Avoid mattress sell ups

July 13, 2009

in Sleeping Tips

I purchased a king size Serta mattress about two years ago, Let me be honest, it was the best money I have ever spent in my life. It however was a lot of money about 1400.00 Canadian dollars. I originally purchased the queen, then I upgraded to the king for a few hundred extra. In the summer time when the mattress feels really hot I can just roll over to the other side and it’s ice cold.

I don’t even know if my wife is in bed with me it’s great. I toss and turn sometimes all night and it doesn’t bother her at all. When I purchased the mattress the sheer amounts of sell ups the sales people aggressively pushed almost made me walk out the store. So I made a list of what I believe for the most part is a waste of money;

  • Dust mite protection
  • Stain guard
  • Mattress pad
  • Bed frame

Dust mite protection. First they show you a picture of a dust mite; of course it a poster size picture of this tiny insect. For the record if you own anything with a shaggy service like carpets, rugs, and couches let me be the one to tell you that you already billions of dust mites. Here is some more info on these harmless creatures.

Dust mites are so small you really can’t see them with the naked eye. They usually reside in blankets, mattresses, stuffed animals and carpets. They eat dander and flakes of dead skin, thereby eliminating extra dust, so there is a purpose for their existence. However, for many people dust mites are problematic because of allergies.

So unless you have allergies take a pass on the dust mite protection.

Stain guard protects against any damage to the mattress from bodily fluids to burns, scratches and scrapes to any house hold products i.e. food and beverages for ten years. The problem I have with this insurance plan is the cost for a king size mattress they wanted an additional 89.99 I was already spending so much so I decided to take a pass on the insurance. Anytime insurance is offered to you from a company different than the one you’re buying the main product from it should be suspicious. It’s so easy for a company offering that type of insurance to just fold up shop that I figured that I made the right call.

Mattress pad is the next item they will push on your really hard for those who don’t know it is a fully detachable pad that they sell so that you can remove it once a week and wash it with your sheets. I suppose this isn’t a bad purchase but at the mattress store be prepared to pay a premium, I recommend that you check your local Wal-Mart for the same item probably for half the price.

The bed frame they tried to sell me for a whopping 149.99 was a bad joke. I am a welder by trade and I could have built that mattress frame for maybe ten bucks of scrap iron. Of course the wife wouldn’t like that so, I had a woodworker make a custom platform bed out of my favorite wood ‘pine’ for little under a hundred bucks.

The best time to go mattress shopping is around September that is when the mattress companies but on their best sales to attract the college students.

Bill Hanson

P.S. When you’re ready to make your purchase always ask’ What is the cash price’.

Most retailers will knock off five to seven percent if you pay cash the reason for this is the store will avoid having to pay credit card fees or interact related fees.

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Crys September 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm

While I agree that many sell ups are not necessary, there are a few flaws with your thoughts on a couple things:

1. Dust Mites. Yes they are in a lot of shaggy things, such as carpets, rugs and couches, but you usually don’t put your face in those things. The problem is not the bug itself, but rather the feces from the bug. In a mattress you are literally inhaling poo. This is absolutely horrible for allergies. Also, if you don’t prevent the dust mites from getting in, your mattress is going to double in weight in about 10 years from all of the dead dust mites and their poo. In short, it will decrease your health, and the life of your mattress.

2. I agree that a random insurance plan for stains is probably not what you’re looking for. But a mattress pad that will prevent those stains is important. Any sort of stain, from absolutely anything, even the size of a dime, completely voids any warranty on the bed. Also, mattress pads prevent you from getting sweat in the bed, which will break down the foams that make your bed comfortable.

September is def the best time to go shopping. 🙂


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