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May 21, 2004

IKEA is the Root of All Evil

I'm actually eagerly awaiting the opening of the Ikea store in Tempe later this year. It's not a distaste for their products that makes them evil.

No, it's the variety of products. I got their catalog in the mail today, and there's far too much I'd like to buy to redecorate refurnish my bedroom. It's currently overwhelmed by massive, ugly furniture, and still doesn't have enough storage space. For a couple hundred dollars and an hour with a funny-looking bastard child of an allen wrench, I could replace the stuff I don't like, create more room, and organize.

Those damn Scandinavians (of which I am one by heritage) are trying to take my money for inexpensive build-it-yourself Scandinavian goods. The Swede in me says "buy, buy, buy!" Or "Köp, köp, köp," according to this Swedish-English Translator.

There's something tacky about big blue buildings and giant yellow shopping bags, though. A whole lot of something.

Then again, there's something overwhelmingly pleasing about being able to create your own furniture using modular parts. Journalist pieces, you will make my next entertainment center.

Posted by Colin at May 21, 2004 6:22 PM

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Ooh... Ikea! I had no idea a store was being built. Actually, it's probably a bad idea I'm in the know now... that place seems dangerous!

Posted by: D at May 21, 2004 6:57 PM

Yes Ikea is Evil. first of all, i think "ikea" has to mean far because it is always in the most inconvenient and remote location and also because it is far from reality, distant in its customer service. i have nothing good to say about the place after having gone through customer 'problem resolution' and all that jazz and still missing pieces which ought to rightfully be part of my sofa bed.

oh wait- the elderflower syrup is tasty. that is the only plus.

the stores are loud, poorly-run, always out of stock (and their store availability feature on the phone and internet is BS).


Posted by: ra at September 19, 2004 8:13 PM

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