If you have been prescribed home oxygen therapy and need to buy a home oxygen machine (oxygen concentrator), than you’ll face a wide variety of models and even a wider variety of prices. The market for medical grade O2 devices is really big, and there are a lot of Amazon sellers out there with seemingly lucrative offers.
Today we will provide a short review answering the question if you can buy an oxygen concentrator on Amazon and whether it is a good idea to do so.
Can you find oxygen concentrators for sale on Amazon?
The bestselling products on the platform, though, do not include oxygen therapy units as they are generally not allowed on the merchant platform due to restrictive rules regarding medical devices.
But in theory, and you search extensively in the darkest corners of the marketplace, you can find O2 machines (or at least replacement parts for such) for sale.
But things are not as simple as that.
Why buying an Amazon oxygen concentrator is not such a good idea
Searching for home oxygen machines on Amazon presents a significant risk mainly due to the following reasons:
- The majority of O2 sellers are not reputable;
- The items may be refurbished and not safe for use;
- The items are low quality (most often made in China) and not certified as a medical grade device;
- The prices are overblown in most cases;
- Warranty is non-existent in most cases;
- Returning the concentrator may not be allowed by the seller.
Simply put, you cannot buy a quality oxygen machine on Amazon, and even if you purchase one from a seller, the price you pay for it would be double and sometimes even three times the cost of a brand new oxygen concentrator from a certified medical retailer.
Oxygen concentrators on Amazon is against the marketplace’s regulations
In other words, sellers are not allowed to list items that require a prescription. And o2 machines are definitely such items, as they are prescribed to patients with serious health problems such as COPD and other respiratory (lung) conditions.
Can you buy a portable oxygen concentrator listed on Amazon?
No. The same goes for portable oxygen concentrators — and not only on Amazaon but on Ebay, too. Sellers on Amazon can’t sell medical grade portable or home oxygen concentrators because they are by default not allowed to list anything that requires a prescription.
There is a risk in ordering such a device as the seller simply cannot prove — let alone guarantee — that the concentrator even works. There’s also no guarantee that the item you purchased fulfills the oxygen flow and purity specifications presented in the Amazon listing.
Then where can I purchase a medical grade oxygen machine from?
If you have a medical condition and have been prescribed home oxygen therapy, your best (and safe) option is to do it the standard, traditional way — purchase it from a licensed oxygen concentrator distributor instead of browsing the Amazon marketplace in an effort to buy one there. It is simply not worth the risk and headache to the latter and many doctors will actually give you the same advice.
How to choose a reputable seller?
Our professional advice regarding that question is: trust a certified oxygen concentrator retailer that will assist you in choosing the best portable or stationary concentrator for your particular doctor’s prescription and therapy needs. You simply cannot go wrong with that. And, you won’t be paying triple the price by going to search on Amazon.
How about the deals on Amazon and Ebay?
Many of the oxygen concentrators on Amazon are always on sale because their sellers know they are in direct violation of Amazon terms of service and so they try to sell their items as fast as possible before they are removed from the marketplace.
It’s highly recommended to avoid what might be looking like a great deal on Ebay or Amazon as in 99% of the cases it is not. Purchasing a medical device from a marketplace may worsen your condition if you buy something that is NOT suitable for your prescribed therapy! – CPAPEUROPA
Can you buy an oxygen concentrator with Amazon Prime?
The bestselling Amazon items are usually covered by the Prime program, but in most cases this is not possible with oxygen concentrators as they are normally prohibited from sale. Even if you find one, it would be a short-term “deal” because it would eventually get on the Amazon staff’s radar and they will responsibly take it down.
How to choose the right oxygen concentrator?
Always go with certified medical retailers that offer brand new concentrators from leading oxygen therapy brands such as Krober, Philips, and DeVilbiss. No matter what brand you choose, the important thing is to get a concentrator with the right oxygen flow per minute and oxygen purity. If you intend to use it for yourself or a patient receiving therapy at home, then your best option is purchasing a stationary model because it will be cheaper than a portable one. However, if you intend to travel while on oxygen therapy, then a mobile O2 concentrator is the best choice.
How to know which portable oxygen concentrator is right for you?
At CPAPEUROPA our mission is to help you find the right home oxygen machine for your specific prescription and personal needs. Whether it is a stationary model or ultra compact portable oxygen device you are looking for, we will do whatever we can to assist you find the perfect solution for your needs.
First and foremost, you need to learn what type of therapy you have been prescribed – a continuous flow machine or a pulse dose one before placing an order–be it on Amazon (bad choice) or from a licensed medical distributor of O2 units.
More about Amazon
Amazon.com is the largest e-commerce marketplace American and ranking as one of the big four global companies alongside Google, Microsoft and Apple. The company is based in Seattle, USA, and has around 750,000 employees worldwide.
Amazon is also the largest Internet company by revenue in the world and the 2nd largest private employer in the United States. It has websites in America, UK, India, Netherland, Germany, France and Italy to name a few.
The company was founded in July 1994 by Jeff Bezos who is currently the richest man in the world. At the beginning, Amazon was created with the purpose of becоming the leading online marketplace for books, but later started selling practically everything that can be sold online – including electronics, video games, clothes, food and more.
A virtual GIANT
26 years after its creation, Amazon has become the largest ecommerce place for selling virtually anything produced by man. In 2020, the platform boast more than 12 million products listed for sale! And that strikingly impressive number extends only to products sold directly by Amazon. If you extend that to the overall number of products sold, including Amazon Marketplace sellers, the real number is close to 360 million.
And that’s hardly surprising considering the number of people that visit the platform every month — the staggering 4.9 billion monthly visitors (may 2020 statistics) looking for everything between cat foot, e-books, movies and clothes to medical grade devices, including oxygen concentrators.
And the trend looks increasing, especially in a time of a global Coronavirus pandemic and an increasing number of people preferring to shop online as it is safer.
In short, Amazon marketplace has become the most lucrative platform not only for purchasing but also for selling goods virtually anywhere in the world.
Amazon physical stores
Amazon’s physical-store sales come mainly from Whole Foods unit and exclude online orders made via its brick-and-mortar brands, such as Prime Now delivery and pickup through Whole Foods stores. Overall, the company has 526 physical retail locations, also including 19 Amazon Books stores, four Amazon 4-Star stores and four Presented by Amazon outlets. Amazon doesn’t break out sales totals for its brick-and-mortar retail segments.
What is Amazon Go Grocery?
In 2019 Amazon announced its newest idea in the online shopping resume, Amazon Go Grocery–the first checkout-free shopping experience to offer Just Walk Out Shopping. Shoppers come in, take what they want, and simply walk out. The technology–the same one used in self-driving cars–records the shopper’s purchases and Amazon later sends them a receipt and charges their Amazon account. With the introduction of this service, people are now able to shop everything they want from a phycical grocery store–from fresh produce, meat and spirits to bakery items and even household essentials. As Amazon puts it, “No lines, no checkout”. All you need is an active Amazon account, a phone and the free-to-use Amazon Go App.
Amazon’s office locations
Seattle, US (HQ) 410 Terry Ave N.
Arlington, US. Crystal City.
Atlanta, US. 3333 Piedmont Rd NE.
Austin, US. 11501 Alterra Pkwy.
Baltimore, US. 2010 Broening Hwy.
Bellevue, US. 425 106th Ave NE.