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CRZ
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#1 Posted on 16.11.04 0531.53
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4.5 hours (appx. 2:30 to appx. 7:00)

Amount spent on knick-knacks with funny names: $21
Amount spent on lunch with comparatively normal names: $15

Shopping at IKEA sure beats looking for work

I guess
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#2 Posted on 16.11.04 0657.48
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I would have killed myself.

When we moved, we went to IKEA for the purpose of buying one lousy bookshelf.

This required trips to TWO IKEAs in the Baltimore/Washington metroplex.

This also required thirty minutes standing in line waiting to be checked out.

God I hate IKEA.

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#3 Posted on 16.11.04 0731.28
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    Originally posted by CRZ
    4.5 hours (appx. 2:30 to appx. 7:00)



Good lord, did you get snacks during the ordeal? How could you possibly spend that much time in a store?



Ahhh, you don't have any kids yet.......
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#4 Posted on 16.11.04 0747.36
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Just a couple of weeks ago, I'm guessing I visited that same IKEA store.

I think I spent the first 15 minutes just marveling at how smooth the carts turned. It was really cool to be able to walk forward and spin the cart around getting it to complete a 360, while never stopping moving forward.

Hmmm that does seem pretty pathetic, but where are these carts in other stores!?!?!? :)
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#5 Posted on 16.11.04 0940.39
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    Originally posted by Grimis
    I would have killed myself.

    When we moved, we went to IKEA for the purpose of buying one lousy bookshelf.

    This required trips to TWO IKEAs in the Baltimore/Washington metroplex.

    This also required thirty minutes standing in line waiting to be checked out.

    God I hate IKEA.

    Sklar....


Is that the White Marsh IKEA or the Potomac Mills IKEA? I've never had any problems with the former, but hate going to the latter.

The best time I ever had at IKEA was going with my college roommates, who was from Sweden.
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#6 Posted on 16.11.04 0956.11
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    Originally posted by odessasteps
    Is that the White Marsh IKEA or the Potomac Mills IKEA? I've never had any problems with the former, but hate going to the latter.
The one that didn't have the bookcase was White Marsh. We stood in the line at the College Park one.

I think part of it was our own fault, since we went shortly after the UM kids came back.
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#7 Posted on 16.11.04 0958.07
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I've only had one problem with the White Marsh IKEA, and that was when I waited a good 40 minutes for them to bring an item from the warehouse out to me at the front of the store.
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#8 Posted on 16.11.04 1003.27
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A brand new IKEA opened here last Wednesday. Apparently there were a few thousand people there waiting for the doors to open. On the weekend, it was a zoo, with a very large police presence doing traffic control.

I'm not a big IKEA fan. I can understand the affordability aspect for university students, but the whole "we're going to throw some pieces of particle board in a box, give it a funny name, and make you assemble it" doesn't work for the long-term.
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#9 Posted on 16.11.04 1016.29
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If you are an IKEA fan (and admittedly, the DrOp household can be IKEA-whorish), you MUST have Alen Wrench drill bits.

Assembling that stuff without one is just INSANE.

And yeah, as Pieman said--4 hour trips to stores really come to a screeching halt once you have little ones.

We rarely spend more than 90 minutes there now (we usualy do a lot of magazine shopping before hand).


Grimis--the key to a healthy IKEA trip in MD is to get there when they open and get the hell out before the rest of the world awakens. A crowded IKEA is just intolerable.
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#10 Posted on 16.11.04 1023.19
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As someone who recently spent upwards of $800 at IKEA, and I'm soon to go back for another $400 (Damn, I love that Kitchen Island.) I fully endorse the above statements by Sen. DrOp. The first few pieces went together using their little allen wrenches. All the rest, went with a drill and I was a MUCH happier assembler.
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#11 Posted on 16.11.04 1040.27
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We probably won't go back. We had hell assembling that bookcase once we got it home becuase of those ridiculous pegs.

We did get a good $2 clock to put in the bathroom though...
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#12 Posted on 16.11.04 1120.33
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Me & Mrs. Freeze love IKEA. Even if we dont buy anything, sometimes it's still fun to walk around and lookit all the neat stuff & whatnot. Most times, it's hard for us not to pick up SOMETHING we hadnt planned on getting in the first place.

On a side note, our local IKEA (Carson, CA) makes you take this huge "Stairway to Heaven"-like escalator to the very top floor, then you walk around in huge circles looking at everything until you magically find yourself on the bottom floor again (Kinda like a parking structure). Are they all like that?
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#13 Posted on 16.11.04 1213.34
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The one in Minneapolis is like that, I think. Or at least, that's what I remember when I was up there a few months ago. The one here in Seattle is set up like a ginormous warehouse, with "helpful" little arrows guiding you around and "time-saving" shortcuts that do nothing but get you lost. It's REAL easy to spend a hour or two in there and not realize it.
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#14 Posted on 16.11.04 1338.00
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    Originally posted by Grimis
      Originally posted by odessasteps
      Is that the White Marsh IKEA or the Potomac Mills IKEA? I've never had any problems with the former, but hate going to the latter.
    The one that didn't have the bookcase was White Marsh. We stood in the line at the College Park one.

    I think part of it was our own fault, since we went shortly after the UM kids came back.


I was there from two to five on sunday. The thing is that they have soooooooooo many checkout lines, people don't see them all and jam the middle. If you looked to the left or right, there at most two people waiting, where as the middle lines had up to ten.
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#15 Posted on 16.11.04 1728.26
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    Originally posted by The Goon
    A brand new IKEA opened here last Wednesday. Apparently there were a few thousand people there waiting for the doors to open. On the weekend, it was a zoo, with a very large police presence doing traffic control.


Very true. We swung by there on Thursday and were directed towards the overflow parking. We were then told we would have to BUS to the actual store.

I turned the Neon around and left...
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#16 Posted on 17.11.04 0047.40
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They're threatening to put one in here in Brooklyn when there's one in Elizabeth NJ, maybe half an hour out.

Anyone who lives here thinks that building an Ikea is a terrible idea. I mean, that's what New Jersey is *for*.
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#17 Posted on 17.11.04 0720.43
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We've got loads of stuff (dressers, our desk, our garage shelving unit for starters) from IKEA, and my only beefs with them are that they should give you some extra hardware (in the name of making sure you have ENOUGH, because God forbid you have to take a couple of steps backward and strip out a screw or something) and that they don't include any wall-mounting hardware with their wall-mounted stuff. Mrs. JJD got some CD shelves, which I dutifully put together and got all mounted onto the wall and loaded with alomst all of our CDs until I put some of the last ones on and the top (of course) rack came loose from the wall, causing a big pile of three CD racks and a jillion CDs in our living rooms. Good times.

On a somewhat lighter note, I had just finished installing a curtain rod (again, with NO wall-mounting hardware) from IKEA last night when I first clicked on this thread. I can't imagine spending 4 1/2 hours there, though.
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#18 Posted on 18.11.04 1815.20
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    Originally posted by DJ Ran
    They're threatening to put one in here in Brooklyn when there's one in Elizabeth NJ, maybe half an hour out.

    Anyone who lives here thinks that building an Ikea is a terrible idea. I mean, that's what New Jersey is *for*.


An IKEA in Brooklyn is another reason to leave New York. Problem is New Jersey. When you live in Philadelphia you claim The Shore as part of Philly and the rest of Jersey this nuisance between you and The Shore.
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#19 Posted on 18.11.04 2215.54
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I had the pleasure (?) of spending part of two seperate trips to Virginia at the Potomac Mills IKEA. My old roommate and his two new (female) roommates need a new dining room table in their town home. They found the one they wanted on our first visit. It was in stock. We had a big car. They balked.

We went back when I came to visit again, a month and a half later. It was in stock again. Everybody agreed it was perfect again. IKEA still has it, because the girls STILL aren't sure. I'm pretty sure they'll never have a dining room table.
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#20 Posted on 19.11.04 0014.32
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    Originally posted by evilwaldo
      Originally posted by DJ Ran
      They're threatening to put one in here in Brooklyn when there's one in Elizabeth NJ, maybe half an hour out.

      Anyone who lives here thinks that building an Ikea is a terrible idea. I mean, that's what New Jersey is *for*.


    An IKEA in Brooklyn is another reason to leave New York. Problem is New Jersey. When you live in Philadelphia you claim The Shore as part of Philly and the rest of Jersey this nuisance between you and The Shore.


If it's THAT bad, there's CT. Although the one in New Haven backs up traffic onto 91. (The exit's on 95.)
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