Yes - New Mobility Aids Below Minimum Advertised Price if you make an offer in person!
What is a Minimum Advertised Price Policy (more commonly known as a MAP policy)?
A MAP policy is one in which a supplier or manufacturer limits the ability of their distributors to advertise prices below a certain level. Unlike a resale-price-maintenance agreement, a MAP policy does not stop a retailer from actually selling below any minimum price.
In a resale price maintenance policy or agreement, by contrast, the manufacturer doesn’t allow distributors to sell the products below a certain price. However, retailers are prohibited by other laws from selling below cost.
As part of a “carrot” for following MAP policies, manufacturers often pair the policies with cooperative advertising funds, reverse logistic, warranty return and exchange Service Centers for the retailer.
Sacramento is home to one of the few non-profit Service Centers in the nation, and it is open to medical equipment dealers, distributors and YOU, the public, two days a week, Wednesdays and Fridays during Mobility Clinic hours.
The typical targets of a MAP policy are online retailers. These policies also do not typically restrict in-store advertising. The manufacturers that employ MAP policies are usually the ones that emphasize branding in their corporate strategy or have luxury products and fear that low listed prices for those products will make them seem less luxurious.
Although the Sacramento medical mobility equipment Service Center has a listed phone number, they are rarely available by phone. The best way to reach them is by visiting their location and checking what they have. They can also be reached via text for availability of items, hours and tech support for do-it-yourself repairs. They can’t, and won’t, discuss pricing below MAP unless you are in their shop. Their prices are generally 15 to 65 percent lower than on-line and retail pricing; half off or more is common, and does not include shipping as an option.
How do you and I, “John Q. Public”, get in on these great prices and service?
If you are not a dealer with a resale permit, the best way is to start with a Licensed Medical Professional Referral in the form of a written prescription for “1 mobility aid” for safety. This can be from your MD, DO, RN, PHN, Pharmacist, PT, OT, etcetera as long as they are licensed by the State of California Department of Health and Human Services of similar agency. (i.e. Military doctor). This referral also allows for the waiver of +8% sales taxes. Nice!
Show up at the Sacramento Service Center warehouse during public hours (currently Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am until 2:50pm and ask for the item you want (walker, rollator, knee scooter, mobility scooter or wheelchair) in a used, “Open box,” “demo” or “display” model. You can also text them to check inventory. They do not answer calls from unregistered parties.
Let them know you were referred to them by a manufacturer. Carex, Compass, Drive, Golden Technologies, KneeRover, Medline, Merits, Nova Joy, Shoprider and Vive are the better known makers.
Here is a list of their Typical (Minimum Advertised Prices) and their lowest prices you can negotiate:
Crutches (MAP $22) $19
or ask for a Community Loaner pair and buy replacement tips & grips.
Folding Walker, with or without front wheels (MAP $69) $20
or ask for a Community Loaner and buy replacement tips & wheels.
Basic Rollator with wheels, brakes, seat (MAP $59) $45
Basic Rollator with wheels, brakes, wide seat (MAP $89) $55
Euro Style & Empower Rollator with wheels, brakes, seat (MAP $147) $100
UpWalker or gait training Rollator walker (MAP $649) $450
Basic Knee Scooter, Walker (MAP $120) $90
KneeRover (MAP from $178 & up) From $105 & up
All-terrain Knee Scooter, walker, Rover (MAP from $269 and up) From $220 & up
Basic Transport Wheelchair – not per month (MAP $114) $95
Deluxe Lightweight Transport Wheelchair – not per month (MAP $224) $120
Transport Rollator Wheelchair – not per month (MAP $194) $120
Basic K1 Manual Wheelchair purchase – no per month (MAP $144) $105
Wide Manual Wheelchair purchase – no per month (MAP $194) $135
Lightweight or take-apart K3 Manual Wheelchair (MAP from $194) from $135
Ultra lightweight K4 Manual Wheelchair (MAP from $177) from $135
High Strength Ultra lightweight K5 Manual Wheelchair (MAP from $745) from $450
Your pricing will be at or near their cost if you pay by cash or check drawn on a local bank. They do pass along a 3% credit or debit card processing fee they are charged if you pay by credit or debit card.
They also have many new and refurbished heavy duty, standard and lightweight medical and recreational travel mobility scooters like Drive Medical Spitfire Pride Go-Go Golden Victory at 1/2 half off or more for your mobility solutions.
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They are also a major service and repair center for all scooters and wheelchairs using Dynamic, PG Drives, Curtis and other joystick and electronic controls, which includes every major manufacturer. Replace GEL, AGM and SLA batteries on any American sold medequip, and have many new and used electric power wheelchairs like Drive Medical’s Cobalt, Hoveround, Pride Jazzy Quantum Scooter Store (TSS) and Top life Spin Springs.
No membership required for these prices. They don’t have memberships.
Credits, debit cards, local checks with matching government issued photo ID are accepted.
Financing available O.A.C. unit too!
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