Where do old CPAP machines go to die?

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Where do old CPAP machines go to die?

Post by TooGroggy » Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:34 pm

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?

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Re: Where do old CPAP machines go to die?

Post by Patrick A » Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:42 pm

I think they go to to some place between heaven and hell.....because CPAP Machines both heaven sent and hell to live with!
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Re: Where do old CPAP machines go to die?

Post by Guest » Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:51 pm

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.


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Re: Where do old CPAP machines go to die?

Post by MOTOR815 » Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:16 pm

Seems a lot end up on CraigsList. God knows I about made someone a great deal on mine in the first week. :D

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Post by GumbyCT » Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:20 pm

Most on Craigslist are new .... why what did you have in mind?

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Re: Where do old CPAP machines go to die?

Post by snuginarug » Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:19 pm

http://www.reggiewhitefoundation.org/su ... efault.asp

Here they take donated machines (less than 5 years old) and refurbish them to be used by folks in need. This is one thing you can do with your old machine.

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Re: Where do old CPAP machines go to die?

Post by turbosnore » Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:57 am

The oldest ones probably got to be sent to Oulu, Finland to be distributed to the patients. :mrgreen:

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Re: Where do old CPAP machines go to die?

Post by Muse-Inc » Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:17 pm

Well, my former CPAP is now my backup machine until I can afford a better one and makes a great hose dryer :lol:

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Re: Where do old CPAP machines go to die?

Post by davecpap » Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:29 pm

Second Wind CPAP will take your donation and give it to the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA)

http://www.secondwindcpap.com/Selling_Used_CPAP.html

Check out the blurb at the bottom of the page. I sent them an old machine and got a letter from the ASAA. Pre-paid label for the shipping and UPS (I think) came to pick it up!