Ikeas’ Buy Back Plan…

Ikea is well known for its inexpensive, disposable furniture. Starting on November 24th in Britain, it will begin its Buy Back Program. This will also run in 26 other countries, unfortunately not yet including the U.S. Customers who partake in the event will receive an Ikea Refund Card with no expiration date on it. Depending on the condition of the pieces the refund can be anywhere from 30 to 50% of the original price. There will be an “As Is” section of the stores where these items will be sold. Any articles of furniture that cannot be resold will be donated to community projects. The articles for buy back will be limited to any piece without upholstery. The program is a complete turn-around for a company whose campaign in the early 2000’s emphasized disposable furniture. This is a great step for a major company to initiate. It also plans to start making all its operations eco-friendly.