Australia Has The Most Expensive IKEA Products In The Entire World

We already know that IKEA items often cost more in Australia than anywhere else, but just how bad is the problem? A comparison of IKEA prices across 33 countries suggests that we are literally the most expensive place to buy IKEA in the world.

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Price comparison site Idealo compared the price for 40 IKEA items sold in 33 countries around the globe. The listing included 40 items, divided into eight categories of five each.

Poland was the cheapest country in the world on this ranking, while Australia came dead last, with the most expensive items in six of the eight categories (wardrobes, beds, TV furniture, chests, tables and children’s bedroom furniture). We ranked second most-expensive for sofas/armchairs and bookshelves.

Remarkably, we pay 26 per cent more for IKEA items than the most expensive Scandinavian country in the listing, Norway. That can't be explained away purely in terms of tax, either, since the rate of GST in Norway is much higher than in Australia. (Despite IKEA originating in Sweden, the cheapest Scandinavian stores are actually in Denmark.)

Asian countries overall (a regional grouping that includes Australia) had the highest prices overall. This again demonstrates that proximity to China doesn't necessarily translate into cheaper pricing, a point that often comes up when considering pricing in Australia versus the US.

By Idealo's reckoning, once you factor in a measure of GDP per capita in order to calculate affordability, IKEA items in Australia are 1.98 times less affordable than in the US. (That said, variable US state sales tax figures complicate that figure.) In terms of global affordability ranking, Australia ranks at #21.

When we looked at this issue earlier this year, I noted that for the cheapest items, IKEA Australia doesn't compare so badly. It's also worth pointing out that even though IKEA in Australia costs much more than elsewhere, it's still often the cheapest place to buy some items. As ever, careful comparison shopping is your friend.

Worldwide IKEA price comparison [Idealo]


Comments

    There should be some mitigation for the fact that Sydney is a very big city by European standards - (it's pretty much the same population as Norway) and so from a shipping perspective there's a big win in distribution from a store in a port city.

    We're certainly no worse with items being out of stock. I've shopped at IKEA in France and Sweden in the last year, and they're as likely to be out of stuff with no reliable advice on when something is going to be replaced.

      Don't forget, some/if not all of the furniture gets mades in Asia, so shipping is relatively straight-forward to Sydney.
      We are getting ripped off, end of story. Add to that the quality isn't the best, 'meh, Ikea's loss...

    HAH! I knew it! Maybe it also has something to do how people perceive IKEA over here in AU.
    I noticed from commercials and letterbox junk mail they market IKEA here as pretty fancy furniture.

    They have a few great products, but it's not exactly fancy shmancy awesome.
    In some European countries, going out to get your furniture from IKEA is seen as
    a last resort if you cannot find anything else, or if you like putting stuff together.

    However shopping at IKEA can be fun. Try and pronounce some of the awesome product names
    it's totally funny.

      don't mock my language :P

      I enjoy it as much when I go shopping, pronouncing the products correctly and see the IKEA staff get than blank look on their faces...

      I've wondered the same thing... in other countries... ikea is seen as a cheapo thing like fantastic furniture... but in Australia ikea is seen as a high class thing.... odd :s

    does make you wonder though about how they decide on their pricing, as victoria has two ikea stores now and the newest one is (from what I have heard, so take it with a grain of salt) is the biggest one in the southern hemisphere based on square footage.

      "biggest one in the southern hemisphere" is a bit redundant, considering that Ikea only has stores in Australia in the southern hemisphere, so I guess it has to be one of them.
      It is a redundant qualifier anyway, a bit like calling Kate Beckinsale the "Sexiest woman alive". I mean, who finds DEAD women sexy?

        Kate Beckinsale is dead sexy!

    It is probably just my inner self justifying the purchase but I always felt the stuff I bought at IKEA here is sturdier compared to the ones I bought at IKEA in South East Asia.

    Hey IKEA! Bring us a store down here in Canberra and we promise not to complain about pricing! Honest! We'll totally just shut up and take it!

    We are going to renovate our kitchen later this year, and a couple of months ago I started researching the cost of purchasing the kitchen from Ikea in Italy or the UK and importing it. Buying in Italy (where I have friends) and shipping it to Australia will save close to 50% of what I would pay in Australia. Buying in the UK, (where I have family) would save about 30%. That's including shipping, import duty and incidentals. We'll be putting in an Ikea kitchen, we just won't be purchasing it in Australia.

    I honestly don't care if we Australian's pay more at IKEA.

    I'll always be a loyal customer. I'm weird like that.

    I guess we really shouldn't be surprised by this. We often pay more than is reasonable, due to a variety of factors. I still find my IKEA bookcases reasonable value, and I intend to buy a couple more quite soon.

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