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How to get Ikea to pay you for your old furniture

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If you’ve ever struggled to sell old furniture on Gumtree, you’ll never have to go through that again: Ikea has a little-known buy-back scheme that will give you money for your pre-loved household items.

An Australian mother-of-two revealed that she sold her decade-old Ikea furniture back to the Swedish furniture giant, and gained $319 in store credit.

“We’ve twice taken items back for Ikea to ‘buy back’ and it’s awesome,” she said in a Facebook post to private group Ikea Mums Australia.

“Such a great idea.”

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“We couldn’t sell these on marketplace/gumtree for $250!”

Other commenters also said they didn’t know about the scheme, and one said they had attempted to sell a rocking chair for $70 online before Ikea bought it for $90 in store credit, Daily Mail reported.

How the IKEA furniture buy-back scheme works

The furniture giant first announced the buy-back scheme in October in a bid to minimise landfill as well as provide affordable options for shoppers.

“It’s this kind of approach and way of thinking that will help us achieve our goals of becoming a circular business and people and planet positive,” Ikea said.

You can get an estimation of how much your Ikea furniture is worth through the IKEA.com.au/buyback website, before having it assessed by an Ikea staff member in-store.

The money will be given to you in store credit.

What furniture is eligible for Ikea’s buy-back scheme?

You can’t just sell any old furniture to Ikea. Here’s what won't be accepted by the scheme:

  • Non-Ikea products

  • Home furnishing accessories including Lighting and Textiles

  • Add on units, and componentry

  • Products that have been used outside including outdoor furniture

  • Mattresses & Bed Textiles (such as Blankets and Mattress toppers)

  • Kitchens including bench tops, cabinets and fronts

  • Modular Wardrobes and accessories

  • Electrical Appliances

  • Children’s and Baby products (such as cots, mattresses and change tables) 

This is the Ikea furniture that is eligible for the buy-back scheme:

Products that:

  • are structurally sound and safe

  • are in resalable condition

  • are of acceptable quality and fit for the purpose the products are or were advertised for

  • Are owned by you and not carrying any hidden debts or security interests

  • match our descriptions of the products and not be modified from their original state

  • meet the promises we make or propose to make about performance, condition and quality of the products. 

The buy-back scheme is available at all Ikea stores around Australia.

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