You may want to sleep on this one…

Cidu Bill on Nov 27th 2017

B.A.: Does this happen anywhere other than in the Funkyverse?


Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Funky Winkerbean, Tom Batiuk, comic strips, comics | 25 responses so far

25 Responses to “You may want to sleep on this one…”

  1. Kamino Neko Nov 27th 2017 at 08:04 am 1

    I thought an earlier strip from this arc showed up here, but no… Must have been Comics Curmudgeon…

    Anyway…ever since seeing that other strip, I have baffled by the ‘band mattresses’ thing. Who, in universe, thought that was a good idea. (I assume Batiuk just thought it was funny…)

  2. Blinky the Wonder Wombat Nov 27th 2017 at 08:29 am 2

    Believe it or not, once upon a time Funky Winkerbean was “funny” and regularly featured absurdist humor like this. I’m not claiming it’s actually funny, but it it more in line with what the strip used to be like.

  3. Powers Nov 27th 2017 at 09:00 am 3

    The band, first under Harry Dinkle and now under Becky, is always trying new fundraising schemes. The fact that this is absurd is the source of the humor.

  4. tristara Nov 27th 2017 at 09:42 am 4

    Yes, several high schools in this area have done this. I have no idea how/why it started. They are not delivered door to door, they are either literally sold of the back of the container truck, or orders are taken in advance, or both.

  5. ja Nov 27th 2017 at 10:49 am 5

    Batiuk and “Funky” get lots of flack these days, but I liked this strip. As Powers notes, the Westview High School Marching Band’s fund-raising schemes have been going on for decades. I also like the timing of the strip, as in years past there were many, many Thanksgiving arcs that dealt with selling (or not selling) band turkeys. And yes, band mattresses are a thing:

    The company that originated the idea (Custom Fundraising Solutions) happens to be lheadquartered in the very real Westlake, OH, which like the fictional Westview is in the greater Cleveland area. (There once was a real Westview, OH; it was annexed into Olmsted Falls a year before FW started.)

    CFS doesn’t require students to go door-to-door carrying samples or delivering product (they set up a one-day event with demo mattresses in a gymnasium or other large room), but when you combine the mattress fundraiser idea with the more traditional fundraiser concept, the joke works for me.

  6. DemetriosX Nov 27th 2017 at 11:08 am 6

    I’m amazed this is an actual thing. I have to wonder about the economics of the whole thing, though. It seems like you’d have to have a pretty damn big school (which Westview isn’t) to get a large enough base to be able to sell enough mattresses to make it worthwhile. Mattresses are big ticket items, not something you’re going to buy on a whim or just to help out the band.

  7. Bob Nov 27th 2017 at 11:21 am 7

    I became aware of mattress fundraising several years (~5-8) ago when my older son told me he bought two mattresses for his new home from the “high school.” Even after his explanation, I still had a puzzled look on my face.

  8. James Pollock Nov 27th 2017 at 01:55 pm 8

    I passed a sign advertising a mattress fundraiser at a local HS about a month ago.

  9. Treesong Nov 27th 2017 at 03:57 pm 9

    ja@5’s answer is one of the most thoroughly informative ones I’ve ever seen in CDU.

  10. zbicyclist Nov 27th 2017 at 05:29 pm 10

    Our local high school did this a few years ago. This struck me as a silly thing, but then I didn’t need a new mattress at the time.

    But then I thought: people tend to live with their mattresses past the point of replacement, and if your son/daughter/neice/nephew, etc. is pitching this, you might succumb. Unlike band candy, I don’t think you could run the mattress sale every year.

    I see their Facebook page is still up — it was 2013.

  11. Greybeard Nov 27th 2017 at 07:12 pm 11

    As for the band director’s comment, while just having to schlep mattresses does account for it, it makes me think of this:

    Q: Do you know the difference between a musician and a professional musician?
    A: A musician has a day job; a professional musician has a spouse with a day job.

  12. fleabane Nov 27th 2017 at 09:39 pm 12

    Considering a mattress is one of the three most stressful things to buy, that they cost hundreds to thousands of dollars and that they are an decade and a half commitment, Band Matrresses makes about as much sense as Band Car Sales and Band Home Sales.

    Just saying….

  13. Mary McNeil Nov 27th 2017 at 10:04 pm 13

    Several local high schools (Medina County, Ohio) have mattress sales for fundraising. Having slept on the same mattress that was delivered the day the Challenger blew up, I couldn’t believe it either. Turns out people thought I was crazy for not buying a new mattress every few years. Of course, I’m still driving a 2008 Subaru.

  14. Mark in Boston Nov 27th 2017 at 11:31 pm 14

    How much does a band mattress cost? Is it any good?

    Does it come with bedbugs?

    or just cockroaches?

  15. ja Nov 28th 2017 at 01:18 am 15

    @Mary McNeil
    I think Batuik lives in or near Medina, OH…

    It sounded odd to me when I first heard of it, too.

    However, the concept is interesting. Instead of the traditional fundraisers where kids go door-to-door hawking overpriced gift items that no one really wants and for which each sale delivers a relatively low return per item, the school/organization can have a one-day event where they sell something (mattresses) that at least some people in the community are in the market to buy, and offer the item at a highly competitive price. The school does the publicity and provides the venue, and CFS does the rest.

    It seems to be working. CFS has grown rapidly and now has more than 80 representatives and spans the country.

  16. fleabane Nov 28th 2017 at 02:07 am 16

    @ja; I guess it’s just me. If I’m going to be guilted into buying crap, I’d far prefer it to be *useless* (albeit expensive) crap I can eventually relegate to the basement, than *important* (albeit cheap) crap that I’d have to use *EVERY* night and never really be able to replace because there is nothing wrong with it other than I always wanted a *decent* mattress and wanted to buy a good one, but couldn’t because the damn tykes came by the week before I was going to go shopping.

    It’s a lose-lose.

  17. Meryl A Nov 28th 2017 at 03:45 am 17

    Mary McNeil -

    We bought our mattress in 1979. It had a 15 year warranty - it seemed so far into the future. We still have the same mattress. When we did have bedbugs my big question was “Do we have to get rid of our wonderful mattress?” We did not - as matter of fact one should not move the mattress with bedbugs in it out of the house, or one drops bedbugs as one goes. It is still the most comfortable mattress we have ever slept on - even though it is now sealed in a bed bug encasement.

    We are still driving our 1996 Astro Van - when we went to replace it, it was no longer made and there is no other van that is short enough to be parked in a municipal type garage and still be long enough to carry 10 foot lumber. It was our second Astro and is extended length, the first one was slightly shorter. For a year we had both of them and I drove the shorter one - someone asked me if I had trouble driving something so big - I turned around and looked at it and said “This is our small car.”

  18. ja Nov 28th 2017 at 01:36 pm 18

    I may find the idea conceptually interesting, but I have to admit, I have a hard time imagining buying a mattress that way. I suppose, perhaps, if the mattress were for a guest bedroom, and of reasonable quality and a good price. Or if I had already done research and decided a particular mattress and could get the same one I was going to buy anyway (an unlikely scenario). However, there are apparently enough people to whom “a name-brand mattress at a good price with a portion of the proceeds going to the local marching / other school organization” is a compelling enough value proposition that the company behind the idea appears to be thriving.

  19. Mark in Boston Nov 28th 2017 at 10:47 pm 19

    If they can sell mattresses, why don’t they sell cars?

    There are more people in the market for a car than for a mattress.

  20. James Pollock Nov 28th 2017 at 11:26 pm 20

    “If they can sell mattresses, why don’t they sell cars?”

    Selling cars tends to be heavily regulated, both by the state and, in the case of new cars, by the manufacturers.

    Subaru is currently running advertisements touting the charitable contrbutions they’ll make if you buy a new Subaru automobile.

  21. Cidu Bill Dec 3rd 2017 at 07:49 pm 21

    Just for the record, we’ve bought a lot of cars since we last bought a mattress.

  22. Brian in STL Dec 3rd 2017 at 08:44 pm 22

    It’s really close for me. I bought a mattress in summer of 1999 and a vehicle in December of that year.

  23. Mark M Dec 4th 2017 at 10:42 am 23

    Despite some comments here that validate mattress selling for a fundraiser, I still find it quite random. Sure nearly everyone uses a mattress while some avoid cookies, but you’re targeting impulse buyers, and I would think cookies and such are much more likely to be effective. Maybe it’s just me. If I’m going to purchase a mattress or other fairly high price item, it’s going to be when I decide it’s time for a new one. And I will probably try a bunch out before deciding.

  24. James Pollock Dec 4th 2017 at 11:39 am 24

    ” you’re targeting impulse buyers”

    Well, no, you aren’t. The Girl Scouts do, pitching cookies right after you finish checking out at the grocery ftore, before you get to your car, and so do Salvation Army bell-ringers.

    But car dealers run ads touting charitable donations if you buy a car from them, and, with few exceptions, car purchases aren’t impulse buys, and some companies pitch United Way contrbutions as payroll deductions, which is about as anti-impulse-buy as you can get.

    Targeting impulse buyers is ONE way of fundraising, but there are others.

  25. Meryl A Dec 6th 2017 at 02:29 am 25

    The university husband and I went to every now and then sends us a flier about a piano store’s used piano sale that is being done as a fund raiser for the school. That always seems odd to me - not an impulse buy, not something “everyone” buys or needs, and they are used. And neither of us ever took a music course in college so it is not that they think they are sending it to former music students.

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