To pay £39 delivery charge..... from IKEA

(145 Posts)
Mammanat222 Sun 04-Jan-15 09:39:23

Need some bits from IKEA. A few chest of drawers (already have the same range and very happy with them) but we're not able to get to an IKEA in the foreseeable.

We don't have a car and although we could ask someone (my dad or bil) to take us - we'd offer to pay / at least give petrol money - then we'd need someone to have DS. So it starts verging on hassle territory.

I'm also 38w pregnant so need to get the stuff soon and need OH with me. He could go alone I guess but again its waiting for someone to be able to give him a lift etc

Taxi would be similar cost to delivery.

However I just feel so angry that that they charge that much for delivery. We're spending over £400?

Shall I just suck up the delivery charge?

wowfudge Sun 04-Jan-15 09:45:05

Well - they are running a business and their products are not expensive compared to other retailers. Charging for delivery when the cost of the goods is totally transparent is fine by me, especially as you've said a taxi would be about the same. Places which offer 'free' delivery charge for it somewhere believe me.

Jinglebells99 Sun 04-Jan-15 09:45:07

I'd just pay for delivery. Once there is you, dh and bil or dad in the car there weren't be much room for IKEA furniture anyway. Plus the hassle of arranging childcare. You'd probably end up spending more if you go round the shop.

wheresthelight Sun 04-Jan-15 09:46:06

do you drive? (I know you say you don't have a car but you don't say if you don't drive) if so our local one does a van you can hire for about £25 so could that be an option?

in the grand scheme of things £39 isn't that much of a cost, depending on the distance you live it could actually be quite cheap.

Christelle2207 Sun 04-Jan-15 09:47:50

Yes, YANBU. Ikea is cheap because it works on the assumption that you take the stuff away yourself so it's not unreasonable that they make some extra profit through delivery.
As someone who recently went to ikea pregnant and with a toddler £39 is a reasonably small price to pay for the hassle of not going.

YonicSleighdriver Sun 04-Jan-15 09:49:52

Yes, you should pay it in your situation. It is high compared to others because they really do bit want to offer a delivery service in their business model but their stuff lasts better than Argos etc.

Christelle2207 Sun 04-Jan-15 09:51:34

Btw habitat used to charge £50 flat rate regardless of what you bought and tried to charge me £50 for a £5 lamp. Now that was daft. In ikea's case there is considerable effort in getting stuff to you.
And if you go with dp and baby you will likely find (as we did) that you cant fit what you want to buy in the car anyway. Make it someone else's problem grin

Finola1step Sun 04-Jan-15 09:53:15

39 quid. Will mean that you don't waste time going there, finding the stuff, loading it onto a trolley, taking it down to tills, loading into car, negotiating car park, unloading at home. Don't forget the obligatory IKEA argument.

So for 39 quid, you miss out in all that. You get to order from the comfort and warmth of your own home. The delivery people will unload into the house.

IKEA's business model doesn't really include free home delivery. If they did, their prices would go up for everyone.

I've used the home delivery service but be warned, their suggested delivery times and actual delivery times can vary widely. Especially at busy times. You can easily be waiting 2-3 weeks.

MelanieCheeks Sun 04-Jan-15 09:56:10

Even if you DID have a car, chances are all the packages wouldn't fit in it.

I used to live in Luxembourg. One Sunday I drove to the IKEA in Metz, an hours drive away. Bought a load of stuff, and then found it wouldn't all fit in my Renault Scenic. I ended up hiring a van, driving back to Lux with the stuff, unloading it all, driving the empty van back again to pick up my car, and then driving home again. Such fun!

£39 seems a reasonable price to pay!

WhatWouldFlopDo Sun 04-Jan-15 09:58:55

I paid it happily for £500 worth of stuff - lots of Billy's, a table and chairs and a few other bulky items. I would have spent more than £39 on tea lights and shit if I'd have gone to the store multiple times. Think of it as a saving!

FunkyBoldRibena Sun 04-Jan-15 09:59:17

Could your OH go with someone without you? Or could he [i know, i know] look after his own the kids whilst you go? Get a lift with family? I don't understand why you have to go together?

Spadequeen Sun 04-Jan-15 09:59:47

You do realise that it does cost money to deliver goods?

goinggetstough Sun 04-Jan-15 10:00:13

Check that the £39 charge includes the "picking" e.g. getting the items off the shelf. When we ordered some large flat packed items a few months ago they expected you to select the items, put them on a trolley pay for them and take them to customer service who will then arrange delivery. I think the picking charge was an extra £15. It was worth the money as the items weighed 216kg. Plus Ikea missed out two items on the order so they refunded the delivery charge!

IgnoreMeEveryOtherReindeerDoes Sun 04-Jan-15 10:01:23

Yes I've sucked up delivery charges a few times now. The guys are pretty good though as they don't dump and run.

MimiSunshine Sun 04-Jan-15 10:01:39

YABU as I'm not sure why you think it should be free or cheaper when you recognise it would cost you about that to get yourself there and back.

Any places that offer free delivery usually have added it on elsewhere as fuel and truck costs aren't magically free for some companies or when over a certain amount is spent

TenMinutesEarly Sun 04-Jan-15 10:03:29

I paid it the other week. When you factor in petrol, hassle etc it's not too steep.

EatShitDerek Sun 04-Jan-15 10:04:48

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ithoughtofitfirst Sun 04-Jan-15 10:06:06

But they're already making a massive profit because of their ridiculously massive mark ups. They can use that money to cover the cost of delivering it to you. Fucksticks.

fedupbutfine Sun 04-Jan-15 10:06:42

I think Ikea stuff is reasonable quality for the price - in which case, paying the extra for delivery means you end up with cheap, OK furniture as opposed to buying equivalent, cheap furniture on the internet without the delivery charge and it being total crap. I made this mistake with some bunk beds a few years ago - they were truly awful. I recently replaced with the Ikea equivalent and am much happier so effectively, I feel like I've paid double - £39 would have been cheaper!

Hope that makes sense!

FamiliesShareGerms Sun 04-Jan-15 10:07:00

I don't think £39 is an unreasonable charge

2015 Sun 04-Jan-15 10:08:45

Don't forget you would, probably, also stop for a coffee if you went yourself. So that would be another £5 that you will be 'saving'

comeagainforbigfudge Sun 04-Jan-15 10:09:26

I'd happily pay that. And have done in past for heavy stuff.

Plus I always end up with so much stuff I don't need when I go there. Definitely a saving!!

No brainer for me. But I'm a self-confessed weakling smile

AwesomeSuperTasty Sun 04-Jan-15 10:09:36

£39 seems steep but it's ok - I paid this a few times over the years, as we don't have a car. Renting one would have cost the same, plus the stress of driving, childcare arrangements, wasting time
In ikea, impulse purchases etc.

It's also £39 for what seems to be quite a bulky delivery. Ikea use parcel force and calculate the delivery charge according to package size. I once paid £9 for a rug and some large baskets to be delivered.

lornathewizzard Sun 04-Jan-15 10:11:24

I would do it. Far too much hassle otherwise. Companies who offer free delivery just add the cost in elsewhere.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 04-Jan-15 10:12:10

I've bought a 3 seater sofa and an armchair; a table for 8 and six chairs; a double sofa bed; a spare set of covers for the sofa.

They used to have an independant company (before the online) . You wheeled your purchases ,if they were in warehouse, along and paid. They delivered next day.
Only problem was you couldn't say "Oh can I have a midweek delivery" if you bought at the weekend, it was next day.

IIRC we paid £25ish, so £39 now is still good.

And you won't make £100s of impulse buys <<nods sagely>>

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