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Ikea. The Marmite of the shopping world!

AdvantagesAll kinds of items for sale under one roof.

DisadvantagesOnce inside you are trapped and have to follow the designated route to get to freedom.

"...last time I went to Ikea was about 10 years ago and the pain and trauma must have subsided somewhat for me to agree to go there again. I can understand why my family do not like shopping with me! ==What is Ikea?== Ikea was originally a Swedish company the invention of an 18 year old lad but it is now Dutch owned that has quite simply expanded throughout Europe and the rest of the world selling home furniture and homewares. It is the largest home ..." Read review
04.07.2013

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Community Level 8thingywhat...

thingywhatsit

Opening minds to possibilities.

Advantages Opening your eyes to the possibility of new ideas.

Disadvantages Quality issues.

"...how the concept which is Ikea would cotton on in France. The French are traditionalists, love their old furniture, passed down from generation to generation, and I thought that Ikea would have difficulty breaking down the defences and establishing a market in rural parts of France. The Ikea that I visited was in Nantes, and approaching it, it was not surprising that there was a lot of traffic. This is a major town, although Ikea had the sense to ..." Read review
12.01.2007

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Community Level 3halk

halk

Buy Ikea, Shop Till U Drop

AdvantagesQuality furniture and more

DisadvantagesTransporting

"...when you arrive at the Ikea store, parking your car is fine during week days, but at weekends the only park you will get is the Heli - pad, just wishful thinking. Even so; it still remains exciting, because we are about to enter the world of flat pack. Many of us do not like flat pack furniture and in some ways there is a stigma attached to buying and assembling our own furniture. If we go to a top store and purchase that solid wood dining table ..." Read review
21.06.2007

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Community Level 1fat_louie_29

fat_louie_29

IKEA: An Unique Experience

AdvantagesLow prices, suprisingly good quality and the actual experience!

DisadvantagesCan be tricky to park, and bad luck if its out of stock!

"...what I have bought from IKEA does feel and look like something truly original. Ikea does have a certain appeal, it does have something that sets it apart from the British high street or your MFI superstores. There's something high-fashion but also classic about it. Ok, maybe that sounds a tad weird but to put it another way If myself, my 6 year old step-daughter and my father were to go for an Ikea excursion I think we would all find something we ..." Read review
29.12.2004

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Big, Blue and Yellow

AdvantagesVast range, good prices, sturdy furniture

DisadvantagesCustomer services a bit 'iffy'

"...mother to my first British IKEA store, in Croydon. It was fun and I remember driving back to Kent with my arms holding the bookcase that was sticking out of the back of the car. I really enjoyed it and found it an amazing experience. I have, over the years, visited the IKEA stores in the following places: Croydon Thurrock Nottingham Leeds Wednesbury (Birmingham) Bristol Cardiff Which isn't a bad selection, and I feel it gives me the ..." Read review
02.09.2005

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Community Level 7TheChocola...

TheChocolateLady

eye-KEY-ahhhhh

AdvantagesLoads of things to choose from at good prices

DisadvantagesLoads of foot killing floor space to cover to find it all

"...thing that you notice about IKEA stores is how pleasant they are on the eye. The layout is done in such a way that you move from furnished room to furnished room, with sections along the way that show the range of products for each room in your home. In this way, you not only can see what is available, but also get an idea of how it can look in your own home. I truly appreciate this type of layout. One of the best things for me was to see that ..." Read review
27.08.2002

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Community Level 7MandyMinx

MandyMinx

Never mind the elephant, will it survive the kids?

AdvantagesCheap and strong furniture

DisadvantagesConfusing layout

"...of you that don't know. Ikea is a Swedish company. The idea is that they provide a wide range of home furnishings with good design and function at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. My local Ikea is about 5 miles from where I live in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. The store is well signposted and adjacent to the A610 and the M1, making it ideally situated. The car park is huge. I think it has to be because ..." Read review
22.01.2004

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Swedish quality,British queue's

AdvantagesGood quality merchandise

Disadvantagescan be hectic when busy

"...a large blue edifice with Ikea emblazoned on it in large yellow letters, is approached through a large car park, (never seems to be quite big enough whenever I have driving round for ten minutes looking for a space), so a good tip is to get there early. The store opens at ten AM but a nice touch is that free tea and coffee is available in the café for you to indulge in should you arrive early. Although I might suggest that this is just an enticement ..." Read review
27.05.2004

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Community Level 6Cazz

Cazz

don't know their IVAR from their AMIRAL

Advantagesvalue, distinctive look, unique store concept

Disadvantageswhole retail experience

"...some point, have undertaken the IKEA experience, and hopefully lived to tell the tale… A recent spate of improvementitis took me back there recently for the first time in some years, and all the repressed memories came flooding back for me… There are things I LOVE about Ikea… and I have to admit my home contains quite a lot of it. Where else can you fit out a home office for under £200, equip a first kitchen using a single large ..." Read review
20.11.2001

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Community Level 9LostWitness

LostWitness

RETAIL TORTURE - SWEDISH STYLE

AdvantagesCheap and cheerful

DisadvantagesDamaging to your social health

"Ikea is not so much a shopping outlet – for many people it is a way of life – and the Swedish proprietors love it that way. Going to Ikea is not about buying one or two items – it’s about embracing a lifestyle and a set of values. Having previously lived near a brand new Ikea centre, I must confess I was suitably intrigued by all the hype, and it wasn’t that long before I found myself wandering through the showrooms inspecting ..." Read review
13.02.2002

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Swedish anyone

AdvantagesLots of items to choose from

DisadvantagesSome crap on sale

"...numerous items on sale in Ikea from a simple Pizza cutter, to a single vase, to a complete bedroom layout with cupboards and bed and units. A lot of the smaller items which are both practical and cheap are also of very high quality, but unfortunately there is as there is in most stores, a fair amount of crap just waiting for some poor soul to buy. This aside most of the stock is pretty good value for money, and some of it is exceptional value. I bought ..." Read review
17.11.2007

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Community Level 7nicanddarr...

nicanddarrell

I have an Ikea

AdvantagesWell priced, wide range of products

DisadvantagesNot for lovers of chintz

"...gentlemen and welcome onboard the Ikea Express. Tonight I would like to take you on a journey around my local store in Gateshead, although if you shut your eyes you could be in any of the other 10 which are situated throughout the UK at Brent Park (London), Bristol, Croydon, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham, Thurrock, Warrington or Wednesbury, although I advise you to get off right now if lace tablecloths and decorated china dinner sets are your ..." Read review
04.02.2003

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Community Level 4Fairy_Kisses

Fairy_Kisses

Make a day of it, kids and all

AdvantagesMake a day of it. Child friendly.

DisadvantagesNot enough stores just yet

"...am thrilled to say that Ikea is coming to Southampton in the new year. At present it takes me about one and a half hours from the M27 to get to Ikea. Croydon or Wembley, so its great news for the South East that we are getting one of our own. How can I explain the Ikea experience. Well, firstly it is a Swedish company that import furntiture and almost everything you can think of for the home, and loads for the garden too. I go to Wembley ..." Read review
22.09.2001

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Community Level 6michaird

michaird

Five hours of retail therapy

AdvantagesLow prices for relatively good quality, Tactile display of products, Claims to have ethical work practices

DisadvantagesCan get very busy, No home shopping/delivery service

"...shop. Now, I've never been to Ikea before, it wasn't until a friend told me she had been there that I was even aware we had one near to us. I had always thought they were expensive and that the furniture was ugly and poor quality. I have no idea where I got this impression from but I am happy to admit publicly that I was wrong (savour that, it doesn't happen often) Ikea is a huge company, with a turnover of 10.4 billion Euro in 2001. The UK ..." Read review
07.10.2002

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IKEA, THAT WAS A GOOD IDEA update

AdvantagesFlat packs and the prices

DisadvantagesThe store layout

"...over the Internet. So what does IKEA offer in terms of shopping and so on? I feel I am quite qualified to write this opinion having been there twice in the past couple of weeks and having delivered their rather heavy catalogues. In fact the only thing I have not done is actually work for them in their store and eaten/drunk there (more on that later). ~ Ikea, I have no idea ~ For the uninitiated IKEA is a Swedish furniture store that was first ..." Read review
17.12.2001

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