I don't know if this will change anyone's mind about self-testing.
I just bought a CoaguChek XS on eBay for a tremendous fee of $29.95. It isn't exactly new. It's missing the battery door (not a big deal if you're careful), and the blue strip guide. I've been able to put a used strip in the area where the guide used to go, and have been able to insert a strip into the meter and run a test.
I've read here that some people were able to get a new back and guide by calling Roche. I haven't tried this.
I have an older meter that I've been using for years. I bought it used on eBay and have had no issues with it.
I thought that this new, $29.95 meter would be a good backup.
It's not - it's a replacement for the one I had been using since, I think, 2014.
I put batteries in, checked memory (the meter stores 100 tests (I think),) and the oldest test was in October last year. Only three tests were done on the meter - and these may have been quality control tests that the manufacturer ran.
The display is brighter than the one on my old meter. The new meter even had the plastic sheet that they put on the display before shipping it out.
With the exception of a missing battery door and slide guide, this was a new meter. I transferred the guide from my old meter and the battery door onto the new meter, and for $29.95 I have what I consider to be a NEW CoaguChek XS. The test I ran was just fine. I expect to get a lot of use from this meter.
If you're still on the fence about an XS, this may be an inexpensive way of putting your toe into the water. Although you can buy a tube of six strips on eBay - just for testing to see if you like the XS, it's more economical to buy them in larger units.
Not all of these meters will be new, I guess, but it's reasonable to assume that Roche (or a service, or something) pulled the strip guide and battery cover off to 'disable' them, so they can't be sold as test meters - but vendors bought these units and are now selling them. I'm not sure of the reason for this -- maybe Roche is getting ready to discontinue the classic XS and replace it with the newer model that they sell in Europe. Maybe not. I'm just guessing here.
RAS - you're of course free to make your choices of using a service or self-testing with your own meter. You say that you're already managing your dose. I'm at a partial loss to understand your reason for not owning your own meter. (Maybe the $29.95 meter that I wrote above will convince you to give it a try). Remember, too, that when you use a service, the service is charging your insurance, or Medicare, a LOT of money for the privilege of sending you strips and lancets, loaning you the meter, and informing the doctor of your INR. Taken individually, the few hundred dollars these companies make fior practically no effort adds up - and increases our insurance premiums and the financial load on Medicare.
I've been buying my strips on eBay. The only bad batch I got was for the Coag-Sense. I buy my XS strips form sellers with good ratings, with guaranteed expiration dates. A return policy doesn't hurt.
If you're able to self test, and maybe even self manage, I see little reason to avoid eBay. Also - if you buy one of these $29.95 meters, your experience may not be as good as mine was - but I bought another of these meters a few months ago and, although it wasn't as new as the one I just bought, it was also somewhat newer than the one that was my primary meter. All three meters work the same way. The results are almost identical.