Where do you buy your strips? This is the question of the day. Actually not exactly a question but I was at a loss how else to word it. Am still recovering from a shock at hearing local drugstore prices.
Of course you can buy them anywhere and pay through the roof as I just discovered. I was quoted a price over $50 for a 50-count bottle at a local pharmacy. And that is my insurance co-pay. At first I thought I didn’t hear it right and asked again. The pharmacist wasn’t a bit surprised and repeated, $57.99 after some discount whatever that means.
I briefly stopped by at the Rite-Aid site that of course follows the suit in terms of prices. Since my brand has no reviews and I am a review junkie, I tried to leave one. I said that these strips are grossly overpriced and that off I’m going to the greener pastures with reasonable prices. Predictably enough, this review was moderated for violation of some terms.
I still have one good bottle of 50-ct test strips to go; it expires in October. But now that I was done with all the local pharmacies, I turned to the online sources.
eBay was my first stop. There are some good prices, however few and far between, and then there are some sky high ones. An expiration date remains a gray area and more often than not is not stated. The excuse is that even though the strips did expire, they are still good. The others make a sweeping statement that the strips don’t expire because they are not medication. Really.
Here now, see for yourself:
You need to exercise quite a bit of a due diligence here. I blogged about this yesterday. The strips do expire because they contain enzymes (proteins). The above strips turned out to have expired last year.
My next stop was Amazon. You can find reasonable prices here, expiration date isn’t posted but I hope it’ll be within the range. I would rather shop for the strips here as I’m buying a gift card at a local grocery store for which I get gas discounts and double points on my credit card that I redeem as a statement credit.
Here now, meet my shopping cart. Isn’t it lovely? No bidding and no hassle.
Walmart is still on my list as they carry budget test strips. Such as Reli-On, OneTouch and FreeStyle, all are priced rather nicely. OneTouch strips however can get slightly complicated; will cover this later.
And then I came across this gem. Can you believe it? Accu Chek sells the strips on their site with or without a prescription.
Home delivery is available with the subscription, and naturally, the more you buy, the less you pay per unit. Delivery frequency is between one and six months and the limit is set to six 50-ct strip vials per home delivery order. Subscriptions are available in one-, two-, three- or six-month intervals, and can be canceled any time or so they say. The expiration dates are guaranteed for six months as per email. Wow. This one definitely took my breath away.
I still don’t get it how come that the strips are available from the manufacturer at rock bottom prices while the drugstores charge through the roof. An unbelievable overhead.
To be continued. I am not quite done yet.