Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sleep aint cheap

Lately I find myself doing a lot of tossing and turning during the night. I seem to wake up achy and unrested. My solution, for longer than it should be happening, has been sleeping on the couch.

I need a new mattress.

You might tell me, "go buy one!" But a purchase that involves nearly one-third of my lifetime should not be made in hast.

Have you shopped for or purchased a mattress lately? It's been 20 years since I bought the mattress I currently call my bed.  Before that I was sleeping on a waterbed. Do you remember when those were all the rage?

This past weekend, on Black Friday nonetheless, I stopped by Art Van Furniture to get a price. I figured I'd slip in, get a price and be back out the door.

Silly me.  I forgot about the salesvultures that circle their prey in that store. Add in his pandering to me and I began feeling nauseous.

Somehow in convinced me to lay on their "sleep analyzer." He asked me a few person questions about my sleep habits and then instructed me to lay still and watch the computer monitor mounted over the bed.  I'm pretty sure the results were calculated from the questions asked and the instructions to lay still and watch the monitor was a ploy to get me to watch a video about how we sleep and what (Art Van thinks) we need to know about buying a mattress.

In the end, I found out I'm a "borderline red" which equates into a firm or a medium-firm mattress.

"Of course," the salesvulture told me, "it's really all about personal preference."

That comment cinched up my feeling about the sleep analyzer.

After trying four different mattresses, I found that I liked the foam mattress best. This is when the push-for-the-immediate-sale rambling began by the salesvulture.

Why can't salesvultures give me a price when I ask, "How much?"

Oh no!  Salesvulture need to go get the expert sleep-vulturemanager.  I'm sure he was given that title after an eight-hour seminar called "Clicking the computer keys and scratching on scrap paper to make it look like you're working at giving the customer the best price possible."

After hearing that I would be a nearly $300 matrress cover with a super-duper leakproof guarantee as well as not one but two really weird feeling $200 each foam pillows if and only if, I made my purchase by store closing the next day, I found out my mattress choice would be $1600.

Sleep aint cheap.

Needless to say, I need to do some shopping and research.

There's no doubt I need a new mattress. For now, I'm pretty comfortable on the couch.

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm. You might want to talk to Ken or Kim at Murray's in Bad Axe. They sell Capitol Bedding -- made in Lansing -- and can even have mattresses made to order (height, firmness, etc.) Good luck. It will be worth the hunt.

    Oh yes, The Grand Hotel has their bedding made at Capitol Bedding.