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May 29, 2007

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homer

I am so over IKEA too. Cheap, unattractive furniture. The last two times I stopped at the one in Tempe I ended up buying paper napkins.

John

Sorry to hear one of your "hams" got hurt. I hope it is healing quickly.

GayProf

Dear.God. Not the arms!

My problem with Ikea is that people got sucked into it as capitalist brand-identification. Some people think any item from Ikea is great simply because it is Ikea (even though many of their items are "cheap, unattractive furniture," as homer points out).

If Ikea is about finding okay furniture at an affordable price, that's cool. If it's about some bizarre belief that owning Ikea makes one a better/different/more interesting human, I think there is a problem.

ryan charisma

I hear you with the whole Ikea thing as well. It used to be cool. Now it's a place to furnish your college dorm. Sorry you had so much rain over the holiday weekend - up here in NYC - it was absolutely gorgeous.

epilonious

Okay Adam... you killed my Ikea buzz WHILE I was ON THE WAY to Ikea. You must pay.

I wish that you would bring up the whole "we are making you pay $0.05 a bag to encourage you to use less bags or buy a $0.49 perma-bag" thing... especially since you have made abundantly clear that you value corporate environmental responsibility.

Furthermore, the entire point of IKEA is that about 80% of the stuff can wedge easily into the back of a compact car. This means gas is saved and fewer soot-belching delivery trucks are used. Also, using lots of veneer and laminate and slat and honeycombed cardboard means better use of trees and less need to level forests and replace them with lob-lolly pine (the diversity killer).

What about the palettes and palettes of energy saving compact fluorescent bulbs for all of their lamps?

Don't get me wrong... I certainly don't think Ikea is the end-all be-all of furniture. I go there mainly for the ceiling-high book-cases and $20 lamps, and I have certainly had my share of awful shopping experiences there. But it seems sort of disingenuous to not even pay lip service to Ikea for all the things they are trying to do right while you snark them for savvy end-cap placement and cheap food.

Arthur (AmeriNZ)

We're about to get our first Ikea in Auckland. Guess I'll be able to see for myself what you all are on about.

Kalvin and Dannation

Hey Adam:

Isn't shopping at Ikea the same concept as buying imported water at Whole Foods? I mean, don't they ship all that particle board from Sweden?

We were just wondering,
Dan and Kalvin

Kalvin and Dannation

Hey Adam:

Isn't shopping at Ikea the same concept as buying imported water at Whole Foods? I mean, don't they ship all that particle board from Sweden?

We were just wondering,
Dan and Kalvin

Adam

Dan and Kalvin,

Yeah actually it is. But until americans learn to stop eating like pigs and we can have computer chairs that are built for human beings I'll guess I'll have to buy my chairs from Sweden. Oh well.

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