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Old 25 April 2009, 02:49 AM
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Icon13 Illegal to sell used mattresses

Comment: While researching the most cost effective way to provide
houseguest accommodations, I kept running into websites insisting that it
is illegal to sell a used mattress. Some say that it is a federal law,
but most refer to their own state. I didn't see any that cited an actual
reference, however. While I understand that many would find the thought
of bringing a used mattress into a home disgusting, don't hotels etc.,
essentially rent out used mattresses on a daily basis?
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Old 25 April 2009, 04:10 AM
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I guess that an awful lot of second hand shops and thrift shops must be breaking the law, then.
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Old 25 April 2009, 05:24 AM
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I remember when we bought a mattress set last summer (from Original Mattress Factory) that the guy told us not to take off the wrap or they couldn't take it back, because it would be automatically considered used, and they weren't certified to sell used bedding. I know there are certificates that stores have to have if they're going to sell any sort of bedding item (at least, I remember seeing them on the wall in the stock room at my old fabric store), and I guess it's related to the polyester fiberfill along with flammability and the spread of disease. Though we were permitted to take returns on pillows, batting, foam, and polyfil...

I think consignment and thrift-type stores just have to prove they sterilized the item and not present it as a new, unused set even if it was only unwrapped but never used.
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Old 25 April 2009, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by catty5nutz View Post
I guess that an awful lot of second hand shops and thrift shops must be breaking the law, then.
We had a very clean, practically-new twin mattress that we didn't need any more. None of our friends or family needed it. We drove it to three different thrift stores -- they would not take it. As we were getting ready to leave the last one and head to the transfer station (dump), someone approached us in the parking lot and asked if we were getting rid of it; they happily took it from us.

We were told there are charities that accept and refurbish used mattresses, but not many, and they have plenty of source material.
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Old 25 April 2009, 05:34 PM
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When I bought my last two mattresses, I was obliged to buy the uber-expensive mattress cover from the store if I wanted to take advantage of their 30-day, no questions asked, money back guarantee. However, the store does advertise that they will collect all used mattresses (with any purchase) and those that are suitable are donated to charity (specifically women's shelters), I'm sure that they have a way of re-using gently used mattresses.
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Old 25 April 2009, 08:05 PM
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I guess with the bedbug menace, fewer retailers and thrift shops are willing to take the risk of infestation. There's a store here that sells used hotel/motel furniture--most of the stuff is junky crap you don't want anyway.
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Old 27 April 2009, 07:45 PM
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Now that you mention it, our local newspaper won't accept ads for used mattresses.

Massachusetts has a series of laws governing bedding. This section specifically mentions mattresses and says that used mattresses intended for resale must be sterilized:


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Old 27 April 2009, 07:56 PM
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So is that just for retailers, or for individuals, also?

ETA: Because Mass craigslist has mattress ads, and that's where we got ours. :o And it definitely wasn't sterilized.

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Old 27 April 2009, 11:34 PM
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Whoever said "matress" to Mister Lambert?
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Old 28 April 2009, 02:38 PM
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I know lots of folks won't sell or accept used mattresses because of the various types of microscopic ick that could be found in the fibers... but I seriously doubt it's actually illegal.
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Old 05 June 2012, 08:25 PM
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Comment: I am needing to know if we can sell mattresses, cribs or car
seats at garage sales. I have heard due to government laws that you cant
sell items like that. Also can you post items like that online at a page
on facebook?
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Old 06 June 2012, 01:54 PM
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My grandfather sold mattresses (among other things). When someone tried to return one, he'd tell them it was illegal to return them, though there was no such law.

There isn't any law against returning bathing suits, underwear, or pierced earrings (though Spencer Gifts had a sign that said it was illegal), either.
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Old 06 June 2012, 05:54 PM
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It is, in fact, now illegal to sell drop side cribs. The CPSC banned them in 2011. Actually, almost all cribs manufactured prior to that no longer meet the current standards and are technically illegal to sell. Of course, people are still selling them at garage sales and the like, but that's because it's impossible to police.
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Old 10 June 2012, 04:15 AM
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We dont take air mattresses back at Walmart. People argue and fuss all the time, but there is a sign posted.Its considered a personal item and there were tons of people who would buy them,use them for guests, and then try to return them. Its a health issue.
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Old 21 June 2012, 09:36 PM
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Comment: I have been hering on facebook that it is illegal to sell used
baby beds and used matresses. They keep stressing that a new law was
passed that we cant sell or post it on facebook or even at a garage sale.
I'm wanting to know if you have heard it also.
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