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#1 stresst

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Posted October 05 2011 - 9:25 AM

I purchased a meter off ebay and when I turned the box over it says expired 2008-10. ***?



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Posted October 05 2011 - 9:30 AM

I purchased a meter off ebay and when I turned the box over it says expired 2008-10. ***?


I'm diabetic. Please don't take this the wrong way, but meters aren't particularly expensive these days, and ebay is not the place where I'd go looking for one.

You can get one, possibly for free, from your local diabetes clinic, assuming you're a patient at said clinic... if you dig around a bit, you might even be able to participate in product testing of new stuff that's being developed...


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Posted October 05 2011 - 9:37 AM

I'm diabetic. Please don't take this the wrong way, but meters aren't particularly expensive these days, and ebay is not the place where I'd go looking for one.
You can get one, possibly for free, from your local diabetes clinic, assuming you're a patient at said clinic... if you dig around a bit, you might even be able to participate in product testing of new stuff that's being developed...


I too being a Diabetic completely agree. Go buy a new meter with new strips. Your health is not something to entrust to Ebay.


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#4 Surf Cat

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Posted October 05 2011 - 9:55 AM

More to the question, test strips do expire, meters are just electronic devices, but should be calibrated and checked for accuracy.

If test strips were included with the meter the expiration date likely was referring to the test strips, not the meter.

Test strips typically come in a small plastic can or bottle, and the bottle should be stamped with the expiration date.



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Posted October 05 2011 - 9:59 AM

Glucose levels are important, so if the meter is giving you the wrong reading you could have low sugar and colapse or have to much sugar which may be even worse. I would get a new one



#6 stresst

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Posted October 05 2011 - 10:11 AM

Point taken but I dont think one person answered my question.



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Posted October 05 2011 - 10:37 AM

I had a One Touch meter that didn't agree with lab tests, so I called them. They had no problem with the meter being 3 or 4 years old but happily sent me two new ones because I doubted the results of the one I was using. Call the manufacturer, they'll probably send you a new one. They don't make any money on the meters. The test strips are their big ticket item in the long run. I use 5 or 6 a day at about a dollar each.


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Posted October 05 2011 - 10:41 AM

Point taken but I dont think one person answered my question.


A glucometer is a mechanical/electrical device, they do not expire. The test strips have chemical reagents that only last a certain time and do expire. Like others have said, glucometers are cheap, sometimes free. The test strips are very exspensive. You got screwed paying anything for it on ebay.;)



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Posted October 05 2011 - 12:04 PM

Point taken but I dont think one person answered my question.


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Posted October 05 2011 - 8:11 PM

More to the question, test strips do expire, meters are just electronic devices, but should be calibrated and checked for accuracy.
If test strips were included with the meter the expiration date likely was referring to the test strips, not the meter.
Test strips typically come in a small plastic can or bottle, and the bottle should be stamped with the expiration date.


Well said. :th:


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#11 stresst

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Posted October 05 2011 - 8:28 PM

The bottle says exp. 2007-6 while the box says 2008-10 this is why this came to light. Then I googled it and a few links came up as well. IDK



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Posted October 06 2011 - 9:19 AM

Stresst, mind if I give you some advice. Good. Get rid of it and don't play games with your health and well being. I've been a diabetic for ~40 years, on an insulin infusion pump for ~30 years, one of the first to be on it. I have no complications or health problems caused by diabetes. This is because I take care of myself and don't skimp on medical stuff.

Buy yourself a new glucometer. They are cheap or can be gotten for free. The test strips are the exspensive part. Talk to your doctor, who is a diabetic specialist I hope, and follow his recomendations, sometimes they even have glucometers to give to their patients. Most pharmasutical companies give them away so you buy their strips. Throw the ebay unit away and chalk it up to expieriance. Good luck.



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Posted October 06 2011 - 12:15 PM

mine has batteries and they can get weak throwing off you readings or stop working ;)