Does anyone have any experience with ordering CPAP machines from overseas, especially the US? They have a number of models available there that are alot cheaper than ones we can buy here.
In particular, would we be charged any kind of import tax? What do you do about the need for a 'prescription' to be able to buy a machine?
You have to pay quite a bit to have the stuff sent by courier from one site I was looking at, so although the masks are cheaper and each customer is entitled to return one within 30 days of purchase, a mask wouldn't work out much cheaper if you were buying it on its own. However, I saw 'Sales' on well-known brands of CPAP machines at a fraction of the price they are available here so that even with $60 shipping, it would be worth it if you had intended to buy a new machine anyway.
Five years! Good luck on that one.
Four years appears to be their life span, it is usually the motor that gives up and it has a hard life, especially if it has to change speeds with EPR or VPAP operation. I still think they are overpriced, but they always find ways of justifying the price of anything and as soon as the work medical come into it it appears to affect the price somehow.
You can get second hand machines from Secondwind and new ones off Amazon in America for a fraction of the price.
Some sellers will even give you a warranty, though cost of postage is a bit steep anyway sending it to America.
The main thing it is labelled properly for customs s you do not have to pay import duty.
If you do buy a machine this way it is almost certain you will be let down at some point by the machine, so get a reserve one at a later date so you are one step ahead. I almost said "One step beyond" but then that would be Madness! Get it, oh it doesn't matter
Ha Ha, I just replied to this post then realised I'd replied to Bernadette and her post was from 2016. Have deleted it as it was irrelevant Good to hear you've got your DreamStation Go on the app now though.