Shipping Companies: IKEA Informative - Did you know IKEA does no shipping?
UNITED STATES -- I have read many complaints on M3C about the outrageous shipping costs charged by many companies and especially IKEA. Well, I had to find out for myself. So I investigated IKEA and found that they, as many other companies, do not own nor operate a shipping company. Nope, not even the home delivery service located at each store belongs to IKEA. Actually I was unable to find any business that owns their shipping or delivery service. Not to say they do not exist.
IKEA local home delivery service is contracted with an outside vendor. The local home delivery services offered at the local store are much more affordable than online shipping because they have local contracts with local guys with a truck. The guys who bring your order to your house are not IKEA employees, just hired hands working under contract and driving their own trucks. They charge IKEA, IKEA charges you.
Now, the outrageous shipping cost when ordering online or by phone from their catalog department is due to IKEA using courier services or cross country trucking, transports, etc. The merchandise ordered does not come out of your local IKEA store but from a distribution center in Penn. They take your order, calculate the weight, call the courier for an estimate and relay that shipping cost to you. They simply make the shipping arrangements for the customer. You pay IKEA; IKEA pays the shipping company on your behalf.
You see the value of your IKEA table as a great value when it retails at $89.00 in the store, in the catalog or on line, but does it lose that value when you add the $130.00 shipping cost to it. So think about that table costing you $219.00, not $89.00. Now, is it still what you are willing to pay? Is it still worth it? Consider buying the item at another furniture store. What would they charge? Maybe the transportation cost is already included in their price…you never really know.
You pay in one way or the other. IKEA stores are so far apart that it might be easier to just pay the shipping. The price you pay for shipping supposedly goes to the shipping company with a small service charge going to IKEA. But if you want to get your money’s worth, rent a panel van, get a hotel room and make an adventure out of going to the store.
I don’t know how many times you may have moved with a professional moving company or if you have shipped something cross country to a friend or family member but there are cost involved. Many more cost than what you may think. Contact any trucking company or talk to a friend who works for a transport company. Shipping charges are based upon volume and weight, distance and fuel charges, dock to dock or dock to residence, so on and so on. Everyone has to be paid for what they do. Don’t expect the delivery truck to “Just drop it off on their way by”. That just does not work.
Maybe I have too much time on my hands to worry about this stuff…
But does it really matter?