Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Wanna Buy A Mattress? - Beware School Fundraising Gimmick

Ohio Company Sells Mattresses At Weekend School Sales

LABELLE, FL. -- Plastered illegally throughout LaBelle are yellow plastic signs advertising a Saturday mattress sale at the local high school. Only saying "help the kids" there's no company name or indication of just how or who is being helped.

Custom Funding Solutions LLC of the Cleveland, Ohio area is behind the gimmick. CFS recruits area mattress sellers around the country and gets permission typically from school athletic coaches to set up a mattress display and take orders for mattress sets priced from $199 to $1900.

The school athletic department gets about $50 from the sale of a $199 says one school coach, and a larger commission from pricier units. Brands sold are Restonic and Southerland, both with not such a great consumer rating.

CFS was started in 2006 by Joseph J. Matejka Jr., and incorporated in Ohio in 2008. The Cleveland Better Business Bureau says Matejka formerly owned Cleveland's Best Furniture Direct which "went out of business with an unsatisfactory record with the BBB due to unanswered complaints."

The Ohio furniture company, says the BBB, was a "close-out mattress outlet."  All sales were final and there were no refunds. It ceased operation in 2008. According to the BBB, customer "complaints alleged non-delivery of ordered items and difficulty in reaching the company once orders were placed or purchases were made."

The LaBelle High School sale is being run this weekend by Richard "Jay" McCreadie of Fort Myers, a former employee of Matejka's mattress company. McCreadie owns Mattress & Furniture Wholesalers LLC in Fort Myers, doing business at the school sales as "Custom Fundraising Solutions of Florida." McCreadie started the mattress sales company in 2009 after closing down SW Florida Furniture Direct Corp.

McCreadie formerly worked for Matejka at Cleveland's Best Furniture Direct. He says the mattress being sold at the school sales are not "close-outs" but are manufactured for each order. There is a $50 delivery charge added to the mattress prices, and the company's sub-contracted delivery service will not pick up old mattresses unless they are in good clean condition.

Among the brands being sold are Restonic and Southerland, according to McCreadie. The Restonic brand is typically sold at these high school fund raisers by CFS and has developed a poor reputation from buyers. And not to be left behind, Southerland mattresses also garnered bad reviews from purchasers.

Prices at the school sales typically start at $199 for twin size mattress set and go up to $1900 plus delivery charges.

Our advice: If you want to help the local athletic department when you see one of these school mattress sales events in your area of the country, just write a check to the school as a donation. If you really need a mattress, carefully compare brands and prices before you buy one at a local high school gymnasium or cafeteria.

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  1. Anonymous7:40 PM

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    1. Anonymous3:44 PM

      This bring back horrible memories. Let me give you a glimpse into my past life where a blog like yours caused my daughter to attempt suicide.

      A few years ago I owned a business that had some competitors who decided it would be fun to attack our business making personal attacks and false statements. Kids got a hold of the blogs and eventually started bullying my daughter on line. Then the phone started ringing night and day from blocked numbers. People were nasty. People can be so hurtful when they can hide behind these types of blogs. It just gets out of control.

      The day I closed the business was the same day I got the call "You need to go to the hospital NOW, ****** tried to kill herself, she is in the ambulance" She had finally had enough and thought the world would be better off without her. I will never forget that feeling of not being able to breath, the deep pain, the helplessness. Why did these people do this to my daughter? I just wanted to be left alone and they just kept attacking, I could not protect her, why ? we did nothing wrong....

      It all started with a little blog that grew, got nasty and eventually became personal. No one ever expects these things to get big, but they do. Some people have no boundaries when they can hide.

      I am happy to say that she is doing great today. These negative, unchecked blogs cause harm. The owners of the blogs should think about their responsibility and accountability when they get out of control.

      I know some of you will ask "Why didn't you go to the police". Well, I did and was told "So you want me to investigate internet stuff instead of dealing with hard issue like robberies and shootings"? They told me that prosecuting internet harassment is almost impossible to accomplish. Until you have been in that situation, you just can't imagine how bad it gets. People jump on board and it gets bigger and bigger.

      Just watch the replies to my post. It's all in your hands Don.

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  2. An anonymous reader has posted repeated comments here saying the article was written by a relative of the local furniture store. I can attest I am not related and the local furniture store has not been an advertiser on Southwest Florida Online for some time.
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    1. Anonymous1:07 PM

      Over 40 years ago my high school football coach posted a document on the locker room bulletin board. The words on that piece of paper still impact me today and have had a profound impact on my success and ability to fight past my many business failures and helped me ignore my critics. Today, I thrive because I have attempted many thing.

      I think my coach took the words of Vince Lombardi and posted them knowing we would be challenged on the field of play and in life. That little piece of paper started said something like this:

      Critics are everywhere.....People who get criticized are those who attempt many things. They have many failures, they have many successes. They get criticized just because they attempt things. Critics are a dime a dozen, they never fail because they never attempt anything except criticizing people who do things.

      We had a losing season way back then, but to this day, that little piece of paper has helped me push past my critics and succeed. I will continue to do things and get criticized by others just because I choose to live a full life, go after my dreams and be productive.

      I looked at the original post from Don back in 2012, perhaps back then, this concept seemed odd and it was a paradigm gap that was impossible to comprehend. I did a quick look today, this company is thriving and there are 100s of happy people, schools, coaches and others.

      We should celebrate creativity in the United States and encourage new business concepts. It is in fact, how our country became the greatest in the World. Some of the best things in America came from repeated failures, high school drop outs, college flunky's and radical thinking.

      Looks to me like this company got it figured out......I salute them!



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  3. Anonymous8:36 AM

    You say you're not related to anyone that owns a furniture store, but on the left side of my screen, I see ads for 4 different mattress companies including Sealy, ebed.com, bedinabox, and Sears mattresses. Obviously the coaches that work with this company have vetted them and continue to work with them. Have you personally been to one of their sales?

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    1. Anonymous6:37 PM

      So uneducated. & its ridiculous for you to think others are uneducated as well.. Should we (readers/HARD-working Americans) ASSUME you work for this so-called 'fundraiser' company??

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  4. Note; Advertising seen by readers depends on what words they were searching and what pages they land on. The editor does not control what ads are seen by readers, and has no interest in any advertisers, most of which are national companies.

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  5. Anonymous2:57 PM

    Matejka has put a new spin on the same scam used at his former company. His prior furniture company was actually a franchise operation of PMD Furniture (Power Marketing Direct, owned by Jeff Hoskings) You can find numerous articles on the illicit business practices of PMD and Hoskings.
    If you check Matejka on Linkedin, a number of former PMD franchisees have been enlisted by Matejka and are now running this fundraising scam of CFS. These are the bad people in the world that will do anything to get other people's money and not have an ounce of compunction in doing so.

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    1. Anonymous4:12 PM

      The mattress fundraising company has no affiliation with any other mattress or furniture business. You are in fact, attacking the whistle blowers who set out to take down their own company. How many people do you know who would stick out their necks and risk their livelihood.

      You should not write about things you have limited knowledge. You have twisted the facts to fit your attempt to attack this great fundraising company. I am very familiar with every aspect of your attempt to mislead the readers of this blog. How do I know? Keep reading.....

      PMD was not a franchise years ago when 100s of people around the Country signed licensing agreements to operate furniture warehouses as licensee's not franchisee's. Initially, it was a good company. Unfortunately, I came in after the good years and lost $145,000. Like many business owners, I thought it would get better. It happens to the best of them. Jeff Hosking was the CEO and sole owner and decision maker of the company, The PMD dealers claimed that Hosking got greedy and started overcharging his dealers forcing them to lose business and overprice products just to make a profit. There were several dealers who took out home equity loans and drained bank accounts to try and stay in business. Some dealers had to file bankruptcy. The issues had nothing to do with misrepresentation to the retail public, it was all about internal treatment of the dealers. The internet made it easy for dealers to find out they were being charged up to 100% mark-up on furniture. The dealers had to absorb those mark-ups.

      A bunch of dealers left PMD many years ago for their own reasons and had to find something to make a living. I know about 5-6 years ago, a big group of PMD dealers filed a group lawsuit and eventually were permitted to leave PMD without any legal action so they could operate in the furniture industry voiding their non-compete agreements.

      PMD is now a franchise business still operating and not affiliated with this fundraising organization. The former dealers you referenced are the same dealers who 'took down' their former company. They are the ones who stuck out their necks. These are the people who saw something wrong in their company and sued to make it right. So in essence, you are attacking the whistle-blowers. So these are the people you call "bad", people who make things right.....know the facts before you write something.







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  6. I fell for a similar gimmick in San Diego and bought $600 Southerland mattress. A year after the mattress began making sounds and the firmness has lost.

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    1. Anonymous4:02 PM

      Honestly, come on man! Your complaining about a $600 mattress losing firmness. There is a queen mattress in the middle of the Walmart aisle that costs $399. You can actually squeeze the top and bottom together with your arms, no body weight. You can feel that it has very few coils, but it looks great! You only paid $200 more than a Walmart mattress....that's not a gimmick, you got a $600 mattress. All the $600 mattresses in every store in the US would do the same thing.

      By the way, I thought I had a squeaky mattresses once and discovered it was the box spring. Push on the corners, sides and middle of the box with the mattress off the bed. It might not be the mattress. Mine sounded like a squeaky low pitched door hinge. Like one of those horror movie doors slowly opening.

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  7. I bought a Restonic from CFS in May of 2012. It is a piece of crap. It is creaking and has a whole in the middle. Stay away from these mattresses.

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  8. Anonymous3:20 PM

    This fundraiser raised $3500 for our band program, so I do t really think that it's all that bad.

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    1. Anonymous12:10 PM

      Just because it makes money doesn't mean it's a great product. It's taken advantage of people's hearts by using school kids as their prop. Horrible if you ask me.

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    2. Anonymous9:46 AM

      No one asked you Don....

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    3. Anonymous11:07 AM

      Don't all fundraising schemes for schools use students or students programs as the basis of earning money. How many of those little girl scouts have you taken advantage of when you buy those cheap overpriced boxes of cookies they push every year? Get real! Do you really think anyone would buy cookies, candy bars, fruit or anything else if it were only adults/parents who where in front of the sale? There is nothing wrong with selling items to help people. Oh, churches do it too.

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  9. This blog seems like a hatchet job. You only mention two manufacturers but the customfundraisingsolutions.com web site also lists Simmons, Therapedic, Englander and one that I've never heard of called Symbol. There are links on the web site to each of them so I doubt that these are bogus claims. You also only looked at the former business when you looked at the BBB report. You failed to mention that the BBB report on this business is A+ with only 4 complaints in 7 years and all of them have been resolved to everyone's satisfaction. Such selective reporting makes you look "some kinda way" to anyone who can click a mouse and get all the information.

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  10. A check today (Sept 22/ 2014) shows Custom Funding Solutions LLC is not accredited by the Better Business Bureau. The original story was from 2012 and we stand by our recommendations as stated in the story.
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    1. I didn't say that they are "accredited", I said they are "rated" A+ Here is the link to the BBB that you seem unable to find. http://www.bbb.org/cleveland/Business-Reviews/fund-raising-games-merchandise-supplies/custom-fundraising-solutions-llc-in-westlake-oh-25001512 Click on the "Overview" tab to see the rating.

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    2. Anonymous11:13 AM

      Don, the services you offer in this blog are not accredited by the BBB either. Are we to assume that you have no credibility or you are not legit because you are not registered with the BBB. The BBB is outdated and has become a profit making business on the backs of all business who choose to put their little stickers on the front of their stores. If you want to know about CFS, call your local school and ask. If your schools are doing this for the 2nd - 3rd - 4th - 5th years.....something must be right! School administrators are not going to let something happen in their schools that will tarnish their image or cause them problems.

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  11. Anonymous9:15 AM

    I'm working this company to raise much needed funds for our football team and just say where they have raised over $10,000,000 for schools nationally. I've seen that customers SAVE money through this company and it's been a win-win for everyone. What's your beef with them. Here's where they were featured on Yahoo!: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mattress-fundraiser-breaks-10-million-201200331.html;_ylt=A0LEV0bMVIhUq8cAQ3dXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzcDBoZWVpBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1ZJUDA3N18x

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  12. Note that the link cited is actually from a press release written by the company itself. I'd not take it too seriously as to how any particular school is going to raise big bucks as a result of letting a mattress company set up shop at the school for a weekend.

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    1. Anonymous11:17 AM

      Don, You missed the real point! Is the article true and accurate or is it false. If it is false, then publish the facts and take the risk of being challenged. All companies have the right to self promote.

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  13. Anonymous9:40 AM

    Funny how you selectively edit the posts. You just removed mine. I guess this about your opinion and not the truth. How's life in the Obama administration?

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  14. Anonymous6:24 PM

    This is not only a scam in Ohio it is as well right here in Lancaster, New York. I was told on November 1st that I would have my $1000 mattress in 3 to 4 weeks... One excuse after another as to why it still isn't here the first week of January when it was supposed to be a Christmas present guaranteed delivery. Extremely poor customer service with no apologies whatsoever when I demanded every penny of my money back and my order cancelled. I'll be sure to let every baseball mom know about this scam for sure!

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    1. Anonymous11:48 AM

      Just because you have the same experience as one person that many of us experience at one time or another at furniture stores, etc. That does not make it a scam. I waited 4 months for a bedroom set at Ashley Furniture after they kept telling me it was in. They refused to give my money back at Ashley. If you did not ever get your mattress, that would be a scam and you should report that to the authorities, but I have a feeling you got your mattress.

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  15. Anonymous11:00 PM

    HUGE SCAM!! Owners pocket the majority of the money. Make a donation to the school and buy a mattress from a reputable store!!

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    1. Anonymous7:36 PM

      Very true. CFS takes 15% and the CFS dealers take about 50%. Schools get about $100 per set. Hardly as good as they advertise.

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    2. Anonymous8:59 PM

      How do you know this?

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    3. Anonymous11:12 PM

      This is absolutely the truth. The schools get what amounts to be about half to a third of what cfs makes.

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    4. Anonymous11:23 AM

      Wow! We get money for each mattress they sell, we don't have to put my kid on the street going door to door, we don't have to handle cash, we don't have to deliver anything, we don't have to buy anything, they sell a few mattresses and we make the same as 1000s of candy bars that we as parent pay for anyway. We will let them take all the risk and we'll get paid? Sounds like a deal! They must lose a bunch of money if no mattresses are sold! At least my school doesn't lose the money.

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    5. Anonymous5:09 PM

      Good for you! You have to do nothing! I bought 2 of these mattresses last Sept at a school fundraising. A total,of,$2000.00 plus $100.00 for delivery. The extra firm is now sinking in the middle.More than normal. The dealer wouldn't even come and look at it! Emailed a 2 page form that I could print out, fill out and send in. I had to measure and find numbers. Not an easy feat when you are 82. We were not able to find out how much was given to the football program . Yes, I should have donated the money and bought my mattress elsewhere. So--didYOU,who had to do nothing, buy one?

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    6. Anonymous5:40 PM

      I did buy a mattress and I had a mattress replaced without any questions asked from our school event. Since I had a issue, I was curious and read somewhere that about 3-5% of mattresses have warranty claims.

      The school fundraiser guy told me that they have to take care of customer issues quickly as it is the only way they can stay in the schools they work with....made sense to me. He said stores get 1000s of people every year, they can afford to have a few angry people.

      If you did go to a mattress store, you could have gone to one of the most popular mattresses stores...that 'firm' place, bought the same mattress and told to follow their warranty process. Here it is listed below. Put that in your browser and try to get any resolution with them. You must download their claim form, fill it out, wait for them to schedule a appointment when they want to, host their third party claim company, pay them $25 to come to your house.....but on certain products, you must contact the manufacturer directly. If the warranty is approved and that is a BIG IF....there is a $69.99 redelivery fee......That is the Mattress - Firm warranty process. You can read it for yourself...see the link below.

      If I were you, I would have told the guy to get his butt out to your house and take care of it. For me, I called our school representative, they brought me a new mattress for free in two weeks. No questions asked.

      http://www.mattressfirm.com/warranty-questions-l47.aspx

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    7. Anonymous10:30 PM

      Our State requires each fundraising organization to register and publish audited financial reports for each sale. As a Band Director, we review these reports to see if we are being treated fairly. I can tell you that this company always pays their schools more than they keep after considering ALL the costs associated with running one of these events. I like this fundraiser because CFS assumes all the risk, they can make money, but there are several sales that they lose money while the school still gets paid. I know our State audits the company and all the other fundraising groups because I get calls from the State verifying the posted results. I know the truth! These guys are fantastic!

      We have State wide Band Director conferences and I know a bunch of Directors who love this fundraiser. My boosters like it too!

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    8. Anonymous8:04 AM

      So you are telling me they publish their REAL costs? No way...absolutely no way. You should be ashamed to think ANYONE would believe that. CFS is getting desperate here to try to get that entered as fact.

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    9. Anonymous2:41 PM

      I said AUDITED by the State. It is a fact! YOU are the person who should be ashamed. You insult me and other coaches, directors and school administrators by writing negative posts LIKE WE NEED YOUR AMAZING KNOWLEDGE. Do you really think I am not smart enough to look into their results, talk to fellow colleagues and have my students parents who are great business people review this company?

      My community and my job are important to me and my family. The mattress fundraiser is one of the easiest and best known event in our community. I love it!

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    10. Anonymous2:30 PM

      YOUR post said they always pay more to the schools than they make.....correct? The ONLY way to know that is to know their costs. I stand, firmly, by my assertion. If you know sonething here provide evidence. Until then, keep scamming.....

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    11. Anonymous9:00 AM

      They have to post all their costs associated with the event too! It would be difficult to audit anything financial without the costs associated with the activity being audited. The bottom line is that you can't handle the fact that your posts are completely false. This is a good company. They are fair and all the Directors in my area work with them and will continue working with them.

      People reading this blog need to remember that the creator of the blog originally was attacking the company. At least he is fair and lets people voice their opinions. There are a few competitors who keep failing and they want to post negative stuff.

      Since this company has been around since 2005 and helped raise more than $13 Million for school programs throughout the U.S., they are great for my area, my parents enjoy this event.....I will work with them for a long time.

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    12. Anonymous12:26 PM

      Again you spout off with nothing to back it up with. Do they really post their costs? The real costs backed by actual evidence? I would LOVE for you to show this. What state are you in? How does the public see you are truthful?

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    13. Anonymous9:33 AM

      As a band director along with several other directors I know, we are happy with CFS, our parents are happy and our community likes the event. I don't know why you want to attack the company, but I wish you the best with whatever you decide to do with your life. Band camp is starting for all of us this week, no more time for this.

      At our last meeting, I think CFS had 50+ locations and had helped schools all over the country earn more than $13 million just doing their mattress fundraiser. That's a lot of money going to schools throughout my area and the country. It is simply the best fundraiser I have ever done!

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    14. Anonymous5:56 PM

      The truth is an attack? YOU made a patently false claim and are now trying to back out of it. You have NO idea how much they make. They would NEVER show their costs. If you knew the 799 Simmons cost them 257 would you and your administrator be as happy?

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    15. Anonymous8:54 AM

      I own a small business and read this string of comments. The last one is so interesting and shows the typical understanding of the general public about businesses.

      799 - 257 = $542 Gross Profit. That is not the amount of money a business owner puts in the their pocket. You know that, but want to bend the discussion to fit your agenda.

      Businesses have fixed costs and variable costs. The fixed costs happen every month or during every sale. If these people sell nothing or very little, they will lose money, probably a big loss. If they sell cheap stuff, they have to sell a lot more to make any money. If they sell big dollar items, they have to sell less to cover their costs.The variable costs cover sales staff, trucks, set up, credit card processing. One could argue that these costs are actually fixed since it seems like this company incurs a lot of the variable costs before they sell the first mattress. The school has no risk, they make money starting with the first mattress sold.

      They probably do make good money when they sell a bunch of mattresses, but you also have to look at the other side of the equation. HOW MUCH DO THEY LOSE WHEN THEY DON'T SELL ANYTHING OR VERY LITTLE? As with any business, they would follow a standard distribution curve where 30% do ok, 30% do very well and 30% lose money and eventually quit.

      Like all businesses, they have to make up those losses in the next events. Attacking this business model is a slippery slope because every sale is different and I am sure they have events that lose money and some that make great money.

      It has taken them a long time to grow since they started in 2005. If it were a hugely profitable business, they would have a lot more locations and they would have a lot of competition. There are thousands of people with money who are looking to invest in franchises. These people would be all over this begging to get in. It's obvious that that isn't happening. So it must be so unpredictable that people don't want to invest or the return on the investment is not as huge as you want to believe.







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    16. Anonymous1:57 PM

      Read their website....they dont sell franchises. Why? Disclosure is required if they do. No chance they want that....

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    17. Anonymous2:34 PM

      Again the point is they take more than they give. Fixed and variable cost discussions are exactly the point. No can say they dont make money because its not disclosed. That's why it is insulting for someone to say they are audited and they are giving more than they are taking. Agreed?

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    18. Anonymous8:36 AM

      I own a Franchise, they suck! It's just a way for a business owner to charge a bunch of money up front for their business model. It takes forever to get that money back.

      Second and more important. Coke does not patent their formula because they want to keep it a secret. Why would a successful company like the mattress sale company want to disclose anything for potential competitors, mattress stores and any other person to gain more insight into their business model? They are smart keeping it away from you, me and anyone else.

      That's the smart American way! It's great to live in a Country where a person or company can invent a great business and not have to have it ripped off by competitors or wannabes.

      Go start your own business, you make it sound so easy!

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  16. Anonymous12:15 AM

    Total scam

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    1. Anonymous12:24 PM

      The mattress fundraising dealers are registered with their States and many of them have to report financials to their Department of State for every school they work with. The States follow up randomly to check and make sure the company is reputable and does what they say. Every State in the Country has a group at the Department of State that monitors all solicitation, fundraisers, special events, etc. They are actually more heavily regulated than a standard retail store. They do this to protect their citizen from fraudulent activities. No scam, just the facts.

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    2. Anonymous11:07 PM

      Would LOVE to see any of these reports. Where can i find them?

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  17. Anonymous4:26 PM

    Just bought a Simmons mattress. I took a picture of the info card and went home to research it. I got ripped off. I paid $300 MORE than I could buy it online. What a scam. I will be calling the school Monday. I am glad I found this site. Has anyone else had this happen to them?

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    1. Anonymous11:26 AM

      Quite the opposite actually. My wife and I went to the school and found a mattress that was the same as the one we ordered at Mattress Firm. We cancelled our mattress firm order and bought the same mattress from the school. Get this! We saved $1,000! We called our friends and they bought the same mattress we bought. I love the bed. That was 4 years ago and we are telling all our friends to wait this year.

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    2. Anonymous12:11 PM

      My wife and I had a very enjoyable and refreshing experience this weekend at our school. The sales lady saw me trying to do comparison shopping at the fundraising event using my phone. She got the owner who sat with us on the mattress and helped us find the identical mattress at four different mattress stores including a couple on line retailers. It was almost impossible for us to do it since all the names are different from retailer to retailer. He (the owner) told us if he or us could find the same mattress or if we thought we could find a similar one for less, he would beat it by $100 and still give the school their money.

      We found one we thought was less, but on line, they catch you by showing mattress only prices. When we added the box spring, the online stores were $200 to $500 higher. The owner walked away and told us to take our time, go shopping to compare because he did not want to sell us a mattress if we were not absolutely sure.

      We bought the mattress set. It was the most fairest way to buy a mattress we ever experienced. It's hard to believe this great experience happened at a school. This was the 4th year we had been seeing the signs and finally decided it was time. I feel so good helping our local band and I got to meet some of the students who were playing in front of the school.

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    3. Anonymous6:14 PM

      I think business owners have a right to make money. They do take a lot more risk than a hourly or salaried person, but for some reason, it has become a crime for entrepreneurs to ask good money for their efforts.

      High Margins by the retail mattress stores it what makes this fundraising company successful. They don't have the overhead so they can reduce their prices. However, the negative bloggers on here act like they don't have any costs with their business.

      Some people get 'upset' when they see someone else making money. 50% gross profit (sell price - cost of goods sold) / sell price isn't outrageous by any means especially when the retailer has to pay all the costs associated with running a business. Most consumers don't understand all the little things that add up, vehicles, insurance, card processing fees, bank charges for business accounts, licensing, phones, advertising, labor, warranty claims, cancellations, administrative labor, tax prep, accountant fees and the list goes on and on. Those cargo delivery trucks are $50,000 or they have to lease them for outrageous prices. It ain't all profit as some want to believe.

      Some shopping for mattresses will pay more for an iPhone / iPad than a bed...Apple didn't get a multimillion dollar war chest trying to sell for cheap. The iPad cover is my favorite, commanding hundreds of percentage points. So, if there are folks out there 'upset' at the margins in mattresses, check out your other household products before getting too upset ;)

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  18. Anonymous7:34 PM

    Yes, same thing happened to me and they refused to refund my money. They said all sales are final. I paid almost $600 more for the set I bought than I could have gotten it for elsewhere.

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    1. Anonymous11:23 AM

      I have so much more respect for CFS and the way they treated me yesterday. I am a big, over weight man and I know it. I weigh 350 pounds. The CFS guy was the first mattress sales person who had the courage to tell me which beds would support me and which beds would not last. He was very open, honest and not afraid to address my situation. Not only that, I felt like the most important customer in the gym. I got a great mattress! I have been replacing my mattress every 2 - 3 years from the local mattress stores. The mattress stores always told me the same thing...."every bed in here will support you"! I know the stores just want to make a sale and they take advantage of my situation. Yes, I paid a little more for my mattress than usual, but I got a much better mattress and I like dealing with honest people. He showed me the same mattress on line at 3 different stores to show me how much I was saving at the school. I was talking to the sales guy and the coach. Both said if I have any problems to call either of them.

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    2. Anonymous10:14 PM

      "Big over weight"? No one would ever describe themselves in such a ridiculous manner. The thin veiled attempts by CFS to hide their dishonesty is comical.....

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  19. Anonymous10:48 PM

    With all these complaints why are they still doing this. I googled mattress fundraiser today before going to a sale near Philly today. Glad I did.

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    1. Anonymous12:17 PM

      All of these complaints? Do you really think they would continually be asked back to the 1000s of schools they work with ever year if there were a bunch of complaints from more than just one or two people? This company is like yours, mine or any other business. They are operated by independent dealers where a few might not be as savvy handling customers in certain situations. Anonymous at 7:34pm wanted a refund, but probably after the school was already paid and they expected the school to give them a refund.

      I am a old man. I was raised in a time when you were responsible for the decisions you made. When I sign sales receipts which are contracts, my signature is a commitment. Unfortunately, we now have a few generations who's word, commitment and signature are meaningless. As a member of the greatest generation, I am ashamed that our country is filled with adults who do not take responsibility for simple things like making a purchase and sticking to it.

      It's pathetic how people buy things, change their minds and return opened, used and damaged merchandise making retailers absorb the loss. So for those of you reading this that are younger than me, just because you can cancel a contract through intimidation, threat of internet harassment, posting negative comments on blogs to hurt a business.....you are still wrong! Your children are learning from you too! You will see in a few years when the creditors are sending collection letters to your adult children at your home.

      Live up to your commitments. You will become more responsible and stronger. Our youth will have a great example to follow also. My word and signature mean something and the people I do business with know it!

      PS: I can't wait for the day when a church gets asked to return a person tithe because they found a cheaper church or just changed their minds.

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  20. Anonymous3:20 PM

    Southerland Mattress is the worst mattress I have ever purchased, they refuse to warranty it and the center is caving in after only 3 months of sleeping on it. This company are crooks and will gladly take your money, give you very low quality product and ignore you when the product needs to be warranty! BUYER BEWARE, do not make a bad decision and buy this product STEAR CLEAR!

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    1. Anonymous10:49 PM

      Crappy no name mattresses or over priced brand names? Seems Like a double whammy. Why work with these guys?

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    2. Anonymous12:32 PM

      Funny....yesterday at our school, they had Simmons Beautyrest, Southerland and Restonic brands. All three are in the top 15 bedding manufacturers in the United States. no name???? really??? I read this blog before going, I suggest to everyone who see's this blog, go to your school. There is something really strange about the negative stuff on here. It has to be competitors or disgruntled ex employee's making up stuff because what I saw were mostly great mattresses, good value compared to stores and happy kids.

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    3. Anonymous3:23 PM

      Did you even read the above?

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    4. Anonymous10:12 PM

      I read the above.....I like facts:

      Simmons, Sealy, Restonic and Serta all have very similar overall ratings. Oddly enough, a very expensive and well known brand "Sterns and Foster" has a very bad rating. You can't argue the facts from a independent review source. So many reckless broad statements on here by people who have some issue with a person or the company.

      You can see for yourself:
      http://www.sleeplikethedead.com/bed-mattress-review-home.html

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  21. Anonymous1:02 PM

    This fundraiser has got to be the biggest scam ever. This company is making so much money and giving the schools barely a fraction. Mattresses are complete crap!! Beware!!!!

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    1. Anonymous11:19 PM

      The folks at CFS are aware of this blog. They are worried their gig may be up soon. Too bad. What will the old pmd cronies do next?

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    2. Anonymous11:32 AM

      Sounds like this person has a personal beef with CFS or someone in the company. They certainly don't care about helping schools like this great company. I heard some big mattress retailers are trying to take these guys down becasue they have taken a big chunk of their retail store business.

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  22. Anonymous8:14 AM

    Another weekend, another set of scammers.

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  23. Anonymous7:14 PM

    As an athletic director in Illinois I found this while researching mattress fundraisers. I have heard a lot of things and wanted to find out the truth. I have NO idea now. It seems like a good, not great, fundraiser. I think at the very least we need to demand more money for each sale. Does CFS really make 2x as the school? My superintendent will not allow this if that's true. How do I get this information?

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    1. Anonymous8:17 PM

      The anonymous person slamming CFS makes one great point, the mattresses are the same ones you can buy in the store....I repeat, the same ones, the same Simmons Beautyrest, the same southerland, the same retonic, the same new englander......the same! So if everything is the same, how do you explain the success? We have held this event for 4 years. I see people checking prices on line, going away to stores to shop and compare and then returning to buy from this event. Mr. or Mrs. anonymous also mentions that they are the same mattresses you can buy in a store. Well if this is indeed the case, all the mattresses in the stores would be bad too...right? Or did CFS just go to Simmons, Southerland, etc. and say..."Give me all your worst mattresses". Lets think about this logically, we are in our 4th year, we always sell between 40 - 50 mattresses at our school and many are bought each year by the same people. Do you really think consumers are so ignorant that they would repeatedly spend $500 - $1000 every year on junk? Really? Anonymous insults every reader of this blog by trying to do the thinking for you. So I wonder, who is this disgruntled person or people??? Have you ever met a disgruntled competitor, employee or failed business owner. I am a HR Manager, I see these people all the time. Blame the world for their failures.

      I have not seen anyone being arm wrestled to buy a mattress at our school. I see people come and go, some buy, some don't. We will continue to hold our event every year because people like the mattresses, they buy them at the school because they say they save money and of course we make a lot of money and do no work. They do everything for us.

      Mr. Brown tells people to donate money. Mr. Brown.....our band budget is $150,000. We have parents who will not pay their band dues. We have businesses in our community who refuse to help promote our band. People do not simply give $150,000 annually without something in return. We did a simple online donation this year for all our families and their relatives....we made $3,000!

      So athletic director. I suggest you contact your area directors and ask them about this sale. Only there will you find the truth!

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  24. Anonymous9:00 PM

    The most successful of the CFS scammers, I mean dealers, are off to Saint Thomas on the backs of the schools they rip off. I thought it was all about the kids, right? Yeah right!

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    1. Anonymous11:38 AM

      My company takes us on trips all the time. Of course, as one of the top sales people, I earn it. There are some who never get to that level and they always complain and blame everyone else except themselves. Why is it in our great country, it has become a sin to own a successful business and celebrate success? It's sad that winning businesses have to hide from the scrutiny of the jealous public. I say go! If you earn it, take it! I bet there were a lot of bands or other groups who went to Europe, Florida, Hawaii this year because CFS helped them make money.

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  25. Anonymous10:43 AM

    That's just the tip of the iceberg. Those trips take place several times a year. They are out for themselves, not the schools. The mattresses are crap and they sell them for four to five times what they get them for. CFS is making more than four times what they are paying the schools. False advertising is just the beginning of what they are being investigated for....BEWARE!!

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  26. Anonymous2:49 PM

    Crazy! Who is allowing these people into the schools? School administrators need to be made aware of this scam

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  27. Anonymous1:02 PM

    CFS claims mattresses are 30% to 50% Below Retail. In fact, they are 30% to 50% HIGHER than retail. They sell a Simmons mattress that was built to Retail for $599 and they price it between $699 and $799! Then show an inflated retail of $999. Not true. They are taking advantage of local people who are in good faith buying a mattress to help the school team.

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    1. Anonymous11:43 AM

      I bought a mattress this weekend. Afterwards, I read this blog. I called the company and got them to send me the details of my mattress. I took a picture of the mattress at the sale. I just got back from the local store and found my same mattress that I paid $699 at the store for $899....well, I really paid $599 because I got a teacher discount. I showed the store guy and he was not happy. I am very happy now with my decision and can't wait to get my mattress.

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  28. We noticed today May 12, 2015 that an anonymous writer placed seven responses to other's comments. All responses were posted within a forty minute period between 11:07 and 11:47 a.m. Eastern Time and the person variously portrayed himself as a teacher, salesperson for the company and advocate of the company's business practices. Normally we don't see one person making numerous comments.

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    1. Anonymous6:29 PM

      Erase the comments then.....

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  29. Anonymous10:07 AM

    I went to one of these fundraisers this past weekend. Very high pressure sales. I did my research before attending the sale. Although I wanted to support the team, it was a joke. Mattress quality was far inferior to mattresses we priced elsewhere. Prices were higher than anything else I had found and delivery charges were completely outrageous. The school team just isn't making enough to justify these prices. Don't get ripped off. Avoid these sales!

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    1. Anonymous11:05 AM

      We have been doing this event for 5 years. We took our end of event report to one of our local mattress stores because they wanted to do this for us. After reviewing the report and looking at all the money paid to kids, the team and the cost of doing the event with no guaranteed sales, the local store said they were not willing to take the risk unless they could pay for the cost of the event before they started paying us. They stopped asking to do the event. LOL... I know the fundraising company lost money in 2 of the years they worked with us.

      We also have parents in our booster group who always find a excuse to not help our team. They are always too busy, the things we sell are too expensive, they take, take, take and never help. The comment below says "make a $50 donation"....this is the real World. We have parents who never pay their participation fees.....give a donation....ha!

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  30. Anonymous1:32 PM

    I think school fundraising as a whole is a scam. These bozos have just perfected it. Make a $50 donation and go to the local in town store to buy your mattress. Win Win Win Lose. Wins are school gets money, local store gets business, and you save money. Only people that lose are the fundraising hacks from CFS and the other mattress fundraising companies. Yes there are others that have stole the idea and are doing it.

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  31. Anonymous10:08 PM

    The mattress fundraiser idea is truly genius. Too bad it fell into the hands of very greedy people. Mattresses are over priced and the majority of the money goes into the CFS operator's pocket, instead of to the school group. I noticed CFS is now paying for Google ads to rise to the top of the page when you search for 'mattress fundraiser'. The spoof goes on.

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    1. Anonymous6:55 PM

      No Mr. Booster Beds the whole industry is a scam. Dont attempt to separate yourself. You are even a bigger scam. You stole the scam from the scammers. Don't get all holier than though.

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    2. Anonymous12:14 PM

      It's called advertising! Google-ads, get it? Google-ads, ads, ads.....If a company advertises, that should be a good thing, right? What's wrong with advertising? Nothing!

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  32. Anonymous4:56 PM

    The funny part is that this blog comes up first when i searched mattress fundraiser. I guess the SEO and AD words campaign is a ripoff.

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  33. Anonymous3:27 PM

    The wool is pulled over the school's eyes with one comment the CFS people claim; 60% of the profits go to the school group. THAT'S A LIE. In fact, if the organizations and the administrations of schools knew that only 10% of the proceeds go to the school, it's doubtful CFS would be permitted to use the school for it's own self interest. Candy bars, cookie dough and all the other fundraisers pay from 40% to 60% of sales. CFS only pays 10%.

    Customers are told about 60% going to the group and they misinterpret that into meaning 60% of what they pay for the bed goes to the group.

    A more honest approach wold be to share significantly MORE of the gross profit with the group. AND, submit a report to the administration of total sales and total given to the group. That will never happen because it would be the kiss of death with schools.

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    1. Anonymous5:06 PM

      You are really showing your lack of business knowledge at all levels! Really, candy bars.....really??? You compare the costs structure of selling candy bars to a mattress sale? Everyone reading your statements should get a good laugh! I can hear the chuckles already.....

      But lets give it a go for fun....

      What would you think if you found out it only costs $.05 (5 cents) to make a candy bar? Well, that is the cost! The candy company makes 55 cents, you get 40 cents and you do all the selling, distribution, collect the cash and you have to buy it in minimum order quantities. Hope you can sell it all. Good luck!

      But lets move along. Every school should sell $1 candy bars for 40% profit. After all, we know the candy bar companies do it for free, right? The candy bar companies share their cost structure with the schools, right? Anyway....moving along with your advise. Lets see, that means my kids band program would have to sell 31,500 candy bars to make the amount of money we made in ONE DAY from them selling mattresses for us. The mattress fundraising company takes the orders, handles the finances, orders mattresses, warehouses, unloads truckloads of mattresses, home delivers, pays for everything, takes all the risk if nothing sells. My kid stays off the street, I don't have to eventually buy the candy and give it away, my coworkers don't feel obligated to buy candy......hmmm

      You must be one of those struggling candy and cookie companies making such a silly post or maybe a competitor. Perhaps just got a issue with mattress fundraisers.....You certainly could use a good dose of business school.

      News Flash!!! We hate selling candy! My kids hate selling candy! We hate car washes, We hate on line solicitors, We hate working in concession stands making pennies on each item sold, We hate all the traditional fundraising! Period!

      This is so easy and I love it!

      By the way, the mattress people did not claim 60% of profits go to the school, I was at the meeting. Those are your misinformed words which shows how desperate you are to take out your anger on this company.

      Since you think all of them are getting rich, I suggest you quit your job and become a mattress fundraising dealer. I am sure they have open locations and would be happy to let you try your expertise at running a business on your own. I used to own a business. Starting and running a business is not free. You will need a lot of money up front. Just remember, you can lose a lot of money since you have to pony up all the money and hope to sell something. By the way, those medical insurance benefits, disability insurance, 401K, Social Security benefits, HSA plans that your company pays for or matches in your current job. As a business owner, you have to pay for 100% of it! I know, I used to own a business! I make more now working for a company.

      I am guessing if you owned a business and had to cough up the cash on the front end, your whole concept of business costs, profit, loss, etc. would change dramatically.

      I love this mattress sale and the other parents love this sale too! They have always given us what they said we would get and a little more.

      BTW: I suggest you contact the owner of the company and share your thoughts with him. He might get you one of those lucrative locations to test your business skills. I don't know what it costs, but like most small businesses, you will probably need $75,000 - $150,000 for everything before your first sale. Warehouses, trucks, inventory...etc. Be careful though, you might lose it all!

      I guess it would be cheaper to just hand a kid a box of chocolates and tell him "don't come back until you sell this box of chocolate. You could be the 'chocolate pimp'!

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    2. Anonymous7:21 PM

      Their website and employment ads advertise no start up costs. So you are only off by, like, $$75,00-$150,000.

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    3. Anonymous3:05 PM

      Hey, I got a great idea then if there is no start up cost, especially for those who believe everything written about the company making a bunch of money. You need to get off this blog, go start one of their free dealerships. Go to their website where you can find how to become a dealer and do it! You are a smart person I assume and just enjoy the bantering. You and I both know starting a business takes a lot of cash and 75%+ of businesses crash and burn losing everything. But, if you start a business with nothing, the business cost no money to operate, then you lose nothing when it fails....right??? uh huh...of course we live in the real World.

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    4. Anonymous11:10 PM

      It costs about $2000 they say to run a sale.

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    5. Anonymous9:10 AM

      I wonder who bought all those display beds, frames, credit card machines, insurance, trucks, show crates, and more......I wonder how long those things last when setting up and tearing down every week? Amortized across the shows they do......ummm it's a heck of a lot more than $2000. I am guessing the $2000 just covers sales help, set-up help, maybe some marketing stuff.....You have never owned a business. A little dose of the real world of owning a business would be a real eye opener for you. Again, I say go for it! get rich! You can do it! Get off here, take that $2000 and do a school! Good luck!

      Do you even know where to start???? Layout your business plan and go for it!

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    6. Anonymous2:51 PM

      You seem to have all the answers bud. Lay them out. You havent a clue do you?

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  34. Anonymous12:33 PM

    Average sale is probably about 750. School gets $100. The extra products may see the school get 5 or 10 bucks. Cfs big push is the added profit from the upsell. Those are marked up 2 or 3 times cost. The amount of profit is less but the factor is much higher.

    The school gets a fixed amount. Why they cite a percentage is beyond me.

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  35. Anonymous8:57 AM

    Sounds like they con the schools into letting them in to sell their mattresses with the promise of a larger reward for school/team than what they actually give them. That has to be illegal in some capacity. False advertising? Schools should definitely demand a cost sheet from this company showing what the beds cost and what total profits are made. If the schools had all of the information, they may choose a fundraiser that would be more beneficial to them than this.

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    1. Anonymous10:24 PM

      Right on. I was approached by one of their guys to run a sale. They feed on helping local kids as their sticking point. Yes, they give anywhere from $50 to$100 per mattress sold. My research finds they are making most likely $300 to $500 per set. Add on pillows, protectors, delivery, etc and a sale of 25 sales gets the team about 2k. They make about 7k. They told me they spend about 2k per sale. So they make 2.5x what my team makes. We didn't do a sale after checking local references and seeing things like this. Too bad this happens to schools.

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    2. Anonymous11:44 AM

      So your saying no money is better than some money? Unbelievable how people think. I am neither a customer or a dealer. People get a life.

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    3. Anonymous1:54 PM

      Some money is surely better than none. I think the point is that CFS is making more than the schools. That is all. Many districts have strict rules in place for fundraising. If the true numbers were known many district offices would not allow this.

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    4. Anonymous2:24 PM

      Anonymous 10:24pm is not a coach and is not associated with a school in any capacity. No coach would reject $2000 in one day when they don't have to manage anything, their kids don't sell, the parents don't have to work and the fundraising company takes all the risk and pays all the bills.

      Even though the post is not real and fabricated by one of CFS's competitors or angry exdealers, $2000/$2500 split or 55%/45% split is pretty good for a fundraising activity.

      TO make the same $2000, a school would have to sell 5000 candy bars to and they would have a huge amount of work to get this done.

      At the pace this company is growing, the schools are voting with their endorsement of the company that gives them the easiest fundraiser they have ever done (read their referral letter). I read the referral letters on their website from schools all across the country. Did you see those HUGE check pictures they post on their site with 1000s of schools. Those coaches and kids look really happy! You can't argue against pictures and letters...they are real and the coaches put their reputations out there for this company.

      Looks like they have communities of people who love what they do!



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    5. Anonymous3:57 PM

      They make 5 and the school makes 2. Math must not be your subject. Nice try though clown.

      Fact is most schools dont allow that type of split.

      Just saying.

      Letters and pictures are nice. How many are on there?

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    6. Anonymous1:12 PM

      You can count them for yourself on their website:

      just search for: custom fundraising solutions

      It's easy to find, they are all over the Country and have tons of great stuff posted by schools, parents, coaches, directors, news releases and more.

      You can just go there and watch all the pictures scroll, you can read news articles, you can go to their locations by clicking a star on the map and then you can see a bunch more pictures for each location. I don't want to count all of them, but a really rough estimate lets say....50 locations, 20 pictures per location.....maybe 1000 pictures of big checks and the schools students, coaches, etc. Could be more or less....who knows.

      I can't tell you exactly how many pictures or letters, but enough to tell me they are liked by a lot of people.

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  36. Anonymous11:42 AM

    The people on this blog have way to much free time. Spend your time with positive things. Unless you like being unhappy.

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  37. Anonymous1:55 PM

    Said the man who read all the comments and then found time to comment.

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