A bad economy is often the cue for some to cut back and pay more attention to their finances. People cut back on some luxuries, downsize housing, buy generic brands, etc. Some, in touch economical times, even engage in unethical or illegal practices that they would not otherwise have found themselves in had they not become so desperate. Some may even become so desperate that they will…. dum dum dum…. buy a used mattress. I know, gross. But at what point are people not willing to cut back?
Buying a used mattress is like buying underwear at a thrift store. Someone may say it’s “clean” or even sanitized, but I am unwilling to concede that it can get clean enough. I don’t consider myself a germaphobe, but I don’t try to expose myself to germs and filth if I can avoid it. I do feel that there should be a limit to certain sanitary standards. So when I drove past a mattress store in West Valley and saw store side advertising that offered a queen mattress new for $169 bucks or used for $39 bucks, I thought, “Wow, that is a good price, but could that price go low enough that would tempt me to buy a used mattress?”
I suppose the answer is, “If I am poor enough, I would take a used mattress over a no mattress.” Given that rationale, I would take a used mattress, but this same rationale wouldn’t apply to food – would it? If you were hungry enough, would you eat old food? People do!
So I ask, at what point in a bad economy are we willing to show compromise to our personal standards? Do we even know how far we will go until we are pushed there?