If you’re shopping for an used oxygen concentrator online and you find a very low retail price, you may get excited. However, it is probably too good to be true. Oxygen concentrators on websites like Craigslist™ or eBay™ provide no guarantees because any individual can post an advertisement on those sites.
Before you buy, make sure you understand the risk of purchasing from an unauthorized dealer. Below are the key reasons for Why You Should Not Purchase an Oxygen Concentrator from Unaccredited Sellers on Third Party websites like Craigslist™ or eBay™.
They Do Not Offer Highly Trained Oxygen Specialists
An oxygen concentrator is an expensive medical device, and you really want it to work as intended.
We find many customers think they want or need one machine and realize it is not the ideal fit for their oxygen and lifestyle needs. An authorized dealer will help make sure you are getting a unit that will meet your needs as well as have a return/exchange program.
They Can Not Offer a Warranty
Oxygen concentrators are complicated medical devices and as such do require repair and maintenance. Purchasing a unit second hand from third party will invalidate any warranty. Repairing a unit out of warranty is often $800 - $1500. All warranty repair work must be done through the authorized retailer that sells the unit and there is no support from manufacturers for repairing broken units from unauthorized sellers.
They May Not Clean and Sanitize the Unit Properly
When purchasing a used unit, you want to make sure the unit is cleaned and sanitary. Some bacteria can remain active for relatively long periods of time. Purchasing from an authorized reseller ensures the unit has been appropriately cleaned and disinfected.
They Do Not Offer Customer Support
Research shows over 70% of customers have questions or need additional help over the time they are using the product. Peace of mind knowing that there is help available should any question arise, is beneficial in the operation of medical equipment.
They Do Not Offer Factory Trained Inspections
It is not possible to determine if an oxygen concentrator is functioning correctly without specialized equipment. A unit can “appear” to be running and not delivering medical grade oxygen. In many areas, it is difficult to even find a business with the appropriate equipment to measure oxygen purity. It would be unfortunate to purchase an expensive concentrator and not have it delivering medical grade oxygen.
They Are Not Follow FDA Prescription Guidelines
The FDA requires a prescription for the sale of oxygen concentrators. While one may argue with this requirement, the intention is to protect a consumer and ensure that a reputable dealer is making sure a patient is provided the appropriate equipment. Since it is technically illegal to sell oxygen machine over auction sites (without a prescription), a consumer’s remedy should something go wrong is minimal.
Buying a used oxygen concentrator does not have to be difficult, but it does require research to ensure that you are buying from a company that is a Manufacturer Authorized Seller who can provide warranty support and customer support. By following the steps above, you can potentially avoid making a purchase you would regret.