IKEA recently began selling products on Amazon.com after announcing plans to sell its products on other online retailers to attract more online shopping..
Last week, Inter IKEA Group Chief Executive Torbjorn Loof told Reuters that the company plans to test a new plan to sell on third-party online retailers.
"On digital platforms, we only sell our products through our own website, and there we also see that the competitive landscape is changing," Loof said, according to Reuters.
But now it’s become a reality. One search for IKEA on Amazon.com will show a list of new items available for purchase, including a lamp, travel-size bottles and storage bags.
“If you’re looking for a bed, sofa or other large furniture items, however, you’ll have to trek to IKEA for those items, or use IKEA.com obviously,” according to Consumerist.
IKEA products have been available on Amazon since 2012, mostly through third-party sellers.
This change will impact shipping costs. IKEA shipping costs can reach between $100 and $300 on some purchases, mostly because the company wants to encourage bulk shopping.
As Inc. reported, Amazon shopping costs are often less than that and tend to excite customers.
“Part of the allure of Amazon — and smaller competitors, like Jet and Walmart's digital store — is that the cost of shipping often winds up folded into the shopping cart,” according to Inc. “It's not exactly free shipping; you've already paid for Amazon Prime, for example. But it does look like it to most people who don't read fine print.”
Utahns will see an added cost in addition to shipping, though. The state's deal with Amazon to collect sales tax from Utah purchases began in January.
The company charges Utah’s 4.7 percent sales tax on items, Amazon’s website explained.
Utah’s change fits into a national trend. States such as Hawaii, Idaho and Maine have also seen Amazon begin asking users for sales taxes.
Discussions about whether or not online sales-tax-free shopping will come to an end are winding their way through Congress, and the matter could end up at the Supreme Court.
Last week, Gov. Gary Herbert announced Amazon will build a a $200 million regional fulfillment facility, likely to be located in Salt Lake City's northwest quadrant. IKEA building sits in Draper at 67 West Ikea Way.
"To have a company like Amazon, as big as they are, choose Utah for a fulfillment center is a great win for us," the governor said, according to the Deseret News. "It's a big shot in the arm for Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County and the state."