Ikea Switzerland will repurchase second-hand furniture

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The path of Ikea furniture in Switzerland could soon take a different turn. The furniture giant Ikea founded by the Swedish billionaire Ingvar Kamprad, decided to carry out an interesting experiment launching the pilot project Second Life, reports the Swiss portal NZZamSonntag.

Thus, Ikea Switzerland launches the pilot project implying that customers can return furniture purchased from the Ikea furniture stores and get paid for it.

"We will start on 1 January 2018. The pilot project will be limited to the furniture store Ikea Spreitenbach so far," says Ikea spokesman Manuel Rotzinger. The repurchase price is up to 60% of the original price depending on the state of the returned items. 

For three months, free-standing cabinets, chests of drawers, sideboards, tables, chairs, armchairs, office furniture and bedsteads can be returned provided they are "fully assembled, safe to use and in good condition", says Rotzinger.

Based on a few parameters, the maximum repurchase price is calculated. Instead of cash or bank transfer, customers receive the credit as a voucher. The system is similar to that of the H&M clothing chain, which offers discount vouchers to those returning used clothes. From the beginning of 2018, Ikea will launch a website listing all products that can be returned. Based on a few parameters, the maximum repurchase price is calculated.

The second-hand furniture, in its turn, will be put up for sale again.

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