Ikea Will Buy Back Your Used Furniture to Save Your Wallet – and the Planet

Corner view of the Ikea furniture store in Sunrise Florida near Fort Lauderdale on a mostly sunny Winter day.
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With World Earth Day on the horizon April 22, 2022, Swedish furniture retailer IKEA is once again showing its commitment to sustainability.

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The company issued a press release on April 1, 2022, announcing that it is making its Buy Back & Resell program, initially piloted in the U.S. last summer, permanent across 37 U.S. locations. The program aims to keep used Ikea furniture out of landfills and in homes where it can be used and loved for many additional years.

To take advantage of the program, IKEA furniture owners can fill out a form on the retailer’s website to get a buyback quote emailed to them. Then, consumers can bring their used, fully assembled, IKEA furniture to the participating IKEA store. Personnel will assess the condition, age, and functionality of the furniture and offer a final buyback value, which you will receive in IKEA store credit.

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IKEA co-workers then display the gently used furniture in the “as is” section of the store. Shoppers seeking a bargain — or who want to live more sustainably — can scoop up the discounted merchandise.

The IKEA website outlines additional terms, conditions and eligible items. The program does not include:

  • Modified or altered IKEA items
  • Non-IKEA products or furniture
  • Furniture that is not assembled
  • Furniture that is damaged or doesn’t function properly, or is in anything but “gently used” condition
  • Recalled IKEA products

It also doesn’t include beds, sofas, mattresses, home accessories, leather products, lighting fixtures, or chests of drawers.

It does, however, include:

  • Office drawer cabinets
  • Sideboards
  • Bookcases
  • Small tables
  • Multimedia furniture
  • Cabinets
  • Dining tables
  • Desks, chairs, or stools without upholstery

The program looks to be available to members of the company’s free IKEA Family member loyalty program, based on information published on the IKEA website.  

It follows a similar program in the U.K. and Ireland, where customers can return their IKEA furniture and receive up to 50% of the original sale price in store credit.

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The U.S. buy back program is part of IKEA’s extensive Earth Month initiatives and is designed to “inspire our customers to live a more sustainable life at home,” wrote IKEA U.S.’s CEO & Chief Sustainability Officer Javier Quinones in a press release.

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Dawn Allcot is a full-time freelance writer and content marketing specialist who geeks out about finance, e-commerce, technology, and real estate. Her lengthy list of publishing credits include Bankrate, Lending Tree, and Chase Bank. She is the founder and owner of GeekTravelGuide.net, a travel, technology, and entertainment website. She lives on Long Island, New York, with a veritable menagerie that includes 2 cats, a rambunctious kitten, and three lizards of varying sizes and personalities – plus her two kids and husband. Find her on Twitter, @DawnAllcot.
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