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(New York Daily News)   Ikea: Yeah, sorry about using slave labor to make our furniture. Our bad   (nydailynews.com) divider line 58
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2012-11-16 08:14:06 PM  

coffee smells good: Bluemoons: Ok, I rarely ever commment, but this is ridiculous. They were a burgeoning and expanding company at the time, and outsourced a little labor. They obviously had a system of checks and balances in place, and it failed, so they fixed it. End of story.



Please defend their being setup as a nonprofit to avoid paying taxes, yet "administrative expenses" are so large they don't make any charitable contributions.

/not a hipster so doesn't understand the appeal of particle board furniture


I've never understood the Ikea appeal either. I went to one once and the first thing I thought was why was all the furniture made for people who were no more than five feet high.

/did Ikea's advertising for five years
 
2012-11-16 08:32:01 PM  

AlwaysRightBoy: coffee smells good: Bluemoons: Ok, I rarely ever commment, but this is ridiculous. They were a burgeoning and expanding company at the time, and outsourced a little labor. They obviously had a system of checks and balances in place, and it failed, so they fixed it. End of story.



Please defend their being setup as a nonprofit to avoid paying taxes, yet "administrative expenses" are so large they don't make any charitable contributions.

/not a hipster so doesn't understand the appeal of particle board furniture

I've never understood the Ikea appeal either. I went to one once and the first thing I thought was why was all the furniture made for people who were no more than five feet high.

/did Ikea's advertising for five years


I'm cracking up because I went through Ikea once and thought it was great because I'm five feet tall. To me, most of the furniture seemed more sensibly sized than other furniture I have seen. I know I bought at least one item. Then a Mom friend filled me in on her opinion of Ikea: a European company with all it's factories in China selling low quality merchandise to American consumers busily shopping our manufacturing industry into oblivion. I haven't gone back since.
 
2012-11-16 11:00:02 PM  
To be fair, it's not like any of the furniture they made is still around either, right?
 
2012-11-16 11:41:06 PM  

Lunaville: AlwaysRightBoy: coffee smells good: Bluemoons: Ok, I rarely ever commment, but this is ridiculous. They were a burgeoning and expanding company at the time, and outsourced a little labor. They obviously had a system of checks and balances in place, and it failed, so they fixed it. End of story.



Please defend their being setup as a nonprofit to avoid paying taxes, yet "administrative expenses" are so large they don't make any charitable contributions.

/not a hipster so doesn't understand the appeal of particle board furniture

I've never understood the Ikea appeal either. I went to one once and the first thing I thought was why was all the furniture made for people who were no more than five feet high.

/did Ikea's advertising for five years

I'm cracking up because I went through Ikea once and thought it was great because I'm five feet tall. To me, most of the furniture seemed more sensibly sized than other furniture I have seen. I know I bought at least one item. Then a Mom friend filled me in on her opinion of Ikea: a European company with all it's factories in China selling low quality merchandise to American consumers busily shopping our manufacturing industry into oblivion. I haven't gone back since.


When I was on the North American account, our main target was moms that needed to furnish college dorms.
/pain in the ass account because of their crazy spellings.
 
2012-11-17 07:08:38 AM  
Seeing as IKEA was founded by a fascist... Link
 
2012-11-17 01:28:19 PM  

BikerRay: Seeing as IKEA was founded by a fascist... Link


1994 letter to IKEA employees, called his affiliation with the organization the "greatest mistake of his life."[12] from your link.

"I used to be a fascist, but I'm all right now" Plenty of people join groups out of peer pressure, only to discover that they made a mistake, and do a 180 on that time in their lives. I am one of those people - I still have a shaved head, and a penchant for ben sherman's short-sleeve chequered shirts, but I won't judge you for which country you are a refugee from, as my perspective has changed over time.

Tools like you, however, tar and feather indiscriminately, so why bother replying? Because I hope one day you see the light and become more understanding towards your fellow man. YARLY
 
2012-11-17 10:50:06 PM  

uttertosh: jshine: I said that "slavery" is defined by ones inability to quit the job. In other words, its involuntary work (rather than unpaid work). I stand by that -- do you disagree?

"Just because they make $8/hour* and get less than a week of vacation per year doesn't make them slaves!" is what you said.


Actually, if you check the chain of quotes, that's what Linoleum_Blownapart said, and I believe he was being sarcastic.
 
2012-11-18 07:21:07 AM  

jshine: uttertosh: jshine: I said that "slavery" is defined by ones inability to quit the job. In other words, its involuntary work (rather than unpaid work). I stand by that -- do you disagree?

"Just because they make $8/hour* and get less than a week of vacation per year doesn't make them slaves!" is what you said.

Actually, if you check the chain of quotes, that's what Linoleum_Blownapart said, and I believe he was being sarcastic.


Auto-facepalm. dammitsoeffinmuch.

I had meant to quote you with a 'THIS' underneath, and i then took your self defending as L_B responding, so the chalk/cheese, apples/oranges was directed at L_B, not you.

I guess the bee was totally in my bonnet by that point.
 
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