There are always rumors and accusations that some stores try to pass off used mattresses as new and in a few cases that may be true. However, federal law prohibits that practice and all used mattresses must be plainly marked as such. When choosing a mattress it is important to remember that it is not illegal to sell a used mattress or those containing used materials. However, in the majority of states, it has to be marked as used. Some states also require that all tags be in place in order to be sold, even as used.
There are a few ways you can protect yourself when looking to buy a new mattress where you won’t get a used one instead. Even if you are buying from a seemingly reputable retailer, if the protective plastic has been removed from the mattress and box springs, look closely at the fabric pattern and make sure they match. Even a slight variation could indicate one or the other is from a used set.
Pay Attention When Buying a Mattress on a Discount
Some stores will offer discounts on mattresses if the plastic has been torn or if there is a defect in the merchandise. Most of the time this will not be an issue, but you will want to grill the sales person to insure you are getting a new mattress even though the price is outstanding. There is no telling what you will be taking home in a used mattress.
Some obvious signs to look for when buying a mattress are any stains that may be visible and excessive wear on the fabric or in the threads, especially near the seams. Don’t be afraid to pull open the area around the bead at the seams to see if there is any evidence that shows you are not looking at a new mattress.
Choosing a Mattress
When you are deciding which mattress to take be sure you try it out for more than a couple of minutes before making the decision. As strange as it might seem, it is recommended that you spend about 15 minutes lying on one before choosing a mattress to take home. Many stores will not have a problem with this, but some others may take exception to you taking a nap on their showroom floor.
Some stores you visit when looking for a mattress may offer the mattresses that have been on the floor for demonstration purposes for sale. Often they will be reduced in price but some of the less than honest stores may pass them off as new. While it may have never left the building, it is not a new mattress. If not in its original cover and has had other people on them, in most states they are required to be identified as used.
Comfort and protection are some important things to ask about when choosing a mattress and remember to get all warranty information in writing. If the promise is not in writing, it’s not a warranty and will not protect you if anything happens to your mattress.
Read what the FTC has to say about used mattresses.