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Used CPAP Machine to Sell or Donate? Here’s What to Do With It!

If you have a CPAP machine that you no longer use or need, you may be looking for the best way to get rid of it. Should you donate a CPAP machine, sell it, or simply throw it out? Throwing it out is not a great option since this is a costly machine that could help someone else, but what are your options? Here is a closer look at what you can do with a used CPAP machine to keep it out of the dumpster and potentially do some good for someone else.

Consider Your Motivation for Selling

First, before we look at where you can sell or donate your CPAP, consider why you are getting rid of it. Do you find it uncomfortable? Did you get tired of using the CPAP mask or wonder if it is really working? CPAP is the most effective way to treat sleep apnea, and when you use it you will feel more rested throughout the day, will snore less, and will wake less during the night.

But learning to use CPAP equipment takes time. It can take several months to start feeling the benefits, and that is only with consistent, nightly use. If you give up too early, you may be losing out on the benefits of the device before they even have a chance to kick in. It can take several months before you notice the full benefit of CPAP.

If you simply feel that CPAP is not working for you, don’t give up! It may be that you are experiencing one of the many common problems with this therapy. Take some time to troubleshoot to see if you can enjoy the full benefits of your therapy.

Remember, treating sleep apnea is not just so you will feel more rested. Treating this dangerous condition helps keep your heart healthy and can improve diabetes control for diabetic patients. Sadly, only about 60 percent of those who need CPAP therapy actually use their machines nightly. Don’t be one of these statistics.

Yet if you do find yourself with a CPAP machine that you don’t need, these are your options for getting rid of it.

Four Options for Used CPAP Machines

If you have a used CPAP machine, you have four basic options for it. If you’re continuing to use CPAP therapy, consider saving it as a spare machine. This will ensure you never miss a night of therapy, even if something happens to your main machine.

If you do not wish to keep it, you can sell it. However, it is not legal to sell a CPAP machine to someone who does not have a valid prescription1 for it, because these are medical devices. While you may be able to find people selling on Craigslist, for instance, this is not the best route because it’s technically illegal.

Though people who cannot afford their device but need a CPAP machine will look on Craigslist, the machines sold here may or may not work properly, the seller may not post accurate listing information, and the machine may not be set to the correct mode or pressure.

On Ebay, you can only sell CPAP machines if you have FDA approval2 to do so, which would not apply to most people selling a used device. If you are looking to sell a used CPAP, you will need to go through an authorized reseller who will sell to individuals with prescriptions, rather than trying to sell on the open marketplace.

A third option is to recycle the CPAP. If your device is broken, this is the best way to keep it out of the landfill. Keep in mind that many broken CPAP machines can be fixed, so consider all of your options before recycling your device.

The fourth, and potentially best, option is to donate the device. Donating your CPAP machine will get it out of your home, give you a tax benefit, and allow you to help someone who needs sleep apnea treatment but may not be able to afford it. Here is a closer look at how and where you can donate your used CPAP machine.

Why Donate CPAP Machines?

Every year, thousands of people with sleep apnea do not get treatment because they cannot afford CPAP. Some of these individuals have no insurance, while others have insurance with high deductibles that make it impossible to afford the device. Even more people suffer because their insurance companies deny their coverage for CPAP.

If you have a CPAP machine you aren’t using, you can help some of these people who cannot afford one by donating gently used equipment to organizations that offer lower-priced CPAP machines to people in need.

Where to Donate a CPAP Machine

When looking for a place to donate, be careful about the organization you choose. Some charitable organizations3, like Goodwill, will not do anything with your CPAP, but will simply destroy it.

Look for organizations that specifically deal with sleep disorders, breathing conditions, and lung conditions. You can also discuss your donation with companies that take durable medical equipment donations. Make sure the organization cleans and inspects the devices and either gives them to individuals who need them or sells them at a deeply reduced price.

This will ensure that your device is able to help someone in need. Finally, choose an organization that is a registered charity, so you are confident they are not looking to make a profit off of your donation.

Some good options to consider include these:

Each of these organizations has its own requirements for donation. Some will require you to pay the shipping fees, but all will provide you with a donation letter that will allow you to write off the donation on your tax return. This is an added perk that you will enjoy as you enjoy the benefit of knowing you helped save someone’s health and potentially their life with your used machine.

If you would prefer to keep your donation local, consider reaching out to your local homeless shelter, food pantry, or churches in your area to see if they know of someone who needs help. It is not illegal to give your lightly used machine to another person, but do make sure that they actually need it or have a prescription for it. Remember, CPAP machines are medical devices and they should not be used without the direction of a doctor.

CPAP therapy is an effective way to treat the dangerous condition of sleep apnea. If you have a CPAP machine that you are no longer using, consider using it to be a blessing to someone else through donation. By donating your machine, you keep it out of the landfill, avoid the legalities of selling it, and give someone less fortunate a new lease on life!

References

1. Doyle, Katherine. “Online Marketplace Offers Cheaper CPAP Machines Without a Prescription” Reuters. Aug. 8, 2016. Accessed on Mar. 19, 2019.

2. “GREAT NEWS CPAP MACHINES ALLOWED TO SELL NOW” Thread from EBay forum. Jul. 14, 2013. Accessed on Mar. 19, 2019

3. “What to do with your old CPAP machine?” Thread on CPAPtalk.com forum. Feb 11, 2016. Accessed on Mar. 19, 2019.

David Repasky has been using CPAP treatment since 2017 and has first-hand experience with what it’s like to live with Sleep Apnea. He brings the patient’s perspective to the CPAP.com blog and has received formal training in CPAP machines, masks, and equipment.

34 Comments

  1. Do you purchase used CPAP machines from private parties:
    Details:

    ResMed Ltd http://www.resmed.com/ip
    AirCurve 10 – Vauto
    Model – Catalog Reference: 37051 Batch: 1111569 Device: 918

  2. James David Hunte Reply

    I have three machines I want to donate to someone who needs one.

    • James David Hunte,
      If you still have one available I would love to have it. My cpap got stolen when I was traveling. I have severe sleep apnea. Please email me back if you still have one. I can pay for the shipment. Thank you.

      • Joseph Morgan Reply

        I have a system one Philips C-Pap for sell and it’s like new, only 1123 hours on.it. 214-325-5407

    • Hello James I. Need one if u want to sell it plz contact me . I just found out I have it and I had a garage door spring that hit my nose 5 years ago and I thought that’s what caused it .. But I was wrong so now I have to pay out of pocket to try to breathe when sleeping . Or any info on how to get a cheap one I have no Insurance and live in South Dakota ..

      • I have a brand new airsence 10 with two masks including the full face mask. Still has protective sticker films on it you can contact me via email trevcombs89@gmail.com or via Facebook Messenger my username is Trevor Combs from Clarksville Tennessee. Be sure to message the Trevor Combs username on Facebook not the Trev Combs Trev Combs is my old account forgotten passwords. Thank you

      • Joseph Morgan Reply

        I have a System One Philips C-Pap like new with only 1123 hours on it for $300

  3. WILFREDO DE LEON Reply

    I have been suffering with sleep on if you need for more than 5 years and I’m losing my short-term memory, and suffering sleep deprivation. I’d like to learn how I can get a CPAP machine at low cost.

    • Hi Wilfredo, i’m sorry to hear about the symptoms that you have been experiencing. CPAP.com, has very reasonably priced machines available ranging in price from $250-$900 (higher for BiPAP), depending on the type of machine that your doctor prescribes.

      The first step to improving your health and getting a better quality sleep is to visit your doctor. Your doctor may want to have you tested for Sleep Apnea, if you haven’t had a recent sleep study. From there you can contact us and we will be happy to work directly with your doctor to obtain a prescription for you and get your new machine on order.

      For furthewr questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or e-mail: cpap@cpap.com.

      We wish you the best!

      • I have two Cpap machines not in use one is a older one, it was our sons he no longer using this one and another one. Please contact me for further imformation

    • Hi Wilfredo, I have a CPAP machine in perfect condition that I’d be willing to donate to you and I also have some supplies. Please send me your info and are let me know if you are still in need of one.😊😊

  4. Linda Garcia Reply

    I have a CPAP machine I would like to donate. Anyone need one?

    • Sonya Archibald Reply

      I am in need of C-Pap as well as supplies. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

      • Hi, have you found a CPAP machine yet? I have one to donate if you would like. I have a few unopened supplies. Do you have a prescription for CPAP machine and supplies? My macine has been gently used

        Please email me back if you are interested
        Colleen

      • Jay Griffin Reply

        High I have a practically new Respironics dreamstation dsx500h11c for sale send me a message if intrested I have pictures if you would like to see it.

  5. Jeffrey Bentley Reply

    I have a broken cpap machine which I replaced a long time ago but would now like to see if it can be recycled for another person’s use. Looking to donate. Don’t want to throw it out but don;t want to keep it around either for too much longer.
    What are my options here?

    • Hi Jeffrey, it is very kind of you to donate your CPAP machine. You may consider speaking with the American Red Cross, or the Salvation Army to see if they are able to accept the machine for donation.

      We wish you the best!

  6. Barbara Hill Reply

    I just got a new cpap machine and my old one is still in working order. If anyone can use it please let me know.

  7. I have several new mask hoses and airfit 10 eauipment from my mothers passing where can i sell it near quincy illinois

    • Hey Chad, i’m very sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I’m not sure what area the company is in, but you may try, secondwindcpap.com. Also, try Googling local CPAP suppliers in your area.

      Enjoy your day!

  8. Robyn Estrada Reply

    I have (22) ResMed Air Fit P10 size Small pillows as well as (18) Philips Respironics Nuance:Nuance Pro gel pillows. All are new and in packaging. Having a hard time finding concrete companies to sell to?

  9. David Alexander Reply

    Hello I am in need of C-Pap as well as supplies. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. I Am 30 years old and no Insurance 🙁 can’t Afford it.. yes I have a job but also have a new born also and I just found out I have it. I did the sleep study .. I had a garage door spring to my nose six years ago and I thought that’s why I couldn’t breathe at night .. but the doc Said has notting to do with it .. it’s all a new experience to me.. god will put some thing in my path when it comes time. God is great 🙂 davidtothe25th_power@hotmail.com

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