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Meatballs Not Included

PETER SAGAL, HOST:

We want to remind everyone they can join us most weeks back at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago, Ill. For tickets and more information, go to wbez.org or you can find a link at our website, waitwait.npr.org. Alonzo, in its continuing quest for total world domination, this week, Amazon began selling merchandise from where?

ALONZO BODDEN: Bookstores.

SAGAL: No, they've been doing that for a while.

(LAUGHTER)

BODDEN: No, I mean, brick-and-mortar. They opened stores.

SAGAL: They did. They opened their brick-and-mortar bookstores.

BODDEN: Yeah.

SAGAL: But this isn't - this is something that you - that we all thought you had to go to the store to get. But now you can get it from Amazon.

BODDEN: Oh.

SAGAL: Hang on, don't be shouting answers.

BODDEN: Well, it doesn't matter. I can't hear them 'cause of the headphones. But if they'd shout a little louder, I could get a point.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: I'll give you a hint, Alonzo. The Allen wrenches are shipped separately.

BODDEN: Oh, the IKEA furniture?

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: You can now buy IKEA furniture through Amazon. This is especially nice, of course, for couples who can have a huge fight and break up in the comfort of their own home.

AMY DICKINSON: Love that.

BODDEN: Is IKEA aware of this?

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Well, yeah, they're doing it with their full participation. I mean, let's face it, going to IKEA...

BODDEN: So when you go to the Amazon website...

SAGAL: Yeah.

BODDEN: ...And you look through the IKEA furniture, do you have to go through a bunch of other websites and go around...

SAGAL: Yeah.

BODDEN: ...Websites and then...

(APPLAUSE)

BODDEN: You're never able to go back to what you didn't get.

SAGAL: Yeah, exactly. And if you really want to recreate the IKEA experience and its glory in your own home, just hide in your bathroom.

(LAUGHTER)

DICKINSON: Oh, wow.

SAGAL: But how do you order - how do you, like, order IKEA? How do you pick stuff up? What do you do? You just type in random letters until you get the couch you're looking for?

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Here, burke flat. No, that's a vase. Ringe mort (ph) - no. That's a character from one of "The Hobbit" movies.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: You know what you can't get on Amazon? The IKEA meatballs.

BODDEN: Are you sure of that?

SAGAL: I'm pretty sure. Yeah. You can buy a horse and make them yourself, I guess. But...

(LAUGHTER)

DICKINSON: Whoa, whoa.

SAGAL: It's true.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I FEAR IKEA")

THE LANCASHIRE HOTPOTS: (Singing) That's why I fear IKEA. I won't go there again. I don't want a bookcase called Billy or a table called Sven.

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