Last few days, I’ve seen a curious sign planted at various places along Classen: “CASH FOR DIABETIC TEST STRIPS,” followed by a phone number. This made little sense to me until I hit the search engines and came up with this story from a few years back:
To people with diabetes the little strips are certainly worth something. They cost only a few cents to make, but sell for $1 or more each.
With a markup of up to 95 percent it’s not difficult to understand why a black market of sorts has sprouted up for the strips. On eBay [there were] hundreds of offers for diabetic test strips starting at a fraction of the retail cost and on Craigslist as well.
Apparently they’ll even take and subsequently resell expired strips.
If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that a scam that makes money at Point A will be replicated at Points B through Z inclusive.