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(International Business Times)   Turns out Ikea has built its own 1984-style surveillance state. Although one imagines it took ages to put up and will fall apart under the slightest pressure   (ibtimes.co.uk) divider line 20
    More: Scary, French Ikea, surveillance state, Swedish companies, Versailles  
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2013-11-21 12:45:16 PM
Sounds like subby is bitter because he doesn't know how to use a hex wrench. But what would you expect from someone that links to articles with autoplay videos?

/My Ikea furniture is just fine
//I'm also not above adding additional screws if needed.
 
2013-11-21 01:14:59 PM
They put together this surveillance system and then, even though it looks done, they saw a whole pile of screws that they aren't sure are supposed to be in the thing or not.

/actually haven't assembled any Ikea furniture
//but that does seem to be my experience putting together just about anything
 
2013-11-21 01:35:48 PM

jake_lex: They put together this surveillance system and then, even though it looks done, they saw a whole pile of screws that they aren't sure are supposed to be in the thing or not.

/actually haven't assembled any Ikea furniture
//but that does seem to be my experience putting together just about anything


I realize they do that on purpose so that on average no one gets shorted a part, but that always makes me nervous too.
 
2013-11-21 01:36:38 PM
I don't get IKEA jokes. I have an entire bedroom and office set up with IKEA and have never had a problem. Are you guys just useless?
 
2013-11-21 01:38:32 PM

Fano: jake_lex: They put together this surveillance system and then, even though it looks done, they saw a whole pile of screws that they aren't sure are supposed to be in the thing or not.

/actually haven't assembled any Ikea furniture
//but that does seem to be my experience putting together just about anything

I realize they do that on purpose so that on average no one gets shorted a part, but that always makes me nervous too.


which is why you do an inventory of items on hand and compare to the item count needed. Sometimes you have extras, sometimes you don't.

Ikea furniture is easy to put together, I don't know why people have a hard time with flat pack stuff. I have some Billy bookshelves that I have used for years now with no problems at all. Sturdy, solid build, and the look is pretty good too.
 
2013-11-21 01:40:59 PM
Ikea is, in many cases, a completely legitimate value. Not quite as good as thrift store solid wood furniture, but it's not bad and requires less patience.
 
2013-11-21 01:42:12 PM
/loves me some Ikea Swedish meatballs and lingonberry.

//hands down my favorite store. A smorgasbord of design meets efficiency.
 
2013-11-21 01:46:20 PM
Why didn't Ikea just do what my ex-boss does and hire a full-time private investigator to spy on the current and former employees?
 
2013-11-21 01:51:32 PM

sincitynewbie: I don't get IKEA jokes. I have an entire bedroom and office set up with IKEA and have never had a problem. Are you guys just useless?


I was having sex on an ikea desk that fell apart in the middle, most painful night of my life.
 
2013-11-21 01:51:59 PM
What the hell is wrong with you people who can't assemble IKEA furniture?!
 
2013-11-21 02:11:18 PM

jake_lex: They put together this surveillance system and then, even though it looks done, they saw a whole pile of screws that they aren't sure are supposed to be in the thing or not.


The last couple of times I've put together some flat-pack furniture, both from Ikea and elsewhere, I've noticed extra screws. I feel like a few years ago I never noticed extras...is this a new thing? Are they packing extra screws in these things now?
 
2013-11-21 02:29:14 PM
The secret to assembling IKEA furniture properly is you have to load up on their meatballs first. This gives you the magical power.
 
2013-11-21 02:30:36 PM

LeroyB: Why didn't Ikea just do what my ex-boss does and hire a full-time private investigator to spy on the current and former employees?


This actually sounds like a csb, do tell...
 
2013-11-21 04:10:24 PM
FTA: "Confidential records are kept on all French residents who have had any dealings with the police and can be consulted only by police and prosecutors. The records are kept regardless of whether the person has been convicted of a crime or not."

Soooo.... France set up an insanely invasive nanny-state system, and then got mad at Ikea for taking the inevitable human-nature next step of exploiting that system for its own good?  I'm not sure I understand that.
 
2013-11-21 04:21:18 PM
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Enjoy your affordable Swedish crap!
 
2013-11-21 04:23:07 PM
You do know the IKEA founder was the guy that designed the NAZI gas chambers, right?

/Godwinned
 
2013-11-21 04:23:41 PM

cannotsuggestaname: Fano: jake_lex: They put together this surveillance system and then, even though it looks done, they saw a whole pile of screws that they aren't sure are supposed to be in the thing or not.

/actually haven't assembled any Ikea furniture
//but that does seem to be my experience putting together just about anything

I realize they do that on purpose so that on average no one gets shorted a part, but that always makes me nervous too.

which is why you do an inventory of items on hand and compare to the item count needed. Sometimes you have extras, sometimes you don't.

Ikea furniture is easy to put together, I don't know why people have a hard time with flat pack stuff. I have some Billy bookshelves that I have used for years now with no problems at all. Sturdy, solid build, and the look is pretty good too.


Pretty much this. My girlfriend is amazed at how quickly I can put things together. She is also amazed that I actually DO read the instructions.

Yesterday I put together 2 end tables and a coffee table that came in a flat pack. I inventoried all of the screws, got the tools I needed and put them on the floor in front of me. I had all three items together in less than 15 minutes.

Pre-plan and stage your assembly, and it goes fast and efficiently.
 
2013-11-21 04:52:19 PM
Has anyone made any jokes about the quality of Ikea furniture yet? Because those are always funny and never get old.

Krieghund: Sounds like subby is bitter because he doesn't know how to use a hex wrench. But what would you expect from someone that links to articles with autoplay videos?

/My Ikea furniture is just fine
//I'm also not above adding additional screws if needed.


Quit using IE8 and join the rest of us in taking back control of web sites.
 
2013-11-21 08:04:06 PM
So did they just install an Xbox One in each store or what?
 
2013-11-21 09:30:01 PM

YixilTesiphon: Ikea is, in many cases, a completely legitimate value. Not quite as good as thrift store solid wood furniture, but it's not bad and requires less patience.


It's okay for what it is, but having finally made it out to one of their stores for the first time ever last month, I'll admit I don't really understand the mystique.

You can get flat pack furniture at other stores that's the same (or dare I say it, higher) quality. The various desk accessories/housewares stuff, a lot of it was obviously cheaper (in the bad sense) than stuff you can get at other chain stores/supermarkets bookstores.

The attractive part (to me) was that all the furniture is in a modern plain style, which is my taste.  So there is a lot of it in one location.  Otherwise in the US for a long time it seemed you had to search all over to find anything that wasn't faux "country" with tons of trim on it - but that seems to be changing.
 
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