Friday, June 3, 2011

Selling Medical Supplies on eBay


You may have found gently used (or even new) medical supplies at estate sales, garage sales, or thrift stores. Some of these items are perfectly legal on eBay. In fact, I recently sold this Orthofix Physio Stim Bone density stimulator for $119. This was a sale for a consignment client. This device is used to help bones heal after an accident or surgery such as a hip replacement. With our aging population and advances in medical care, the opportunities for finding re-sellable medical supplies will continue to grow.

eBay does have limitations on the medical supplies they allow to be sold. No drugs or medications that require a prescription (of any kind, including by a vet) are allowed to be sold on eBay. They also ban most medical devices that require a prescription. eBay does allow sellers to offer professional medical devices as long as they sell them to authorized buyers and follow eBay’s requirements.

Here are just a few of the medical devices that aren’t allowed – defibrillators (unless they are available over the counter), implantable devices (pacemakers, ventricular bypass devices, etc.), prescription glasses (except for vintage ones sold only as collectibles), contact lenses (regardless of whether a prescription is needed), and Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) units and accessories. There are quite a few medical devices that are not allowed on eBay, so be sure to do your research.

eBay allows the majority of over the counter medical items to be sold. They do require that sellers not compare or mention any prescription drugs. They also completely ban injectable medical supplies even if a prescription is not required.

Check eBay completed listings in the medical supplies category and educate yourself on the types of items other sellers are successful with.
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