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This is the era of Craigslist. We are all shrewd negotiators, and most everything serves its function when purchased as second-hand. We've compared the use value of mattresses to that of cars in the past. You can buy a used car, but you should never buy a used mattress. Buying a used mattress is riskier--it's less likely you will be able to do enough homework to make sure you are getting the right mattress for you.

Used mattresses are a health risk. Many homes have dealt with bed bugs in the recent past, which are indiscriminate creatures. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns that used mattresses may unknowingly have bed bugs. Bedbug extermination can cost between a few hundred and a few thousand dollars.

Many more homes have pets, which often mean fleas. Flea infestations can require fumigation in severe instances.

Last, there are dust mites, which can cause allergies or asthma attacks.

2. There is no odometer on a bed. How long have they really had it? Was it really just sitting in a guest room for several years as advertised?

Imagine the hassle of buying one mattress just to find out it is too old. And then you still have to buy another. In the meantime, you could have otherwise purchased a guaranteed mattress to start with, which would give you both quality and peace of mind.

3. There is no expert to confirm the details of the mattress. Not only are there lifestyle questions about the person who used the bed, but we also do not know the original quality of it. We cannot, therefore, know a "fair price."

Like so many impulse buys and sale items that we regretted, used beds feel good only while we are saving a little money on them. Even good people can sell you bad mattresses unknowingly.

When you buy a used mattress, you are taking a risk with both your money and your health.

Bedzzz Express can help you find the mattress that fits your budget and your unique needs.

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