I received a HUGE surprise today :) 

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This morning, I received a surprise delivery from UPS. There’s a story behind this but I won’t be ready to share it until later in the week. For right now, I’ll leave you with this picture… 

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  • Chomper says:

    (i verschiedene sache)

  • Rob Gorski says:

    You know what guys, I’m sorry I even said anything. This was supposed to be a really positive thing and I was very clear that I would share the story in due time. Rather than just be supportive or say nothing, this entire thread is born.

    My words are being picked apart. My story has changed? I haven’t shared the story yet. I’m trying to reply to comments without going into detail for a reason. Whether you agree or not, my perspective is unique, if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t have this opportunity. For the record, everyone has a different perspective and as such, everyone’s perspective is unique.

    I wasn’t ready to share this stuff yet and if we can be patient and wait, I’ll be able to explain everything. My goodness….. None of this is necessary.

    I’m frustrated at this point because the very first comment to what was supposed to be a positive post was mean spirited. I shouldn’t have taken the bait and tried to clarify anything. I’m not upset with you Jimmy and Kim I really appreciate your question. As for Moe, I’m not going to waste my time with her anymore.

    • Jimmy Rock says:

      Sorry, didn’t mean for this to turn into a thing – over something ridiculous. Let’s move on. But this is much like that Casper mattress – once the damn thing is out of the box, good luck cramming it back in!!!

      In all seriousness, I hope you enjoy the mattress, despite the aggravation it seems to have caused you here!

  • Rob Gorski says:

    You know what guys, I’m sorry I even said anything. This was supposed to be a really positive thing and I was very clear that I would share the story in due time. Rather than just be supportive or say nothing, this entire thread is born.

    My words are being picked apart. My story has changed? I haven’t shared the story yet. I’m trying to reply to comments without going into detail for a reason. Whether you agree or not, my perspective is unique, if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t have this opportunity. For the record, everyone has a different perspective and as such, everyone’s perspective is unique.

    I wasn’t ready to share this stuff yet and if we can be patient and wait, I’ll be able to explain everything. My goodness….. None of this is necessary.

    I’m frustrated at this point because the very first comment to what was supposed to be a positive post was mean spirited. I shouldn’t have taken the bait and tried to clarify anything. I’m not upset with you Jimmy and Kim I really appreciate your question. As for Moe, I’m not going to waste my time with her anymore.

    • Jimmy Rock says:

      Sorry, didn’t mean for this to turn into a thing – over something ridiculous. Let’s move on. But this is much like that Casper mattress – once the damn thing is out of the box, good luck cramming it back in!!!

      In all seriousness, I hope you enjoy the mattress, despite the aggravation it seems to have caused you here!

  • Kim Gebhardt says:

    Is there a comment missing? Who is feeding trolls? And what do you consider to be a ‘unique perspective’?

    • Rob Gorski says:

      Yes, it was the same person who likes to leave nasty comments. I was just making a statement about not feeding the trolls.

      Anyway, my perspective is that of someone who’s suffered a major back injury that makes sleeping in a regular mattress painful. That’s even if I get to sleep cause if the boys sleep issues.

      The point was basically coming from someone who’s been struggling with sleep for various reasons for over a decade. If we don’t get enough sleep, maybe we can make the little sleep we get, as beneficial as possible.

      • Kim Gebhardt says:

        You’ve mentioned your back injury before. What exactly happened? I know you hurt it carrying a (presumably heavy) pregnant woman during an EMT run, but what was the actual injury to your back?

        • Rob Gorski says:

          Okay.

          I was in medic school and doing ride time with a local department. There was a pregnant woman (about 7 or 8 months along) hemorrhaging. I was a body builder back then. We had to get her down a flight of very, very steep stairs. I was at the foot of the cot and had to lift it above my shoulders to keep her level.

          That was all that happened.. It was a stupid move in my part but I didn’t see another option….

        • Rob Gorski says:

          The injury itself is an L5/S1 right sided herniated disc. I needed surgery but never had it..

      • Jimmy Rock says:

        I’m a little reluctant to comment on this, and I apologize in advance this is in any way off the mark, but I respectfully think you’re being a little less than straightforward on this one. So your “unique perspective” is that you have a back injury and can’t sleep on a regular mattress? You’ve been complaining about your old mattress for a long time. Presumably you haven’t gotten a new one because, unfortunately, you can’t afford one. A Casper mattress isn’t a special mattress for those with back injuries. It’s just a decent quality mattress that, like a number of companies are doing now, have made them able to be packaged in a small box and thus ending the annoyance of typical mattress shopping and delivery. I’m sure you’ll love the Casper, but I’d bet any new mattress would be better for you than what you’ve got.

        Again, I apologize, but something about this just struck me the wrong way. Just call the situation what it is. It’s not a “unique perspective” that you bring to the table here. It’s just part of what you do- you ask companies to send you products in return for a review, which because of your online presence, can benefit the company. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. But you don’t bring a “unique perspective” to Casper-you’re just a guy with a bad back that could use a new mattress, particularly a free one.

        Either way, good for you for being enterprising and getting the mattress. I’m sure it will be a great improvement over what you have now. Again, sorry if I overstepped, but perhaps that was what was bothering your troll who is incapable of a little sensitivity.

        • Rob Gorski says:

          I stated that I would explain everything in a followup post. I don’t know why everyone is bent out of shape when they don’t have the whole story.

          For the record, my perspective is unique because I’m coming from a demographic they don’t currently market to.

          Like I said, I’ll explain everything in a followup post.

          The troll I was referring to made accusations and is the same person I’ve had issues with for years.

          I’m sorry this rubbed you the wrong way but if you’d wait for the whole story, before forming an opinion..

          • MOE says:

            You tell so many fibs

            I didn’t make accusations, you DID in fact ASK Casper to send you a mattress. THEY didn’t reach out to you!

            And I am NOT a troll, just honest and you HATE IT

            AND I have not been here for years lol

          • Jimmy Rock says:

            I’m not generally quick to rush to judgment- I only commented after you provided additional information which led me to believe that I had enough of the story to make a comment. Perhaps I was mistaken -I’ll wait for further explanation. By the way, you’ve already changed the story about what your perspective is – initially you said it was from someone with back issues and now it’s someone from a demographic that the company usually doesn’t cater to.

            And I know may seem like this is relatively trivial stuff, but this whole business of free things in exchange for reviews (or even beta testing) is interesting. I have no problem with you capitalizing on it – you should do it as much as you can. But honestly, isn’t there every incentive to give a positive review? I mean, if you continually gave bad reviews, would companies be so quick to have you review products in the future? Also, if they know your “unique perspective” (whichever version it is) don’t they pretty much know that you’re going to give a good review because it’s going to be better than what you already have? And if it’s just beta testing of products, what difference would the perspective of your financial demographic make to them?

            Anyway, that’s the perspective *I’m* coming from on this issue. And I’m sorry- I don’t mean to give you a hard time. I’ll wait for further explanation, and sorry if I jumped the gun. Enjoy the mattress. Congrats on getting it. Hopefully it will help out in some way with your sleep issues.

            • Rob Gorski says:

              Jimmy….

              Demographic can mean many things. I haven’t changed my story because I haven’t even told you my story yet. This whole thing was meant to be a teaser while I was working on a few other things.

              Unfortunately, I was attacked immediately by the same person who always does. Before anyone else ran with what she was claiming, I clarified how she was wrong.

              Now it’s taken on a life of its own and I’m sorry I even shared this.

              I’m not upset at you or really anyone for that matter. It just seems like whatever I say gets picked apart and analyzed when there isn’t even a story yet.

              I’ve banned the troll once again but she keeps finding her way back.

              Once again, I’ll explain everything in due time.

              • Moe says:

                Again, full of FIBS
                I did not ATTACK you I simply stated that you ASKED Caspar for a mattress, which you DID
                Side note, for being so super techy you sure don’t know how to ban someone – THAT was kind of an attack.

              • Rob Gorski says:

                You’re a very unpleasant person and I’ve banned you via disqus many times. Clearly it’s not working but you know what, you’re not worth it. Feel free to say whatever you want, whenever you want. For the record, here’s a screenshot of your comment.

                https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ace751b95a0b269161469ebd76bbe738811c3360865b51968d05d8942d812c8d.jpg

              • Moe says:

                I’ve never tried to be unpleasant, As I have explained before, my brain just doesn’t really have a filter and you are SUPER sensitive to the truth and take it wrong even though I’m trying to help

                I don’t know what you are saying I’m doing. I post as a guest because I’m not going to register

              • Moe says:

                AND about my original post, what did I say that was untrue? They didn’t reach out to you, you reached out to them.

            • Rob Gorski says:

              Thanks Jimmy. Sorry, I’m just frustrated.

            • Lizze Gorski says:

              Jimmy,
              Simply because you are given something to review doesn’t necessarily mean your review will be positive. On my old blog I used to review books, some I volunteered to review but quite a few sought me out. I was honest in every review I wrote, even if it was negative. That doesn’t mean I didn’t try to find one or two positive things to mention, because I did. However, if I hated the book then I said so.

              If you do reviews, you aren’t going to like everything you’re given. However, if you’ve liked the things you’ve been given so far, then that’s simply how it happens to have worked out for you.

              • Jimmy Rock says:

                Hey Lizze, didn’t see this until now. With all due respect I think you may have missed my point. I think it’s great that you’ve given honest reviews on books that you’ve been given. However, there are plenty of studies that show that incentivized reviewers (i.e, reviewers who get the product to review for free) are more likely to give favorable reviews. That’s why Amazon has been cracking down on these types of reviews. Enjoy the mattress!

                And just out of curiosity, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen you comment here. Of all things, why the heck did you pick this topic to comment on? Not trying to be critical or anything, just legitimately curious.

              • Rob Gorski says:

                You’re right about incentivized reviews. Generally speaking it’s not always the best approach. That said, Lizze isn’t wrong because some people have integrity and will be honest regardless.

                At the same time, in order for companies to get reviews, they have to provide product samples.

                As for the commenting, we generally don’t comment on each other’s blog. That said, I was pretty fired up this afternoon and she was trying to help.

                I’m sure she’ll pop her head in and reply when she sees the notification

              • Jimmy Rock says:

                No worries. Of course some people are going to supply honest reviews, regardless of how the product came into their hands, but incentivized reviews are what they are.

                And again, I am in no way critical of you doing this nor am I challenging your integrity. If companies want to give you free stuff, go get it!

  • Rob Gorski says:

    I did reach out to Casper on Twitter. I’m part of their sleep beta program but haven’t heard anything. I explained my unique perspective and requested a review.

    Please don’t feed the trolls….

  • Kim Gebhardt says:

    Is there a comment missing? Who is feeding trolls? And what do you consider to be a ‘unique perspective’?

    • Rob Gorski says:

      Yes, it was the same person who likes to leave nasty comments. I was just making a statement about not feeding the trolls.

      Anyway, my perspective is that of someone who’s suffered a major back injury that makes sleeping in a regular mattress painful. That’s even if I get to sleep cause if the boys sleep issues.

      The point was basically coming from someone who’s been struggling with sleep for various reasons for over a decade. If we don’t get enough sleep, maybe we can make the little sleep we get, as beneficial as possible.

      • Kim Gebhardt says:

        You’ve mentioned your back injury before. What exactly happened? I know you hurt it carrying a (presumably heavy) pregnant woman during an EMT run, but what was the actual injury to your back?

        • Rob Gorski says:

          Okay.

          I was in medic school and doing ride time with a local department. There was a pregnant woman (about 7 or 8 months along) hemorrhaging. I was a body builder back then. We had to get her down a flight of very, very steep stairs. I was at the foot of the cot and had to lift it above my shoulders to keep her level.

          That was all that happened.. It was a stupid move in my part but I didn’t see another option….

        • Rob Gorski says:

          The injury itself is an L5/S1 right sided herniated disc. I needed surgery but never had it..

      • Jimmy Rock says:

        I’m a little reluctant to comment on this, and I apologize in advance this is in any way off the mark, but I respectfully think you’re being a little less than straightforward on this one. So your “unique perspective” is that you have a back injury and can’t sleep on a regular mattress? You’ve been complaining about your old mattress for a long time. Presumably you haven’t gotten a new one because, unfortunately, you can’t afford one. A Casper mattress isn’t a special mattress for those with back injuries. It’s just a decent quality mattress that, like a number of companies are doing now, have made them able to be packaged in a small box and thus ending the annoyance of typical mattress shopping and delivery. I’m sure you’ll love the Casper, but I’d bet any new mattress would be better for you than what you’ve got.

        Again, I apologize, but something about this just struck me the wrong way. Just call the situation what it is. It’s not a “unique perspective” that you bring to the table here. It’s just part of what you do- you ask companies to send you products in return for a review, which because of your online presence, can benefit the company. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. But you don’t bring a “unique perspective” to Casper-you’re just a guy with a bad back that could use a new mattress, particularly a free one.

        Either way, good for you for being enterprising and getting the mattress. I’m sure it will be a great improvement over what you have now. Again, sorry if I overstepped, but perhaps that was what was bothering your troll who is incapable of a little sensitivity.

        • Rob Gorski says:

          I stated that I would explain everything in a followup post. I don’t know why everyone is bent out of shape when they don’t have the whole story.

          For the record, my perspective is unique because I’m coming from a demographic they don’t currently market to.

          Like I said, I’ll explain everything in a followup post.

          The troll I was referring to made accusations and is the same person I’ve had issues with for years.

          I’m sorry this rubbed you the wrong way but if you’d wait for the whole story, before forming an opinion..

          • MOE says:

            You tell so many fibs

            I didn’t make accusations, you DID in fact ASK Casper to send you a mattress. THEY didn’t reach out to you!

            And I am NOT a troll, just honest and you HATE IT

            AND I have not been here for years lol

          • Jimmy Rock says:

            I’m not generally quick to rush to judgment- I only commented after you provided additional information which led me to believe that I had enough of the story to make a comment. Perhaps I was mistaken -I’ll wait for further explanation. By the way, you’ve already changed the story about what your perspective is – initially you said it was from someone with back issues and now it’s someone from a demographic that the company usually doesn’t cater to.

            And I know may seem like this is relatively trivial stuff, but this whole business of free things in exchange for reviews (or even beta testing) is interesting. I have no problem with you capitalizing on it – you should do it as much as you can. But honestly, isn’t there every incentive to give a positive review? I mean, if you continually gave bad reviews, would companies be so quick to have you review products in the future? Also, if they know your “unique perspective” (whichever version it is) don’t they pretty much know that you’re going to give a good review because it’s going to be better than what you already have? And if it’s just beta testing of products, what difference would the perspective of your financial demographic make to them?

            Anyway, that’s the perspective *I’m* coming from on this issue. And I’m sorry- I don’t mean to give you a hard time. I’ll wait for further explanation, and sorry if I jumped the gun. Enjoy the mattress. Congrats on getting it. Hopefully it will help out in some way with your sleep issues.

            • Rob Gorski says:

              Jimmy….

              Demographic can mean many things. I haven’t changed my story because I haven’t even told you my story yet. This whole thing was meant to be a teaser while I was working on a few other things.

              Unfortunately, I was attacked immediately by the same person who always does. Before anyone else ran with what she was claiming, I clarified how she was wrong.

              Now it’s taken on a life of its own and I’m sorry I even shared this.

              I’m not upset at you or really anyone for that matter. It just seems like whatever I say gets picked apart and analyzed when there isn’t even a story yet.

              I’ve banned the troll once again but she keeps finding her way back.

              Once again, I’ll explain everything in due time.

            • Rob Gorski says:

              Thanks Jimmy. Sorry, I’m just frustrated.

            • Lizze Gorski says:

              Jimmy,
              Simply because you are given something to review doesn’t necessarily mean your review will be positive. On my old blog I used to review books, some I volunteered to review but quite a few sought me out. I was honest in every review I wrote, even if it was negative. That doesn’t mean I didn’t try to find one or two positive things to mention, because I did. However, if I hated the book then I said so.

              If you do reviews, you aren’t going to like everything you’re given. However, if you’ve liked the things you’ve been given so far, then that’s simply how it happens to have worked out for you.

              • Jimmy Rock says:

                Hey Lizze, didn’t see this until now. With all due respect I think you may have missed my point. I think it’s great that you’ve given honest reviews on books that you’ve been given. However, there are plenty of studies that show that incentivized reviewers (i.e, reviewers who get the product to review for free) are more likely to give favorable reviews. That’s why Amazon has been cracking down on these types of reviews. Enjoy the mattress!

                And just out of curiosity, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen you comment here. Of all things, why the heck did you pick this topic to comment on? Not trying to be critical or anything, just legitimately curious.

              • Rob Gorski says:

                You’re right about incentivized reviews. Generally speaking it’s not always the best approach. That said, Lizze isn’t wrong because some people have integrity and will be honest regardless.

                At the same time, in order for companies to get reviews, they have to provide product samples.

                As for the commenting, we generally don’t comment on each other’s blog. That said, I was pretty fired up this afternoon and she was trying to help.

                I’m sure she’ll pop her head in and reply when she sees the notification

              • Jimmy Rock says:

                No worries. Of course some people are going to supply honest reviews, regardless of how the product came into their hands, but incentivized reviews are what they are.

                And again, I am in no way critical of you doing this nor am I challenging your integrity. If companies want to give you free stuff, go get it!

  • Moe says:

    The story? You mean begging for them to send you one for review on Twitter?

  • Rob Gorski says:

    I did reach out to Casper on Twitter. I’m part of their sleep beta program but haven’t heard anything. I explained my unique perspective and requested a review.

    Please don’t feed the trolls….

  • Moe says:

    The story? You mean begging for them to send you one for review on Twitter?

  • Chomper says:

    (i verschiedene sache)