Readers Weigh In: IKEA in the PH
Let’s hear what our Real Living readers have to say about IKEA coming in
With almost 400 (and growing) stores worldwide, in cities from Almhult (Sweden) to Zagreb (Croatia), IKEA is arguably one of the biggest home furniture sellers in the world. Though branches in developing countries seem limited, India is expecting 25 branches to open in the next few decades.
While we wait for IKEA to finally come onto Philippine shores, we took the liberty of asking our Filipino readers what they think of the probability of shopping the Swedish brand in their homeland. There are concerns as to how its large, mass-market inventory would affect the local furniture industry and how it will manage its social corporate responsibilities. Though take note: IKEA is known for supporting worldwide social initiatives for women and children, and has even donated a large bulk of money for emergency relief drives, most recently for our own Typhoon Yolanda back in 2013.
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“Super-excited to see them here! It’s an apt time for the company, considering the real estate boom, particularly in condominiums. IKEA will definitely bring in more affordable home décor and furniture for startup homeowners.” —Akiko Sumulong-Eustaquio
“I’ve been a fan ever since; I just collected catalogues until some online resellers came aboard…the problem is [the resellers] charge too much, sometimes triple the original price! Lucky my brother works abroad, so every time he goes home, I make pabili items that I like.”—May Bartolaza Repalda
“I hope it’s not too expensive…we all know that when products are brought into the PH price doubles up. Hope it won’t happen with IKEA as I have been dying to shop it. Will probably be one of my stress relievers, just pushing carts around the area…and if my budget can cover a lot of items.” —Dolly Nellas-Libo
“My first IKEA moment was in Hong Kong. I left a bunch of officemates and ditched our free Peking duck dinner just to squeeze in my IKEA tour! Going back to our hotel with two heavy bags, I felt so happy. Looking forward to its opening day. May it happen sooner!” —Katherine Alindogan Tagudin
“In general, I like that IKEA is coming in…more options for consumers. Besides, if I’m going to shop for a bed, for example, and I have to pay someone to assemble it versus assembling it for free, I will still pick the more affordable option.”—Maria Lexis Quizon
“I hope IKEA will tap and help support local industries in terms of craftsmanship training, innovation, and more importantly promoting local products to other IKEA markets.”—Rayvin Tamisin
“While I love home furnishings that have super-efficient, purposeful Scandinavian beauty, I’m afraid of what that would mean for, and the larger implications on the local furniture and design industry.”—Belinda Torres
“We do not need an IKEA in the Philippines. It is an excess. What we need is to build more affordable houses, more decent hospitals, school buildings for Filipinos. I hope IKEA will put forwards a valuable social corporate responsibility while making their mark on Philippine soil.”—C. Santos
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