OK, a few of you have mentioned that you have bought mattresses recently. Why on Earth didn't you warn me how expensive this is????
In our area, there are 2 major mattress retailers, and a few smaller places. We were lucky enough to send the kids to an activity last night that freed up 2.5 hours to ourselves and we were able to visit the two major places.
We go to place one, and I am looking at the salesman and he looks so familiar. I guess he was doing the same thing....because a few minutes in, he says....I know where I know you from....you live down the street! Turns out he is a neighbor (lives at the opposite end of the street, but his granddaughter is at the bus stop with my daughter). Score!!!
I won't bore you with the details, but eventually we found a mattress we both liked. Then we asked the dreaded question.....how much? Before I tell you, I have to say that I was expecting that the salesman would of course start with the higher end stuff. Additionally, we didn't really look at anything beforehand that would give us an idea of what kind of price range would be appropriate. So both of those things combined really did us a disservice.
So the mattress......$4800. *jaw drop*. We are NOT spending almost FIVE THOUSAND dollars on a mattress. No freakin' way. BUT....he offered up that as an employee, he can help us out with the "Friends and Family" discount, being that we are neighbors and all.....which would bring it down to about $2600. Almost 50% off....
We went into the store thinking we would be in the $1,000 range. We were now 2.5 times that. *sigh*
Next we went to Store 2, and more or less they had the same things. We didn't care for the salesman, and after trying about a dozen mattresses, we really didn't find one we liked. There was one that "would do" if we had to get it. This is where it got interesting.
The ticketed price...about $1200. Then the salesmen said he could do it for $999. THEN, he said "let me make a call." At this point, we had already decided we weren't getting this mattress, but he was an older man, and we just wanted to let him do his thing. He wanted to give us a written quote, so "when" we came back, we could still get the best deal. He gets on the phone...and then comes back and says if we did it TODAY...they could do $699. We still said no, we aren't doing it today.
But just like that....the price had dropped 40%. These things have to be WAY marked up if they can drop the price left and right and still make a profit.
There are a few more places we want to try. We are still having a hard time with $2600 for a mattress. But after trying the $1000 ones....we aren't that thrilled. (We have different sleep styles, so finding a mattress that we both like is tough). I have a feeling that we will just bite the bullet.....but WOW.