As of next month, IKEA will implement their buy-back service in 27 countries — and in Germany, it’s actually already been in place since last year. (It’s OK, we somehow missed these news, too.) Here’s how it works: You head to ikea.com and go through their buy-back questionnaire. Essentially, they’ll be checking if the piece you’re trying to sell is an original, eligible and in good condition. After it’s approved, they’ll give you an estimate (which can be up to 50% of the selling price) and you can take your assembled piece of furniture to your nearest IKEA store where it will be resold in their as-is section. Easy.
IKEA’s buy-back initiative is not only a game changer if you’re trying to avoid the hassle of other (sometimes frustrating) resell sites, it’s also an important statement against unnecessary waste and overproduction — especially coming from a big global player like IKEA. Just as with clothes, reselling and buying furniture secondhand means we produce less stuff that will end up in landfill. Moreover, it changes our overall consumption habits and mindset towards longevity, good quality and taking care of the things we own. We stan a circular queen! Or, in other words: Let us know if anyone will be dropping off their unwanted Billy shelves in the Berlin Tempelhof IKEA anytime soon. Asking for a friend.