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Reasonable Antigen testing #268705
11/10/2021 09:06 PM
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My sister and her family are travelling to SXM for American Thanksgiving and will need to antigen test to re enter the US. I have seen Med Works but when paying for 5 tests, it adds up pretty quick. Is there any other labs that are a little more inexpensive but still reliable?

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Re: Reasonable Antigen testing [Re: CanadianCutie] #268709
11/10/2021 09:32 PM
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I brought a BinaxNow test with me and plan to take the proctored test. They may not have time to get them before coming, but I paid $69.99 for two tests.


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Re: Reasonable Antigen testing [Re: CanadianCutie] #268714
11/10/2021 10:23 PM
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Try https://www.emed.com/products/covid-at-home-testkit-six-pack?hsLang=en

They have the 6 packs of the BinaxNow kits in stock for $150.

I ordered mine on Monday and tracking shows them being delivered tomorrow.

Cheers!

Re: Reasonable Antigen testing [Re: CanadianCutie] #268716
11/10/2021 10:49 PM
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Thanks everyone! I will forward my sister the info!

Re: Reasonable Antigen testing [Re: CanadianCutie] #268810
11/11/2021 07:56 PM
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The testing for 5 people using emed could take awhile. Figure 20-25 minutes per test, times 5 people. If you've got multiple iphone/ipad/Android devices you could do more than one at a time, wi-fi strength permitting.

Re: Reasonable Antigen testing [Re: CanadianCutie] #268812
11/11/2021 08:04 PM
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What’s the shipping charge for the eMed tests? Some of the other sites that offer smaller packs offer free shipping. It’s more per test when buying the smaller packs, but that may be offset if eMed charges high shipping.

Re: Reasonable Antigen testing [Re: dvesc] #268827
11/11/2021 11:23 PM
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$16.50 for priority overnight.


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Re: Reasonable Antigen testing [Re: CanadianCutie] #268830
11/12/2021 06:15 AM
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Thank you. Do you know if they have cheaper shipping options that just take longer? We don’t travel for a month, so there’s no rush.

Re: Reasonable Antigen testing [Re: dvesc] #268841
11/12/2021 07:46 AM
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I've only ever seen the priority overnight(FedEx) option for the last year from Emed. With the cost of the tests plus shipping, that works out to be $27.75 per test, I don't think you will find cheaper. And, its not like you aren't receiving value for the shipping, they really are shipping FedEx overnight, so it's not a money making charge for them.


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Re: Reasonable Antigen testing [Re: CanadianCutie] #268844
11/12/2021 08:01 AM
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I don't know if I would trust shipping any time sensitive product from SXM to the USA. I would just pay the $50 and get the results the same day and remove one worry about the trip...or....do the Binax Now proctored test in my room

Obviously leaving the USA would not be an issue because no test needed if vac'ed

Re: Reasonable Antigen testing [Re: CanadianCutie] #268879
11/12/2021 01:19 PM
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There are only three of us traveling, so I'm just weighing the options of buying six from eMed or the smaller packs from one of the other providers. It's really a difference of a few dollars either way, so I probably shouldn't be putting so much thought into it. I suppose it's better to have too many rather than not enough if something goes wrong with one.

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Re: Reasonable Antigen testing [Re: dvesc] #268885
11/12/2021 02:49 PM
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You do always stand the chance that a kit could be compromised, we are on the island right now and brought 3 tests for the two of us. I want an immediate option if one test failed.


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Re: Reasonable Antigen testing [Re: CanadianCutie] #268914
11/13/2021 07:08 AM
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I think we may just buy two 2-packs so we'll have one extra.

I actually contacted eMed yesterday to ask if we could use one of the cheaper BinaxNow Self Tests we bought in the grocery store in the event there was a problem with our eMed Home Test during the middle of the video monitoring. My understanding is the tests are actually the same, and you're just paying extra for the person to watch you do it. Regardless, the eMed representative said that wouldn't be acceptable. Here's the response:

In order for you to be able to complete a test, you will always need to use every single item from the Home Test. Should there be an issue, what you can do is replace an item of a Home Test with that of another Home Test but not with a Self Test.


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