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Times are tough, money is tight, and you're looking for bargains wherever they turn up. Maybe like a brand new mattress from the back of a van on your street corner, or at a local market, sold at dreamily low prices, what's not to like? Well all too often if these deals sound too good to be true, they probably are, and you run the risk of being scammed out of your hard earned wages.
If you are buying a cheap mattress from a nonreputable source such as from somebody on popular social media sites like Facebook, you may be running the risk of falling for a scam with no options for recourse. The most common mattress scam is the practice of taking old, tatty, thrown out mattresses, and re-covering them to make them look like new. To the unsuspecting eye the "new" mattress looks fine, but under closer inspection the interior springs and filling could be damaged and unfit for sleeping on. These mattresses normally have offical looking labels and may seem 100% genuine, but it is impossible to tell what may be below until it's too late.
Furthermore, all sorts of molds and bugs can thrive in these enviroments, meaning you could be bringing bed bugs into your home. Whilst not noticable at first, these issues will surely make their way through to the surface of the mattress, causing all sorts of problems for you and your family. Recycled materials are also not treated with flame retardants, which means they can catch fire within seconds which could become potentially lethal to your family. Ask yourself, would you want your child to sleep on this bed?
Trading standards officers are seeing a worrying rise in dangerous bargain mattress all across the country. So how do you know the mattress you buy is up to standard? The first step is to make sure you are buying from a reputable retailer. One way to check this is to find out if they use manufacturers who are part of organisations such as The National Bed Federation or The British Furniture Manufacturers Association. This insures that the mattresses are made to a standard, and companies are held accountable. The next step is to do some research into the product you are interested in, if a retailer has a showroom it would be a very good idea to go down and inspect the mattresses yourselves. Businesses with a physical prescence are the best places to go, as selling recovered old mattresses would be a huge risk for them. Buying from a store also has the benefit of knowing you can easily get back in touch with them if you do have any issues. Finally, if you do want to order online or off of social media sites, check the reviews and remember that if the price seems to good to be true, it probably is.