Costco Sealy mattresses queen $530-$50IR+tx, PM@SleepTrain $452 no tax
Costco has a $50IR with Sealy's Posturepedic Fenway Ultra Plush mattresses featuring memory foam. applicable to B&M and online until 8/31/05. but B&M has the lowest price (no $100 delivery). examples:
Fenway Queen set:
CA and NV: $530 - $50IR = 480 +tx before IR
others: $500 - $50IR = 450 +tx before IR where applicable
Fenway King and Cal-King set (same price if available):
CA and NV: $700 - $50IR = 650 +tx before IR
others: $660 - $50IR = 610 +tx before IR where applicable
for CA buyers, you can also PM to Sleep Train's "Transform" line of mattresses (MSRP around $1500). make sure don't get bait and switch to the Burtondale or anything lower. the best match is the "Transform Ultra Plush" (not the "Firm" version). ST offers 5% match everyday. currently they also have a "no sales tax" sale until 8/23/05. you can combine the two to lower the price of a Queen set to (show Costco's item #, price, and mattress special order brochure found near Costco exit to ST):
Sleep Train "Transform Ultra Plush" (CA only)
$480 - 5%PM + 0tx = $456 out the door
w/ free same-day delivery&setup&removal of old mattress
ST has 90day return and layaway. however their warranty has this stupid exception: if the mattress is stained, it voids the warranty (even if it has a defect). for most people that renders the warranty useless unless you wrap the mattress in plastic bags (who would do that?!). if you move out of state, good luck (not so with Costco). despite these drawbacks some people may find this price attractive, especially if you can have them PM to the older lower Costco price below, or the price without the FR below.
back to Costco, for CA and NV residents, there's a $30/$40 for Fire Retardent ("Flame Guard") requirement. other states it's optional. at least one of the foams has that FR in there...
a year and a half ago (Feb 04) the Costco price for the queen mattress set without FR is $490 - $100 IR = $390 from Costco. that's without the FR. now the IR is only $50. and there's inflation.
online purchases are about $100 more because of delivery. you can also see those prices at the store's special order section near the exit (available in CA, NV and HI). no in-store pick up for Costco items. usually no phone price quotes. Costco has the best return policy in the industry. that applies to mattresses. Sealy's 10yr non-prorated (fully refund) also helps.
ok, now the difference between the two sets from Costco and ST:
1. Costco's 2nd layer down (not the top layer) is wool/silk, vs. ST's 2nd layer cashmere: cashmere is a better material over wool/silk if it's the same weight size (1.3oz). but I think ST's lower weight.
2. Costco's has at least one more cushion layer than ST's. ST's combines 2 1/2" layers into one 1".
just check out the good info on www.sealy.com, and Costco's Mattress special order brochure. just make sure that you PM on ST's "Transform Ultra Plush" mattress set or better. the "Transform Firm" is $100 less in MSRP. its stackup is like Costco's Guilmont w/ memory foam. "Transform" and "Fenway" both have memory foam for dampening. don't be fooled into the "Burtondale" at ST: it's "Lush" and has no memory foam. remember to ask for the specs.
tax for ST is after PM price (since "no sales tax" that should be 0 anyway). tax for Costco is before IR. it's not IS (instant savings), but still a rebate. so you pay tax before the rebate even though it's instant, but not instant enough to affect the tax calculation... you can figure out your savings if you PM to ST. here in SD (san diego) it's about $65 savings.
I haven't slept on the mattress yet. will let you know if it's bad.