What To Do With CPAP Machine Not Needed?

by Aleisha P.
(Oklahoma City, OK)

I have had two sleep studies. In the first study I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and was given/sold/whatever a CPAP machine.

The short of it is that the whole thing was a shady operation (in which I was given several contradictory answers and figures) so I decided to get a second opinion.

In the second study it was determined that I decidedly do not have sleep apnea.

So, now I'm stuck with this machine. I doubt seriously if I can sell it. If I can legally, that would be fantastic, but again...doubtful.

So what can I do with the machine now that I know I don't need it? Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.


Selling CPAP machines online has been a tricky business for many of CPAP users. The "legality" issue is one of the main drawbacks.

For example, ebay appears to have strict requirements on auctions of CPAPs. Another famous site was cpapauction, which it had a big text on the home page that they're ceasing operations immediately, and they are not accepting new registrations or listings for sale.

As far as I know, it is illegal to sell a CPAP in the US unless you are a licensed provider and have a valid medical prescription.

However, I found that there are some websites where you can sell or buy used CPAP machines, such as:

What Else To Do With Your CPAP Machine

I know that you honestly trying to help someone else while making a couple of hundred bucks, but not many people succeed selling used CPAP machines.

Who knows? Maybe you're going to end up donating it to someone. With today's world economy...maybe donating is not such a bad idea.

You can also go to SleepGuide.com and write on their forum that you have a CPAP machine for sell, and if there is someone interested, he/she will contact you.

I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back.
Remy Thierry
Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide

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It is perfectly legal to sell your cpap machine in the US. The laws address businesses; sellers of new machines. Used machines are not regulated. What they do regulate is who is allowed to change the settings on the machine. You, as owner, can change your own settings. Otherwise, you would have to have a prescription to have someone else who is legally authorized to do such settings (i.e. PA, Nurse, PT, doc).

I sold my old Cpap to another person. I could not legally change the settings to match his needs, but I COULD tell him how to change the settings himself if he so wished to match his current prescription or needs. He also had the option of taking his new-to-him machine to his doctor to have him/her do the new settings.

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Range? A low use (under 1000 hours) Resmed Auto S9 is going to range between $275 and $350. Those are reasonable prices! Someone asking more than $100 for an even older Resmed machine (i.e. S8) is dreaming in the wind. These machines don't have the wave data, no warranty, older algorithms and aren't a deal unless they are low usage under $100. The seals are old, so even with no usage, they won't have the lifespan of a current machine.

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used bipap machine available
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Here is my problem. I would not mind giving my machine which was replaced by a new one, because I have insurance, thankfully. However, I do not know how to determine if a person here on this site needs a machine, or wants one they will turn around and sell. If you know you have sleep apnea you must have been tested. There needs to be a way to centralize this to avoid fraud and ensure privacy in this scary day and age. Open to advice from a reputable foundation.

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