Friday, July 3, 2015

CPAP Machines Not Allowed on eBay

You can sell pretty much anything on eBay, but there are some medical and personal items that are not allowed. CPAP machines, used for sleep apnea and other respiratory disorders, are not allowed on eBay. There was a discussion recently on my eBay Seller Facebook Group regarding this issue. Jessica asked,

"My dad is questioning how he can sell his CPAP machine. We think it's against the rules on eBay because we see mostly parts listed. How do people get rid of these machines?"

We are so fortunate to have so many knowledgeable people in the group to advise on these kinds of issues. Aleeda, a former coaching client of mine and a respiratory therapist had a great answer:

"A CPAP requires a prescription to be sold. That is a law by the FDA - federal offense. (There is a sticker on the bottom of it that states Rx required). Sorry, but this is a personal pet peeve of mine as I am a respiratory therapist and have seen many people hurt by CPAPs they have bought off the internet, garage sales, etc. If your dad no longer needs it, then he may think about donating it to a local sleep lab. Some of them take CPAPs in for people who do not have insurance. There are also some muscular dystrophy organizations, hospices, pain clinics, etc. that may take it."

Kathy added, "You can contact companiesand they will buy them from you if the usage on them is low. I did just that with 2 that I got at a yard sale. Got over $100. Sorry, can't remember the name of the company, but maybe someone on here will know. They buy and refurbish them."

There are all kinds of medical and personal care items that are allowed on eBay and estate sales are a good place to find these items - many new in the package. For example, these items don't require a prescription and sell on eBay regularly:

Diabetic test strips (must be in sealed box and not expired)

Adult diapers

Braces and supports

Hearing assistance

Caregiver products

Read the complete list of eBay prohibited and restricted items here. Be an educated seller and keep your account happy and healthy!

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