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Donating Plasma in Austin, TX

So, I'm planning to donate plasma for the first time, for fun and profit (mostly profit). My Google-fu helped me locate some of the companies in Austin (namely BioMed and DCI) who deal in plasma, but their websites don't answer my burning questions:

Where, in Austin, will I be treated kindly by the staff, and not just as a bag of blood with a calcium frame?

Which location seemed cleanest to you?

Who pays the most?

I have other questions that are not specifically Austin-related, so I won't post them here, but if you reply and you have experience in plasma donation, I'd love to pick your brain about the whole ordeal if'n you don't mind. :)

Thank you!

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kohaku_hime
Jun. 19th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
i hope you have nice big easy to find veins.
kohaku_hime
Jun. 19th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
but to answer your question - ive never donated plasma in austin - but im sure biolife is good its where i went -
moony
Jun. 19th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
I am a phlebotomist's dream. My veins wave little signs around that say "HERE I AM!"

rgpick
Jun. 20th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
I've donated at DCI off Airport Rd. It's always seemed really clean when I've gone. You get paid $25 the first time, and then $40 the next time if it's within a week. It can get crowded depending on what time you go though.
rowan_elizabeth
Jun. 20th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
DCI pays more but is not as pleasant an experience. It's not terrible, but they don't give you saline at the end so you are a little more woozy and there's no wi-fi. Has a overall shadier feel to it. However, there are large flat screens playing movies and the location is very central. Biolife is an extremely comfortable experience with better chairs and free wifi, but they pay a little less and are farther north. Both are good companies really, and each has their own incentive program where they will give you more money at certain times.

But frankly, if you are going for as much money as possible, I would choose DCI - they pay more overall and tend to run specials each week where you can get $10 more if you come in on a slow day (they'll call you and let you know it's slow)
wrapmeuptight
Jun. 20th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
I've made quite a penny off of DCI. It's a little shady, and sometimes hella busy but people mind themselves. I'd def recommend them.
od0_ital
Jun. 20th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)
Haven't used BioLife, mostly because havin' to set up an appointment a month ahead of time to get in for the first time seemed like a pain in the ass to me.

DCI welcomes walk ins.

Also, if you donate four times in two weeks, the pay is ten dollars extra on the fourth trip, and eight times in a month will get an extra ten as well.

So, the pay works out to be $25 (first time donation), $40, $20, $50 (fourth donation in two weeks), $20, $40, $20, $60 (eighth donation in a month).

They can be pretty busy, but goin' early in the mornin' or mid afternoon works for me.
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