There’s nothing more satisfying than bagging a bargain. Whether it’s nabbing a used Sodastream on Gumtree for $20 or snagging a refurbished Xbox at EB Games for a third of the price, it’s a satisfying feeling because a) you’re getting what you want, and b) you’re saving money in the process. But where do we draw the line at saving money when it comes to second-hand goods? There’s one easy answer—mattresses.
- Your mattress hasn’t been faithful.
You know that second-hand mattress you just picked up from your local op shop? This ain’t its first rodeo. In fact, there’s a good chance this is its fourth or fifth rodeo. One of the scariest parts about going to bed with a used mattress is you’re probably never going to know just how many people it’s slept with. And because you’re in the dark about who’s shared a bed with your mattress, there’s no way of knowing the places it’s been and things it’s touched…
- You don’t know where it’s been.
One of the biggest risks you take when you buy a used mattress is that you have no idea where it’s been. Unlike when you purchase a used car, you don’t receive a service history logbook of every time someone spilt coffee (or worse) on the mattress. The best case scenario is that it’s simply been slept on.
It probably hasn’t been dumpster diving in a McDonald's carpark or moshing at a sweaty dive bar, but that doesn’t mean the second-hand mattress you just bought isn’t filthy. Did you know that the average human sheds approximately 3.6 kilos of dead skin cells every year? Or that it’s constantly secreting sweat and oils? And that these secretions feed and attract dust mites, which shed their skin, defecate and reproduce inside your mattress? Well, now you do.
- Your time together is limited.
Even the best mattresses don’t last forever. Typically they remain in good condition for an average of seven to ten years when given a little TLC. So, when you buy a second-hand mattress, not only are you accepting its ambiguous bedroom history, it also means you’re accepting the fact that you’ll have to fork out for a newer one sooner.
- You’re missing out on the best in mattress technology.
As is the case with cars and phones, mattress technology is forever changing and evolving. If, for example, you were to purchase a three-year-old spring mattress from an op shop, there’s a good chance you’re foregoing countless hours of uninterrupted sleep because you’re prioritising price over comfort.
These days, award-winning products like Eva Mattress exist to ensure you get the cleanest and best night’s sleep possible. For only $850, you’ll be sleeping on cooling memory foam, 100% Dunlop latex, micro-springs, high-density support foam, five zone pocket springs [and none of those nasty eight-legged critters] every single time your head hits the pillow. So, while a second-hand Xbox might be a bargain, a bed of dust mites and strangers’ dead skin cells isn’t.