Mattress Side

This post, “Mattress Side,” contains affiliate links. For more information, seek out the disclaimer seek out the Promotions Page. For blog disclaimer, see the Disclaimer page. 

Underdogs, something strange is going on in the world of mattress sales. That’s right, the big soft things that many people in the world sleep on have thier own theory. For the last several years, social media has been buzzing about mattress stores with locations all over the place. Not just a few, but many to a block. More so than any one town would ever need in some people’s opinion. The theory on the internet is about Mattress Firm, but this could realistically be expanded into any mattress store. What is the big deal, you may ask? How about you take a moment and Google mattress stores in the city closest to you in the Untied States. Make sure you are using Google Maps. Go ahead, I will wait. Are you surprised by the number of stores that are around you? Why in the world does there need to be more Mattress Stores than Starbucks? There are 9 close to me, some of which are almost on top of each other! It’s not like people are buying them at the rate of a coffee or their groceries. Is there something strange going on here such as mattress stores being a front for something else, or is it just business as usual?

 

One of the biggest factors of this whole mattress theory is not only the number of stores, but how some of them appear to be almost completely dead. This means that people who live, drive by, or work around these mattress stores hardly ever see any customers coming in and out of the building. That, along with the fact that many other furniture stores carry mattress, it is hard to understand how these are profitable business that are running efficiently enough to warrant so many locations. Several people have claimed that they have gone to visit some of stores and either no one is there, or there is a literally empty store. Sometimes, they will find one or two items with a very dirty floor, and walls falling down. It not only seems strange, but unnerving. Why would someone have a fake store front in almost every major city across the United States?

People are suggesting that this is a money laundering scheme. If you aren’t familiar with the term, money laundering is concealing money that is made through an illegal way, and filtering it through a legitimate business. This is a practice that has been done for years, so it it wouldn’t be a shock to anyone if mattress companies were being used as a front. With their prime locations, what better way to hide than in plain sight. It is very strange to think about how many of these stores are around, and how no one sees the demand for the hundreds of thousands of mattresses. What is going on here? It doesn’t help to know that the parent company of Mattress Firm, Steinhoff, has gotten into some trouble recently. They have been unable to account for their money for the past year. They have turned quite a profit even though their stock went down 62 points in a single day. This would be a major setback that would kill most other businesses.

While many people are only considering this to just a money laundering scheme, there may be something so much worse going on here. What if these hundreds of mattress stores in every major city around the United State are a front, but not for what people think. What if they are a front for human trafficking? Human trafficking is a major problem that can be considered an epidemic. However, many people in the United States don’t know about it, or refuse to see the terrible truth of the matter. If you don’t know what human trafficking is, let me explain. It is the illegal moment of people for forced labor, or forced sexual deeds. It is slavery that is very much alive today, and one of the biggest money makers out there for terrible, horrible, awful people who deserve to burn. Children are the main victims, and many kidnapped victims that don’t have a strong lead are theorized to have gotten sold into trafficking. These mattress stores have two major things going for them, which is the locations, and the space. It is so easy to gather people in every city and keep them in places like this all the cover of a real and thriving business. Am I saying this is what is actually happening here? No, however it can be considered a reasonable argument.  Let’s take a look at what people are presenting as counter arguments.

See the source image

Business people will point out a few very logical things. First is that most people are generally optimistic. If you want to expand your business, then you open more locations in the guise that you are doing better than what you seem. This creates a thought that they are doing great, so they may actually do well in their business adventure. Some big cities like New York and Chicago are a real estate nightmare. But, they may offer a package deal of several bad location, in order to get a really good location. This means in order to get one great location, you need to buy 3 more in terrible locations. It’s worth the cost to do this.However, this is only typically true in very big cities and not the average sized one. If these other stores don’t work out, then at least they are advertisement for the company! Some mattress companies also have deals with a warehouses that have the store displaying the items only, and not paying for the product at all until a purchase by a customer is made. This could lead to having many mattresses in a store that are actually costing the store owners very little. One other item that I agree with is that mattresses are not an internet item. Yes, you can purchase a mattress online, but this is one product that can be said that the store front beats online the majority of the time. I would never make a purchase like a mattress online without trying it out first. Most people have that same thought process.

Of course, all of this could just be hog wash. If you look at the number of people in the United States it is around 330 million people. If you go by that number alone, and figure that the recommended amount to get a brand new mattress is every 8 to 10 years, then it would seem as though there aren’t enough mattress stores! This is an argument that many people are presenting. While I understand that is a large number, let’s break it down a little more. I’m not good at math, but I am going to guess a few things here that will lessen this number, and the amount of stores we should have.

First, not every single person owns a mattress or even uses one.  Let’s figure that children under the age of 2 are sleeping in a crib. It’s estimated that 23 million people are under the age of two and not using mattresses. 50 million people are estimated to be in poverty, not counting children under the age of two. That brings down that original number a lot of those who are in the market for a new mattress. 3.5 million people are reported to be homeless, although that number is most likely higher. Also, take into consideration that 2. million people get married each year, and many couples who live together share a bed. That will also bring that number of people purchasing mattresses way down. I also want to point out that very few people are purchasing mattresses at the recommended time frame that the should. I am an adult, and I have bought 1 new mattress in my entire life. I should have purchased more. I also know the purchasing habits of my friends and I can tell you, not a single one of them have purchased a new mattress every 8 to 10 years. More companies are also coming out with mattresses that last longer, such as 20 or 30 years. When my Mom moved, she purchased one of these mattresses. In theory, Mom should never have to purchase another mattress again. Unless she lives to be over 100, which would be awesome! The numbers just aren’t making sense to me.

See the source image

The other argument is that even though these companies may not be selling as many mattresses as one thinks, there is a lot of mark up with every single purchase.  For example, let’s look at a cup of coffee. The average cup of coffee is cents on the dollar. The mark up of getting a cup of coffee at a shop can be over 100% mark up. A mattress may only cost $100.00 to make, but they can charge $1000 easily. In theory, the store would only have to sell a few mattresses a month to keep afloat. It is hard to see how this possible because on average these areas are renting their location. They have the cost of the rent, the insurance, the inventory, the electricity, and all other bills associated with a business before even having to pay their employees. Selling a few mattresses a month would not be enough to keep a business afloat, let alone warrant several locations right next to each other. This is a lot of direct competition with one another. This isn’t even taking into consideration how many bigger stores like Macy’s sell mattresses themselves.

While there are some logical arguments on both sides, it is not hard to recognize that something seems off. There are a lot of mattress locations. Many of which are in smaller towns that are struggling to make any sort of business work. It is so odd, but it could be due to the business reasons listed above. Or, it really could be a front for something very illegal. No matter what, it is important to not go crazy and accuse anyone of anything. These are all theories. However, human trafficking is very real. I am going to leave a link here from the website called THORN. The goal of this site is to use technology to stop human trafficking and help exploited children. They work with law enforcement to help this successful project along. There is a donation button, so please consider donating. IF you can’t, then do the next best thing, which is to educate yourself and share the link. Please check out THORN today. https://www.wearethorn.org/

 

AudiobooksNow - Digital Audiobooks for Less

About ltebrinke 197 Articles
Hello everyone, My name is Lisa and I am excited about this new blog! I have been freelance writing for over 10 years. I went to school for creative writing and have several been published in several places including ebooks, magazines, newspapers, and more. I am a caregiver, Dog Mom, and a fun loving person! I always look for the bright side of life.

62 Comments

  1. ไลค์แฟนเพจเฟสบุ๊ค, เพิ่ม Like, ปั้มไลค์ ในโทรศัพท์, Like Fanpage, ปั้มเพจเฟสบุ๊ค, ปั้มไลค์ฟรี, รับไลค์แฟนเพจ, รับเพิ่มไลค์, รับจ้างเพิ่มไลค์, ปั้มไลค์เพจฟรี, ปั้มยอดไลค์เป็นคนไทย 100%, รับเพิ่มไลค์แฟนเพจเฟสบุ๊ค, ปั้มไลค์รูปเฟส, จ้างเพิ่มไลค์, รับจ้างกดไลค์, เพิ่มไลค์, ปั้มไลค์รูป Facebook, ปั้มไลค์ราคาถูก, กด Like, ปั้มไลค์ครบวงจร, ไลค์แฟนเพจราคาถูก, กดไลค์รูป, รับทำไลค์แฟนเพจจำนวนมาก, ปั้มไลค์รูป, แฟนเพจพร้อมยอดไลค์, รับปั้มไลค์เพจ, ไลค์แฟนเพจได้สูงสุดหนึ่งล้านไลค์, ปั่นไลค์, Up Like Fanpage, รับปั้มไลค์รูป, โกงไลค์, ปั้มไลค์ทั่วไป, ปั้มไลค์เฟสบุ๊ค, ปั้มโพสต์, บริการปั้มไลค์แฟนเพจฟรี, ปั้มไลค์เพจ Facebook, รับทำไลค์ครบวงจร, กดไลค์แฟนเพจ, เพิ่มไลค์แฟนเพจ, ไลค์เพจ, ปั้มไลค์เพจ, รับทำเพจเฟสบุ๊ค, ไลค์แฟนเพจ, เพิ่มไลค์แฟนเพจ ราคาถูก, ปั้มไลค์, กดไลค์, รับจ้างปั้มไลค์, ปั้มไลค์เพจคนไทย, จ้างปั้มไลค์, ปั้มไลค์สถานะ, รับ Like Fanpage, ปั้มไลค์ง่ายๆ, เพิ่มไลค์ฟรี, การเพิ่ม Like เป็นการเพิ่มโอกาสทางการขายสินค้าของคุณนั่นเอง ด้วยงานบริการเพิ่มไลค์แฟนเพจระดับมืออาชีพ ประสบการณ์การทำงานหลายปี, ปั้มไลค์แฟนเพจ, Auto Like, รับเพิ่ม Like Fanpage Facebook ราคาพิเศษ เหมาะสำหรับผู้ที่ต้องการเพิ่ม Like Fanpage ให้ดูเป็นความน่าเชื่อถือของร้าน, เพิ่มไลค์เพจ, จ้างไลค์, บริการเพิ่ม Like ให้แฟนเพจของคุณ โดยทีมงานระดับมืออาชีพ ในระยะเวลาอันสั้นและราคาถูก รับประกันไลค์จากคนไทย 100%, ปั้มไลค์มือถือ, เพิ่มไลค์คนไทย, ปั้มเพจ เหมาะสำหรับผู้ที่ต้องการยอดไลค์เพจเพจเยอะๆ, ปั้มไลค์ Facebook, ปั้ม Like ฟรี, Pump Like, รับสร้างแฟนเพจพร้อมยอดไลค์, บริการเพิ่มไลค์แฟนเพจฟรี, รับไลค์ครบวงจรทั่วไทย, บริการเพิ่มไลค์เฟสบุ๊คให้แฟนเพจ, ไลค์คนไทย 100%, จ้างไลค์รูป, Add Like Fanpage, ปั้มเพจ, จ้างกดไลค์, ซื้อไลค์แฟนเพจ, เพิ่มไลค์เพจ ราคาถูก, รับทำเพจสินค้าพร้อมยอดไลค์, ปั้มรูป, บริการปั้มไลค์ฟรี, รับเพิ่มไลค์แฟนเพจ เป็นการโปรโมทแฟนเพจ เพื่อเพิ่มยอดขายสินค้าได้

  2. ปั้มไลค์, ออโต้ไลค์, ปั้มไลค์รูปภาพ, ปั้มไลค์แฟนเพจ, แฮกไลค์, Auto Like, ปั้มไลค์คอมเม้น, ระบบเพิ่มไลค์, Hack Like Facebook, เว็บปั้มไลค์

  3. Fb Autoliker, facebook auto liker, Autoliker, auto like, autolike, Facebook Autoliker, Autoliker Facebook, Auto Liker, Autoliker, Status Liker, autoliker, Increase Facebook Likes, Photo Liker, Facebook Auto Liker, Status Auto Liker, Working Auto Liker, Auto Like, auto liker, Photo Auto Liker, Facebook Liker

  4. ปั๊มไลค์แฟนเพจ, ปั้มไลค์แฟนเพจ, ปั้มไลค์เพจ, ปั้มเพจ, ไลค์เพจ, ปั๊มไลค์เพจ, เพิ่มไลค์เพจ ราคาถูก, ปั๊มไลค์เพจ facebook, เพิ่มไลค์แฟนเพจ, ปั๊มไลค์เพจ, เพิ่มไลค์เพจ

  5. I simply wished to say thanks all over again. I am not sure the things I would have done without the entire strategies documented by you over such theme. It had become a very frightening concern in my circumstances, nevertheless noticing the very professional approach you dealt with it took me to cry for gladness. Extremely thankful for your guidance and in addition trust you recognize what a great job you are always providing instructing the mediocre ones through your web page. I am certain you’ve never encountered all of us.

  6. I would like to express my thanks to you just for bailing me out of this type of problem. Because of scouting through the search engines and getting tricks that were not beneficial, I thought my entire life was gone. Existing without the strategies to the problems you’ve fixed as a result of your review is a crucial case, as well as those that would have adversely damaged my career if I hadn’t encountered your blog. Your primary understanding and kindness in playing with almost everything was valuable. I don’t know what I would have done if I had not come upon such a point like this. I am able to at this point look forward to my future. Thanks very much for your reliable and results-oriented help. I won’t hesitate to recommend the blog to any individual who desires care on this subject.

  7. Thanks for your entire work on this website. Gloria enjoys working on internet research and it is easy to see why. Almost all hear all concerning the lively ways you offer great guides by means of this web site and even recommend contribution from others about this situation and our simple princess is discovering a lot of things. Take pleasure in the rest of the year. You are always carrying out a really great job.

  8. Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading it, you happen to be a great
    author.I will make sure to bookmark your blog
    and may come back later on. I want to encourage you to ultimately continue your great
    job, have a nice morning!

  9. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d most certainly donate to this brilliant blog!
    I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to
    my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates and will
    talk about this blog with my Facebook group. Talk soon!

  10. Hey there! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from
    an established blog. Is it difficult to set up
    your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick.
    I’m thinking about making my own but I’m not sure where
    to start. Do you have any points or suggestions?
    With thanks

  11. I do accept as true with all the ideas you have introduced in your post.

    They are very convincing and will definitely work.
    Nonetheless, the posts are very brief for novices. May just you please lengthen them a little
    from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.

  12. Great items from you, man. I have keep in mind your stuff prior to and you
    are just too magnificent. I really like what you’ve
    received here, really like what you’re stating and the way during which
    you say it. You’re making it entertaining and you continue to take care of to stay it smart.
    I can’t wait to learn far more from you. That is really a terrific web
    site.

  13. I spent four years trying EVERYTHING in Online Dating, and through a huge amount of trial and error, I produced a system that I will share for you. This book will take you, step by step, through everything you need to know to double, triple or even quadruple the number of women you meet online.

  14. You’re so cool! I don’t believe I’ve truly read through
    something like that before. So great to discover someone with unique thoughts on this subject matter.
    Really.. thank you for starting this up. This site is
    something that’s needed on the web, someone with a little originality!

  15. Thank you a lot for sharing this with all people you really recognise what you’re talking approximately!

    Bookmarked. Kindly additionally consult with my web site =).
    We can have a hyperlink change contract between us

  16. Hi! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d figured I’d
    ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest writing a blog article or vice-versa?
    My website covers a lot of the same subjects as yours and I think we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you’re interested feel free to send me an email.
    I look forward to hearing from you! Excellent blog
    by the way!

  17. After going over a few of the blog posts on your web site, I
    truly appreciate your way of blogging. I book-marked it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back soon. Please visit my web
    site as well and tell me what you think.

  18. Hello would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re utilizing?

    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker
    then most. Can you suggest a good internet hosting provider at a reasonable price?

    Thanks, I appreciate it!

  19. Quest bars cheap fitnesstipsnew1 quest bars cheap 516999410492780544 quest bars cheap
    What a material of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious experience
    concerning unpredicted feelings. Quest bars cheap fitnesstipsnew1 quest bars cheap 516999410492780544 quest bars cheap

  20. We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.
    Your website provided us with valuable information to work on. You
    have done an impressive job and our entire community will be thankful to you.

  21. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after checking through
    some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely glad I found
    it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back frequently!

  22. You are so awesome! I do not suppose I’ve truly read
    through anything like that before. So great to find another person with a few original thoughts
    on this subject matter. Really.. thanks for starting this up.
    This site is something that is required on the web, someone with a bit of originality!

  23. I’ve been browsing on-line more than three hours nowadays, but I never found any
    fascinating article like yours. It is beautiful price sufficient for me.
    In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made excellent content material as you did, the internet will likely be much more helpful than ever before.

  24. Wonderful beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your web site, how could i subscribe for a blog site?
    The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast
    provided bright clear concept

  25. Hi there! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering
    if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having
    problems finding one? Thanks a lot!

  26. My partner and I stumbled over here from
    a different website and thought I may as well check
    things out. I like what I see so now i’m following
    you. Look forward to looking at your web page for a second time.

  27. Tried to find any method of additional income and always failed until I finally found something legit: Affiliate Program – 30 comission – You get 30 on all products, all you have to do is copy your affiliate link and comment on blogs, forums etc. Just register and confirm your accouunt, go to affiliate links section, copy your favorite product link and spread it all over the internet. Piece of cake!

  28. Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading correctly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different
    web browsers and both show the same results.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*