When it comes to buying and selling medical products online, it can be a tricky task. As there are many online shopping sites, which one is best to use and where should you start looking? Here is a quick guide to help you out during your online shopping when buying healthcare equipment.
Search for medical equipment via internet vendors
Do not expect a quick response via the internet as it will usually take up to 24 hiours. There are lots of online sites that can sell medical equipment at competitive rates sometimes cheaper than most, from typical online selling websites like ebay.com or craigslist.com to more specific sites that sell used medical equipment, such as medibid.com, usedhm.com, disabledgear.com or dremed.com. Do your research, and check out different online shops. Searching for more than one online site at once can help you to find competitive rates and the best prices on used medical equipment.
Assess medical equipment liquidation sales
Keep an eye out for online sales. Sometimes when businesses go through liquidation, they will be selling their products very cheaply online. Make sure you online search for nearest medical facilities in your area, so you know if any are having online sales.
Search online for used medical equipment available at medical facilities
If you know a medical centre is moving or closing close to you, you may want to check online to see if they are using a closing or moving sale. Sometimes you can find used medical equipment at great prices online, through local medical facilities that are not taking their gear with them or replacing their current equipment. Many medical centers will advertise their used gear online on websites that sell medical equipment. You might want to perform a search on these websites for medical facilities in your area that are advertising their gear for sale.
Talk to health care providers that are selling their old gear
Reach out to health care providers, such as your doctor or a family doctor, and inquire if they have any old equipment they would be willing to sell. They may also be able to refer you to other health care providers that are thinking about selling their older medical equipment.
Try to be specific during your online searches
If you are looking for a particular chair alarm model, by way of instance, you might ask your physician if he knows of any health care providers who may be willing to sell a used version of the product you’re looking for. Also refine your online search so it is more product specific.
Confirm the gear is in good condition prior to buying it online
When you are searching online for products, make sure the advertisements and website has a good reputation. Also make sure they contain a few photos of the medical equipment to ensure the product is in good shape. Look closely at the gear for any damage, marks, or scratches. The vendor should disclose any harm to the items that are used in their advertisement. If the vendor does not do this, you may want to think twice before purchasing a product from the seller, as the seller might be suspicious or fail to define damage to the product in an effort to make a fast buck.
You should also contact the vendor directly through the contact information provided and request more detail about the equipment to find out its condition and if it is what you are looking for. Starting a conversation with the vendor about the item can let you feel more comfortable about purchasing used medical equipment online, and can make certain you understand exactly what you are buying from the vendor online.