TooGroggy wrote:I noticed that thrift shops do not have CPAP machines. I am guessing that there is some Federal law against them selling them. But I'm curious, what does Goodwill, for instance, do with a donated CPAP machine? Do they destroy it? Or do them make it available to some organization that donates them here (in the US) or abroad?
Actually, sometime in the past (maybe a couple of years ago), there were some forum members who actually found some CPAP machines in some thrift shops.......cheap.......like about $20. But, those situations are rare and they're only supposed to be sold to someone with a prescription. Some have also been found in yard/garage sales and quite a few are still sold on Craigslist. Unfortunately, too many of them are sitting (unused) in closets and garages. If they're too old and/or worn out and parts are too expensive or no longer available to repair them, I suspect some of the owners keep them for sovereign antiques and keepsakes. After all, they spent many nights with them. I'm sure there are others that do end up in landfills.
If you've got a Goodwill store in your vicinity, call them and ask.