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Any experience buying from ebay? 13 Apr 2014 11:57 #1

Im located in nyc and have tried several mattresses at a raymour a flannigan. They seem to have a pretty extensive selection. Im a stomache sleeper and have narrowed my search down to a medium firm memory foam mattress.

My goal is to get a good mattress for as least as possible. The contenders for me are the

Tempur pedic weightless supreme
Tempur pedic contour supreme
Simmons iq180 luxury firm

These are not particulaly inexpensive mattresses so i took my search to ebay for them and noticed the prices are dramatically reduced there. However most do not come with any kind of warranty but i imagine if i paid with a credit card through paypal i would have that protection for possibly 2 months. My question for you guys is, have you ever purchased a warehouse refusal or open box mattress from ebay and if you have what was your expereience like and also wondering if 60 days would be suffecient to know that a mattress is not faulty. Thanks for any help.

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Any experience buying from ebay? 13 Apr 2014 13:16 #2

Hi Thatg,


The first place I would start your research is the tutorial post here which has all the basic information, steps,and guidelines you will need to make the best possible choices ... and know how and why to avoid the worst ones.

Im a stomache sleeper and have narrowed my search down to a medium firm memory foam mattress.


I would keep in mind that every manufacturer or retailer may have a different idea of what "medium firm" means. There is no specific definition or consistency with comfort ratings and they can vary widely between different manufacturers. In addition to this different people can have very different perceptions of the same mattress depending on their body type, sleeping positions, and individual preferences and sensitivities. What feels too firm for one can feel too soft for the next.

When you are dealing with an online supplier then the most important part of the purchase is their knowledge, experience, and willingness and ability to help you decide which of their mattresses have the best chance of success for you based on a more detailed phone call (not email) that includes the information you provide them about your body type and sleeping positions, your local testing and the mattresses you have slept on in the past, and any other information that can help them help you make the best possible choices.

No matter what the cost of a mattress ... if it's not a good match for you in terms of PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and Personal preferences) then it would have little value for you if you can't sleep on it.

I would also make sure you only deal with manufacturers or retailers who are completely transparent about the quality of the materials inside their mattress (see this article ). If you buy a mattress that uses low quality materials then no matter how it feels and performs ... if the materials soften or break down in a matter of months and you lose the comfort and support that is suitable for you and you need to replace it then the mattress would also have little "value" to you (unless it's just for temporary use).

The tutorial post also includes a link to some of the better online memory foam choices that I'm aware of.

My question for you guys is, have you ever purchased a warehouse refusal or open box mattress from ebay and if you have what was your expereience like and also wondering if 60 days would be suffecient to know that a mattress is not faulty. Thanks for any help.


I would be very cautious with this and if you have no recourse if the mattress isn't suitable for you then I would be very hesitant unless there was a return policy that didn't cost you almost as much or more than the mattress for return shipping or any return costs. If there is no warranty then the odds are high that you would be buying a used mattress, a comfort exchange, or a warranty exchange. All of these would be buyer beware IMO.

"Cheap" mattresses where you have no idea what you are really buying can be very costly in terms of the quality of your sleep, how often you may need to replace them, and the costs involved in returning them if they aren't suitable for you to sleep on. Price is only one of the parts of the "value" of a mattress and consumers who shop based only on price are generally the easiest to take advantage of and sell a "junk" mattress to (that is worth less than they paid for it) because they often don't look at anything else or make meaningful comparisons with other mattresses or retailers based on all the parts of their personal value equation that may be important (and it's important to use foresight rather than hindsight to decide what may be important to you). There can be a very big difference between "value" and price.

Who you deal with and their knowledge, experience, and integrity can be one of the most important parts of a successful mattress purchase.

Phoenix
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Any experience buying from ebay? 16 Apr 2014 08:02 #3

thank you for the response, im not necessarily looking for a "cheap" option but get the mattress i want but for the best price.

i really like the tempur pedic contour but am looking at the lower priced options. this nova form mattress is considerably cheaper than tempur pedics but i have no idea which of the costco mattresses are firm. could someone recommend some firm memory foam mattresses sub-$2000

www.costco.com/Novaform-14%22-Serafina-Gel-Queen-Memory-Foam-Mattress.product.100031221.html

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Any experience buying from ebay? 16 Apr 2014 10:05 #4

Hi Thatg,

I would encourage you to read the tutorial post and some of the guidelines there. As you will discover ... the Novaform Serafina uses low quality memory foam in the comfort layers and I would avoid it (see post #2 here as well).

I would also keep in mind that softness and firmness is very subjective and will vary with body type, sleeping position, and the sensations that each person experiences as being "soft". What feel firm to one person may feel soft to another. This is especially true with memory foam which can vary with temperature and humidity and how much you change positions as well. The most reliable way to know what will feel soft or firm for you is either your own careful and objective testing and experience or in the case of an online purchase a more detailed conversation with a knowledgeable and experienced retailer or manufacturer that has your best interests at heart and can take into account the many variables that can affect how you feel on a mattress.

The tutorial post has a link to a list of some of the better online memory foam retailers and manufacturers I'm aware of and there are many good options available in your budget range.

Phoenix
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Any experience buying from ebay? 18 Apr 2014 06:51 #5

i think i will be purchasing from bedinabox, they seem to have excellent feedback from their owners and a very good return policy. i was wondering if anyone on here remembers them having sales. wondering if its worth waiting for one, i was looking to get either the pacbed pacbamboo or tranquility models. thank you

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Any experience buying from ebay? 18 Apr 2014 10:38 #6

Hi Thatg,

i think i will be purchasing from bedinabox, they seem to have excellent feedback from their owners and a very good return policy.


You can read a little more about bedinabox in post #2 here .

There is also more about why I would be very cautious using reviews as a way to choose a mattress in post #13 here and post #4 here .

I would be cautious about buying a mattress that used 3 lb memory foam unless you were in the very lowest budget ranges.

If you follow the steps in the tutorial post one by one you will have much higher odds of making a great quality/value choice.

Phoenix
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Any experience buying from ebay? 18 Apr 2014 13:33 #7

Thanks pheonix. Your last post led to a little more research on my part. Im going to see if i can find some latex mattresses locally here in queens ny and see if i prefer that to a memory foam. Idealy id find the tempur pedic contour supreme on some kind of clearance. Not big fan of paying for name but found something i like and cant stand sleepingg on this sagging mattress anymore.

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Any experience buying from ebay? 18 Apr 2014 15:30 #8

Hi Thatg,

Im going to see if i can find some latex mattresses locally here in queens ny and see if i prefer that to a memory foam


Some of the better options and possibilities I'm aware of in and around the New York City area are listed in post #2 here and may be helpful :).

Phoenix
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Any experience buying from ebay? 18 Apr 2014 16:24 #9

Thanks, i will go through them this weekend and make a couple of calls first.

Pheonix can you tell me if this mattress meets your criterea for a recommended foam mattress. i just visited a sleepys and they showed me several foam mattresses, i prefer the feel of a memory foam for the sink in feeling but like a very firm model for stomach sleeping and saw this firm model on amazon

www.amazon.com/DreamFoam-Mattress-Ultimate-Dreams-10-Inch/dp/B009SQK13I/ref=pd_sbs_hg_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0RD491BB9766QG7RBC5A

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Any experience buying from ebay? 18 Apr 2014 16:39 #10

Hi Thatg,

Pheonix can you tell me if this mattress meets your criterea for a recommended foam mattress. i just visited a sleepys and they showed me several foam mattresses, i prefer the feel of a memory foam for the sink in feeling but like a very firm model for stomach sleeping and saw this firm model on amazon

www.amazon.com/DreamFoam-Mattress-Ultima...0RD491BB9766QG7RBC5A


I don't recommend specific mattresses because there are too many unknowns, variables, and personal preferences involved for anyone to know with any certainty whether it would be a good match for you in terms of PPP and you would need a more detailed conversation on the phone to make sure it meets your criteria (see mattress firmness/comfort levels in post #2 here ) but Dreamfoam is one of the members of this site which means I think very highly of them and they certainly compete well with the best in the industry in terms of their quality, value, and service.

Assuming you are confident that their 10" gel memory foam mattress would be a good match for you in terms of PPP ... it certainly meets the criteria I would generally suggest using for a memory foam mattress in its budget range (see post #4 here ) and would be well worth considering as long as you aren't in a higher weight range where the 1.5 lb polyfoam in the base layer may become a more important consideration.

Phoenix
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