Should You Buy A Direct Buy Membership? Is There A Catch?

Those are questions I’ve asked myself over and over — practically every time I see the commercial for DirectBuy on TV.

Jim says we should try it. I’m more hesitant.

I know they offer a "free visitor’s pass" to familiarize you with their club. But I figure it’s more of a ploy to try & sell you a membership on the spot — and their membership fee is probably a few hundred dollars or something.

So I’ve been asking around…

Even though there’s a DirectBuy club near me, most people I’ve asked haven’t really considered visiting. Only one contractor friend of ours knew much about it. He said, "It’s not worth it. I wouldn’t do it." He knows a handful of people who have joined, and he made it sound like they didn’t get too many "great" deals. He said you can find better deals on your own — if you look.

But I recently heard from a reputable source a whole ‘nother take on DirectBuy. This one is a bit more controversial.

I found it quite interesting…

Steve Bass, an Internet and computer pro at PC World magazine recently posted an excellent summary of DirectBuy on his "Tips & Tweaks" blog.

He started out something like this: "I saved $4,300 because I had access to the Internet. How? I didn’t sign up for DirectBuy!"

That got my attention alright. To me, that said a member at DirectBuy costs $4,300. Wow, I didn’t think it would be that much!

So, I read on.

Steve dug around on the Net — he actually did a lot of the legwork for people like you & me who are simply curious about the club. In the end, he found some pretty revealing articles that anyone considering a membership in DirectBuy might want to read first.

From Steve’s article

Here’s a list of sites that talk about DirectBuy. Give them a look, then come to your own conclusions:

…Be sure to click on the links that Steve provided in his article as well!

But, it doesn’t stop there.

Apparently, DirectBuy sent a cease-and-desist letter to at least one site that wrote something bad about them. Then, a non-profit public interest organization stepped in. And things spun out of control from there.

Check out Steve’s links to those stories.

 

More About Direct Buy:

Their tagline is "DirectBuy… The #1 way to buy direct for your home."
They have 130 private members-only showroom throughout North America.
Members have access to approximately 700 brand-name manufacturers and authorized suppliers in the U.S. and more than 500 brand-name manufacturers and authorized suppliers in Canada.
Members have the ability to custom-order furniture and cabinets, as well as arrange for delivery and installation.
There is no obligation associated with attending the Open House (the event that "free visitor’s pass" gets you into).
They ask for your decision (to join) on-the-spot at the end of the Open House event.
They keep the membership dues confidential until you attend an Open House "and take a good, honest look at what DirectBuy has to offer."

Source: DirectBuy FAQs

 

People Are Talking About DirectBuy

For the most part, it appears that you ether love ‘em or you hate ‘em… A number of people seem quite satisfied with their DirectBuy memberships, while a lot of people obviously aren’t.

 

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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