I’ve been looking at new beds and mattresses and decided that whilst I’d happily buy a new bed on eBay, Amazon, John Lewis, Dreams or any number of other websites there’s just no way I’m going to buy a new mattress online.
A mattress is something that you can’t tell how comfy it will be without trying it out. Yesterday I popped down to my local Dreams store to look at mattresses and whilst I didn’t buy one on the day I probably will later today by phone. However having found a very comfortable mattress for under £400 I tested out some others. One that was double the price was absolutely awful and for some reason did it’s best to roll me off the side of the bed. If I’d purchased that mattress online I’d have been very disappointed although someone must like it or they’d never sell any.
This got me thinking though, what items is it impossible to buy from a picture and a description? There aren’t many things I wouldn’t buy online and in the past I’ve bought everything from books, DVDs, clothes, a garden shed and even a couple of cars all sight unseen. A mattress though I want to try before I buy and I certainly don’t want the trouble of sending it back if it’s not comfortable to me. The only circumstances I would buy a mattress online would be if I’d already seen it in a shop previously.
What wouldn’t you be happy to buy online without having physically seen? What items just can’t be described in words or illustrated in pictures well enough for you to part with your cash sight unseen?