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IKEA is a strange and wonderful place and you can get a heck of a deal or get ripped off like crazy depending on what you shop for there. A Reddit thread recently asked IKEA employees about the store's secrets and the results are eye opening. One interesting lesson "We do make most of our profit on smaller metal parts that are needed for larger combinations. Although a lot of it is off set by losses in other products. Believe or not we have entire product lines where the profit margin is between -20% and -60%, yes, we do lose money on sales."
Want to find the newest possible items? Hope you're willing to drive. "There are certain test stores in each region, Stockholm and Helsingborg in Sweden, one or two in Germany, Delft in the Netherlands, Burbank, CA and one in Asia as well."
And don't worry about finding an emergency exit, "Except the exterior walls, all of the walls of the sales floor (affectionately, "the maze") are modular and movable, and every department has an emergency exit slot since every department at one point or another touches an exterior wall. We're all trained that as soon as we get the fire alert, to open the walls and call out to customers where the exits are, as well as the overhead signs by federal law that say we need to mark where emergency exits are."