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Thread: never thought it would be so hard to give something away

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    Super Member ptquilts's Avatar
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    OK, so DH has some extra test strips for a blood glucose meter he no longer uses. These go about $50 a box if you have to buy them.
    Put an ad on 4 different Freecycle sites, no one has come to get them yet. "Oh you are too far..." "Can you deliver them?"

    We are talking about not only several hundred dollars worth of supplies, but could mean better health to someone who can now test their blood sugar more frequently.

    I hate to have to throw them out but they will expire in a few months.

    I tried my local free clinic, their response, "Oh we do not use that kind of meter."

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    What about Craigs list? Maybe a homeless shelter would have use for them.

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    Super Member ptquilts's Avatar
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    I may try that but have not much response from CL in the past. Because of where we live, most of the VT CL is geared toward a large town about an hour away from us.
    I guess I really am out in the boonies!

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    Unfortunately, is true. Almost every meter uses a different kind of test strip and you can not substitute. If your local hospital has a diabetic clinic, they will take them, but you have to bring them. No resources for them to pick them up.

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    Super Member ptquilts's Avatar
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    They are for a Contour meter.

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    Are you willing to give them away for the price of postage?

    (I'm guess that would be around $3.00 for first class postage)

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    take them to your Doctor's office and he or she will give them to patients who have trouble affording them.

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    Super Member ptquilts's Avatar
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    I would be happy to give them away for the price of postage.

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    My husband has used a few different kinds of meter. His test strips and meter don't cost him anything, as they are provided by our healthcare company. Maybe you should change the ad and charge a nominal amount for them. I heard about a guy who sat a sofa out in front of his house every day for almost a week with a free sign on it...no takers. So he put a sign on it with a price on it. Somebody stole it out of his yard the same day!! people are strange!! :lol:

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    Super Member ptquilts's Avatar
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    Ditter, you always make me laugh!!

    On the other hand , I heard about a guy who was caught stealing a boat on trailer out of someone's driveway. His excuse - I thought they were giving it away...

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    Where are you in VT, and what meter is it? I have a friend on a very low fixed income who is in southern VT (Putney area) that I could point your direction.

    Edit- sorry, I see that you did say they're for a Contour meter. I'll ask her what she uses, & if it's the right one I'll point her your way.

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    Ok, she uses a One Touch Ultra, guess it won't work.

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    I have the One Touch Ultra. I could really use the strips if they work in this meter. I can't afford to pay too much but I would pay something for them. Please let me know.

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    Oh Ditter, that was priceless!!!! :lol: :lol:

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    Try selling them on eBay. Someone will want them, and if you feel bad about taking the money, you can always donate it - or use it for your husband's medical expenses.

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    I would take them to a Dr office or to a senior citizens group they will know some one that needs them. we called the local senior citizens group when my grandmother passed away and they come and picked all the medical supplies and gave it to a senior that needed it, that would of been what GM would of wanted as well.

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    What type of strips or machine do they go with? One of the nuns at Prayer Town near Amarillo, TX was saying how expensive they were. If they are the right kind, I'll pay for the shipping and take them to her.

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    Someone had the nerve to ask you to deliver???
    YIKES!!!!!!!!! :D

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    wow, on our CL here near Erie Pa there is an ad requesting all kinds of strips

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