If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll be aware I have a thing for Ikea’s Expedit. So when Ikea announced they were discontinuing their Expedit, replacing it with the Kallax, there was trepidation in my heart. While Ikea have very worthy reasons for discontinuing the Expedit:
- By reducing the thickness of the expedit surrounds, Ikea can save a significant amount of wood for each product
- Ikea currently use 1% of the world’s wood supply
- Reducing wood consumption at the mass numbers of consumption (17.8 million cubic yards of wood per year) and sale (how many expedits do you think they have sold? Bucketloads)
The trepidation I felt was a result of the fact that I have expedits in my living room, studio and office …and I needed to get one more expedit to complete my Expedit storage solution 😮 Just one more and the office would be done.
Naturally, when faced with an impending deadline I procrastinated like a champion. When I did get around to purchasing the last 2×4 I needed, they were only available online and the delivery cost was as much as the expedit itself. Pshaw!
So I decided to put my semi-professional Gumtree skills to the test and pounce on a likely candidate when it came up for sale…
But as it turns out, although my Gumtree skills are Olympic level, that wasn’t needed 😀 Several months after the Expedits had finally sold out online, I accompanied The Amazant Monsieur H on a Billy purchasing adventure (what I am to Ikea’s Expedits, he is to Ikea’s Billys) and I walked past a pile of 2×4 expedits in the required black-brown to finish my office, on sale.
So for $69 (instead of ~$120), and for no delivery fee: I got a brand new expedit and completed the office storage 😀