Ikea will buy back your old furniture from Black Friday – Which? News

Ikea customers in the UK will soon be able to resell their unwanted Ikea furniture. The program will begin in early 2021 after being postponed from Black Friday on November 27th.

Ikea will sell furniture returned through the buyback program as second-hand in stores. According to Ikea, this will give its products a second life and provide customers with an easy and affordable way to live more sustainably.

In return for your used items, you will receive an Ikea voucher. There are other used return systems for unwanted furniture, but not many companies pay to take back their own products.

Update November 27th: Ikea has delayed the start of the program due to the current lockdown and closure of its stores. A spokesman said: “The start of the buyback will be postponed to early 2021. During the pandemic, our main focus was on the safety of our customers and employees. The delay allows stores to focus on reopening safely and comfortably once restrictions are lifted. ‘

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Ikea furniture buyback: how does it work?

First of all, you need to go to Ikea’s website and fill out an online form with the items that you want to sell back. You will automatically receive a preliminary offer for your products.

How much you get for it depends on the condition of your furniture, but you can get up to 50% of the original price:

  • As good as new (no scratches): 50% of the original price
  • Very good (minor scratches): 40% of the original price
  • Well used (multiple scratches): 30% of the original price

To receive your voucher, you will need to take your items to the return and exchange desk in your nearest Ikea store. The furniture must be fully assembled and checked by a representative to confirm the level of the online listing.

The vouchers can be stored at Ikea (also for used furniture) and have no expiry date.

Ikea Billy bookcase with books and ornaments

Which Ikea furniture is included in the buyback program?

Most of the furniture in the range is not upholstered, unmodified. These include chests of drawers, cabinets for office drawers, small structures with drawers, storage and sideboards for displays, bookcases and shelves, small tables, multimedia furniture, cabinets, dining tables and desks, chairs and stools without upholstery, chests of drawers; Children’s products without baby items and accessories from the PAX storage system from Ikea.

You cannot trade items that you have modified or that have not been assembled. Textiles, upholstery or leather products, baby products, kitchen countertops, objects containing glass, products for outdoor use and non-furniture are also not eligible.

Your used furniture will be resold in the actual area of ​​the Ikea stores. Anything that cannot be resold is recycled or donated to local community projects.

Customer looks at Ikea sofas

How sustainable is Ikea?

According to Ikea, the buyback program is designed to encourage customers to think about what they don’t and don’t need.

It’s part of Ikea’s plan to become a circular and climate positive company by 2030.

This also means that all products are made from recycled or regenerative materials by 2030, that non-rechargeable alkaline batteries are removed from the products by 2021 and that a water recycling shower is worked on.

In its 2019 sustainability report, Ikea said that single-use plastic home furnishings have been phased out and 91% of the wood comes from sustainable sources or is recycled. It has also started selling vegan meatballs in its restaurants.

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How to dispose of furniture sustainably

If you have unwanted furniture, try to pick it up or reuse it first before recycling.

Some charity shops, including the British Heart Foundation, the British Red Cross, Emmaus, Oxfam and the Salvation Army, sell used furniture and donate the proceeds to a good cause. Sometimes they will pick up your items from your home as well.

Watch out for nonprofit or local neighborhood groups like Freecycle online – these are great places to sell, trade, or give away your loved ones. Other organizations, like the Furniture Donation Network, will give your items directly to those in need.

Alternatively, you can try selling your items online, for example on eBay or the Facebook marketplace.

Some stores will pick up your old item when you buy a new one from them. For example, John Lewis will collect an old sofa for £ 44.97 and either reuse it or recycle it at a local charity. It also collects old mattresses for £ 29.95 and recycles them with a registered recycling company.

Argos collected and recycled old mattresses for £ 20 but this is currently on hold due to coronavirus restrictions. Ikea’s removal and recycling program is also currently on hold. It used to be that beds, mattresses and couches (for £ 20) and appliances (for £ 7) were collected when new ones were delivered. The items were given to families through local charities or recycled.

Find out more about how to dispose of your mattress.

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More tips for buying more sustainable furniture

Buying used furniture is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint compared to buying new furniture. Upcycling your current items can turn them into something new without the need for new possessions.

When shopping for new furniture, look for the following:

  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or PEFC certified wooden labels. These systems identify wood, paper, and other forest products made from materials from well-managed forests or recycled sources.
  • Durable items so you don’t have to replace them anytime soon. Our fitted kitchens reviews include a laboratory rating to determine how well they are built so you can get a feel for how long they will last.
  • Where the product is being delivered from. Furniture made on the other side of the world will have a larger carbon footprint as it is transported.
  • Whether the product is made from reused or recycled materials.

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