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I have a used twin mattress. Three years old with the original plastic.

Kolcraft Cozy Soft Portable Crib Mattress, Lily

$21.00
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  • If you pause to think about it, they can’t resell a used mattress. Plus they have to spend cash on a delivery team just to pick it up from your house—there’s no way you’re going to put this thing back in the box yourself.

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  • As if that wasn’t scary enough, studies have suggested a possible link between used crib mattresses and . One 2002 study published in “British Medical Journal” found that an infant was up to three times more likely to die from SIDS when using a secondhand crib mattress. Researchers believe the link may be attributed to respiratory problems related to harmful pathogens, such as bacteria, mold, mildew and fungus, which may be hidden at the core of a used mattress.

    If you’re working with a , dropping a couple hundred dollars on a crib mattress can be a painful experience, especially if you already have a recently vacated mattress on hand. But a used crib mattress - even those used by close family members and friends - may not be as safe as you think.

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    28 April 2009, 01:38 PM
    purpleiguana
     
    Join Date: 26 October 2005
    Location: Pennsylvania
    Posts: 12,143

    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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    25 April 2009, 04:34 PM
    Hero_Mike
     
     
    Join Date: 06 April 2005
    Location: Phoenix, AZ & Hamilton, ON
    Posts: 7,265

    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.

    Some states also require that retailers selling used mattresses display a license from the appropriate state department that allows them to sell these products. In and other states, for example, it is against the law to sale a used mattress as if it were a new one.

Used mattresses must contain specific labels

If you do decide to buy a used mattress, you best protection is to cover it in plastic to prevent any dirt or parasites from coming in contact with your body.