I never bragged about this, bylo. I found an older thread that was somewhat relevant and posted my experience. That is it and that is all.
If I found the As-Is item after the 45 days period is up for my original purchase then I would not even bat an eye and keep on looking for other items. I am surprised you even asked this question? I play by the rules and don't understand why you are making a big deal out of this?What would you have done if you'd seen the discounted bench in As-Is after the 45 day return period had ended? What would you have done if IKEA had put the identical bench on sale for $100 off?
If the identical bench is on sale then I would bring the receipt back and ask for a price adjustment (within the 45-day period). They have the rights not to offer that and I would be OK with it as it is their item, their rules.
That is your prerogative, bylo. Like I said I played by the book and when the clerk asked me why I returned the original item, I told him I found something for a better price in the As-Is section. Do you know what his comment is? He told me he understands the need to save $!I try to save money for my family too. But there are limits to what I will do. In a similar situation I'd have been pissed off too. However I doubt that I would have "solved" the "problem" as described.
What you don't take into account is there is no refund or exchange for IKEA As-Is item, I took a leap of faith and went for it, knowing I can't do anything after, even if the damage is more severe than posted and/or we change our mind.