Commerce on the Intertubes

Buying things off the Internet can be fun and economical.  It can also be infuriating, frustrating, maddening, and make you want to throw furniture.

Here’s an example.  Recently while shopping at IKEA in Stoughton we noticed that the kitchen organization system we have used for years (KROKEN) is no longer carried.  Bummer.  I was hoping to add some more bars and at least some more hooks.  So after we combed through the bin of orphaned bits and pieces at the store (found some bars but no hooks) we decided to look around on the Intertubes and see what we could find.  Sadly, after an hour of looking we could only find one vendor who carries the exact type of Kroken hooks we need.  This vendor in New York City, who apparently either used to work at an IKEA or lives really close to one where they can buy up discontinued stuff, is selling the hooks we need on eBay and on Amazon.  They are selling the hooks for $14.99 for a 5 pack on eBay.  Yes, three dollars a hook for a pack that used to sell for… 6.99?  Maybe 7.99?  Obviously this merchant bought up a bunch of them (the store says they sold 73) when they were discontinued and is now selling them to schmucks like me who can’t get them anywhere else.  The sad things is, if I was a blacksmith I could crank out a whole bunch of these in an hour.   It’s enough to make me want to take up a trade like that.

To add insult to injury, the same vendor is selling them on Amazon, with a bit of a catch.  They are offering them at a lower price, but check out the shipping.  Each pack only costs $6.99 BUT requires $4.99 in shipping costs.  So buying four packs will cost you almost $20 in shipping.  Really?  I mean, really?

Anyone know where I might be able to find these without paying all this money?  I don’t really care if they are not official IKEA KROKEN Horkenflugen or whatever.  It does not have to be the exact type as long as it will work with what we have.


2 thoughts on “Commerce on the Intertubes”

  1. FWIW, I have had good luck getting Home Depot folks to help me find commonly available analogues to discontinued IKEA parts. I’d recommend skipping eBay/Amazon and talking to the hardware folks.

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