Sleepy's Mattress Professionals Informative - The Customer Is Always Wrong
SICKLERVILLE, NEW JERSEY -- Who knew that buying a mattress was comparable to buying a used car?
Approximately two weeks ago, on a whim, my significant other and I decided to stop by a Sleepy’s TO GET AN IDEA of what a high quality queen sized mattresses would cost us. As anticipated, we were immediately greeted by an overzealous saleswoman who wanted to know how she could help us. We explained to the woman that we were only poking our heads in for a moment and were the absolute epitome of “just looking” but also as expected, we were bombarded with a whirlwind of pitches, promises and prices.
Instead of being able to walk the store and peruse the different brands and styles freely, we were ushered onto a computerized mattress that evidently knows more about what we’re looking for than we do. Well, as it turns out, the mattress “for us” was Sleepy’s Sleep to Live 800 Series and just happened to be the most expensive one on the showroom floor. We weren’t deterred by the astronomical price of the mattress since it was comparable to lying on a slice of heaven and it included a lifetime warranty. My other half was ecstatic about how comfortable the bed was and we were fairly certain that, after a couple weeks of shopping around, we would find ourselves back at Sleepys purchasing the last mattress we’d ever buy. At least, that was our intention…
After politely listening to the woman’s well practiced hard sale pitch over and over again, we tried to wrap things up and leave the store, seeing as our quick pit stop had already turned into an hour long event. She began inquiring about financing and we let her know that we weren’t interested in payments or even buying today, that if we made the purchase it would be in a couple weeks and would be done in cash. At that moment she offered us the 800 Series mattress at the price of the cheaper 600 Series, insinuating that she would give us a special deal if we would act on it now. I began to realize our youth was being mistaken for a lack of common sense. The offer had everything to do with our paying cash and absolutely nothing to do with the time, date or sale extravaganza that was occurring. On her behalf, there is no way she could have known that I’ve worked in sales for the past 8 years and that she had been insulting my intelligence from the moment our conversation commenced. To make the story a little shorter, we ended up placing a $100 refundable deposit on the mattress as a way to reserve the “special sale price” we were offered while still allowing us to do the two weeks of shopping around like we originally intended. Honestly, at that point we were thinking $100 was a small price to pay if it meant we could get the hell out of there without hearing another pitch.
The next day I began doing some meddling online to see if there were any reviews of Sleepy’s and the brand of mattress we reserved. To my surprise I found pages and pages (on top of pages) of complaints dealing with every aspect of Sleepy’s business i.e. poor customer service, defective merchandise, reneging on warranties, shady business practices. Not wanting to jump to conclusions, I began carefully reading the reviews that appeared to be something a little more than just boorish ranting. One reoccurring grievance was about the warranty and how they seem to weasel their way out replacing mattresses that met the criteria for an exchange. Seeing as our decision was swayed by the mattress’s lifetime warranty to begin with, I began to question if we would follow through with the purchase.
Throughout the next week I began asking coworkers, friends and family about their mattress’s and experiences. Only two people I know had dealt with Sleepy’s previously and they both seemed certain that we should return to the store for a refund and focus our search elsewhere. Apparently both purchased posh mattresses that eventually should have been exchanged under warranty but weren’t because regular wear and tear, voids the warranty. Thinking back, the saleswoman told us that any rip, tear or stain would void the warranty and that we had to purchase and frequently replace a $80 cover to go over our already $3600 mattress in order for the warranty to stay valid.
Last night my other half and I returned to the store to get our refund. This task, which we dreaded right up to store’s doors, turned out to be quite agreeable. The gentlemen offered to show us something else but didn’t push when we declined. He attempted to Win us back over with some savvy salesmanship but we stuck to our guns and were in the store for about a total of ten minutes. He told us our refund would be mailed out on Monday and after painlessly dealing with him, I can honestly say that despite the negative reviews, I wouldn’t completely write Sleepy’s off. That was until this morning…
Around 9:45 this morning I receive a call from a number I recognize only as the same strange number that has been calling me every other day for the past two weeks. My curiosity peaking, I answered the phone and much to my displeasure, it’s the saleswoman from Sleepy’s calling to find out why we cancelled our order. Now personally, I don’t feel like I have to explain myself to anyone but after the saleswoman implied that we cancelled our order simply because we couldn’t afford it and that we should finance or come back to the store to look at cheaper mattresses, I was a little insulted. I explained to her my concerns about the lifetime warranty and she proceeded to tell me that my information was wrong and that I should pay no heed to the hundreds of people who took the time to write reviews, my family or cohorts and base my entire decision on the promises of a fast talking saleswoman who obviously really needed to make a sale. She also added that she would call back in a week or two to see how our mattress shopping is going. How sweet... is badgering a common sales technique?
With that being said, our experience with Sleepy’s wasn’t dreadful but I feel that may only be because we didn’t buy anything. I didn’t find the sales staff to be helpful or informative since they only tried to sell us a mattress from Sleepy’s line, neglecting to educate us on what other brands and styles had to offer until after we came to cancel our order. Whatever you do, don't give them your phone number or you'll be dodging their calls more than Aunt Edna's. I wouldn’t recommend going there if you are someone is easily influenced by high pressure salesman either, albeit eager salesman will be hard to avoid wherever you shop for a mattress. It seems salesman would rather sell you what’s right for them RIGHT NOW, rather than help you make the decision that’s right for you and in return gain a customer for life. Just remember folks, it’s your money and you work hard for it so part with it on your terms and your terms only.