Okay – I have a question for folks that peruse this page.
Setup: The Beloved and I set out Saturday morning on a number of errands – many Christmas-related. Our path was: the bank, IKEA, The Container Store, Target – a stop at PF Changs for lunch, and lastly Whole Foods. It was a busy morning for sure, but everything went pretty smoothly and we were home at a decent time.
Now the weird part occurred when we arrived at IKEA. We got there around 9:25 and there were two lines: one for the LENGTH OF THE STORE and one shorter one milling around the entrance. We almost walked away right there, but we found out the “short” line was for the café that opened in 5 minutes – the other longer line was for the store itself which opened at 10. So we decided to get breakfast.
As it turns out breakfast (eggs, bacon, potatoes, coffee) was free. (BONUS!) At 10, we went down into the store and looked for the things that we were interested in.
As we were heading to the checkout, there was a massive line that doubled back on itself. Again, we were ready to bail (we only had maybe ~$25 of stuff) but it turned out the long line was for a discounted easel for kids. That product was only discounted today. We were able to go to a more-or-less empty checkout area and leave.
So it seemed that the big line was to get in so that you could then go and wait in another big line to pick up an easel and then go wait to checkout. At lunch (which was yummy – thanks PF Changs), we were wondering just how much they were saving to endure such lines.
So when I came home, I looked the deal up online. Turns out the easel was discounted $15.
So my question is: would you stand in line for an hour to save $15?