeping the value is concern; but never on computer gears where you lose money as soon as you hand over the money.
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