How buying a new mattress is like planning a vacation…

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Most people don’t buy mattresses on a yearly basis.  Our last mattress purchase was about 9 years ago.  Our son had just moved into an apartment and got a new bed.  He said it was so wonderful that after trying it out for 5 minutes, we went and ordered the same one.  Guess what— last year, he got rid of it because it was no longer comfortable and now we did as well.

TIP-— DON’T BUY A MATTRESS BECAUSE SOMEONE YOU KNOW LIKES IT.  This is the same as planning your vacation or honeymoon.  Just because your friend liked a hotel, destination or cruise, it doesn’t mean you will.

Well, since an average mattress lasts about 10 years, and you do spend a lot of time sleeping on it, we decided to check out the local bedding store.  This is a chain store and we probably purchased mattresses there before.  We were greeted by the sales rep, Sam, who asked 2-3 questions like what kind of  firmness do we prefer, what size and what type of mattress we had now.

After showing us a few mattresses (many felt the same to me), he led us to the priciest ones in the front of the store.  There was one that we would consider and when we asked about pricing, it was, of course, on sale today and did we want him to order it for us.

Not so fast, the mattress felt fine but I felt rushed into making the purchase— much like the online travel agencies blasting SALE emails at you every other day and not letting you put a reservation on hold without putting in your credit card for full payment.

Since we made a mistake on our last mattress, we wanted to research the brand and type he was pushing us to buy.  So we looked up the type of mattress he recommended and it had mixed reviews for comfort and quality.  So we went mattress shopping again.

This time we went to a furniture store that carried mattresses.  We wandered about for a couple of minutes until a sales rep was available.  Joseph asked a good number of questions, like what are my concerns with a new mattress, do I have any problems with my back or neck, do I like plush or firm.  He wanted to know why we weren’t happy with our old bed, if we were back or side sleepers and really took the time to get to know what we needed for maximum comfort.

This is exactly what My Vacation Lady does when it comes to getting to know our clients.  We want to know where you’ve been before, what you liked and disliked, and how you are envisioning your honeymoon or vacation experience.  We don’t just throw resorts out at you without listening to you to find out more about you, your needs, dreams and budget.

Joseph guided us to a few different mattresses and told us to really take some time trying them out.  After each one, he wanted to know what we thought of them, how they felt and how it compared to the others we tried.   We were shown adjustable bases to elevate the head and feet.  Wow- the first guy never showed us those.  And then the clincher— added value— the mattress we chose had 2 sides— one was more plush for me and the other side was firmer (for hubby who can sleep on a rock).  SOLD!

So our mattress was just delivered and I’m anxious to see how comfortable it really is but can you see how our mattress purchase can be compared to planning your vacation?

  • Just because your friend liked a vacation that they took, doesn’t mean that it fits your dreams
  • Don’t buy from someone who doesn’t take the time to really get to know more about what you are looking for.

My Vacation Lady is an award winning travel agency that takes the personal approach to vacation and honeymoon planning.  If you prefer a Joseph vs. Sam, give us a call.




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Mindy Gilbert of My Vacation Lady has been helping clients, just like you, plan their dream vacations, cruises and honeymoons since 1994.