Going to the Mattresses

I always wonder and have pretty much concluded that, with a few exception obviously, the whole mattress business is all terrible marketing and it’s pretty much run like a giant scam… When I shopped for a mattress set last time, all the stores had some kindda price-match guarantee, some even over 100%, but then all the mattresses are kindda specifically made for a particular store, with completely different names and designations, so there is really no easy way to compare… I am pretty sure I got raped buying my mattress… I brought Sherry to Mattress Discounter and I think she got a decent deal, like she paid 300 bucks for just the mattress (no box spring, she later got that from the free stuff section of Craigslist), but the key was that we purchased at Santa Clara and they were able to deliver it to North Beach, (I know they have stores in SF too), but they even moved it up 2 stories of stairs, and she got a frame threw in (I think)… So it was okay… I on the other hand probably paid more than I should’ve, but then with a good-size “relocation” package from my employer I didn’t really bother shopping around for it… back then I was more worried about finding a place to live, hehe…

Interesting article to read for sure…

Going to the Mattresses  – By Seth Stevenson – Slate Magazine

First, I walk into a mattress store and ask what’s on sale. Then, I throw my hands in the air and shout along with the salesman, “EVERYTHING’S ON SALE!!!!” Oh how we laugh, the salesman and I. And while he’s still chuckling, I turn around and walk out, because I fricking hate mattress salesmen.

Is there a more maddening industry? They confuse us with silly product names (the Sealy Posturepedic Crown Jewel Fletcher Ultra Plush Pillowtop or the Sealy Posturepedic Crown Jewel Brookmere Plush?). They flummox us with bogus science (“pocketed coils”? “Microtek foundations”? “Fiberlux”?). And they weigh us down with useless features (silk damask ticking?). It’s like buying a used car, and almost as expensive?I’ve seen mattresses going for $7,000. What’s a consumer to do?

The secret to mattress shopping is that the product is basically a commodity. The mattress biz is 99-percent marketing. So just buy the cheapest thing you can stand and be done with it, because they’re pretty much all the same. And that’s all you need to know. But do read on?the world of sleep products is quite fascinating, and I’d like to share it with you.

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