The receiver/transmitter are presumably being sold at cost by Dexcom; they’re making their money on the sensors. To quote the fudiabetes article, the full link is:
I paid $41.66 for 2 transmitters at Costco, VS $475 directly from Dexcom.
I was quoted $36 for a receiver VS $365 that I paid directly to Dexcom.
There seems to be small variations in price from store to store.
The discount is ONLY on G6 transmitters & receivers, although they
give modest discounts on other parts as well. I was quoted $277 for a box
of 3 sensors.
It’s like the cost of inkjet printers (dirt cheap) vs inkjet ink (fantastically expensive). But here’s the full cost comparison, CostCo vs Dexcom (from the article) vs EdgePark (from my bill):
|G6 Sensor (1)||$92.33||unknown||$332.50||3.6|
The ‘markup’ column is EdgePark/CostCo.
The last line is for an individual sensor (10 days). Does anyone know the price Dexcom charges for a sensor (or pack) direct? When I talked to them they refused to supply me direct, but I did make the mistake of admitting I have insurance.
Oh, so if we assume a receiver lasts a year then the full year cost (365.25 days) is as follows:
Mark up: 5.2