IKEA’s As-Is Department: How We Saved 40% on a China Cabinet

Even though we moved into our new apartment over 2 months ago, we’re still putting the pieces together. We have no bed frame and no dressers in the bedroom, but the downstairs (living room, dining room, and kitchen) is coming together nicely.

We got an IKEA tv stand and a living room set (2 couches, coffee table, 2 side tables and a rug), so the only thing we were missing downstairs at that point was a china cabinet. We found one we liked at IKEA, so we headed over to the nearest one (not that close), found the nearest employee, and asked them to held us find it in the warehouse.

The employee looked it up, and it was out of stock. No! But…they said that if we could find it on the floor, we could take that one. So we went through the entire winding store looking for that one glass door cabinet. We got all the way through the living room and bedroom furniture without finding what we were looking for, but right when we were about to give up hope, there it was in all it’s shining glory.

We asked the nearest sales associate how we could take that home, so she took our information and told us they’d call us in a few days when it was available.

We anxiously awaited the call, and finally it came. It was ready for us. We went back to the store to the “as-is department” and my eyes were opened to a new world of IKEA. The entire room was full of slightly damaged or worn products. Couches, tv stands, etc. We went over to the cabinet waiting for us. There were slight signs of wear and tear from people opening the doors, but nothing that can’t be covered up.

We knew they’d give us a discount, but we weren’t sure how much it was going to be. The guy looked at the cabinet and decided on 30%. I’m not sure how, maybe based on the slight wear and tear, but it seemed like 30% was standard for them. We joked with him that they originally told us that we’d only have to pay 30% of the price, not just a 30% discount, but he laughed it off. Lauren, being the persistent girl she is, followed him to the computer where he was printing his price tag. She asked one more time for 40%, and he agreed! Sweet, another $35 saved just by asking!

Even better, we loaded it in the car, drove home, and carried it into the apartment. And there was no need for any tools! Imagine a fully built china cabinet with no work!

We were very happy with our purchase, we saved over $150!

Readers, have you ever seen IKEA’s as-is department? Would you take the floor model for a 40% discount?

9 Responses to IKEA’s As-Is Department: How We Saved 40% on a China Cabinet

  1. Nice score Daniel! I definitely have no problem buying floor models or as-is products. I admit I haven’t taken advantage of that as much as I should though. When I do happen to go to Ikea I check through the as-is section, but usually it’s just not what I’m looking for at the time.

  2. LOVE the Ikea as-is department. So does my Dad, he finds fantastic deals in there! Often, the stuff is in really great shape, too.
    My friend’s whole living room of leather couches came from there for smoking prices!

  3. We always take a look but usually we have a specific item that we’re looking for and it’s pretty low odds that they’d have that in the as-is area. Still never hurts to look.

  4. leslie says:

    That was how I got my flatscreen tv. It was a display model so they brought the price down a lot. And I haven’t had any problems with it.

  5. Wow, great find! I didn’t even know about Ikea’s As-Is department, thanks!

  6. Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager says:

    Nope. But I also check it out when I’m there. I’m a big fan of garage sales. Lot closer to home.

  7. Definitely a great way to save money. I saved 60% off MSRP on my dryer by buying an open box unit. Well worth it! I would never have bought it otherwise.

  8. CollegeBoy says:

    I have found a deal or two at Ikea over the years. I usually go in the middle of the week when it’s a little slow and talk to the employees to see what’s available.

  9. Best Merchant Account says:

    I enjoyed this post a lot. Indeed, action beats inaction. Haggling just a little bit more can work like magic.

    Asking for discounts and freebies is not only applicable to new purchases. It’s also possible to negotiate monthly cable/phone bills. There’s no harm in trying…

    Best regards,
    Belinda

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