Should you ever buy a used mattress?

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When it comes to ways to save money, have you ever considered buying a used mattress? Unfortunately, it’s one of those ideas that a lot of people won’t even entertain.

But, as it turns out, there are some conditions under which a used mattress can make sense in life!

Used mattress buying: Yay or nay?

Let’s address one thing right off the bat: Whenever the topic of buying used mattresses comes up, a lot of people say, “I didn’t even think that was legal.”

Turns out it can be — but that varies by state law. “Used mattresses can be resold as long as they meet certain labeling and processing requirements,” according to the Federal Trade Commission.

That’s why it’s important to look at the tag on a mattress you’re buying — whether it’s new or used.

  • New mattresses have a white tag indicating the mattress contains “all new materials, consisting of….”
  • Used mattresses often have a red or yellow tag to let you know it’s already been slept on

Clark’s rule for when its OK to buy a used mattress

A lot of the decision to buy or not to buy a used mattress comes down to how tight money is in your life. The reality is used mattresses can be as little as $35 when bought online.

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But, as mentioned before, you want to be sure the mattress reseller either re-covers or otherwise re-conditions a mattress before it is sold again. That’s the only way to be sure you’re buying something safe and sanitary.

“If it’s refurbished, it’s fine to buy,” money expert Clark Howard says. “If not, then don’t buy it.”

When you think about it, maybe the idea of used mattresses isn’t so foreign after all.

“Anytime you stay in a hotel, you’re sleeping on somebody’s used mattress,” money expert Clark Howard notes. “A lot of somebodies!”

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However, if the idea of buying used bedding grosses you out, Clark suggests taking a look at mattresses from Sam’s Club. In his experience, they routinely sell them for cheaper than anybody else.

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