Next month IKEA will be launching a new buyback initiative as part of their second-hand furniture venture.
Does your furniture just not match your new aesthetic? Or maybe your family just outgrew the size of your couch. Either way, if you no longer want it, IKEA is now offering to buy your furniture back.
The buyback initiative comes as part of IKEA’s new goal to venture into second-hand furniture set to launch on Black Friday (27th of November). The new green goal wants to use the national sales day to urge customers to consider what they don’t need rather than what they want. IKEA stated:
By making sustainable living more simple and accessible, Ikea hopes that the initiative will help its customers take a stand against excessive consumption this Black Friday and in the years to come.
Under the new plan, the Swedish giant will offer to buy back bookcases and a huge range of other furniture all in the name of sustainability at up to 50% off the original price. Payment will come in the form of vouchers to encourage people to continue to consciously consider IKEA for their furniture needs. And with this scheme, who wouldn’t?
Your unwanted items will then be resold to a loving home as second hand, extending the furniture’s life and allowing customers to shop sustainably. And, items that are left unwanted will not be wasted. Instead, they will be recycled into something new and exciting.
How will it work?
Under the new buyback scheme, customers are urged to log the item they wish to return here so they can be given an estimate of its value. Then, they will need to drop off their used furniture, fully assembled, at the check-in desk.
‘As new’ items with no scratches will be valued at 50% back off the original price, ‘very good’ items with minimal scratches will be eligible for 40% back and ‘well used’ items with several scratches will be open for 30% back.
The international offer is running in 27 countries and typically refers to furniture that does not contain upholstery such as bookcases, desks, dining tables and some chairs.
IKEAplans to have a dedicated area in each store where you can hand in your items as well as look for more second-hand goodies.
Goals to become a fully circular business
The furniture buyback initiative has long been tested in Edinburgh and Glasgow and is part of IKEA’s goal to become ‘a fully circular and climate positive business by 2030’.
Country Retail Manager and Chief Sustainability Officer IKEA UK & Ireland, Peter Jelkeby, commented on the new scheme:
Sustainability is the defining issue of our time and IKEA is committed to being part of the solution to promote sustainable consumption and combat climate change. With the launch of Buy Back we are giving a second life to many more IKEA products and creating more easy and affordable solutions to help people live more sustainably. It is an exciting step forward in our journey towards becoming a fully circular and climate positive business by 2030.