IKEA to allow Irish customers to sell old furniture back to retailer with new "buy back" scheme
The returned furniture will also be resold at discounted prices.
IKEA is set to allow Irish customers to sell old products back to the furniture giant with a new "buy back" scheme which will roll out in Ireland from Wednesday.
The new initiative will be available at IKEA Dublin’s Ballymun store and aims to "give thousands of pieces of furniture a second life", with customers able to earn up to €300 on an item.
The scheme which was launched as part of IKEA's commitment to "becoming fully circular and climate positive by 2030", will allow customers to return products in exchange for vouchers with no expiration date which can then be used in any IKEA store.
The returned furniture will then be resold by the retailer within their Circular Hubs at discounted prices.
Used products returned as good as new with no scratches will be bought for 50% of the original price, whilst items with minor scratches will be bought for 40%. Furniture that is well used with several scratches will be bought for 30%.
Peter Jelkeby Chief Sustainability Officer of IKEA Ireland said: “Households are connected to around 60% of global greenhouse gas emissions, consuming around a third of the energy and 10% of the water used globally.
"Therefore, small actions taken within them can make a significant difference, and why IKEA is so committed to making sustainable living more affordable, attractive and accessible. As one of the biggest brands in the world, we recognise our unique opportunity to help lead that change.
“Through Buy Back we hope to make circular consumption mainstream, making it easier for customers to acquire, care for and pass on products in circular ways."
The tool will then automatically generate a preliminary offer and customers can bring the fully assembled product and provisional quote to the Returns and Exchanges desk at the Ballymun store.
Products eligible for Buy Back include dressers, office drawer cabinets, small structures with drawers, display storage and sideboards, bookcases and shelf units, small tables, multimedia furniture, cabinets, dining tables and desks, chairs and stools without upholstery, chests of drawers, and children's products (excluding baby items) purchased in the last seven years.