IKEA Rip Off Items? Judge For Yourselves...

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A Bit About Me and My Guides.

I regularly Review Items and write eBay Guides and while most of them are well received (thank you to everyone who has found my guides helpful and voted for them) some are not.

Some of my guides inform people of essential information or things they might be entitled to, some warn of scams and rip offs while others attack eBay users who are out to con and steal from the unwary. All of them, however, are written from the heart and are 100% truthful and honest.

I am an honest eBayer and would never rip people off. The things I sell are honestly described (I detail all known problems and list all marks or defects even if they can't normally be seen), reasonably priced and I never end an auction early because someone makes me an offer.

Rip Off Items From IKEA etc...

I cannot help noticing there appears to have been a spate of guides on eBay recently which attack other eBay sellers for selling, for example, IKEA items for more than cost. Items that can be bought from IKEA for a pound are being sold for three or four pounds plus one or two pounds for Postage and Packing.

Shock Horror! Why are they allowed to do this! How can they get away with this hideous practice! Kill them! Burn them! (Then Ban Them from eBay...)

I hear these people cry...

So Why Write This Guide?

While I can see their point I feel obliged to play devil's advocate and put the other side of the story,

Some people, like myself, do not live near an IKEA store. We chose to live in rural South West England and our nearest IKEA store is more than 85 miles away from our home. You won't find me bitching about this, I love the views outside our window and the snowy landscape has been beautiful this past week.

IKEA Rip Off!

Imagine someone buys an item from IKEA for £1 and lists it on eBay for £2.99 plus £1.50 P&P making a total of £5.49.

They are charging £5.49 for a £1 item. That's £4.49 over the odds! What a rip off!

Or Is It?

If I wanted to buy that one pound item from IKEA what would it actually cost me?

  • Drive to IKEA
    • Two and a half gallons of diesel (35mpg) at £5.04 = £12.60
  • Spend day at IKEA
    • Buy the item = £1
    • Buy a whole lot of other stuff I would not have otherwise bought = Dunno
  • Drive home from IKEA
    • Same as above, possibly more due to increased weight = £12.60
  • Running costs (Excluding fuel)
    • At least 13p / mile (depending on car) = £22.10

Making the cost of my one pound item from IKEA a grand total of (music maestro please) £48.30.

Yes, that's right, forty eight pounds and thirty pence which when you look at it makes a mere five pounds and forty nine pence seem a veritable bargain - combine the postage and I'll take three!


The facts and figures were obtained from thegreencarwebsite.co.uk (fuel cost based on HMCR figures) and whatprice.co.uk (the actual costs of running a Renault Clio). Our vehicle is less efficient and depreciates faster than the Clio which is why I put 'at least 13p / mile' for the depreciation figures.

In Conclusion

Whilst it is unlikely anyone would make a round trip of almost 180 miles to purchase an item costing one pound it does put things into perspective. If someone in a similar position to myself saw such an item and they really wanted it they might well be prepared to pay £5.49 even knowing it would only cost them a pound in the store.

So, if you live or work near an IKEA store you might agree it was a rip off but if eBay is your only real chance of getting the item you want and you know all the costs up front it just might be an offer too good for you to miss!

Just remember, value is in the eye of the beholder and many people on eBay pay what I would consider silly prices for items I would never share my house with and I imagine they might say the same about some of the things I have bought.

Rip off or not? Now you have all the facts I will leave it to you to decide...


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