Best Cheap, Affordable Mattresses in Australia (2024)

There are plenty of great cheap, value and budget mattresses! The question is which one is right for you?
Last Updated May 2024
A little while back, I wrote a piece about purchasing an affordable mattress, delving into the various benefits and factors one should consider during the buying process. In this article, we will examine a selection of vendors that offer cheap mattress options. Although these merchants do not exclusively specialize in mattresses, they do offer exceptional value for money. This article will be mattress reviews of two of the various mattress models available from each of these retailers. I'll be doing a price comparison for queen size beds. Let's dive right in!
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Zzz Atelier Assured Firm Mattress

A great budget mattress with pocket springs and high density polyfoam.
  • High quality pocket coils triple tempered with 6 working turns
  • Excellent edge support
  • 10 Year Guarantee
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Runner Up

Sleepapedic Queen Mattress

An great mattress with exceptional value with both zoned pocket springs and memory foam.
  • 5 zone pocket spring system
  • Exceptional value for money
  • 10 year warranty
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Best Value Memory Foam

Zinus Cloud Cool Mattress

An inexpensive and quite cheap memory foam mattress with a great soft to medium feel.
  • Two layers of memory foam
  • Cover feels quite luxurious
  • 10 year warranty
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Best Value Pocket Spring
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Bedra Bedding Cool Gel Bed Mattress

A great value mattress that has a 7 zone pocket spring system to help minimise disturbance!
  • 7 zone pocket spring mattress
  • A great low cost mattress!
  • Generous 15 year warranty!
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Best Cheap, Affordable Mattresses of 2024

Our guide to the best cheap mattresses

Cheap Fantastic Furniture Mattresses

Fantastic Furniture offers mattresses at prices ranging from very budget to mid-range. We’ll check out the Green Tea 20cm Mattress and the Sleepapedic Queen Medium.

While Fantastic Furniture have a 30 day change of mind policy across their stores, unfortunately this policy specifically does not apply to mattresses, so consider carefully whether this is a risk you’d like to take. 

Delivery costs were quite reasonable. Being in metro Sydney, the delivery fee was $39, but it can increase to about $140 for the Northern Territory, and there are areas of Australia where delivery is unavailable. 

Fantastic Furniture - Green Tea Queen 20cm Mattress

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What we like
  • Low cost
  • 7 zones to target each part of the body
Considerations
  • A bit too thin for heavier sleepers
  • Retains heat

Our experience

The 20cm Green Tea Mattress features a firm feel and combines high-density foam with a layer of memory foam that has been infused with green tea, aiming to provide a better night’s sleep. Its foam layering system is designed to adapt to your body’s shape, with 7 different zones offering support through the night. The pressure-relieving foam layers within the mattress claim to enhance support and sleep quality. Additionally, it’s antibacterial as well as being being free of harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde.

This bed is only available online, so even if you visited a Fantastic Furniture store, you wouldn’t be able to try it out or even see it in person. Be aware that this all-foam model is the 20cm thick one – it also comes in a 30cm thickness for $549 (queen sized). What I find incredible about this bed is that they still have a 10 year limited warranty on it, which for such a cheap mattress is pretty amazing. The cost savings likely is to do with the thickness of the mattress, or lack thereof. For lighter sleepers, this shouldn’t be a problem, but a heavier sleepers might benefit from the thicker model. Also, as with the vast majority of this type of mattress, it has somewhat poor edge support and isn’t so great at dispersing body heat, so if you’re a hot sleeper, you will struggle.

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Fantastic Furniture - Sleepapedic Queen Medium Mattress

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What we like
  • 5 zone pocket spring system
  • Great value for money
  • 10 year warranty
Considerations
  • A bit pricier than other cheap beds on this list, but still good value for money

Our experience

The Sleepapedic Mattress Medium is a hybrid mattress with a medium firmness level. It has a soft fabric euro-top, quilting, as well as a gel-infused memory foam layer to help regulate temperature while supporting and relieving pressure points. I’m really impressed that at this price, Sleepapedic can incorporate a 5-zone pocket spring system in the base layer. These pocketed coils provide targeted support, especially in the shoulder and hip regions, promoting better spinal alignment during sleep and minimizing disturbances caused by a sleeping partner.

With a 10-year warranty to back it up, this bed may not be the absolute cheapest choice, but it’s hard to ignore the exceptional value it offers. Featuring gel memory foam and a coil layer, it’s a cost-effective option worth considering. This bed is available to check out in store, as well as for you to purchase online.

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Cheap Amazon Mattresses

Amazon is the ultimate e-commerce giant. They offer an extensive range of products, spanning from music, books, pantry and household essentials, to computers, electronics, clothing, gardening tools, sporting equipment, and more. Did you know that Amazon also offers a selection of mattresses? It’s hard to think what you can’t get on Amazon. A kidney? (No, please don’t go there Amazon, I’m kidding)

They have many models of mattress available, ranging from very budget mattresses at less than $200, to some at a few thousand dollars. The majority of beds from Amazon are from the Zinus brand of which I’ll look at their 3-zone Hybrid Chiro mattress, but I’ll also be looking at Bedra Bedding’s Cool Gel Bed medium firm with pocket springs mattress (34cm). 

The cost of delivery for Amazon purchases can vary widely depending on several factors:

  1. Amazon Prime: Amazon Prime members often receive free two-day, one-day, or even same-day delivery on eligible items. However, Amazon Prime membership comes with an annual or monthly subscription fee.

  2. Non-Prime Shipping: For non-Prime members or for items that do not qualify for Prime benefits, shipping costs may apply. The cost depends on the shipping speed selected and the item’s size and weight.

  3. Item Eligibility: Some items on Amazon may be eligible for free shipping, even for non-Prime members, if they meet certain criteria.

  4. Seller Shipping: If you are purchasing from a third-party seller on Amazon, the shipping costs may vary depending on the seller’s terms. Some sellers offer free shipping, while others charge based on their shipping policies.

  5. Location: The cost of shipping can vary based on your location, as well as the item’s origin.

Be careful to factor in delivery costs when purchasing from Amazon. 

Similarly, the specifics of returning and refunding mattresses will vary depending on the seller and reason for the return. 

  1. Amazon’s A-to-Z Guarantee: When you make a purchase directly from Amazon (not a third-party seller), you are covered by the A-to-Z Guarantee. This ensures that you receive the item you ordered in the expected condition. If you don’t, you can file a claim for a full refund.

  2. Return Eligibility: The eligibility for returns varies by product and the reason for the return. Common reasons for returns include receiving damaged, defective, or incorrect items. Check the product’s individual return policy for specific details.

  3. Return Window: Amazon typically offers a 30-day return window for most items, but this can vary based on the product category and seller policies. Some items, like digital downloads, gift cards, and perishable goods, may not be eligible for return.

  4. Third-Party Sellers: If you purchase from a third-party seller on Amazon, their return policies may differ from Amazon’s. It’s essential to review the seller’s return policy when making a purchase.

  5. Return Shipping: In many cases, return shipping for items that are eligible for return is free. Amazon provides a prepaid return label for you to use. However, there may be exceptions, particularly when returning items to third-party sellers.

It’s important to review the specific return and refund policies associated with the product you’re interested in and to keep records of your transactions and correspondence with sellers. Amazon’s customer service is generally responsive and can provide guidance and assistance if you encounter any issues with returns or refunds.

Amazon - Bedra Bedding Cool Gel Bed Medium Firm with Pocket Springs 34cm

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What we like
  • 7 zone pocket spring mattress
  • A great low cost mattress!
  • Generous 15 year warranty
Considerations
  • Coil count is a little low

Our experience

The Bedra Bedding mattress has at its core a 7-zone pocket spring system, designed to support each part of your body for a restful night’s sleep. This hybrid model uses 768 coils in its base layer, which is a little below what I would like, but given this price point it is quite generous. The firmness level is medium-firm, helping to maintain proper spinal alignment and lessen joint pressure, which can be beneficial for those experiencing back pain. Most sleep positions should enjoy this budget hybrid mattress. These coils sit beneath a layer of gel infused memory foam for cooling comfort and minimisation of partner disturbance, as well as a layer of shock absorbing sponge foam. I am sceptical of the effectiveness of gel infused foam under another layer of polyfoam. 

The coil layer is anchored to cotton felt and high resilience foam. This mattress is all wrapped up in a soft knitted fabric that is soft to the touch. The Bedra Cool Gel Bed has CertiPUR and Oeko-Tex Standard certification so we know it’s free of harmful chemicals. It boasts being dust mite and mould resistant as well as being hypo-allergenic. 

This cheap mattress comes with a 15 year warranty, which is fantastic especially when considering the price. This particular seller on Amazon offers free shipping. This is a great option for the budget conscious, though there is no trial period. I question their claims of durability, especially given that we don’t know the densities of the foam layers, but if they stand by their 15 year warranty, then that would give me peace of mind.

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Amazon - Zinus Cloud Cool Mattress (Comfort 20cm or Plush 25cm)

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What we like
  • Two layers of memory foam
  • Cover feels quite luxurious
  • 10 year warranty
Considerations
  • Hot sleepers will struggle
  • Uncertain level of durability

Our experience

One very popular inexpensive mattress on Amazon is Zinus’ Green Tea memory foam mattress. This mattress comes in thicknesses of 20cm for the Comfort model and 25cm for the Plush model. It’s an all foam mattress, and the different thicknesses give heavier sleepers the choice for thicker support. It’s a soft to medium feeling mattress. 

The Comfort model has a 3.8cm layer of cooling gel memory foam followed by 2.5cm cooling swirl memory foam, both supported by 14cm of Zinus’ signature Green Tea Z:Base foam. 

The thicker Plush model is made up of 3.8cm layer of cooling gel memory foam followed by 3.8cm cooling swirl memory foam, then two layers of the Green Tea Z:Base foam, 6.4cm and 11.4cm respectively. The green tea infusion helps prevent odours, though I can’t say how effective the tea will continue to be after a few years of use. 

Both beds have an super soft knit cover that helps you stay cool by wicking away moisture. The foam layers have 7 zones to support combination sleepers from head to toe, and the memory foam layers are extremely comfortable and effective at eliminating motion transfer. The memory foam also helps relieve pressure points, so you can rest easy after a long day. That said, if you’re a very hot sleeper, you will likely struggle with this bed, and don’t expect great edge support on this mattress. 

Zinus have a 10 year limited warranty policy, but there are mixed reviews about the durability of the bed. As with the Bedra, there is no trial period. Nevertheless this budget option may still be well worth it if things are a bit tight at the moment! 

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Zzz Atelier Mattresses

Zzz Atelier only offer two models – the Zzz Assured Firm, and Chiropedic Black Label. The prices I’ve listed are for the queen sizes.

Unlike the other retailers featured in this article, Zzz Atelier is focused solely on mattresses but at a fairly budget price. It’s an Australian owned business which we’re always excited about. 

To keep prices affordable, Zzz Atelier has made the decision to economize in certain areas. Delivery costs will be dependent on your location (though I can say that much of NSW and VIC enjoys free shipping). Domestic standard shipping rates are $55. You’ll need to be at home to sign for the delivery, or re-delivery charges may apply. If you can’t be around for the delivery, you have the option to get in touch with the courier and give them Authority to Leave. In this case, neither Zzz Atelier nor the courier are responsible for any loss, theft, or damage to your item once it’s been dropped off.

Zzz Atelier, like many other sleep brands, provides a trial period for their customers. They offer a 60-day comfort assurance period from the date of delivery. This policy is applicable exclusively to mattresses purchased at full price through the Zzz Atelier website. To qualify, you must keep the original packaging and use a mattress protector to maintain the bed in its original and clean condition. Please note that all shipping and delivery costs will be your responsibility.

They will accept returns within 14 days for change of mind if the mattress is in its original condition and packaging. In these situations, they will refund you minus 10% restocking fee and shipping fees, and you will also need to pay return shipping fees. 

Now that housekeeping is out of the way, let’s look at the mattresses themselves! 

Zzz Atelier - Assured Firm

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What we like
  • High quality pocket springs with 6 turns
  • Excellent Edge Support
  • 10 Year Guarantee
Considerations
  • Can be too firm for some people
  • Short trial period of 60 days (and you're responsible for shipping costs)

Our experience

The Zzz Assured Firm is definitely a firmer mattress. Zzz Atelier have achieved this extra firm feel by combining their innerspring pocket coils with ultra high density polyfoam. I would suggest this innerspring mattress particularly for stomach sleepers, but if you might want a slightly softer mattress, the Chiropedic Black Label might be more appropriate. 

Zzz Atelier’s thick coils are triple tempered for improved elasticity. They’re designed to resist rust and corrosion. These robust alloy coils, with six working turns, are individually enclosed in fabric pockets, operating independently at the right tension to conform to your body’s natural contours and keep your spine aligned through the night. These base layer pocket springs not only minimise movement transfer but also provides targeted support where it’s needed most. The entire mattress is wrapped up in a Turkish organic cotton blend fabric which is soft and luxurious, hypo-allergenic and dust mite resistant. Combined with the EdgePlus support system (reinforced coils along the perimeter of the bed to provide excellent edge support), this mattress has OEKO-Tex Standard 100 certification and delivers dependable support, stability, and enduring comfort at a fantastic price.

The Zzz Assured Firm enjoys 10 year warranty (which you can upgrade to 20 years). This guarantee covers broken or loose coils and wires, and sagging with an indentation of more than 38mm. Click here for more details. 

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Zzz Atelier - Chiropedic Black Label

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What we like
  • High quality pocket coils, triple tempered, 7 zones
  • Soft latex foam
  • Up to 15 years warranty!
Considerations
  • A bit pricier than other beds, but still good value for money
  • Short trial period of 60 days (and you're responsible for all shipping costs)

Our experience

The Chiropedic Black Label mattress provides a medium-firm feel. This particular budget hybrid mattress incorporates a combination of softer latex foam and high-density foam placed atop firm pocket coils, resulting in a medium-firm feel. Its pocket coils are strategically divided into 7 zones, employing various-sized coils with different thicknesses, turns, and densities to offer tailored support to each part of the body in all sleeping positions. Additionally, the edge coils are reinforced to provide excellent edge support and stabilize the remaining pocket coils. The Chriopedic Black Label uses the identical soft and opulent Turkish organic cotton blend fabric it its cover, also used in the Zzz Atelier, which boasts hypoallergenic properties and resistance to dust mites, and also has OEKO-Tex Standard 100 certification. 

The Chiropedic Black Label enjoys 15 year warranty (which you can upgrade to 20 years). This guarantee covers broken or loose coils and wires, and sagging with an indentation of more than 38mm. Click here for more details.

Zzz Atelier’s choice of quality materials is genuinely impressive, especially when you factor in the price, and they can certainly compare with some more expensive mattresses. These guys are definitely worth your consideration, especially if you’re looking for a firm bed. 

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Cheap Amart Mattresses

Amart presents a wide range of mattress options, spanning from extremely cheap mattresses priced at $199 to the expensive mattress that exceeds $6000. I’ll be looking at the Dream Elegance Bliss and the Pure Form Hera.

Amart’s satisfaction guarantee policy only allows for 48 hours cooling off period, so you don’t have a lot of time to try your bed to make up your mind. Added to that, the mattress must be in its original condition and packaging. For specific mattresses by Orthokinetic and Nook, there is a 180 night sleep guarantee, but this only allows for exchanges, not refunds, and you are responsible for transportation costs of the original mattress back to Amart as well as transportation costs for your replacement mattress.

Additionally, if you aren’t able to go pick up your bed from one of the 67 Amart stores across Australia, be aware of the fluctuating delivery charges at Amart. For instance, I reside in the Sydney metro area, and the closest Amart store is just 10 kilometers away, yet the delivery cost amounted to $109.00. Conversely, when I input a random address in the Northern Territory, the delivery fees came to $472.17, even though the nearest Amart was within 7 kilometers. My advice would be to pick it up for free from Amart, but otherwise be sure to account for delivery expenses in your calculations, especially if you’re being budget conscious.

Amart - Dream Elegance Bliss

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What we like
  • Low cost
  • Not bad for heat retention
Considerations
  • Thin comfort layers so you'll feel the coils beneath

Our experience

The Dream Elegance Bliss is a budget-friendly, modern-looking bed with a firm feel. Its comfort layer features a 2cm of foam and jacquard ticking, complemented by a support system comprising 390 Bonnell spring coils with 5 working turns.

This bed definitely falls on the more affordable end of the spectrum. The materials used in its construction are not of the most substantial quality, so you will likely feel every coil beneath the foam layer. As is characteristic of Bonnell spring beds, the Dream Elegance Bliss offers minimal motion isolation, meaning you may feel your partner’s movements during the night. While it serves as a cost-effective sleep solution, it may not provide the enduring support your body needs. In essence, the Dream Elegance Bliss offers a wallet-friendly option, but you should temper your expectations in terms of this budget mattress’ durability and comfort.

Amart’s warranty policy extends for a duration of 3 years (check it out here). If you encounter minor defects or come across a significant issue within a specified guarantee period (which varies depending on the mattress’s cost but still within the 3 years), Amart provides the option for a replacement, repair, or refund, irrespective of the mattress’s cost. However, it’s worth noting that if your claim falls beyond the specified guarantee period, Amart will determine the course of action.

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Amart - Pure Form Hera

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What we like
  • Value for Money
  • Good motion isolation
Considerations
  • Made primarily of polyfoam

Our experience

The Pure Form Hera mattress is a straightforward yet effective choice for those seeking a cheap memory foam mattress that’s both firm and hypoallergenic. It features a memory foam comfort layer resting atop a polyfoam base layer. This combination offers the benefit of motion isolation with the layer of memory foam, making it ideal for couples who don’t want to disturb each other during night-time movements. Whether you’re reaching for a midnight glass of water or adjusting your position, this quality mattress helps keep night-time disruptions to a minimum.

The straightforward design of the Pure Form Hera is what enables Amart and Pure Form to offer an exceptional value-for-money mattress. It’s important to note that if you’re accustomed to innerspring mattresses, transitioning to an all-foam bed like this one might take some adjustment, and it will be uncomfortable for hot sleepers. However, for those who are budget-conscious, the appeal of this affordable all-foam mattress is hard to ignore. Most body types will find this to be a comfortable mattress, and even stomach sleepers can be supported by this bed. To boost your confidence, the Pure Form Hera comes with a generous 10-year warranty, providing peace of mind and ensuring you can enjoy quality sleep for years to come.

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Cheap eBay Mattresses

Much like Amazon, eBay has an astounding array of products. Sellers all over the world offer bargain prices on this online marketplace. eBay offers new and used items, collectibles, electronics, fashion, home goods, vehicles, and much more. Can you buy mattresses off of eBay? Yes, definitely. New and secondhand, budget and pricier models through to over $5000. Now I’m definitely not going to be reviewing second hand mattresses. Instead, I’ll be looking at the Giselle Euro Top Mattress and the Grandeur mattress with latex foam and 7-zones of pocket springs. 

As with Amazon, eBay’s delivery fees will vary widely. Each seller can set their own shipping policies. While some sellers do offer free shipping, be sure to check these details in the item listing. Shipping costs will vary considerably depending on shipping location, size and weight. Similarly, the returns policy will differ from seller to seller. Generally, you should assume that mattresses bought on eBay do not come with a sleep trial, and if they do allow change of mind returns, that is only under the condition of the mattress still being in its original packaging. 

eBay or Amazon - Giselle Euro Top Mattress

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What we like
  • Many choices of comfort layer and firmness available to you
  • 7 zone pocket spring system
Considerations
  • Uncertain level of durability
  • No trial period

Our experience

The Giselle mattress offers various options for its comfort layers. The Peyton model is relatively straightforward, featuring a high-resilience foam layer beneath the knitted fabric cover. On the other hand, the more premium Rostock version takes it a step further by including an additional layer of egg-shaped polyfoam beneath the high-resilience foam to enhance pressure relief. The different options give you a choice along the firmness scale – the Rumba variation offers an ultra-firm feel, while Isla and Ingrid are considered firm, and Alban, Rostock, and Peyton provide a firmness level of medium.

Regardless of your choice among these comfort layer variations and firmness scale, the Giselle spring mattress is built around a 5-zone pocket spring system at its core, offering optimal support and effectively minimizing partner disturbance during sleep.

The Giselle mattress boasts anti-dust mite, hypoallergenic, and antibacterial properties, making it a suitable option for those with allergies or sensitivities. It also comes with a 5-year warranty, although it’s worth noting that, given its affordable price point, it may not be the most long-lasting option. Nevertheless, it remains a solid and affordable mattress for a comfortable night’s sleep.

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eBay - Grandeur Mattress

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What we like
  • 7 zone pocket springs
  • Natural latex foam layer
Considerations
  • Heavy mattress with no side handles
  • Short trial period of 30 days. You will need to cover return postage costs.

Our experience

At the original price of almost $1400, I would not normally include the Grandeur in this article. With the discount however, I absolutely had to add it in. The Grandeur hybrid mattress is constructed with stretch knit fabric which is Oeko-Tex approved, providing protection against dust mites and allergens. The SGS certified latex foam layer delivers pressure relief and comfort, with the added benefit of being hypoallergenic and safe from harmful substances, dust mites, and mould. The mattress also incorporates egg shaped foam to allow for more breathability but also provides cushioning.

The mattress uses high-density, breathable foams to maintain a comfortable sleeping temperature, and its 7-Zone pocket springs provides targeted support for different areas of your body, ensuring proper spinal alignment and pressure relief. The coils contour to your body while minimizing partner disturbance to prevent restless sleepers from waking their wives, and also allowing airflow to disperse body heat. There are also coils around the perimeter of the mattress for decent edge support. It’s worth noting that the Grandeur mattress is a medium-firm mattress, and it comes with certifications such as CertiPUR-US and OEKO-TEX for assurance that it is free of harmful substances. These features make it a practical choice for those looking for a well-balanced sleeping solution. At this price point? It’s so hard to say no.

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Conclusion

If you’re searching for an affordable mattress, you’ll find numerous budget-friendly options, and many of these cheaper mattresses offer surprisingly high quality. It’s worth exploring different retailers to discover the wide range of inexpensive mattresses available. There are so many types of mattresses out there at all price points. Keep in mind that with most of these affordable options, you’ll need to consider delivery and shipping expenses, and be aware that you might not have a 100-night trial to try out the mattress before purchase, which carries some inherent risk.

Remember that choosing the perfect mattress for you is about finding the best mattress “system” for your body within your budget. So with that, happy bed hunting!

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