Understanding the Policy of Selling Used Mattress

At home, one of the furniture or items that we prefer to be in a great condition and quality is the mattress because it is where we actually spend most of our time, sleeping and just lying down on a weekend or a holiday. For me, even if I do not have a bed frame or a nice pillow, as long as I have a nice mattress, I will not have any problems. However, no matter how careful we are when it comes taking care of our mattresses, there will come a time when we have to buy a new one. But instead of disposing the mattress, I personally think that it is better to sell it for various reasons:

  • Saves you money when buying a new one
  • Will save you time thinking of where to put your used mattress
  • Will help other buy cheap mattress

Since re-selling mattress is the best option when deciding to buy a new one, a lot people preferred this option. However, in some countries you cannot easily do this as they have laws for the resale of mattresses. One of those countries is Texas. In Texas, the government has an existing laws for the reselling of mattress. They are preventing people from buying a used mattress that is not worth its price because there are many cases wherein the mattress has stains and lots of bacteria inside it. Texas, still allows the resale of such item, but the mattress must pass a certain standard before entering the market. Sellers must carefully clean the mattress inside and out and fix all damages.

In country like Texas, it is the government that takes care of sale of used mattress. The condition of the mattress must pass standards indicated in the Texas Administrative Code Rule 205.8.

When it comes to cleaning and treatment of mattress, the government states that treatments that involve chemicals are allowed and other commercial services are allowed.

There are many sellers that conceal damages and stains using covers. The Texas government does not allow the use of covers and must be eradicated even after undergoing treatment methods.

 

The Global BDS Movement: What is It and What Triggers it?

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement stems from calls for freedom, equality and justice by Palestinians situated in Palestinian land colonized by Israel. Locally and originally launched by 170 organizations, comprising Palestinian political parties, professional associations, unions, women’s groups, refugee networks, popular resistance committees and a host of other Palestinian civil society bodies that banded to achieve the simple mission of entitling every Israeli Palestinian, the same basic rights held by the rest of humankind.

Several decades of discriminate actions against Palestinian citizens, who became subjects of the Israeli government as a result of colonization, have drawn international attention. Not a few academic associations, churches, unions, and various grassroots organizations from across the globe. have joined the campaigns against Israel; whilst transforming the BDS into a dynamic global movement aimed at pressuring Israel to abide by international laws.

Inasmuch as the BDS contends that Israel, through a colonial apartheid rule, denies Israeli Palestinian citizens their fundamental rights, the BDS continuously takes action by launching boycotts, divestment campaigns and calls for sanction. The campaigns are addressed to foreign governments and corporate entities that ignore Israel’s violations of internationals laws and oppression of its Palestinian citizens; including denying Palestinian refugees the right to go back to their homes.

BDS is not without critics and oppositionists though, as not all countries encourage or even allow participation in BDS movements.

Countries that Support or Forbid BDS Boycotts

Countries like Germany, South Africa, Ireland, and Spain have issued policies that clearly endorse boycott movements launched by the BDS.

Still, serious accusations hurled by critics against the BDS are its alleged ties to Middle Eastern Terrorist groups such as the PLO and Hamas. The contention is that the BDS receives financial support from the same financial backers of the said terrorist groups.


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it is interesting to note that the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) had issued statements that it does not support the BDS movements. PNA Chairman and President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, had uttered in a speech before the Greek Parliament that the state would prefer to have a peace agreement with Israel rather than build a fence that would separate their nations. In contrast however, the PNA carries on with boycott strategies against Israel, in ways that partially match those launched by the BDS.

In the UK, several city councils passed motions that support the BDS and its campaigns. The motions though were refuted, when in 2016, the UK government prohibited local councils from enacting policies in support of boycotts of Israeli goods. The British administration deemed such boycotts as detrimental to community cohesion as well as liable to hurt the country’s national security.

In the U.S. and as of January 2019, 27 states have issued policies that do not support BDS boycotts .