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Warning: Before you spend your hard earned dough on an expensive new “healthy” mattress, make sure you do your research. You may be getting hosed.

A pair of BC consumers were furious this week after shelling out thousands of dollars on what they believed were “natural,” “organic latex” mattresses. What they really got was scammed. And it’s easy to see how.

Stores like Sleep Mart carry a variety of expensive mattresses that are sneakily labelled with slogans like “natural memory foam,” “Yoga Fit” and “100 per cent organic dunlop latex.” And while they sound comfortable and healthy, they actually come covered with a stinky chemical smell that doesn’t fade (off-gassing, what?), and are still made with a variety of non-organic materials.

Stores try to mislead customers by using phrases like “uses 100 per cent organic dunlop latex,” “natural components” or “hybrid” to hide the fact that non-organic materials are also heavily in the mix.

The worst part is, that once customers discover they’ve been screwed, many of the stores have a no-return policy. And if they do take them back, the usually charge a massive restocking fee. What a rip-off!

So if you are interested in purchasing a healthy, organic mattress, make sure you read the label carefully. Ask questions (what makes this organic, for example), get things in writing, check the Internet – treat it like literally anything you might buy, especially considering we spend so much of our lives in bed. Otherwise it could be a real bed-idea. (We’re sorry.)

Okay, watch the video above to hear some real-life stories from people who got totally ripped off. Don’t let it happen to you.