Inexpensive mattresses are available at many large department stores. Every retail store has display models and discontinued products they must liquidate in order to make room for new inventory. A thrifty shopper can negotiate a good price on these units.
Prices do not indicate quality, and comfort is often too subjective to compare. There are non-durable products on the market offered by unknown companies. Therefore, an effective strategy for buying a mattress is to select the best brand for the lowest price. Outside of big-box retailers, there are specialty stores, such as Overstock.com, that purchase discontinued merchandise from manufacturers and retail stores. Those retailers then offer these products to customers at a slight discount.
Another option is to buy a used mattress. A consumer can find these items in second-hand stores and donation centers like the Salvation Army and Goodwill. Independent sellers utilize companies like eBay and Craigslist.org to sell their individual mattresses. However, there are a few disadvantages to buying a used mattress. Used mattresses have been responsible for allergies, sickness, deaths and can have an infestation of bugs. Lastly, used mattresses do not come with their original manufacturer's warranty. If there is a defect or problem with the item, the customer is solely responsible for any necessary repairs or replacement.