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Johor Bahru’s New IKEA Store – It is Worth Going to for Singaporeans?

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Joanne Poh

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In case you haven’t heard, a massive new IKEA store recently opened in Johor Bahru. And of course, Singaporeans are flocking across the Causeway to buy their products, which are reportedly cheaper than they are back home.

But how much cheaper are IKEA Tebrau’s products when compared with their Singaporean counterparts? Let’s compare some of Ikea’s most tried-and-tested buys.

 

FJELLSE bed frame, pine

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Price in JB: 199 MYR (65 SGD)

Price in Singapore: 69 SGD

 

MALM bed frame, high, with 4 storage boxes, white stained oak veneer, Luröy, 150x200cm

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Price in JB: 1,349 MYR (444 SGD)

Price in Singapore: 739 SGD

 

MAMMUT Children’s stool, dark blue in/outdoor

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Price in JB: 17.90 MYR (6 SGD)

Price in Singapore: 9.90 SGD

 

BILLY bookcase, brown ash veneer, 200x202x28cm

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Price in JB: 976 MYR (321 SGD)

Price in Singapore: 376 SGD

 

HEKTAR floor lamp with 3-spot, white

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Price in JB: 249 MYR (82 SGD)

Price in Singapore: 129 SGD

 

VIMLE 2-seat sofa, Orrsta golden-yellow

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Price in JB: 1,930 MYR (635 SGD)

Price in Singapore: 680 SGD

 

MICKE desk, white, 142x50cm

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Price in JB: 349 MYR (115 SGD)

Price in Singapore: 119 SGD

 

LÅNGFJÄLL swivel chair, gunnared dark grey, white

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Price in JB: 579 MYR (191 SGD)

Price in Singapore: 229 SGD

 

INGATORP / INGOLF extendable dining table with 1 extra leaf and 4 chairs, black, brown-black, 155cm

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Price in JB: 2,170 MYR (714 SGD)

Price in Singapore: 799 SGD

 

SLADDA bicycle

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Price in JB: 1,999 MYR (658 SGD)

Price in Singapore: 899 SGD

 

So, is shopping at Ikea JB really worth the trouble?

As you can see, the price reduction you enjoy by buying in JB isn’t consistent across all products. While the MALM bed frame is 39.9% cheaper in JB, you only get a 3.4% discount by buying the MICKE desk there.

Then there is the added inconvenience of going all the way to JB. IKEA Tebrau is only about 20km away from the Causeway, which, depending on how much traffic there is, could translate to a 20 minute drive—or much longer. If you don’t have a car, you’ll have to go to the trouble of renting/borrowing a vehicle. Remember, unlike in IKEA Singapore, home delivery is not an option.

And of course, if you’re just going to IKEA to buy one tiny vase or cutting board, it’s not worth the effort to go all the way to JB just to save a few bucks. Don’t forget that your cost savings are going to get eroded a bit by currency exchange costs.

Save your trip to IKEA Tebrau for when you’re buying a ton of furniture to (re)decorate your home, so you can buy everything at one shot—and don’t forget to compare prices on the Singapore and Tebrau websites to see how much you could potentially save.

Do you plan to go to IKEA Tebrau in JB? Tell us why or why not in the comments!

Image credits: IKEA

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Joanne Poh

In my previous life, I was a property lawyer who spent most of my time struggling to get out of bed or stuck in peak hour traffic. These days, as a freelance commercial writer, I work in bed, on the beach, in parks and at cafes, all while being really frugal. I like helping other people save money so they can stop living lives they don't like.