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Ikea Testing New Furniture Buy Back Program

Got a Billy bookshelf that's just taking up space? A Lack coffee table you no longer need? You may soon be able to sell them right back to Ikea itself. 

As part of a new sustainability initiative, Ikea is testing a Buy Back and Resell program that would allow customers to find new life for their old Ikea furniture. The service is being offered at an Ikea outside Philadelphia through Sept. 19, and if all goes well, it will roll out to more stores in the U.S., Ikea says. It has been offered outside the U.S. since late 2020.

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Here's how it works: Customers will be able to sell unwanted Ikea items back to the retail giant in exchange for store credit. Those items will go on sale in the store's As-Is section, where saggy floor models, excess pillow cases, and other Ikea misfits currently sell for cheap. 

Items must be fully assembled and in good working condition. Ikea employees will inspect furniture based on age and functionality, and they will reject anything that was previously recalled or poses a safety hazard, including chests of drawers that may fall on children without being attached to the wall. Other items Ikea won't buy back include upholstered or leather products, sofas or armchairs, bed frames, and children's furniture.

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Ikea recently revealed that the As-Is section would be expanding as part of a store redesign that could eventually take away the chain's signature maze-like layout.

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