It’s again that time of the month when you’re running out of test strips. You went to your local pharmacy to buy test strips but found the prices outrageous. Then you decided to search online, but there were so many choices that simply choosing a website to buy your test strips from was actually not so simple. While shopping around for a deal you came across Amazon. Prices were incredibly low. You think you have found the best test strip prices but something is holding you back from clicking “add to cart.”
Though Amazon may be the right market place to buy some products, it’s certainly not the best option when it comes to blood glucose test strips. Here are 3 reasons why you should not buy glucose test strips from Amazon:
1. Expiration dates: the most common concern of test strip buyers from Amazon
We have previously discussed the issue of expiration date being the most common concern of test strip buyers on Amazon. This is due to the fact that the Amazon listings for diabetes test strips do not display expiration dates. This gives rise to incognito, unauthorized sellers who offer short-dated test strips.
Given that expiration date continues to be one of the most common causes of glucose monitoring errors, purchasing test strips online on Amazon from buyers you cannot verify can present a risk.
2. Product information is often inaccurate or outdated
Tightly related to the previous issue, Amazon listings for diabetic test trips often display inaccurate or outdated information. Amazon provides very little editing capabilities when it comes to product description, details, and images. In fact, sellers are not permitted to create new listings with new information unless their merchandise is unique. The only option is to assign test strips to existing listings, which often do not display current information, causing confusion for customers.
3. You cannot order over the phone
Many customers like to directly speak with a representative to make sure they are buying their test strips from a legitimate merchant. That’s simply not possible with Amazon as merchants are not allowed to display their phone number. This makes it hard for the consumers to directly contact the merchant.
Furthermore, I have found that some diabetic patients cannot place an online order by themselves either because they don’t have access to a computer or internet, or due to their physical limitations.
When you need electronics, books, and diapers you may go right to Amazon. However, Amazon may not be the best choice for all merchandise, certainly not for glucose test strips given its medical nature and its critical role in proper diabetes management.