First I want to say thank you to all the contributors that have helped me in my CPAP journey. I have recommended this forum to many of my fellow travelers.
Ok so here is what I wanted to get some feedback about.
I live in Washington state. I write curriculum for a company in Texas. The pay is horrible and the benefits (insurance) does not exist.
Anyway, my insurance does not cover this very well. I have a huge deductible.
Long story short. My brothers, uncle, and several friends were part of this mouth breathing cult. lol So I joined it, but on the cheap.
My doctor told me that he believed I had sleep apnea. He wanted to sign me up for a sleep study. I said no. I did my research through my friends and family and the internet. I got a Resmed S7 elite off Craigslist. I bought several mask types from a guy off craigslist that sells them used and new.
My wife was talking to a fellow employee at work about my experiences, and the next day she brought my wife a Respironics Pro M series with some masks and stuff.
I got a lot of experience, but once I read about the ResMed S9 AutoSet...I wanted it bad. I put all my stuff on craigslist, except the masks. I sold all the stuff and was able to completely pay for a used S9.
Yes it took some trust and risk, but it was well worth it. Once the dust settled on all transactions, I had spent roughly $300. I have a ResMed S9 with climate tubing and humidifier, a few spare filters, 1 full face mask, 1 nasal mask, 2 nasal pillow masks, and my Breeze (this is nasal pillow, but it is so completely superior, it gets its own category.)
I downloaded the software and a couple times a week I read my results. My brothers and I talk often about what their clinicians tell them and I read posts here. I make my own decisions and settings on the secret menu. So far, so good. It definitely is making a difference. My AHI has been going down and now hovers around .7 to 1.6.
I even recently went out and got an oximeter, but I appear to be fine in that respect.
Anyway, there is a huge secondary market around here. There are a ton of people on craigslist in my area, selling every thing imaginable. I talk to these guys and some of them work at nursing homes, some at clinics. When stuff is getting tossed, they sell it on the side after cleaning it up. Most of it is 25% or less than new price. Some of it is getting harder and harder to sell. There are also a ton of people just giving up and giving their stuff away. We have a lot of people who use Freecycle here as well. It's like craigslist but everything is free. Its done in the spirit of keeping our landfills from being filled with stuff that someone might still get life out of. Recycling but no one is trying to make money off of it like Al Gore. lol jk.
Anyway, anyone else got a huge secondary market in your area?
What is your opinion of this? Most here feel that the laws and restrictions on therapy are ridiculous and motivated by corporate greed. (ok, now you know mine. lol) But seriously, I respect others opinions even when they don't match mine. Feel free to rant, but be nice to others. Remember we are all stuck on this marble together...just trying to get by.
Do you have a success story concerning the secondary market?
Do you keep the tubes and masks that your clinic wants to put in a box and sell on craigslist behind your back?
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