Martin Lewis’ MoneySavingExpert has explained how to save cash at Ikea – including how to get money back for your old furniture.
It comes as the Swedish flat-pack giant confirmed it was finally launching its “buy-back” scheme – allowing shoppers to trade in old furniture for 50% of its original value.
The money back is in the form of an Ikea voucher that you can spend in stores or online.
Flagging the scheme in their latest newsletter, MoneySavingExpert writers have rounded up other ways to save cash at the Swedish flatpack furniture chain.
You can read all their tips here and we’ve rounded up the seven of the best ones below.
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Sell back your old furniture
The Ikea “buy-back” scheme has finally launched after being delayed by the coronavirus crisis.
Customers can earn up to £250 per returned item in good as new condition – this will be given to them in the form of a voucher to spend at the store.
Used products returned as good as new with no scratches will be bought for 50% of the original price, items with minor scratches will be bought for 40% and furniture that is well used with several scratches will be bought for 30%.
Products eligible for “buy-back” include dressers, office drawer cabinets, small structures with drawers, display storage and sideboards, bookcases and shelf units.
Other items you can sell back include small tables, multimedia furniture, cabinets, dining tables and desks, chairs and stools without upholstery, chests of drawers and children’s products, with the exception of baby items.
Ikea replaces missing parts for free
There’s nothing worse than missing a crucial part of your Ikea build.
But the good news is, you can get spare parts – such as screws and dowels – for free by going to the returns department in your nearest shop.
Alternatively, you can also order bits online via its spare parts page and get it delivered for free.
Look out for ex-display or slightly damaged bargains
Ikea has an little-known discount area called its “Circular Hub” where it has reduced items.
It’s often found by the tills and was previously known as its “Bargain Corner”.
Items here are usually ex-display or damaged in some way and this is where items that are sold back to the company through its “buy-back” scheme will be flogged.
Join the Ikea Family loyalty scheme
Most shops have a loyalty scheme and Ikea is no different.
Its Family club is free to sign up to and gives you discounts on selected products, personalised offers and a free hot drink during the week, but not on weekends.
You can register via the Ikea website.
Get free product insurance on your journey home
Another perk of its Family loyalty scheme is free product insurance, which will cover you for any accidental damage that occurs while transporting your new item home.
It also covers you for knocks and scrapes that happen during assembly.
This only applies to items bought in store and excludes Circular Hub items, cut fabric and custom made goods.
It also must be claimed within 90 days of purchase.
Keep an eye out for Ikea sales
MSE notes how Ikea typically runs two sales a year – one in summer and the other in winter.
Official dates haven’t been announced yet, but bargain hunters suggest its summer sale is predicted to start the first week in June.
The winter one could then follow in the first week of December.
Of course, the first way to find out about sales is to keep an eye on the Ikea website and social pages.
Remember to bring your own bags
Like all retailers, Ikea now charges for bags – so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
Ikea charges 50p for its bags, so this could soon add up if you’ve purchased a lot of items.