So you’re looking for a new mattress, maybe a specialty bed like a latex mattress or an air bed. You hear that you can get some good deals online, but how do you choose a good online retailer? Tips on Choosing Online Shopping Websites offers some advice on choosing an online shopping web site, but most of the information is so basic that it is simply common sense. (Don’t shop a site where one price is listed and then another price appears when you click, for example.)
When is comes to buying specialty bedding, like an air bed or natural latex mattress, here are a few suggestions. These suggestions are for mattress retailers, but some of them are great for any online shopping experience.
1. Buy from a site that has information collected about it from a third party like Shopping.com or the Better Business Bureau. A site can’t make up its own customer comments or satisfaction ratings this way.
2. Shop at retailers who clearly spell out their return policy and guarantees. In the case of buying a mattress, look for an in-home trial of at least 180 days and a true money-back guarantee (not a store credit or “comfort” guarantee, which is a tricky way of saying you have a store credit). You need to be able to try your mattress at home for an extended period.
3. Shop at retailers that are secure. Services like McAfee Secure regularly test sites. Make sure all your information, including credit card numbers, will be encrypted. Check the site’s privacy and security policies.
4. See how long and company has been in business and operating under its current name. Name changes or a short time on the web can send up red flags.
You can make a great air bed or natural latex mattress purchase on the web. Just make sure you do your homework first so you know you are dealing with a reputable company. To learn more about Habitat Furnishings air beds or latex mattresses, check out our site.