Published on August 2nd, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Cheapest & Most Expensive Places in the world to Hack IKEA

I’ve always thought IKEA prices were standard round the world and wherever you go the price for a BILLY is a BILLY. Nope, if you take a look at Idealo’s price comparison research. From the results, it seems I should be moving to Poland, the country with the lowest prices for IKEA, with or without VAT.

Singaporeans and Australians, you’ve been paying the most for your IKEA fix. And my American friends, Portland’s the place to shop IKEA.

The survey by Idealo.co.uk is an analysis of the prices worldwide of 40 popular IKEA products prices in 33 countries with an IKEA presence. Here are some of the highlights from the research:

Highlights for the US:
- IKEA Prices in Portland, OR (lowest U.S. sales tax – 0%) rank as the third cheapest in the world.
- IKEA Prices in Seattle, WA (highest U.S. sales tax – 9.5%) rank as the 17th cheapest in the world.
- IKEA Prices in Canada are 12% higher than in Portland, OR
- IKEA Prices in Portland, OR rank as the most affordable in the world relative to the U.S. economy.
- IKEA Prices in Canada rank as the 10th most affordable in the world relative to the Canadian economy.

Highlights for the rest of the World:
- IKEA is the most expensive in Australia and cheapest in Poland
- The Region of Asia (Australia, Japan, China & Singapore) has the most expensive IKEA prices in the world.
- The Region of the Americas (Canada, United States & Dominican Republic) has the 2nd most expensive IKEA prices in the world.
- The Dominican Republic has the least affordable IKEA prices in the world relative to their economy.
- Western Europe and Eastern Europe have nearly identical prices on average, despite the economic disparity between regions.

You can find full details here.

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25 Responses to Cheapest & Most Expensive Places in the world to Hack IKEA

  1. Itzik says:

    Check out http://www.kompare.info, it compare Ikea prices world wide with a single click : http://www.kompare.info

  2. Anonymous says:

    Molly, can’t reproduce that one :) I’m from Germany too, and just checked IKEA Groningen for some items and got the availability data without logging in and without any proxy. Ines

  3. Anonymous says:

    look at the labels of ikea stuff… the reason why prices of ikea furniture are the lowest in poland is that most of them are made there ;)

    Greetings from Poland! :D

  4. Anonymous says:

    I call BS on the “transport costs” argument when it comes to Ikea prices in Australia. Given how much Ikea product is made in China/SE Asia, it should be more expensive to ship to the US or Europe.

    Emphasis on “should”.

  5. Grumpygirl says:

    That’s really obnoxious, Molly. I live in Portland, Oregon & my husband in Edmonton, Alberta, and IKEA lets me switch back & forth on my account with no problems. Do you have an email address that you use for sites that are likely to sell your info to spammers? Use that address & create a new account.

  6. Molly says:

    Living in Germany not too far from The Netherlands and Belgium, it was always worth to compare prices. And they differ a lot!

    But IKEA just recently put a stop on this. I cannot look any more at any product information on any other IKEA site than the German one. You have to register to get to all the product details, but it won’t let me register in any other country and is always sending me back to my German account!! This is absolutely outrageous!

    I’m so furious about that, I wanted to send an email to their headquarter. But guess, what? No headquarter email address anywhere on the internet!

    I’m done with them! Until there is free access again to any IKEA website in the world.

    PS: If using a site like http://www.hidemyass.com you can get access to all product information but it won’t let you check availability in a store. You have to have an account and you have to be logged in to plan ahead a purchase in the country IKEA dictates you.

  7. Susan says:

    Perhaps in Poland prices are the lowest, but you should mind our earnings ;)

  8. Jochen says:

    Maybe this will replace the Big Mac Index somedays…

  9. Anonymous says:

    The IKEA stores in North America are all owned by one entity. It is true they are franchise but one entity owns the rights to all of North America. Thus if “someone” owns one store the prices would be higher since they would have to pay a royalty to the North American entity.

  10. Anonymous says:

    In Australia -Perth and Adelaide are cheaper than Vic NSW and Queensland. And no idea why especially on the light flat pack stuff.

    • Anonymous says:

      Perth and Adelaide are owned by a franchisee, while the east coast stores are owned by IKEA head office.

      Now if only someone can open a store here in Canberra

  11. Anonymous says:

    Well, I’m in Singapore and this feels VERY true. The prices at our IKEA here (there are two stores) are MUCH higher than those in the States!

  12. fab says:

    some reasons might be in duty and transport figures. other are pure mistery.

  13. Anonymous says:

    About a year ago I moved from the Netherlands to go study in Belgium (my parents still live in the Netherlands, near the Belgium border).
    When searching for furniture I ofcourse visited the Ikea website. Because an Ikea is near my parents house, as well as my new appartment I checked the Belgium and the Dutch Ikea website. I quickly discoverd the price differences, so I ended up going to both and I saved almost 200 euro’s by doing so.

    But I find the price differences rather strange. Even the famous swedish meatballs cost 2 euro’s more in the Belgium restaurant as they do in the Dutch. Strange…

  14. Anonymous says:

    Well, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. We pay a mint for everything else, too, why should Ikea be any different?

    I’m looking at you, video games.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Yet another reason to be happy about living in the Portland area.

  16. Hi Jules,
    What about a comparison between these figures and the countries that have the most hackers? Is there a pattern?
    Just curious…

    Letitia, the Netherlands

    • Jules says:

      Letitia, prices don’t seem to have a correlation with hacks. I get the most hacks from the US and hardly any from Poland. :) Despite prices being higher, I do get quite a few from Australia. Perhaps IKEA is still cheaper than other furniture stores.

  17. Anonymous says:

    “Austrlia” = Australia. New keyboard, didn’t hit the ‘a’ hard enough :)

  18. Anonymous says:

    Depressingly, Austrlia pays more for everything…including items that don’t have transport costs (like downloaded software). IKEA Australia is not really cheaper compared to similar products (mdf, self assembly) in other stores. What it is is accessible and returnable. It also seems to be one of the very few stores in Australia that cater for apartment styled living – that is, furniture focusing on saving space rather than sprawling.

  19. There was a current affairs story in Australia not long ago saying how we pay more for Ikea products. They interviewed some of the high up people from Ikea and they just said it was due to transportation and costs involved in selling in Australia. Out of all the countries, it may be the most expensive in Australia but it is still cheap compared to similar products sold in other stores.

  20. That’s an interesting report. I would have figured Ikea to be pretty standard. Then again, merchandise does vary greatly from store to store so it makes sense that prices would as well. I just ask myself if something is a good deal to me. As long as it fits the bill it’s coming home.

  21. lil-m-moses says:

    Interesting, but they apparently neglected to account for varying prices within a country. The Houston, Texas, US store is independently owned or something (I think there are a couple of others in the same situation) and prices are frequently higher (but occasionally lower) than at most other US stores, and the sales are sometimes different. If you look at the fine print of a generic US IKEA ad, there will be disclaimers to this effect regarding Houston.

    • Liz Locksley says:

      It’s because they are a franchise store. A long time ago a store called STORE popped up which was a knock-off IKEA. Instead of fighting the legal battle, IKEA just bought out the stores and transformed them into IKEAs. Houston is one of these stores.

      I may have gotten a little bit wrong, but I do know that that is the reason that Houston does things differently.

    • ------------------------------- says:

      I think most of the American stores are franchised. I know the Charlotte store is. When you walk in the front door over to the left of the door is an unassuming small metal plaque on the wall about 3 inches big that says its a franchise and has its franchise number. Look for it at your stores.

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