In case you haven’t heard, a massive new IKEA store recently opened in Johor Bahru. And of course, Singaporeans are flocking across the Causeway to buy their products, which are reportedly cheaper than they are back home.
But how much cheaper are IKEA Tebrau’s products when compared with their Singaporean counterparts? Let’s compare some of Ikea’s most tried-and-tested buys.
FJELLSE bed frame, pine
Price in JB: 199 MYR (65 SGD)
Price in Singapore: 69 SGD
MALM bed frame, high, with 4 storage boxes, white stained oak veneer, Luröy, 150x200cm
Price in JB: 1,349 MYR (444 SGD)
Price in Singapore: 739 SGD
MAMMUT Children’s stool, dark blue in/outdoor
Price in JB: 17.90 MYR (6 SGD)
Price in Singapore: 9.90 SGD
BILLY bookcase, brown ash veneer, 200x202x28cm
Price in JB: 976 MYR (321 SGD)
Price in Singapore: 376 SGD
HEKTAR floor lamp with 3-spot, white
Price in JB: 249 MYR (82 SGD)
Price in Singapore: 129 SGD
VIMLE 2-seat sofa, Orrsta golden-yellow
Price in JB: 1,930 MYR (635 SGD)
Price in Singapore: 680 SGD
MICKE desk, white, 142x50cm
Price in JB: 349 MYR (115 SGD)
Price in Singapore: 119 SGD
LÅNGFJÄLL swivel chair, gunnared dark grey, white
Price in JB: 579 MYR (191 SGD)
Price in Singapore: 229 SGD
INGATORP / INGOLF extendable dining table with 1 extra leaf and 4 chairs, black, brown-black, 155cm
Price in JB: 2,170 MYR (714 SGD)
Price in Singapore: 799 SGD
Price in JB: 1,999 MYR (658 SGD)
Price in Singapore: 899 SGD
So, is shopping at Ikea JB really worth the trouble?
As you can see, the price reduction you enjoy by buying in JB isn’t consistent across all products. While the MALM bed frame is 39.9% cheaper in JB, you only get a 3.4% discount by buying the MICKE desk there.
Then there is the added inconvenience of going all the way to JB. IKEA Tebrau is only about 20km away from the Causeway, which, depending on how much traffic there is, could translate to a 20 minute drive—or much longer. If you don’t have a car, you’ll have to go to the trouble of renting/borrowing a vehicle. Remember, unlike in IKEA Singapore, home delivery is not an option.
And of course, if you’re just going to IKEA to buy one tiny vase or cutting board, it’s not worth the effort to go all the way to JB just to save a few bucks. Don’t forget that your cost savings are going to get eroded a bit by currency exchange costs.
Save your trip to IKEA Tebrau for when you’re buying a ton of furniture to (re)decorate your home, so you can buy everything at one shot—and don’t forget to compare prices on the Singapore and Tebrau websites to see how much you could potentially save.
Do you plan to go to IKEA Tebrau in JB? Tell us why or why not in the comments!
Image credits: IKEA
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