Getting the Most for Your Mobility BuckBy Smith, Mark E.; New Mobility, Vol. 20, No. 195, pp. 33-34
Publication Date: December 2009
Article offers resources for purchasing price discounted mobility equipment. (1) Spinlife.com, Sportaid.com, and 1800wheelchair.com are cited as examples of websites offering discounted wheelchairs and accessories, and reputable online mobility providers work with field representatives and technicians to provide at-home service on products such as manual wheelchairs and power scooters; (2) bargaining with local mobility providers is another suggestion, while bearing in mind that by law, providers of Medicare-reimbursed products can only sell items at a discounted price no lower than the Medicare-reimbursed price minus administrative costs; (3) demonstration units are mentioned as a way to get an average of 50 percent or more off the price of an almost new mobility device or accessory; deals to look for are “open box” or “bargain basement” specials advertised by online providers, and customers can also ask local providers to call manufacturers about available demo units; (4) buying used equipment from private party websites such as Craigslist.org and Ebay.com is another cost-saving suggestion, provided the buyer really knows how to assess his or her equipment needs; and (5) when completing wheelchair order forms, selecting standard items and later buying upgraded components via the discount aftermarket can result in savings of 50 percent on upgrades.
Published by: No Limits Communications Inc. (Website:http://www.newmobility.com)