Medical equipment and supplies are essential to caregiving. Professional labels such as “dealer” or “supplier” are often a euphemism for racketeer. Controlling costs is pressing.
Reading the newspaper last night, my attention was grabbed by a line in an ad for an auction barn - “homecare equipment and wheelchair”. Though the barn is less than 5 minutes away I was a 54 yr old auction virgin. Curiosity changed that forever.
What good ol’ fashioned down home fun! (…and the least expensive dinning out in a long time) Imagine the Dukes of Hazzard meets the Home Shopping Network. <grin> eBay, yard sales, whatever … they cannot hold a candle to this atmosphere. I am digressing, forgive me, back to the topic.
The wheelchair was an Invacare. My guess would be the original racketeer sold it for around $500. Condition was excellent. Bidding started at a $1 and sold for $14. !!!!!
Homecare equipment was sold as a ‘lot’ which included a free-standing portable commode, walker, and exercise peddling machine. Again everything was in excellent condition and the complete ‘lot’ sold for a total winning bid of $11. !!!
Now old toys were another story - selling for hundreds. A 4” long metal Greyhound bus sold for $235 yet all that homecare equipment and wheelchair combined went for $25. Go figure.
I never realized this resource existed before. Obviously it’s hit or miss, but if you ‘hit’, it’s a jackpot!