I have a friend who questioned how someone could love Ikea but hate Wal-Mart. To me, these stores have so little in common they can’t be compared, but if she needs an explanation, I accept the challenge.
1.) It is not appropriate to wear pajamas to Ikea. Showering is also preferred.
2.) Ikea has a concept about maximizing the space in a room or house. Wal-Mart’s concept is to fill said space with random cheap crap.
3.) Two words: Swedish Meatballs.
4.) Two more words: Free Coffee.
5.) Ikea’s items are unique and have Swedish names that sound like sneezes. Wal-Mart has the same items you can find anywhere, only you probably have to buy them in bulk.
6.) The front of Ikea has a little grocery area and cafe with yummy food. Wal-Mart has a nail salon that stinks up the front 1/3 of the store.
|Courtesy of peopleofwalmart.com.
If you’ve ever been there, you know this particular
outfit is tame.
7.) There isn’t a site called “The People of Ikea”. Okay, so I googled it, and there actually is a site. It appears to get updated about twice a year, with a total of 7 pages of material. The people of Wal-Mart site has 882 pages to date.
8.) Ikea furniture says “Modern European”. Wal-Mart furniture says “College Dorm”.
9.) I’m pretty sure no one has produced meth in an Ikea.
10.) Ikea has a kids area that will keep the little tykes occupied while you shop. This alone is like 1,000 bonus points for Ikea.
I get that my friend was suggesting that the products are mass-produced and assembly required at both stores. This brings me to bonus #11.
11.) Ikea workers know what the products are and how to assemble them.
Done and done.