2008-02-13

Oh My....How Much?

Well, I guess I won't be getting a car anytime soon!

The other night, when I couldn't sleep, I thought to myself, gee I wonder if I need a new bed? The next night I pulled out the foam mattress that my sister slept on when she came down for my chemo treatments and.... had a really good sleep. For the first time in a long time.

Well, there goes buying a car! I knew mattress sets were expensive. I started looking around on the internet to get an idea of what price I would be looking at and some idea about the newer designs and so forth. Well, one of the latest is latex filling rather than memory foam. Oh, it sounds great, hypo allergenic, which for me is important, provides all sorts of support, it is cool, it has this and that and the next thing good about it. Wow, I wouldn't mind that, I wonder what the price is? Yikes! and a foundation to go with it? Oh well, maybe in my next life, so I continue to check out other mattresses.

Now it is time to go and actually try them out, my head is stuffed with useless information, but, only my body knows if it is a good mattress or not. I had decided to head for a specialty mattress store first as I figured they would have the largest selection. That they were having a sale was a bonus.

The salesman was the kind of quick witted smart-alec that I tend to be myself, so we got along quite well. He was knowledgeable and was by no means pushy. He started me on mid-price range sets, then went lower range and then he gave me a latex pillow! Wow, those are nice! Then he showed me the latex bed! I have to admit it was the most comfortable of all of the beds - for me. It was also the most expensive that he showed me. I had indicated early on in our conversation that I couldn't afford a whole lot, so there were beds we didn't even look at.

$2400.00 plus dollars regular price for this bed! Yes, you read that right. With sales tax on top! I think the last bed I bought cost about $600.00 - yeah, it was kinda cheap, but still!

Did I mention they had a sale on? The top end one was on sale for $1400.00, the next one down on sale for $1200.00, but there had been a delivery muck up somewhere, so there was a $200.00 rebate available for the top end set. Of the other six I tried, the two that were comfortable were 900 on sale from 1200 - that was the bottom end one and 1200 from 1600, but was the more comfortable of the two. I figured as I would have spent 1200.00 anyway, why not get top of the line? My Latex bed gets delivered tomorrow - Valentines Day! The best part? If I don't like it within 60 days, I can trade it for a different bed.

I would have taken a latex pillow as well, but I cannot justify spending $500.00 on one pillow even if the 2nd one is then 1/2 price - it is just too much money. If I find I need to replace the pillows I have, I can go back in a month or whenever and still get the same deal, just by mentioning the bed purchase and can get the same on sheet sets, buy one get one 1/2 off.

All-in-all, I think I made a better deal on the bed than I would have been able to make on a car, so I will just have to suck it up and continue riding the bus for awhile longer.


This link shows how latex mattress are made and the benefits, but of course is not the brand I got.

Good Afternoon All.

10 comments:

Hilary said...

Wow.. that's really costly. I think I'll stick to my 24 year old foam mattress AND to riding the bus.

I hope you get a great night's sleep tomorrow.. and live sleepily ever after.

Merry said...

Dear lord... they wanted how much?

On the other hand, compared with not being able to get to sleep, that's still a damn good price. If it helps you snooze, you didn't lose!

Reb said...

Hilary, I did some more reading - after the purchase of course. I think in a couple of years the price will become more reasonable as there is now a glut on the latex market.

As long as I am comfortable and get some sleep!

Yes, Merry that is what they were asking. I am sure in the US you could find them cheaper. I think we are still putting up with the old dollar exchange in these things.

It will be really nice if I can wake one morning and not have my hands and arms asleep for a couple of hours after.

Leah J.Utas said...

That's a ridiculous price. I'm glad you got a new bed and I'm sure it'll be worth it it, but yikes.

Now that pillow business is an outrage. $500?

Reb said...

Leah, I know - Yikes! It is being delivered this afternoon. I sincerely doubt that I will be getting Latex pillows ever.

the Bag Lady said...

At that price, that bed will have to last you the rest of your natural life!! But if it helps you sleep, it's all good. Will they take away your old set for you?

Reb said...

Yes it sure will and yes it goes to charity.

Frank Baron said...

I sold mattress sets for 20 years when I managed a furniture store. Our highest-end unit back then (in the 90s) was about $1200 for a queen size set but decent ones could be had for $300-$400.

If you're dealing with a store you trust, price really is a fairly reliable guide to quality and it rarely hurts to buy at the upper end of your budget.

The trick though, is finding a store you trust. :)

Hope you enjoy many years of restful sleep.

(And 500 bucks for a pillow is INSANE!)

Reb said...

Thanks Frank, I think the price is in-line with others of that quality.
I am pretty sure we are still getting gouged for the old dollar exchange though.

I couldn't believe it when he told me the pillow price either.

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