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O/T: anyone heard of "Pure Sleep" beds? Advice needed pretty please....

kopcat

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Haven't posted properly for quite some time....fell off the wagon somewhat following bit of a disastrous time family-wise. Protracted illness and unfortunate demise of my husband's great-uncle meant that we were never sure where we would we be sleeping from one day to the next, as we had to be there to look after my husband's grandpa - particularly following the death of his brother-in-law and best friend of 60 years!! Grandpa has been in a real state, very depressed and tearful at the drop of a hat (he's basically got no-one else apart from the two of us now....his son and wife live abroad and rarely come to visit). It's only the last 3 weeks that we've come home really, and that was enforced by me having knee surgery - before that we just didn't feel we could leave him on his own.

So....that's the run-up to my question...... When we called grandpa last night, to see how he's been, he told us he'd had someone come to the house and he's decided to buy himself a fantastic new bed (bearing in mind he won't even let us replace the mattress in the room we sleep in at his house....and we've probably had to spend the cost of a replacement mattress on physio treatment for bad backs...:eek:)....apparently it's some kind of vibrating mattress topper (we don't know the exact details), the bloke showed him all his cards (NHS cards???:confused:) and it'll be purpose made for him. Hmmmmmm..... The worst thing is the cost - £1700!!!!:eek::eek::eek:

We have a dreadful feeling he's been conned (we're just hoping he didn't go and find the cash from somewhere in the house!!). We can't find the company anywhere on the net and just cannot believe the cost. We're off over there shortly to see him and (hopefully) look at the paperwork(if there is any!?!).
I just thought it might be worth asking you all if anyone else has heard of the company.....or the beds?

We're hoping against hope he hasn't been conned BUT we are also EXTREMELY worried about how easily he's been parted with such a large sum of money. He's 76 and usually in full possession of all his faculties, but he does get carried away by the shopping channels etc on tv. How do we approach this? How would you approach this? Obviously we can't take his bank books away from him, nor do we want to, but we also can't be there all the time to make sure these things don't happen. He is SO conscious of the price of fuel and food etc, and is always talking about how little money he has (not true), but parts with such large amounts for silly things he's seen on tv.

Or are we worrying for no reason?
 
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#2
How did he pay for it? If it was cheque it could always be cancelled?
I work in sales and this sounds very dodgy sales work to me. Do you know where he met the sales guy? If it was someone just randomly knocking on the door I would personally not touch the product with a barge pole!
 

kopcat

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S: 11st5lb C: 8st13lb G: 9st5lb BMI: 20.8 Loss: 2st6lb(21.38%)
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How did he pay for it? If it was cheque it could always be cancelled?
I work in sales and this sounds very dodgy sales work to me. Do you know where he met the sales guy? If it was someone just randomly knocking on the door I would personally not touch the product with a barge pole!
Exactly!?! That's what we're off to find out now....he got quite defensive on the phone, so my husband dropped it for the time being. Part of what sold it to him was that the bloke said it helped prevent DVT - and that's what his brother-in-law started off in hospital with.....a tug on the old heart strings.....
 
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Oh god run away!!!! This is the oldest trick in the book. It's funny how all these 'sales men' have a relative that used these products in a bad time in their lives and it magically made them better and inspired them to sell this magical product!
 

kopcat

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S: 11st5lb C: 8st13lb G: 9st5lb BMI: 20.8 Loss: 2st6lb(21.38%)
#5
Cheque cancelled.....as is order. Company and salesman will be reported to Trading Standards on Monday.

Let's hope this is lesson learned!!

Thanks for your comments and wise words!
 

kelly1977

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I actually saw a very similar case to this on Rogue traders a few months ago, targeting old people tugging at the heart strings to sell a dodgy products, Twats.. :mad:
 

kopcat

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S: 11st5lb C: 8st13lb G: 9st5lb BMI: 20.8 Loss: 2st6lb(21.38%)
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I actually saw a very similar case to this on Rogue traders a few months ago, targeting old people tugging at the heart strings to sell a dodgy products, Twats.. :mad:
It was only through Rogue Traders that we managed to find the company. No trace of them anywhere.....until we put the company address into Google, and were taken to money expert forum, where someone mentioned the Rogue Traders programme.......

It appears this bloke used every possible trick in the book!?!!

Let's hope grandpa has learned his lesson....... Somehow I'm not so sure.....:rolleyes:
 

kopcat

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S: 11st5lb C: 8st13lb G: 9st5lb BMI: 20.8 Loss: 2st6lb(21.38%)
#10
It is frightening when old people get conned like this. It happened years ago to my mil. Pleased to see you acted swiftly and cancelled cheque

Irene xx
Very frightening, Irene....and, as I said, we can hardly confiscate his bankbooks and issue him pocket money, nor can we be there 24/7....... It worries me.....:(
 
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