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Replica Eames Chair with Ottoman for $299 @ ALDI

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Replica Eames Chair with Ottoman for $299 @ ALDI (Starts 6th December), $50 cheaper than last years.

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  • -1 vote

    $16.99 is expensive for a bowl of blueberries…

  • +10 votes

    is this PU replicas really worth 299 ?

    the pu rubber gonna fall off in a year or 2

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      You can't ask for too much? For $299…..You can't really expeCt real leather. For that design is already worth that much I guess. Plus Aldi is a large reputable store….It starts to peel, take it back refund.

      • +1 vote

        not expecting real leather at 299

        but pretty sure they cost peanuts to replicate from some china factories with pu rubber slapped on.

        just because it's a replica of luxury designer's , doesn't mean it costs more to replicate.

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          You get what you pay for with PU - not as the consumer exactly but for the manufacturer. There's really good PU and really bad PU. At this price I wouldn't exactly expect them to use the good stuff, put it that way. PU gets a bad rep for this reason, somewhat unfairly.

  • +21 votes

    That is way cheaper than the cheapest replica on the market which is $629, the original is $7,900.

    I'm not into replicas of luxury items though. It's like wearing replica Rolex watch, using replica iPhone or driving replica Ferrari. Just silly. You can either afford the original and you cannot.

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      Well said!

    • +4 votes

      My mate has that replica chair and its actually quite comfy. I personally wouldnt pay 629 for it but at 299 from aldi itd be worth considering.

      Cant wait for the real life PUBG at Aldi on the morning of the sale lol.

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        +1 on the PUBG comment, aldi specials have recently been causing that lately.

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        I bought this chair last time from Aldi and I can tell you its the least comfortable chair I ever owned. Returned it the next day. Do not buy unless you have tried this chair style and know that its for the look, not the comfort.

    • +11 votes

      Yet unlike a replica Rolex or Ferrari, 99% of the population couldn't give a crap if it is a replica when it comes to furniture

      • +6 votes

        You will in one year when it looks like this.

        • +3 votes

          I'm pretty sure you would have to use it regularly for it to look like that. From my experience, fashionable furniture is there to look good with very little actual use. I can highly recommend the ALDI butterfly chair.

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          @LJH23:

          Lol, people buy furniture to look good?

        • +2 votes

          @LJH23:

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affluenza

          I don't want to start an argument. I was merely pointing out that these chairs will not last very long due to being covered in PU (polyurethane), or faux leather, or bonded leather.

          If people want to buy this for aesthetics, then by all means, but they should be aware that if they use it for it's intended purpose then it will not last long at all.

        • +1 vote

          @Tony76:

          LOL ok. This might be for you then:

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amish

        • +3 votes

          @LJH23:

          Hey, if you want to buy a couch that's going to look crap in one year if you actually sit in it, then more power to you sunshine! I have better things to spend my money on.

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          @Tony76:

          Not sure why you're even asking this question. It's why this replica chair exists in the first place.

          If people didnt mind sitting on WWE chairs all day we wouldn't have nice looking furniture like this.

          A $7900 chair is out of reach for most people. I'm sure most people will understand their $299 replica is not going to be the same quality as the original.

        • +2 votes

          @bangmango: "I'm sure most people will understand their $299 replica is not going to be the same quality as the original."

          I'm not so sure they understand how little time this chair will last before it starts to peel. If I spent $300 on a chair I'd expect it to last a decent amount of time. This chair will not. It's not opinion, it's fact. Pu/faux/bonded leather does not last well.

          In short I am dead against people buying crap like this that will fail in a short time, resulting in even more landfill.

          I'm no environmental crusader, but the least we can do is be responsible with our purchasing.

      • -1 vote

        @LJH23 - "99% of the population couldn't give a crap if it is a replica when it comes to furniture"

        So you're saying ALDI have it completely wrong, marketing this as a replica? Perhaps you should give them a call and tell them their business model is rubbish.

        • +1 vote

          No. You need to read what I wrote again in the correct context.

          I mean that nobody cares if the furniture isn't genuine as long as it looks good.

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          @LJH23: Nobody?

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          @LJH23: I sure as hell do!

        • -1 vote

          @Lps:

          Nobody that matters

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          @LJH23:

          Everyone matters! No need to get personal over a crappy imitation couch. Some people are so touchy! Have a free hug!

        • +1 vote

          @Tony76: He wasn't being literal. Looking at the success of companies like Matt Blatt and various other companies selling replica furniture, clearly lots of people don't care if it's genuine or not.

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          @eug:

          Thank you. Finally someone that gets it.

          Whether the ALDI chair is good or lasts the distance I couldn't care less, I'm not buying it anyway. I'm simply stating that many of these things are bought for their style rather than practicality purposes. For that, its perfectly fine. Its the same reason people hang artwork on their walls.

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          @LJH23: What do Bill Cosby and LJH23 have in common…no, apart from that…that's right, no-one understands them.

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      understandable for Rolex and Ferrari but iPhone? :)

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      IIRC last time when Living Edge had their annual sale, some of them are flying out the door at around $6k. I think recently they had one listed for $6450 on their Exit Store.

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      you mean original replica…

      the real original I don't think is available for purchase

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        You could still find the original Eames ones from the 1950's if you must but there's been cases where the lower back wood bit cracks due to the way how the shock absorber rubber boot thingie works. Costing way more than a new, licenced product from either Herman Miller or Vitra in Europe.

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          I'm sure you can still find one of the originals however probably cost a lot..

          these licensed reproductions are still just a replica.

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          @Archi:

          Ok they’re replicas then. Meanwhile I’ll be content with my Herman Miller manufactured replica.

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          @mini2: Your Herman Miller version is not a replica. Charles and Ray Eames designed it for Herman Miller, and Herman Miller has been selling it continuously since day 1. The Eames name is registered to them.

          Vitra only came later, to cater to the European market.

        • +2 votes

          @eug:
          I know mine's not a replica but in Archi's mind it is :| but hey let's not get facts in the way shall we?

    • +1 vote

      "driving replica Ferrari" - hey, I love Alfa Romeo's! :P

  • +4 votes

    I'm still kicking myself for not getting the genuine Eames when they sold it at Costco :(

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    Can we assume ALDI have streamlined production/delivery of this item, hence the generous saving over last year? Or is there something more sinister here? Mmm…

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    I prefer the word 'tribute'…

  • +2 votes

    I find it relatively uncomfortable. It does look nice though.
    The PU is a lot duller and the cushion is more rigid compared to an original one.

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      Can confirm this, they are really stiff cushion wise and don't break in. They look nice though, just don't sit in one.

  • +2 votes

    If you really wanted, you could pay to get it re-done in real leather - should still cost less than buying the original

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    This does not really look like the original FYI, of course you're only spending $299 but when the wood on the side doesn't even look remotely Eames I wouldn't bother - you're better off purchasing one that is more expensive but more durable. I have owned mine (OG) for 10+ years and the leather is just starting to crack on the arm piping.

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    This is a replica of a replica. I hope it holds up for $299 worth.

  • -2 votes

    We really need to make this stuff taboo. The whole idea is vulgar, people are valuing the mainstream prestige based on the originals price tag. This counterfeit stuff is disposable and will be in landfill in the next 2 years. There is so much good contemporary design our there, Eames etc. is just a status symbol that doesn't say much about your taste.

    • +1 vote

      It's not a counterfeit and not even a replica - it's in the style of an old Eames design just like all furniture and fashion is derivative of something.

      Would be like suggesting T-shirts should be exclusively marketed only by Hanes and anything else is vulgar.

      • +2 votes

        It's not a counterfeit and not even a replica - it's in the style of an old Eames design

        It looks reaaaallllyyyy close to this. I think it would be considered a replica.

        FWIW, replica furniture is effectively banned in Britain (as it has been in the EU) for a longer period, by way of extending copyright protection from 25 years after the creator's death to 75 years.

        This ALDI one isn't counterfeit as it isn't being advertised as a Herman Miller Eames Lounge. It's a legal replica of the original Eames lounge whose copyright protection has expired.

        Would be like suggesting T-shirts should be exclusively marketed only by Hanes and anything else is vulgar.

        I think people associate the Eames lounge with wealth and style. So this would be like buying a fake Gucci handbag.

        If Hanes sold a t-shirt with a very distinct design, then yes, that specific design should be exclusive to Hanes - until its copyright protection expires. Then it's pretty much free-for-all.

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        In the Uk replica furniture is a criminal offense with a max jail term of 10 years. perhaps laws can help dictate our collective ethics on abstract issue like intellectual property.

        They put replica in the name so that they can get around our laws for 'passing off'.

        You are suggesting there is no such thing as replica or counterfeit, which would contradict most of our IP law around 2D design, recordings and patents.

        I am just saying our IP law on furniture and 3D objects is out of step with copyright protections for 2D designs.

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      This counterfeit stuff is disposable and will be in landfill in the next 2 years.

      Sure in your household, but not others. My cheap Kmart furniture from 3 years ago is still going strong.

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        I think how you value an item is influenced by how much you pay for it, if you didn't pay much for it then you are less likely to value and take care of it over your lifetime. with the price of your Kmart furniture you could easily update it every season like fast fashion.

  • +1 vote

    I'm not buying this chair but a lot of furnitures are made of PU nowadays and not many of them break down in a year or two. PU isn't as strong as cow lather but reasonable tough.

    • +1 vote

      The quality varies wildly. There's absolutely fantastic PU out there if you pay for it, and there's absolute garbage. Working in upholstery I saw both, and unfortunately most cheap new furniture fell closer to the latter for obvious reasons. Without reviews or seeing it in person you're kinda just hoping it's not bottom tier.

      Restaurant seating is a great indicator - high traffic and high wear. I've seen cheap PU require replacement in 6 months and good PU last 2 years in the same spot. The cost difference was far less than 4x but not everyone understands right away that the cheapest price isn't always the best value.

      Because of this it's hard to say that the material of the Aldi chair would be outright bad, but hopefully there are reviews from previous years that mention how the wear has been. Even that might not mean too much though given the price has come down $50.

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        Seeing you are an expert, I wonder if you have an answer to this: I've bought one of the chairs and right out of the box it had a horribly bad chemical smell, so bad I didn't want to be in the same room with it.
        Google suggested to give it some time. Since I was going to go away for 4 weeks I just moved it to the back to see if things improve. Now, after 4 weeks the smell has gotten a lot less, but still is noticeable and unpleasant when I sit in the chair.
        What's your opinion, will the smell completely disappear in another few weeks or will it forever linger? If the latter I'd take it back to Aldi under their 60-day returns policy…

        • +1 vote

          I can't promise it'll be completely gone in the near future but it should off-gas enough to become bearable to sit in, yes. As long as it's been getting better it should continue to do so. I've never seen it forever linger, but I didn't work with much newer furniture either and the PU we used had little smell after a couple days off the roll. I can imagine cheaper PU taking a lot longer with different solvents being used, but still should eventually dissipate.

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    The house that ALDI furnished…

    Go well with the dodgy appliances they sell.

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    Anyone know if this is comfy to sleep in?

    Serious question ..

    (Not that I am gonna be able to get one)

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    So when you call it a replica instead of fake its not illegal to sell?