A leading carpet and mattress retailer has warned consumers to be wary of rogue traders selling ‘bargain mattresses’ from the back of a van.
Ben Warrilow, who owns a chain of Factory Carpet Superstores across Cork City, issued the ‘rip-off van-scam’ warning yesterday after getting several reports that men in vans with Limerick registrations were calling door to door and using his company name to sell fake memory-foam mattresses.
He said the men, reported to use aggressive sales techniques on the doorsteps, were telling people they were selling mattresses at bargain prices because the firm was closing down.
“This could not be further from the truth. We have three stores in Cork and we’re opening a new store in Midleton soon. We are not closing down and we do not have door-to-door sales-men,” said Mr Warrilow.
Apart from the damage the conmen are causing to his business, founded in Cork in 1995, Mr Warrilow said they could be putting consumers at risk. “The mattresses they have are not memory foam and have second-hand springs in them, and they are not fire resistant — which is very dangerous,” he said.
“Please please do not buy from these people. There are plenty of good bed companies in Cork to buy beds from.”
Mr Warrilow said he has received reports from people who believe they have been approached by these conmen. He appealed to anyone who has been offered a mattress by door-to-door salesmen using his company’s name to contact him on 021 4319363.
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