Check the "useful links" in my signature line at the bottom of this post for info on which machine to get and how to not get screwed as badly in the process.
You can also buy from someone on craigslist. You may have to wait a while to find a good deal. Lots of people want WAY too much money for old, used equipment. I usually see a good, full auto, current model CPAP machine for sale locally for around $300 once a month or more around here.
The usual safety warnings for craigslist apply.
Get the free SleepyHead software here
for information on the main alternative to CPAP.
If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
Just be aware that purchasing prescription only items without a prescription is illegal in the United States and several other countries. Buying from such places as Craigslist is, technically, illegal. Doesn't stop it from happening though.
If you do decide to go through an online or even local supplier, you will need a prescription for the machine and even the mask (stupid, right??). But any doc can write it. It does not have to be from a sleep doc. If you are paying out of pocket, the supplier doesn't care.
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