I've been in the market for a new couch recently. Preferably a fabulous retro-inspired one Don Draper would look right at home lounging on. Unfortunately, my 21st-century budget doesn't quite meet my mid-century modern tastes, so IKEA it is. Some late-night Googling led me to IKEAHackers.net, where I found the clean-lined Karlstad sofa modified with tapered legs and tufted cushions and I was sold.
But, being a confirmed RFDer, I did a search and noticed IKEA's Sofa Event generally came up this time of year so I held off, and, voila, two days later I got the email advertising the popular Buy One, Get One 50% Off sale on fabric sofas, loveseats and armchairs. The problem was, I only wanted one sofa. But my thriftiness was not so easily thwarted. My first stop was to the RFD forums to see if I could track down anyone in my city willing to split the discount. Then I put up a plea on Facebook, and a neighbour of mine took the bait. Off to IKEA!
The thing about BOGO 50% off sales is that they often sound better than they are. Fifty percent off a couch? Yes please! But when you have to buy two couches and only save 50% off one of them, the best case scenario is that you're saving 25% off each couch... and that's only if they are of equal value. But still, some savings are better than no savings and I had almost shelled out $1400+ with delivery for this particular couch so I was happy for the opportunity. I also found that the deal works slightly different in store than it does online. I was purchasing the IKEA Karlstad corner sofa for $1199 and my friend wanted the Kivik sofa with chaise for $949. Online, when we added these items to our cart, the Kivik was discounted to half price. But when we arrived in the store ready to buy, we were told that because the Kivik comes in two pieces, the discount only applies to the chaise and not to my sofa at all. We explained to the staff member that it worked online and she was nice enough to let us show her on her computer and then call the necessary higher-ups who let us have the discount we thought we'd be getting. But it was a hassle and the same results can't be guaranteed from all staff members at all stores.
In our case, it worked and we got the deal. We split the savings equally at $237.25 each and the cashier was patient enough to manually figure out how much we each owed after the discount and tax and let us pay with two forms of payment. Going to the store together and paying independently meant we could avoid any awkwardness over who owed who, and I'd definitely suggest doing that if you're able.
In the end, between the discount and reduced delivery charges I ended up saving just over $300, got to spend an evening at IKEA, and now have a new couch. It's not the screaming hot deal you might think of when you hear "buy one, get one", but I was able to save $300 just by waiting for the sale to come around and putting a call out on Facebook to see if anyone else was interested in buying a sofa. I'd definitely do it again.