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IKEA’s 70% UK surcharge: Flatpack giant makes us pay more than most of Europe
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:00 EST, 24 May 2013 | Sean Poulter

Posted on 05/25/2013 1:29:59 AM PDT by Olog-hai

IKEA presents itself as the champion of affordable home furnishings. But it appears that the store’s definition of affordable varies dramatically according to the country it is operating in.

British families are being charged about 70 percent more for some items of furniture compared with their counterparts on the Continent. …

For example, IKEA’s popular Friheten corner sofa bed costs £525 ($796) if bought in its British stores—some 71 percent more than the £307 ($461) charged in Poland, and also considerably more than the £344 ($522) in Spain and Germany. The sofa is also cheaper in IKEA’s home country of Sweden—renowned for its relatively high cost of living—where it comes in at £400 ($607).

A similar pattern is seen on items including the Äpplaro gazebo, which costs £250 ($379) in the UK, versus a cheapest figure of £158 ($240) in France. It is £205 ($311) in Poland and £215 ($326) in Spain and Germany. …

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: discrimination; eussr; ikea; surcharge

1 posted on 05/25/2013 1:29:59 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Consumer goods are never affordable in any socialist paradise, including modern UK. Don’t blame IKEA, blame socialists leeching businesses with taxes and tariffs.


2 posted on 05/25/2013 1:33:29 AM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: Olog-hai

VAT and other taxes are higher in Britain, perhaps?


3 posted on 05/25/2013 2:49:52 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend

VAT is not significantly higher or lower in Britain than in most EU member states, FWICS. I can’t tell what the article means by “surcharge”, though.


4 posted on 05/25/2013 2:55:33 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: cunning_fish

When I was living in Slovakia, which I do not call Socialist, I did a lot of my household shopping at IKEA.
I thought it was great, and much of what I bought I shipped to the Philippines, where I now live.
My computer desk and chair, along with other book cases, and household goods were easily shipped in two large boxes.
Everything could be broken down into small parts for easy packing.
Much of my kitchen goods, lamps, and other household items are from that same Ikea.
I have no complaints.


5 posted on 05/25/2013 3:09:16 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: AlexW

About half of my furniture are from IKEA as well.


6 posted on 05/25/2013 3:13:32 AM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: Olog-hai
Flatpack giant makes us pay more than most of Europe

Nobody's "making" anyone pay. Don't like the prices? Vote with your wallet.

7 posted on 05/25/2013 3:22:47 AM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Olog-hai

I never shop there. The furniture looks like the stuff you buy for your kids college dorm or apartment.


8 posted on 05/25/2013 4:17:31 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes mandatory- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: cunning_fish

The EU is first and foremost....a Free Trade organization. They pretty much have eliminated tariffs between members.....which is their real problem to begin with

UK should not be paying higher for IKEA products than the Continent.


9 posted on 05/25/2013 5:03:16 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Olog-hai

UK tends to be cheaper for things compared to the Continent...at least what I have discovered in my travels. Groceries especially cheaper in UK than Euro. IKEA should not cost more in UK


10 posted on 05/25/2013 5:06:23 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Olog-hai
IKEA’s Friheten corner sofa bed costs
£525 ($796) if bought in its British stores
- £307 ($461) charged in Poland
- £344 ($522) in Spain and Germany.
Sweden- £400 ($607).

Checking IKEA's website - that same corner sofa bed costs $699 USD at IKEA stores in the US.

11 posted on 05/25/2013 5:57:12 AM PDT by libertarian27 (FreeRepublic Cookbooks 2011 & 2012 - Click Profile)
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Silly Brits were stupid enough to disarm themselves, so IKEA decided to see if they were stupid enough to pay extra. And they were!

Good for IKEA.

Stupidity should hurt.


12 posted on 05/25/2013 6:24:52 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam is antithetical to, and Islam is irreconcilable with, America. Therefore - Islam Delenda Est)
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To: Olog-hai

“Low price is the cornerstone of the Ikea vision”

That’s odd. I could have sworn that low quality and poor value were the cornerstones of the Ikea vision.


13 posted on 05/25/2013 8:07:18 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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