I am not really sure how Ikea actually made money on the Jerker workstations. For what you get, it sure seems cheap. All that wood, steel and adjust-ability shipped in a nice box from Sweden, Poland or China.
An Ikea Jerker flyer from 2003, US version 2, describing all the extra parts and prices. This basic set up, with a $10 swinging printer shelf and a $10 CPU holder, would have set you back $149 in 2003. There are some Jerker parts I didn’t even know existed in the flyer, a storage unit, drawers and a normal nonadjustable sit down desk.