Do You Shop At Ikea?

@Rozie37 (15505)
Turkmenistan
March 2, 2008 11:04pm CST
I have always wanted to check out Ikea, but have yet to find a need to go there. Anyway, I was at Rite Aid the other day and I had asked the cashier if she could double my grocery bags and she said sure. I mentioned that I was glad that they are not charging for the bags yet. She said that Ikea is charging $0.30 a bag. I thought, there a good reason to never shop there, LOL. I was shocked to hear that some stores have already started charging. Have you have to pay for one of these bags yet or have you heard about any other stores that are already charging?
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
3 Mar 08
I like Ikea and its products. We have a few things in our home from Ikea. I had not realised they were charging for plastic bags now, mind you the last time we were there, we bought big bulky items that didn't need a bag. The closest Ikea shop is like 30 minutes away from where we live. I am not sure if there are other stores that charge for grocery bags.
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
3 Mar 08
Oh alright. I suppose we will all have to start bringing our on bags to carry things home. It may not seem like much, but 30 cent a bag can add up. I will miss being able to use them around the house for trash and things like that. But I will adjust. It will be hard, because I am use to them now, but I will do it.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
3 Mar 08
30c is still a lot for a shopping bag. I will miss it too if other stores start charging. I use them everyday for my rubbish LOL
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
3 Mar 08
They are the perfect size for so many things. But they are not really reusable quality and that is why I would not want to pay for them.
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@Lindalinda (4116)
• Canada
3 Mar 08
I love Ikea. I go there often with a friend who practically furnished her place with Ikea stuff. I have bought a few little things myself, like a lamp and a salad bowl. No one mentioned the charge for the bag and I did not check my receipt. However, the grocery store where I shop charges .15 cents per bag. There is a big campaign going on to buy the big black and green canvas bags for .99 and some organic stores have even a bigger one for $ 1.98, because it takes about 40 years for plastic bags to disintegrate in landfills. I love those bags. I fill them up and when I get home I have not many wasteful plastic bags. I find I need a few though, for household waste. What do you do with all those double bags?
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
4 Mar 08
They are very handy for so many different things. Mainly trash though. They are good for wrapping up food and taking dvd's back to the rental store. I mean the list could go on all night. My point is, why don't they just make the bags out of something different. Did you know that they can make plastic out of corn now?
• Canada
4 Mar 08
I just found an article about this. Apparently Ikea did bring in this policy in 2007 to charge US, Canadian and UK customers 5 cents per bag. In the US alone they say 100 Billion plastic bags pollute the environment every year. http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN2131088920070222
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• Canada
4 Mar 08
Yes, I have heard of the biodegradable bags. We can buy them here but hey are expensive. I did not know they were from corn. Thanks
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
3 Mar 08
Sav-a-lot does here. 20 cent a bag which is high to me. I bring my own bags to shop there. The prices are good but .20 a bag can be to much.
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
3 Mar 08
I know what you mean. That money can add up quickly. I wonder if the grocery stores will require us to bag our own groceries, if we bring our own bags? I can see this thing becoming quite ugly.
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
3 Mar 08
I forgot to meantion at Sav-a-lot you do bag your own groceries. I guess that is why they are cheaper on their prices then anyone else.
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
3 Mar 08
There is a store out here called Food For Less. You bag your own groceries there also. The items are a lot cheaper, but you have to watch out for things being expired.
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@cortjo73 (6503)
• United States
3 Mar 08
I do shop at Ikea but, I tend to get big stuff that can't be bagged and have not heard about them charging for bags. And, I haven't heard of anywhere else charging for bags. The fabric ones are the only bags in stores that I am familiar with as far as them charging for. I will be a bit ticked if they charge me at the grocery store as I recycle those bags by using them for trash or to carry things like my lunch to and from work. We don't just dispose of them, we pull double and some times triple and quadruple duty out of them.
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
4 Mar 08
I heard on the news a few weeks ago that they are going to start charging as much as $3 a bag. This is to deter people from using them as they are not good for the environment.
@cortjo73 (6503)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I guess I understand but, that still ticks me off.
@lexus54 (3577)
• Singapore
3 Mar 08
We have two big IKEA stores here in my country. I do go there once a few months to check out the merchandise. I've bought a couple of furniture from this store in the past years. A few weeks ago, I was there again to buy some kitchenware and bathware, and at checkout, we were told that the bags were not free anymore and we had to pay $0.10 for every bag we needed. Well, IKEA is not the first to charge for bags. A couple of supermarkets here have also implemented this charging for certain days of the week. I am told they have initiated this move not to earn more money, but to send a message out to consumers to help save the environment. They hope that by charging, people will try and bring their own carriers and not get them to supply more plastic bags.
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
3 Mar 08
Oh so bringing your own bags is encouraged. I already do that and have been doing it for years. I do not drive, so when I go shopping I take a backpack. I take everything out of the plastic bags and put it in the pack. I usually save the bags for my trash though.
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@lexus54 (3577)
• Singapore
3 Mar 08
Well, good for you that you are already helping shops reduce the use of extra bags by bringing your own. That's commendable. In that case, shops like IKEA or others that charge extra for bags shouldn't really cause you to stop visiting them, when you understand what they are trying to achieve through this charging.
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@Modestah (11195)
• United States
4 May 08
I have never been inside an ikea shop, though I hear wonderful things about them... there just aren't any of their stores anywhere near where I live - or even within 100 miles. I wonder if they are affordable quality or not.
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
8 May 08
It looks as though you can shop online now. Maybe you want to go check it out. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/
@vera5d (3958)
• United States
4 Mar 08
someone responded to my aldi's questin with a good idea - she keeps a laundry basket in the back of her car for shopping. I like that idea enough to use it for getting other regular groceries - I hate making more than one trip from the car to the house because it is a bit of an obstacle course. I get Ikea catalogs in the mail. I love everything in them. We went to Ikea once though and didn't buy a thing - they just didn't have what we were looking for!
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
5 Mar 08
This is exactly why I do not mess around with Ikea. I love unique funiture and I have no resistance when I see something that I like. I would want everything in the store, LOL.
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
3 Mar 08
i think IKEA is the best place to shop. I love it they have so many varities to choose from mate and I just love the way it is.. Cheap though but i dont know if the quality is good too. Who knows??
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
4 Mar 08
I believe that the quality is good. My sister got all of her children's furniture from there. But I guess it all depends on who you ask.
@moneyandgc (3438)
• United States
3 Mar 08
Yes, I shop at IKEA and they do charge for bags. They say right on the sign that they do it to discourage people from using them. You know, for the environment? You can buy a big blue bag for something like $3 and use it again and again. When I was just there a few days ago, I just opted not to use bags at all. It really didn't make too much difference to me. I love IKEA. I have shopped at the one in Philadelphia and the one in Houston.
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
4 Mar 08
I just feel like they came out with this product, we got use to using them, and now they want to charge us for the convience. I completely understand about the environment. But if they are going to charge, at least make the quality better. The thing about it is, when I first heard about the plan to charge for these bags on the news, they said they would be charging up to three dollars per bag. Now we all know that is ridiculous.
3 Mar 08
Ikea is really good. Their producta are always great & theres always something for everyone. Although the check out is a bit of a mission haha
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
4 Mar 08
Yes, their products are really cool.
@gemini_rose (16194)
3 Mar 08
As of yet we do not have to pay for carrier bags in the shops that I use. But I tell you what I have noticed, and that is that the bags have got thinner, this is really annoying because if you put too much stuff in the carrier bag they just fall to pieces. The amounts of times I have been shopping, got halfway home and the bottoms of my bags have fallen out leaving me with stuff rolling all over the floor and me with just bag handles in my hands. Last monday I went shopping and the checkout girl packed my bag and put all my glass jar products in one bag, I picked it up the bottom dropped out and all my products just smashed on the floor. The whole shop just stopped and looked at me, very embarrassing.
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
4 Mar 08
I am so sorry to hear that that happened to you. I would think that if they are going to start charging for the bags that they would make them stonger. They have always been a little on the cheap side to me.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
3 Mar 08
I think that charging for plastic bags is now absolutely essential. All those bags go to landfill and take forever to rot. In the UK we are increasingly recycling our bags by taking them to the store to put our new shopping in. One store here even gives you loyalty points for recycling plastic bags, and not just their own ones. So far as Ikea is concerned I have never bought anything small enough to put into a bag from there. OK furniture though, particularly when you are starting out.
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
4 Mar 08
I understand your point about recycling the bags. But the bags that we get out here are not really recycable quality. More often than not, by the time I get my bags home, they have at least a tiny whole in them. If the bags were of better quality, I would not mind buying a few and reusing them. I would not want to buy a bag at a place like Ikea either. Their merchandise it very nice, but it is already pretty expensive by itself.
@youless (84655)
• Guangzhou, China
3 Mar 08
There is a big Ikea shop in my city. I was ever interested in it. However, I learn that it's always so crowded there. So I cancel my plan to go there. Besides, I also learn from others that its quality isn't very good.
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
4 Mar 08
Oh really, I had never heard about the quality being no good. It is good to know that now.
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• United States
3 Mar 08
I can never find anything to buy at Ikea, but yet I keep going back. I think I want to like the store, lol. We have a food store here called save a lot. And with them either you can bring your own bags or you can buy bags from them. I know it's probably better for the environment and all but it kinda annoys me because I figure if I am buying the product from your store I should not have to pay for a bag to put it in
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
3 Mar 08
I can never find a reason to even go to Ikea. I guess if there was one close by, I would drop in from time to time. I am hearing a lot about this store called Save A Lot in this topic. This must be a really good store. I will check, but I am sure there is not one out here.
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@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
3 Mar 08
I love Ikea. We use to go there all the time when we live din Texas. Now there is no Ikea store near us, which is probably a good thing. You don't need a reason to go there, well I don't need a reason LOL Just go to look around. Every time we went, we made good use of their cafeteria.
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
3 Mar 08
Sounds cool. I like their products also.
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• United States
3 Mar 08
I would never pay for a grocery bag. I think its rediculas to even charge someone for plastic or even paper. No where around here charger for bags except for aldis of course but thats a discount store not a regular store. What is Ikea anyways? Ive never heard of it.
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
3 Mar 08
Ikea is a very nice furniture store. They sell unique items. I like to go to their website sometimes just to see what is new. I have clothing hangers from there and they are very nice quality.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
3 Mar 08
Grocery Bag - If I had to pay for it then I wouldn't shop there
If I had to pay for a shopping bag or cart, I wouldn't shop there at all. It's bad enough that the prices are sky high but to be charged to use something that one would need to shop in their store is absolutly insane!
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@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
3 Mar 08
You are right, it does not make much sense at all. I like the bag in the picture. That would be real nice for shopping.
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@nyumix (1661)
• Belgium
3 Mar 08
Here in my place, even a supermarket charged the plastic bag that you use to bring your groceries. So it is normal also in Ikea here if they will charge the bag.
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
4 Mar 08
On the news, they had announced that they may charge as much as three dollars at some grocery stores. That is highway robbery.
@bowtieguy (5931)
• United States
3 Mar 08
I have always wanted to, I hear it is a pretty amazing store. Unfortunatley there isn't one in my area so I haven't gotten the chance to yet.
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
4 Mar 08
I have always wanted to shop at one also. Of course, I have not tried to look for one either. Places like that get me into trouble. I end up buying things that I do not need just because it is something that I like, LOL.
@broc93 (168)
• Italy
3 Mar 08
Oh, Ikea has got many good product, and very cheap! And, if they charge 0.30$ a bag, it's very good. That's because I re-utilize bags up to 20 times, and you shouldn't buy many bags. You only get more pollution!
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
4 Mar 08
Gotcha, makes sense to me.