EXPIRATION DATE: THE MOST COMMON CONCERN OF DIABETIC TEST STRIP BUYERS ON AMAZON

Amazon serves as an online marketplace for merchants to sell their products to consumers. Though Amazon’s competitive environment offers lowered prices, there are some products that present serious concerns to consumers. Diabetic test strips are one of those products because the Amazon listings for test strips do not display the expiration dates. Our case study shows the expiration date is the most common concern of people who buy glucose test strips on Amazon.

As the expiration date continues to be one of the most common causes of glucose monitoring errors, it’s important for users to avoid using short-date glucose test strips. A common place many individuals with diabetes end up buying short-dated test strips is Amazon. Shoppers seeking low prices end up purchasing test strips that are potentially short-dated. Take a look at the following screenshot taken from a popular prime listing on Amazon for OneTouch Ultra Blue test strips.

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At the first glance you don’t see the expiration date, then you scroll down to “Product Description” and “Product Details” yet you cannot find the expiration date.

Amazon-listing-of-Onetouch-ultra-test-srips-product-description

The next natural move to find out the expiration date is to contact the seller. However, Amazon makes it hard for consumers to directly contact the sellers. Your only resort at this point is the Q&A section. You can search in the existing questions but you may not be able to find the current expiration date of the test strips. Alternatively, you can ask the seller about the expiration date, which often takes some time. Either way, it’s not easy to find out the expiration dates.

 

Case-Study: Test Strip Expiration Dates – The Most Common Concern of Buyers

Due to the fact that the Amazon listings for diabetes test strips do not display expiration dates, we see a large number of buyers inquiring from sellers about the expiration dates. In this case study we analyzed the buyer’s questions submitted on Prime listings for brand name test strips. The results show that expiration dates are the most common concern of those who buy glucose test strips on Amazon.

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Prime Listings Test Strips Buyers Questions Questions about EXP
  • Onetouch Ultra Test Strips Regular 50 Ct 201
  • One Touch Ultra Test Strips 50 CT Int 3 Language
  • FastDraw Test Strips 25
  • FreeStyle Lite Glucose Test Strips – 100 ct.
  • 50 Freestyle Lite Test Strips
  • 100 Freestyle Lite Test Strips
  • Freestyle Lite Gluco Test Strp Size: 50
  • Freestyle LITE Blood Glucose Test Strips NEW Butterfly
  • FreeStyle Lite Test Strips 200Ct. Nfrs Bundle Deal Savings
  • Freestyle Insulinx Strip Size: 50
  • Precision Xtra Blood Glucose Test Strips 100 Ea
  • Precision Xtra Blood Glucose Test Strips Box of 50ct
  • Arkray Glucocard Vital Blood Glucose Test Strips 50 Strips
  • Bayer Contour Blood Glucose, 100 Test Strips
  • Bayer Contour Blood Glucose, 100 Test Strips
  • Bayer Contour Blood Glucose, 200 Strips
  • Bayer Contour Next Blood Glucose Test Strips 100 2x50pack
  • Bayer Contour Next Test Strip 300 Strips 6box of 50
  • Bayer Contour Next Test Strips – 50 Strip
  • Bayer Contour Next Blood Glucose Test Strips, 100 Strips
  • Bayer Contour Next Test Strip 150ea 3 Box 50 Packs
  • Bayer Contour Next Blood Glucose Test Strips, 200 strips
  • Bayer Contour Next Blood Glucose Test Strips, 50 strips
  • Bayer Breeze2 Test Strips Mail Order 200Ct
  • Bayer Breeze2 Blood Glucose, 100 Test Strips
  • Bayer Breeze 2 Glucose Test Strips – 100 ct.
  • TRUEtest Glucose Test Strips 100 Ct
  • Truetest Blood Glucose Test Strips 200 Count
  • TRUEtest Glucose Test Strips Bundle Deal Savings 250 Ct
  • Blood Glucose True Test Strips**kpp – 100 EA
  • TrueTrack Blood Glucose Test Strips Box of 50
  • TRUEtrack Blood Glucose Test Strips 600Ct. (12 x 50)
  • Truetrack Test Strips ( Pack of 50 x 2 )
  • Home Diagnostics TrueTrack Test Strips, 100 Count
  • Accu Chek Compct Plus ( SIZE 102 pack Or 2 packs of 51)
  • Accu-Chek Nano Smart View Test Strips, 50 Count
  • Prodigy No Coding Blood Glucose Test Strips 300 Count
  • Prodigy Autocode Test Strips 100 Count
  • GenStrip50 Test Strips For Use with OneTouch Ultra Meters
  • 100 GenStrip50 Test Strips for Use with OneTouch Ultra Meter
  • GenStrip50 Test Strips For Use with OneTouch Ultra Meters
  • GenStrip 50 Test Strips For Use with OneTouch Ultra Meters
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  • 32
  • 7
  • 35
  • 8
  • 22
  • 24
  • 47
  • 7
  • 8
  • 24
  • 3
  • 2
  • 124
  • 61
  • 10
  • 106
  • 58
  • 24
  • 16
  • 25
  • 5
  • 14
  • 6
  • 41
  • 10
  • 10
  • 14
  • 3
  • 4
  • 11
  • 27
  • 16
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  • 24
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  • 16
  • 10
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  • 7
  • 4
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  • Total: 925
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  • 6
  • 17
  • 3
  • 16
  • 16
  • 27
  • 5
  • 5
  • 18
  • 3
  • 0
  • 63
  • 41
  • 7
  • 39
  • 42
  • 10
  • 8
  • 17
  • 4
  • 6
  • 5
  • 35
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 2
  • 2
  • 4
  • 14
  • 8
  • 10
  • 19
  • 31
  • 14
  • 9
  • 0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 1
  • Total: 528
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Case-study details

Final Words

Given the importance of expiration dates in avoiding glucose reading errors, Amazon buyers seem to be concerned about expiration dates before they make a purchase. When you purchase your test strips online be sure to check the expiration dates.

At Diabetic Outlet we always display the current expiration dates below the price.

Diabetic Test Strips Available At DiabeticOutlet.com

Disclaimer. The content, information, and links on this page are intended for informational and educational purposes only, and does NOT constitute any medical professional advice.

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