I’ve been looking on Facebook Marketplace for a mattress because my cat pooped on my son’s mattress and it was too nasty to clean. He needed a new one anyway, so out the door it went. Today I saw a listing for a twin bed and the photo showed the bed with a colorful kid’s character comforter and random pillows and other blankets thrown on it, as if it was still being used. It is located in bedroom with a stick-on tile floor that has some pieces no longer sticking. There are socks on the floor and a room air cleaner machine.
Why is this bed for sale? Did the child move out? Did they go live with their other parent? Did they go back to their family after being in foster care? Off to college? Kicked out? Is the owner of the bed desperate for money?
Then I see other beds for sale that look brand new , set up in a bedroom. Why do people buy beds and set them up and then get rid of them? “Like new”. “Never slept on”. “Still in plastic”. Beds with nice headboards. What is the story there? Bought a big house and set up a guest room , but was so busy working to pay for the house that they never had guests? Wanted guests but everyone was too busy? Expected grandma to come visit, but she preferred to stay in a hotel?
What about these people selling piles of new mattresses at low, low prices, much lower than the store prices? Are they rejects? Old styles? Closeouts to make room for new models? Or cheap copies made to look like good mattresses? I don’t know and I don’t plan to find out, just like I don’t buy meat from the back of trucks that show up at my front door despite the No Soliciting sign on the gate.
So many unanswered questions. Would you buy a used mattress if they said it was never used, still in the plastic, or had always had a mattress protector on it? Are you scared of bed bugs or germs?