Diabetes is a condition that requires constant monitoring. Almost all diabetics should have a kit to measure their blood sugar level. Many buy or are supplied with a variety of test strip brands, and after choosing a favorite, the other boxes are simply dropped and allowed to collect dust. The relatively short lifespan of test strips often means having to deal with a growing collection of useless boxes that have to be disposed of in some way. Often times, this simply means throwing away perfectly good boxes of diabetic test strips.
As anyone who buys them knows, diabetic test strips are expensive items. Did you also know that there are thousands of diabetics who, due to low income, fixed income, or lack of insurance, desperately need these supplies, but cannot afford the prices that are being asked of them? There are many organizations that provide supplies for them, and you can be involved in their efforts to help. If you have extra unopened, unexpired test strip containers, you can sell them for cash instead of throwing them away.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE HAVE EXTRA BOXES OF TEST STRIPS?
Most diabetics are smart enough to keep boxes on hand in case they run out, and they soon realize they have a few more than they really need. If you receive boxes regularly, the extras may start to add up. You may not be testing as often as you used to. You may have changed brands of test strips and still have a supply of old ones that will not fit your new meter. If you took the test during pregnancy and you no longer need to do it, you may still have some boxes that you don’t know what to do with. Perhaps a loved one passed away or moved into a healthcare residence that now provides your supplies and you are left with extra boxes on your hands. There are many reasons why you might have a stash of perfectly good, still sealed, unexpired diabetic test strip boxes that you could make money selling.
IS IT LEGAL TO SELL MY TEST STRIPS?
Yes, if you are the legal owner of them. Anyone can buy test strips, even without a prescription, so as long as you buy them yourself, you can sell them. Even if your boxes are marked “mail order only” or “not for resale”, you can still sell them; this just means that they cannot be sold through a retailer.
Of course, there are a few things to keep in mind. For example, not all brands will be in demand. Boxes provided by Medicare cannot be resold and no one will buy boxes that are expired, damaged or with broken seals. But as long as they are a reasonably well-known brand, in good condition, and have a minimum of 6 months to expire, then you could have the cash in your hand in just a few days!
WHO SHOULD I SELL MY TEST STRIPS TO?
Distributors who sell diabetic test strips are in business to make money, but the bottom line is the same: Someone who needs these supplies and can’t afford them will get them, either free or at a discount. Distributors often accept brands they wouldn’t normally buy and then donate them to shelters, or give a percentage of their profits to diabetes-related charities. They are often in business because they are diabetic themselves or have a loved one who is, giving them a vested interest in helping others who are dealing with the challenge of diabetes. Of course, you want to get to know your dealer and feel comfortable doing business with him, so shop around for a bit! Very often repeat business will make you a valued customer who will receive special consideration when it comes to pricing your boxes.
But it’s not always about earning an extra couple of bucks, it’s the relationship you develop with someone who you feel is sincere, honest, and trustworthy. Of course, you want to get the most generous price for your test strips, but you should also look for someone who is willing to send payment quickly and who offers a variety of ways to contact them. Do you have a toll-free number that I can call? Read their FAQ page and Terms and Conditions to find out what to expect. Check to see if you will be reimbursed for shipping the boxes. Give them a call and talk to them personally, so that you get to know them.
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