02/17/2012 03:51 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

IKEA Furnishings Sold On Amazon?

Clearly, we take extra effort to stay on top of everything that's IKEA -- whether it means sifting through all their products to find the best pieces that are available for purchase through ikea.com or investigating the reason for the extremely high shipping costs. Here's something that puts all of IKEA's online retail ventures into question once again: IKEA furnishings are being sold on Amazon.com, and shipping and handling fees are significantly less.

It's true. IKEA's Amazon presence quietly slipped under most people's radar (even ours) until now. And one quick search on Amazon pulled up a selection of IKEA chairs, coffee tables, bookshelves, desks, lamps and organizing units that are available for direct purchase. This certainly makes shopping for IKEA items online more convenient, especially for those of us who might not live anywhere near one or live in cities and don't have cars. And even though the prices on Amazon are slightly marked up, the selection seems to be growing and, most importantly, shipping prices are much lower than those incurred at ikea.com. So, we're asking you: Amazon or ikea.com?