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Posted: 9/7/2004 7:30:44 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:33:13 PM EST
I noticed most of the Mall bookstores have this. I dont really shop there anyway, I was just there to get my free chicken sandwich.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:37:29 PM EST
My guess is they buy cheap/free books to put on bookshelves. They probably got some bulk books for free and don't even care/realize what books they are.

I'm surprised there were even books - sometimes they just use cardboard fake books.



I really like IKEA (despite them being swedish ). Nothing communist about them - if anything quite the opposite, because Ignvar Kamprad (the guy who created and built IKEA) was apparently invovled with the swedish version of the Hitler Youth when he was a young boy. I'm guessing he's not a big fan of communism
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:37:51 PM EST
They need books cheap to fill shelf space. Old academic books work because students keep them around for a while, then quickly decide they're taking up space and sell them for a fraction of the original cost.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:41:54 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:45:27 PM EST
Saw a special on Ikea the other day. The guy that created it would make any Capitalist bust his buttons with pride over how he built his empire from the ground up.

One of the "behind the scenes" part of the special was the photo studio they use to shoot the catalog. It's one of the biggest in the world and part of it is a Library where the books are filed by COLOR. It's that way they can fill up the shelves during the catalog shoot and keep everything color coordinated with the set and layout.

I'd say that the books you saw were there not for any sort of political statement but because of how they looked on the shelves in a particular display.

I'll check the one here in town out next time I'm there and see if there's any pattern to what they have.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:48:27 PM EST
You know, I when I was in Finland last month I was joking around about "Ikea Fascism". Guess it was closer to the truth than I thought.

Finland bought into the whole Scandanavian modern thing in a big way. Everything is minimalist "machines for living" design. But 1) minimalism paradoxially turns out to be high maintenance, because if you don't keep it up it looks like crap; and 2) when it's implemented on a mass scale it becomes rather oppressive. In Helsinki it's block after block of really sharply designed apartment buildings, but it's wearying after a while. Sure, America has that whole appalling lack of taste thing going for it, but at least if you like your pink stucco Colombian drug lord McMansion you can build it next to someone else's Norman/Tudor place.

It was Danish Modern gone wild. The Dutch should have invaded them a long time ago.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:48:57 PM EST

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
My guess is they buy cheap/free books to put on bookshelves. They probably got some bulk books for free and don't even care/realize what books they are.

I'm surprised there were even books - sometimes they just use cardboard fake books.



I really like IKEA (despite them being swedish ). Nothing communist about them - if anything quite the opposite, because Ignvar Kamprad (the guy who created and built IKEA) was apparently invovled with the swedish version of the Hitler Youth when he was a young boy. I'm guessing he's not a big fan of communism



National Socialism and fascism fall between free markets and communism.

Under communism, the governement owns everything; under fascism private property is allowed, but the government controls it. So fascism isn't "far right", it is really the middle "third way".
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:50:18 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 7:50:28 PM EST
Ingvar Kamprad is the 13th richest person in the world (according to Forbes), more of a capitalist than a communist one would think...

Link Posted: 9/7/2004 8:07:56 PM EST
[fight club] Like so many others, I have become a slave to the IKEA nesting instinct [fight club]
GM


Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
My guess is they buy cheap/free books to put on bookshelves. They probably got some bulk books for free and don't even care/realize what books they are.

I'm surprised there were even books - sometimes they just use cardboard fake books.



I really like IKEA (despite them being swedish ). Nothing communist about them - if anything quite the opposite, because Ignvar Kamprad (the guy who created and built IKEA) was apparently invovled with the swedish version of the Hitler Youth when he was a young boy. I'm guessing he's not a big fan of communism



Link Posted: 9/7/2004 8:09:42 PM EST

Originally Posted By goodmedicine:
[fight club] Like so many others, I have become a slave to the IKEA nesting instinct [fight club]
GM


Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
My guess is they buy cheap/free books to put on bookshelves. They probably got some bulk books for free and don't even care/realize what books they are.

I'm surprised there were even books - sometimes they just use cardboard fake books.



I really like IKEA (despite them being swedish ). Nothing communist about them - if anything quite the opposite, because Ignvar Kamprad (the guy who created and built IKEA) was apparently invovled with the swedish version of the Hitler Youth when he was a young boy. I'm guessing he's not a big fan of communism






Your not supposed to talk about it.

I have never been to an IKEA store, am I going to die with my life incomplete?
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 8:16:57 PM EST

Originally Posted By Taxman:

I have never been to an IKEA store, am I going to die with my life incomplete?



IKEA is awesome. If you go, have lunch there - and buy some of the Swedish Marabou chocolate (at the checkout). It is awesome chocolate!
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 5:06:29 AM EST
I like Ikea a lot. The one out here as $2 breakfast--sausage, eggs, potatos, and swedish pancakes. They sell smoked salmon and herring cheap. And they are a pretty hard-nosed company to work for according to a friend who worked there. Decent hourly wage and nice benefits, but they expect you to work hard like a pre-socialism Scandanavian.

The commie books are very cheap. Local university library sold most of their Sovietology books from the campus library for $1 a box. Might be good for burning in a wood-burning stove.

GunLvr
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 5:10:00 AM EST
It all looks very "mod" I agree - but the reason it's so cheap is that it's all laminated sheet pulp cranked out by slave labor.

(PS: I suppose I should add that I don't really ever buy new furniture and mostly eat over the sink or off of paper plates...)
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 5:33:33 AM EST

Originally Posted By Dolomite:
It all looks very "mod" I agree - but the reason it's so cheap is that it's all laminated sheet pulp cranked out by slave labor.



Actually, a LOT of their furniture is made of pine.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 5:37:56 AM EST
Some Ikea is cheap some Expensive depends on what your looking for. Just like anyhting else.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 5:39:13 AM EST
tried to go there a month ago- could not take the 1/2 hr wait time to get into the friging lot- looks like they have a lot of stuff I would like though
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 5:43:52 AM EST

Originally Posted By Cleatus:
tried to go there a month ago- could not take the 1/2 hr wait time to get into the friging lot- looks like they have a lot of stuff I would like though


www.ikea-usa.com/
I order my food online I am just that bad...
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