New at IKEA: Pre-Shopping Online

New at IKEA: Pre-Shopping Online

Sarah Rae Smith
Jul 22, 2009

There's nothing worse than fighting traffic, then the parking lot, wandering through the maze (even if you know the short cuts) just to discover the item you made a specific trip to IKEA for is out of stock. We complained and IKEA heard our pleas and made a few small tweaks to their website that are bound to make a difference in your quick trips to the store...

This new to us feature allows you to check the instore stocks for items you'll be shopping for, before leaving home. Their system will tell you in real time, how many pieces of a certain item they have on hand and if they are out, when they are expecting a new delivery of them.

This could come in quite handy if you're purchasing several bookcases or lighting pieces at once, or even if you need multiple chair or table tops!

The website will also tell you where each pieces is stored once you get to the open racking at the end of the store, before checkout. No more hunting for the pieces on the showroom floor so you can look to see where they are located, just take a few seconds before leaving home and it's as easy as pie to let their website tell you where they will be located.

For many, this can mean skipping the showroom all together and skipping ahead, armed with location numbers. It should hopefully lessen frustrations and help make your trip a little faster and a little easier.

Obviously you'll want to check the day, if not the hour before you go and we're guessing that weekends might not mean an item will be in stock as promised. With so many people in the mega stores at once, it won't take into account how many people are sitting in the checkout line with the item you need, just the ones who have already purchased it.

Have you tried out their new system yet? Do you think it will help cut back on the time you spend? Leave us a note in the comments below and share your thoughts!

(Image: IKEA)

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