Hands up who’s panic bought something from IKEA to fill a space and then a year later realised that they no longer actually want or need or maybe even like it? Well great news because the Swedish company have just launched a new recycling initiative called Buy Back – which does exactly as it says on the tin, allows IKEA to buy back any furniture you’ve purchased from them in the past.
The scheme launched in the UK this week and is part of a drive to help reduce waste. All you have to do is simply fill in the online estimator tool to get a quote for your IKEA furniture and then return the piece (still assembled) to your nearest store where it will be checked over by a member of staff before you receive your fee.
The fee will vary between 30% and 50% of the original cost of the item, depending on the condition of it – and, here’s the catch: you’ll be paid via IKEA voucher rather than cash. There’s a chance you could get more for your unwanted pieces via secondhand marketplaces like Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace, so it’s up to you to take the gamble and work out what works best for you.
There are also certain items that IKEA won’t accept back, and these are listed on the wesbite. They include PAX wardrobes (too hard to bring back to store), kitchens, non-furniture items, baby items and textile items such as sofas.
Once IKEA have purchased your unwanted furniture from you, they’ll then re-sell it in their Bargain Corner, so that someone else can snap up a bargain and give it a new lease of life.
You can find out more about the Buy Back scheme here.