Unlike most branded retail products White King Size Bed And Mattress in Fourways, the mattress retail business uses model names without numbers and, because of the totally unrelated names, it is almost impossible to compare and shop models from one store to the next. This “conspiracy” makes it very difficult for the consumer to take advantage of the price guarantees offered at virtually every mattress retailer.
The most common question heard by salespeople in the business is, “How can I compare models and shop for best price when the names are different everywhere I go?” The complaint that usually follows is “The price guarantee I see everywhere is worthless. It’s a joke. Comparisons are impossible.”Accurate comparisons of like models are essential to the effective utilization of the price guarantee advertised by most mattress retail dealers.
A typical price guarantee might read, “We’ll beat anyone’s price by at least 10%.” Some retailers will specify that it must be the same brand and model. With the model names being different everywhere, Bed Frames For Sale those retailers are able to exempt themselves from ever honoring their advertised guarantee. Some retailers require that the price be an advertised price, but most retailers don’t advertise the model names in their ads, and that pretty much let’s them off the hook. Consumers cannot shop ads if the model names are not in them, and shopping the competition is extremely difficult in person when the names are different everywhere.
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It doesn’t take long for the consumer to realize that there is a “conspiracy” in place to defeat the use of the “advertised gimmick” called the “price guarantee.” The frustration turns quickly to irritation and the consumer is left with nothing but mistrust for the mattress retailer and his sales staff. I don’t know how many times a day I had customers tell me, “you guys are just like used car salesmen.”The mattress manufacturers would love to have the model names standardized amongst retailers, but the retailers will never let them do that. The manufacturers would save a lot of money, since they have to pay people to come up with new names for every model, every year, for every retailer.
They have to tweak the different models in very minor ways in order to keep them slightly different. Those minor differences cost the manufacturers a lot of extra money in modifying the production runs. The retailers want to keep the consumer confused. They want as many different specifications, different fabrics, different tape edges, different stitching patterns, and, most certainly, the different names. Fabric Queen Bed Frame the confusion virtually negates the price guarantee because the salesperson can say that the models are different. “This one has a foam encased edge and the one you saw at the department store does not.
I can’t beat the price, but I can match it.” The retailer I spent most of my career with allowed us to beat prices “as long as the models were fairly close.” We had to spend a lot of time shopping the competitors to become extremely familiar with the similarities and the differences between the brands and the models in our market area.
Unfortunately, that is not the norm for mattress retailers and their staff. Most retailers do not require their staff to shop the competition. The poorly educated staff is forced to “wing it” or to lie to the consumer in order to protect the price points. Some lies can be detected by the consumer and the salesperson loses. Some are so well camouflaged that the consumer cannot detect them and, in that case, the consumer loses. When the consumer loses and discovers the truth later (and he or she usually does) the retailer loses, the salesperson loses, and the industry develops a bad reputation.
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Trust presents a huge obstacle to overcome. The customer becomes afraid to make that purchase in the future, and the salesperson has a very difficult time getting past the inherent mistrust now permanently entrenched in the customer’s psyche. Retailers wonder why the consumer usually takes three years to make that purchase… three years after he knows his mattress is no longer providing a “good night’s rest”? The simple answer for mattress retailers would be to modify their game plan and to allow for easier comparisons through the naming process.
That change will probably never come.If your mattress retailer does not honor the price guarantee for one reason or another, you should ask for the manager to do it for you, or move on to another mattress retailer who will gladly accept your business.Unfortunately, mattress retail dealers are not likely to change their embedded (excuse the pun) naming “conspiracy.” Nor are they likely to alter their “loss leader” advertising that is damaging their image, integrity, and standing in the eye of the consumer.
The only solution to this dilemma is a more informed, a more detail-conscious, and a more demanding consumer. Shop with confidence, take charge, take notes, make the comparisons, and claim the price guarantee. Your shop for sleep is easier than your fear expects.
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Most of us spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping on materials treated with toxic chemicals. Why would we do such a thing? The answer is that most of us are ignorant when it comes to buying consumer goods; we generally assume that what is on the store shelves is safe. The reality is that most mattresses and mattress covers are treated with toxic and polluting chemicals such as flame retardants, cotton pesticides, herbicides, water-, stain- and wrinkle-resistant treatments. We sleep on these chemicals for a significant portion of our lives. Some of these chemicals have been detected in human tissue and may persist for several years. Making matters worse, some experts believe these chemicals may have health effects similar to PCBs and DDT.Formaldehyde, used to make the adhesives required to hold the mattress together can cause asthma, allergies and various types of cancers, including lung, nose and throat. Then there is the polyurethane foam itself. A petroleum-based material, polyurethane foam emits volatile organic compounds that can cause skin irritation and respiratory problems. Memory-foam mattress pads appear to be particularly bad for smell and chemical sensitivities.When you are disposing of your mattress there are few options. You can try to give it to a charity. But charities are very selective and will only take the mattress if it is only lightly used. You can try giving it to a friend, family member or use it in a guest room. If you live nearby a mattress recycling company then the best option is to deliver the mattress to them. When buying a new mattress see if the store will take the old mattress back for recycling. Many retailers won't take them back due to health and safety concerns.To avoid or reduce the mattress disposal problem in the future, find yourself a partner to sleep with. Only for saving the planet of course.
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The mattress you choose is very important to your quality of sleep, and you should consider a variety of things when purchasing a new mattress. If you're waking up with aches and pains, then it may be time to invest in a new mattress. Over time, mattresses sink in certain places and lack proper support for your body. If your mattress sags in the middle or along the edges, a new mattress may be a good idea because the inner springs are worn out, and eventually the bed will become uncomfortable. Here are a few tips to consider when purchasing a new mattress:• When you are in the store, spend at least 15 minutes on the mattress. This will determine if the mattress is the right choice. If you sleep with a partner, have them lie on it with you. Spend 5 minutes on your back, 5 minutes on your right side, and 5 minutes on your left side.• The Consumer Reports magazine states that the average price for a good, queen-size mattress is $1,000.• Buy a mattress with simple stitching design, or printed-on stitching. Stitches should be uniform and unbroken - this prevents the fabric from loosening over time.• Some stores offer disposal of your old mattress, so check with the store to see if they offer this service.• Try to buy a fire-resistant mattress. Mattresses conforming to the flammability standard have a non-removable label.• You should ventilate a new mattress for a few hours, and leave it unmade for a few hours.• New mattresses may be thicker than your old mattress, and your sheets may not fit correctly on a new mattress. Widths of sheets have changed from about 7 inches to more than 9 inches, so you may need sheets with a deep-pocket corner.• Firm mattresses have fewer layers and stiffer materials, and soft mattresses have extra layers or pillow-top cushioning. Soft foam is preferable for the top padding and batting. Convoluted foam in the middle padding should feel softer and more comfortable than straight foam. Convoluted foam looks like an egg carton.