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7 Reasons to Shop IKEA’s As-Is Section On Monday

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
July 11, 2016 · 2.8k Views
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Shopping at IKEA is an experience of highs and lows. To get that sleek bookcase perfect for your living room, you first have to navigate a labyrinth filled with other shoppers on a similar quest. You can alleviate a lot of stress by shopping IKEA’s As-Is section on Monday. This is where the store puts returns, discontinued items, and damaged merchandise. It’s also where you’ll find some great deals. Here’s a list of reasons why you should explore this section on Monday!

Don't like IKEA? No worries. If you're on the hunt for quality furniture, try Ashley Homestore, Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel! It is pricey BUT it is so worth it. You'll save at least up to 50% off if you keep an eye out for sales and deals, especially near the end of the season when each store prepares for new collections. 

1. Weekend returns are added to the section on Monday.

The weekends are when most people return merchandise they don’t want for whatever reason. The store puts this fresh inventory out on Monday. Plan your shopping trip on Monday to take advantage of a larger selection of furniture and home goods at lowered prices.

2. The As-Is section dwindles in selection throughout the week.

Source: LeHoarder

Any smart shopper knows the early bird gets the worm. If the inventory is best on Monday, you can expect the selection and quality of merchandise to go downhill as the days of the week roll out.

3. The furniture is already assembled.

The biggest pitfall of buying IKEA furniture happens when you get home and have to put the darn thing together. Save yourself the mental and physical anguish by shopping at the As-Is section where many of the items are already put together. You’ll have to manage getting an assembled piece home with you. But Mondays tend to be less crowded, which means you’ll avoid congestion and find a parking spot that is close to the store entrance.

4. Don’t rule out damaged goods.

You should always scrupulously inspect a damaged good and consider whether the savings are worth it before making a purchase. And make sure you or a handy friend can repair the damage if needed, and that the item will function as it was designed to. You’ll find the best of the dinged and scratched merchandise that is worth buying on Monday.

5. The As-Is section is usually located near the cash registers.

Do you ever feel like shopping at IKEA is like entering a black hole where time and space merge? You come out feeling disoriented, exhausted, and wondering what the heck just happened. Avoid this sensation, which can last well into the next day, by heading straight to the As-Is Section to see if it has the piece of furniture you are looking for. The section is usually located near the cash registers, which means you can get in and out quickly.

6. Shopping on Monday is less stressful and saves time.

Source: Fast Company

If you have ever shopped at IKEA on a weekend, you know that it can be a monumental challenge. You are first greeted by a packed parking lot with no available spaces in sight. Once you find a parking space in the outer limits and enter the store, you are faced with aisles jammed full of other shoppers and overloaded carts. It takes serious time and effort to find your desired item even if you know exactly where it is! This all can be avoided by making a beeline to the As-Is section on Monday when the store tends to be less crowded.

7. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the IKEA Café.

Source: Bk Asia City

Ok, you can do this any day of the week. But since you saved time and money by shopping IKEA’s As-Is section on Monday, you should treat yourself to a nice meal or coffee at the IKEA Café. Enroll in the IKEA FAMILY program and enjoy free coffee all day, every day! Members also receive special prices on meals.

Even top bargain hunters have a special game plan for shopping at IKEA. They know that pinning down the best deals takes careful thought and preparation. The next time you head to IKEA, have a game plan of your own. Start by scheduling your shopping trip on a Monday and head straight to the store’s As-Is section.

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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.

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