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#221452 - 09/18/08 12:49 PM Direct Buy?
HomeDad Offline
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Does anyone here have any experience with Direct Buy? My refrigerator is acting up again and rather than spend another $1200 to fix it we've decided to finally replace it. We have a couple friends that are members, but I have no idea if the savings are worth the trouble of having them take the time to help us get a new refrigerator, or if I should just find a good deal over the net.
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#221455 - 09/18/08 01:01 PM Re: Direct Buy? [Re: HomeDad]
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From what I have heard the savings are very significant. I would have one of your friends check out the price of a fridge similar to what you are looking for and then go from there.

I know we tried to get new cabinets through my father-in-law, but when we went down to look at their selection, we were not allowed into the showroom and they wouldn't even talk to him about pricing with us in the building. It really turned me off from ever using them.
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#221456 - 09/18/08 01:06 PM Re: Direct Buy? [Re: HomeDad]
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I coworker told me few years ago he regretted his decision of joining DirectBuy. We didn't get into specifics so I can't tell you much more than that. Google it and see what you find.

From the very little I know, like any membership type of deal, it's good if you buy in bulk. Kinda like Cotsco or Sams, the more you buy, the more you recoup on your membership fee. So, it may be a good deal if you're the kind of person that refurnish your home every 1 or 2 years.
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#221458 - 09/18/08 01:17 PM Re: Direct Buy? [Re: JaimeG]
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I was looking into them as well, and they way they do business had my "spidey sense" tingling. I got a high pressure sales call, and an appointment to visit their showroom. The woman on the phone would not tell me ANYTHING about the cost of joining. I knew right then something was amiss. I googled "direct buy" in my google task bar and it auto-completed "direct buy scam". That's pretty much all I needed to know.
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#221464 - 09/18/08 01:30 PM Re: Direct Buy? [Re: spiffnme]
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Its been a while since we went to the "seminar" but membership was in excess of 5K, I think.

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#221468 - 09/18/08 01:42 PM Re: Direct Buy? [Re: Warrant]
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At 5K you'd need to be doing some major renovations to make that worthwhile. I also heard you need to arrange for pickup of everything. There's no delivery option.
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#221469 - 09/18/08 01:44 PM Re: Direct Buy? [Re: Warrant]
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...membership was in excess of 5K, I think.


Really?? Ouch!
Do you remember if it's a onetime fee or a recurring fee?
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#221471 - 09/18/08 01:45 PM Re: Direct Buy? [Re: JaimeG]
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I think it's monthly....






j/k...
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#221475 - 09/18/08 02:04 PM Re: Direct Buy? [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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one time fee but there is a yearly fee that is excessive as well, $1000 comes to mind, so much for all those supposed savings for the general public, only house flippers would benefit.
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#221486 - 09/18/08 03:13 PM Re: Direct Buy? [Re: jakewash]
HomeDad Offline
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I believe my friends paid $5000 for the membership, it may be worth checking prices from them. I wasn't aware that they didn't deliver, borrowing a truck and getting a 600lb refrigerator in it won't be fun. I guess the real fun will be getting the old one out and the new one upstairs.
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