Do You Tip IKEA Delivery?
This is a good question, and the answer depends greatly on where you are and what you ordered. IKEA does not have a store policy on tipping, at least not available on their website. That doesn’t stop people from wondering if they should tip or not.
In general, those performing a service for us should be tipped. How much is proportionate to the service. Did the IKEA delivery person just haul in a refrigerator? Those things are heavy. One person who answered that question on yahooanswers.com tipped the delivery men forty dollars each.
Those delivery men had to carry a heavy object up to five flights of stairs because it wouldn’t fit into the elevator. Another gave a large tip to the two men who installed her refrigerator. One of the men cut himself. They went to the hospital where he received stitches… and then came back and finished the installation!
Unlike restaurant workers, delivery drivers do not depend on tips as part of their earnings. However, tipping them is the polite thing to do. Rather than the cost of the object is the basis for the tip, the amount of labor being done should be considered.
If the IKEA guy is delivering a felt-tipped pen, he might even smile at the thought of a dollar tip and refuse it. However, if he’s delivering your new kitchen, it’s going to take time and effort to unload it. Twenty to forty dollars is something to consider.
IKEA drivers aren’t the only ones you should consider tipping. If you’ve ordered assembly for your product, you may want to tip the assembler. There are a lot of tiny pieces that go into assembling IKEA furniture. For many, that’s why they want it assembled by someone else.
Lifehacker.com has a suggested tipping amount for just about any situation. They suggest a tip of five to twenty dollars is sufficient, depending on the “complexity of the delivery.” This works as a good starting point in figuring out how much to give.
For some people, the idea of tipping a delivery person is foreign. UPS, FedEx, and many other delivery drivers don’t stick around long enough to be tipped. They also tend to be well paid by their employers and they have a long list of people to deliver things to.
That said, it is time to consider the people behind the delivery. People in the moving industry post on websites asking questions about tipping IKEA drivers. It is a hard job. It is heavy work. They say “please tip!”
The idea is up to the consumer, however. If you don’t have extra money to tip, it isn’t a requirement. If you do have it and can give it, it is something to consider. One of the people that posted said, “No one tips me, I don’t tip anyone.” That isn’t a great attitude.