US Market to Get More Appliances
“It was always confounding to me that during visits to German IKEA stores I noticed that they had appliances way before US stores did. And mind you, the appliances were made by Whirlpool. Maybe they were made in Germany (front-load Whirlpool Duet washer and dryers are German-made).
Anyway, during a Thanksgiving weekend visit to the IKEA Canton (MI) store I noticed that the gentleman helping us locate stock was the store manager. I spent about a half-hour talking with him about all things IKEA. He did say that we’re (US) is slated to get more large appliance items. He was talking in terms of cooktops, refrigerators and dishwashers. Items that have been available in the European market.
I’ve found if you visit other IKEA country webpages and look through their catalog, you’ll see what we’re slated to get in a year to two down the road. They’re always ahead of us. Can’t navigate in a foreign language? Try the UK site. We don’t always get what they have due to US regulations, but if you have contacts in that country and really want something you see and either can’t wait or are afraid they won’t offer it the next year, have friends or relatives air-freight it to you. IKEA does not offer this service.
The item has to clear US customs. Really no hassle….”
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