Let's boycott Ikea.
I have two bad experience that turn me off from Ikea. I would advise strongly that you reconsider if you want to shop at Ikea.
1. I bought a wardrobe from Ikea. I was told to pick up on the same day. Three of the pieces of the wardrobe is big and heavy. So, I sent my contractor to pick up at night. When he got to Ikea, waited for 40 minutes, he was told one of the pieces is not available and he has to come back half to one hour later or the next day. Com'n, we have paid for the item and it is not available for pick up? Also, one of the pieces is damaged. The next day, I went back to the store to make sure, and was promised by the store manager, that the two pieces will be put aside so that my contractor can pick up when he gets here at night. So my contractor goes again the second night. However, the piece that replacing the damaged one has not been set aside at all! worse still, he was told that it is out of stock! We went back a week later today and was promised that it will be set aside for my contractor to pick up...my contractor and myself have run at least five times for this $1100 purchase as if Ikea never appreciate our business.
2. We also bought a metal box with "as-if" condition. However, when I went back and unwrap it, my finger was cut by a deep dent at one edge. There is no way to see the dent at the store because there was a sticker there on the wrap (I would think it is purposely done so). The box cost only $5, not a big deal, but I brought it back so that I can tell Ikea that this is not right.
However, guess what? very interesting. You can see Ikea's customer service attitude and philosophy from such small thing like this:
(A) the girl at return counter told me that the dent should not be sharp enough to hurt someone.
(B) the manager comes, he told me that this is "as-if", can not be returned. I told him, this is cheating because the dent was intentionally covered. Besides, this is a consumer safety issue as well. These two argument should take priority over the "as-if"condition.
(C) the manager also said that he did not wrap this. Isn't this funny? of course I know that he did not take the plastic bag, sticker to wrap this. But the wrap is still done by Ikea (with a Ikea sign on it!), and that is still what I mean by cheating!
(C) I get the manager of the manager over. I told him that this is the safety issue and I could put them to court. He kind of telling me that he is not afraid to go to court because he has been there many many times...Com'n, is he saying that consumers have been taking Ikea to court extensively? Ikea must be doing so badly that he has alot of this court experience! the statement say it all! Anyway, he did give me store credit at the end...unapologetically.
$5 is a small matter. I really do not care if I do not get the $5 back. My point of taking the item to Ikea is more to tell them that this is not the right thing to do (wrapping the dent area so that it is not seen and sell item "as-if") if this is done intentionally. If it is unintentionally, all they have to do is apologize for that (because someone get his finger cut!). However...you can see from the above experience for myself...do you want to visit Ikea again? not me. I won't spend another $1 there. After all, Ikea does not seem to contribute the money back into the society (http://www.economist.com/businessfinance/displaystory.cfm?story_id=6919139) appropriately.