We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The IKEA Effect is appealing until you wise up to the fact that--cake mix or flat-pack furniture--you're just getting a mediocre, disposable product. You can bake a better cake from a cookbook, and solid, well-made furniture lasts damn near forever.
Much like Harbor Freight & Tractor Supply.
Starter level until you realize what Quality means.
Good for the first apartment.
But then, like Christmas lights, walk away or throw away instead of investing more into them through storage or trying to make work longer.
To paraphrase Ian Fleming, if once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, and three times is enemy action, what is 17, other than inexcusable by error?
Another Guy Named Dan
One aspect of Ikea's success is the modern consumer's acceptance of style and design as a greater factor in the value equation. This has only developed recently, as affluence and material abundance have brought status signaling to the mass market. Until recently only a small elite had the spare resources to worry about style and status signaling. The masses were near subsistence level and didn't have much choice. In addition, branding and positioning as we know them - supported by print media and public education - were not around.