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Selling Diabetic Test Strips for Cash

As anyone who buys diabetic test strips is aware of, these things can be expensive. Did you also know that thousands of diabetics out couldn’t pay for these supplies? There are several organizations that help these folks however, and you can be part of their efforts by selling any extra unopened, unexpired test strips you may have instead of tossing them in the trash! A lot of diabetics are wise enough to keep some strips on hand in case their supplies run low, and before long discover they have a few more than they do need.

If you get boxes from time to time, you may find them starting to pile up. Maybe you are not testing as frequently as you used to. You may have changed to another test strip brand, and still have a supply of the old supplies that don’t suit your new meter. There are many possible scenarios.

Is Selling Test Strips Even Legal?
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Of course, as long as you are their legal owner. Even if your boxes are “mail order only” or “not for resale,” you may still sell them – this only means they couldn’t be sold by a retailer. Then again, there are some things you should keep in mind. For one, some brands are not going to be in demand. Medicare-provided boxes cannot be resold, and no one will probably be interested in boxes that are expired or damaged, or come with broken seals. But as long as they are a relatively well-known brand, in reasonable condition, and have at least 6 months before expiration (though you may be able to get 50% of the price for specific brands that are expiring in 3 to 6 months), then you could be getting the cash in a few days!
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Who Buys Secondhand Test Strips?

Dealers who purchase diabetic test strips are in business to earn money, but the final outcome is the same: somebody who needs these supplies and can’t pay for them will get them, either at a discount or for nothing. Dealers often accept brands they wouldn’t normally buy and donate the supplies to shelters, or allocate a chunk of their profit to charities for diabetic patients. In various cases, they are in the business because they have diabetes themselves or their loved ones, and that gives them a personal reason to help other diabetics.

Of course, you should get to know your dealer and feel comfortable with them first, so you should shop around a bit before selecting one! Repeat business often makes you a valued customer who will receive special perks in terms of pricing your strips. Again, it’s all about finding the right dealer, so have a little patience and do your research.