Bored of your Ikea furniture? They'll buy it back

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People exhausted of their flat pack IKEA dressers, drawers, cabinets and tables will now be able to sell them back to the furniture retailer for resale in its stores as secondhand. As of November you'll be able to sell it back to Ikea-so long as you live in one of 27 countries.

The worldwide scheme will see customers given vouchers to spend at Ikea stores, the value of which will depend on the condition of the items they are returning.

Ikea plans to create dedicated areas in each store where people can sell back their old furniture and find repaired or refurbished furniture.

Returned furniture will be resold through the As-Is section in stores, and anything that doesn't sell will be recycled or donated to community projects.

The program, called "Buy Back", will begin in Britain on November 24, just ahead of Black Friday, an Ikea spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Ikea though says the move is part of a stand against excessive consumption, not least ahead of the upcoming Black Friday global sales event.

The scheme starts a few days before Black Friday - a "holiday" the company says it's pushing back against.

Determine the status value of the item to be resold to Ikea.

Under the plan, it will offer vouchers worth up to 50% of the original price, to be spent at its stores.

While the program has ignited interest among Ikea lovers, not all of the company's furniture products will be eligible for it. For "very good" parts with slight scratches, owners will receive 40% for "well used" parts with multiple scratches, owners will receive 30%.

Country sustainability manager at IKEA UK & Ireland Hege Sæbjørnsen said: "The IKEA vision has always been to create a better everyday life for many people, which right now means making sustainable living easy and affordable for everyone".

The retailer has now introduced a new initiative to stop unwanted furniture going to waste. The offer applies to furniture usually without upholstery, like the Billy bookcases, stools, desks, chairs, and dining tables.

'Being circular is a good business opportunity as well as a responsibility, and the climate crisis requires us all to radically rethink our consumption habits.

Customers will get in-store vouchers, rather than cash, for their furniture, it said.

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