Mattress buyers turn away from the middle

  • Article by: JOHN EWOLDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 1, 2012 - 7:28 AM

As the market stretches out, consumers search high- and low-end for a good night's sleep, including in some unlikely spots.

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mplslakesSep. 30, 12 7:23 PM

I can see why people would buy a cheaper mattress since it's next to impossible to sell a used one for any reasonable money. If you expect to use it for 8-12 years, spend a least 600-800 for a queen. Mine is from Original Mattress Factory and I like that the avoid all the mattress sale gimmicks. They are direct about the quality and prices of their mattress and show you what's actually inside.

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CountChoculaSep. 30, 12 9:06 PM

The lack of recycling options remains a huge problem in the mattress industry.

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northstars91Sep. 30, 12 9:13 PM

Bought a Sterns and Foster Mattress from Macy's and the mattress sank in the middle really bad within ONLY 18 months!! Because of the so-called 10 year warranty, they sent a service out to the house and then agreed to replace the bed. Then Macy's rude customer service called back a short while later and said that the warranty was now void because of an absurd stain discoloration that was photographed on the surface of the mattress. The warranty for Sterns & Foster mattresses now days is a total scam! BUYER BEWARE!

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smarterthanuSep. 30, 12 9:21 PM

Who would buy a used mattress? Yuck!!!!

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davidtbrooksSep. 30, 12 9:36 PM

The money spent on a Sleep Number is well worth it, they last 20 years and if a part goes wrong you can replace the parts separately vs tempurpedic or other companies where you buy a new mattress.

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davidtbrooksSep. 30, 12 9:37 PM

It is illegal in MN to sell a used mattress, and in many other states too. You spend 1/3rd of your life sleeping, why buy a cheap crappy mattress?

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pinky1933Sep. 30, 1210:11 PM

it's about time for some economical/accessible merchandising in this market. it's a total racket, including collusion, deceptive model/SKU labeling across distributors and other anti-competitive distortions. i often wonder why the FTC doesn't break it up a bit.

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sevnofnynSep. 30, 1210:14 PM

@CountChocula, if you live in Hennepin County, there is now a cool recycling program for mattresses. They are working with PPL and creating jobs. This is great! However, I wish all counties had this sort of program, it is awful seeing all mattresses thrown out. And yes @smarterthanu, sleeping on a used mattress is kind of yucky, but most of us have slept at a hotel and survived. There are some though who cannot afford a new mattress so a gently used one with no bugs or stains is probably appreciated since it is better than sleeping on a cold floor.

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LauralundOct. 1, 12 1:39 AM

Sounds like a metaphor for our country's entire economy; people on the high-income end, people on the low-income end, and not too many left in the middle.

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tpsmkemkOct. 1, 12 6:21 AM

I bought one of those "middle" mattresses. My dogs love it ! The only regret is that I should have bought a King size instead of a queen.

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