I need a "new" mattress.
March 10, 2011 4:29 PM Subscribe
Why are there so many "new" mattresses on Craigslist and on hand-written signs at intersections? Are they really new?
posted by Surinam Toad to shopping (14 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
And then there are the Mega Mattress Wholesale Blowout Stores. The prices seem too good to be true. Are these mattresses actually new? Are they really name brand, or do they somehow sew labels onto no-name mattresses to make people think they're Sealy, or Serta, or whatever?
And where do they come from? Are there frequent mattress heists that I don't know about?
Aside from the obvious pee stains (or worse), how can I tell if a mattress is actually new? Have you had success in buying a mattress on the cheap? Horror stories are also welcome.
I'm looking to buy a new (or very nearly new) king-size mattress. This is a major purchase for me and I don't have a lot of money, so I'm going a little OCD with the decision-making process.
Recommendations for stores, brands, or particular models are much appreciated. I'm in the St. Louis, MO area, if that matters.