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You can get it really cheap


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but the membership costs thousands.









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JOHNN
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Its basically a company that supposedly operates like a wholesale club for pretty much anything home related. You have to buy the membership which is a few grand. From what Ive read, unless you are doing a huge renovation or building a home youll never get a good enough savings when its all said and done.





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You would be amazed at how much you can save from companies by just asking for a discount.

Agree.

(Nola, what was that heater you told me about?
Going salt with the new pool.)

OP, sorry for the hijack.






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Examples?


Built a deck and got 50% off of lumber...Spent $2000 for lumber.

Bought swivel chairs for my business saving #100 a chair (34)

New Kitchen...Saved about 2k - 3k






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No, no you haven't.


yes I have...I'm not poor though.

Those are the only people it doesn't benefit






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Bought swivel chairs for my business saving #100 a chair (34) New Kitchen...Saved about 2k - 3k


I was looking more for name brands.
I'm not a believer in their concept, but I admit, I haven't used them.

I am building a house and by buying a lot of big ticket items online, I've saved some money, especially on appliances.







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sugatowng
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They have high end name brand stuff...You are getting discounts on 5* products





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re: So my wife scheduled a demo with Direct Buy


We are building a house too. I found good deals on appliances at Usappliance.com

They beat everybody else by a good bit and free shipping.






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re: So my wife scheduled a demo with Direct Buy


Argue with yourself like you have multiple personalities.





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VetteGuy
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They have high end name brand stuff...You are getting discounts on 5* products



I guess that's my question.

We went with the highest line of Bosch (800 Series) and buying online was cheaper than Lowe's, etc.

A lot of the stuff (windows, home automation, generator, etc.) was only available through distribution.

We haven't bought the new furniture yet.






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ILikeLSUToo
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Sat through one of these presentations with my wife a couple of years ago. Didn't know anything about it going in, but it's clear they prey on old people who aren't good at spotting scams. A few red flags that pretty much confirmed it was a scam:

1. The membership is $5,000 or so, and they want you to buy that day. You are not allowed to go home and sleep on it. They tell you that this is your only invitation, and if you walk away you will not be invited back. (I don't know how true that is since I've been getting spam phone calls to my landline from them for years)

2. They won't let you look through their catalog. In the presentation, they'll show you tons of vague examples of savings, comparing their price to MSRP of things like furniture and building supplies. Hint: Nobody should be paying retail for that stuff anyway.

At the presentation, I wanted to get pricing on a few specific items that I saw in their warehouse. I was curious because I'd either just bought them or had recently priced them online and in places like Lowe's. It would have been a perfect apples-to-apples comparison for a big remodeling job I was planning. The salesman left, claiming he was going to see if that would be possible, but all he really did was send another salesman over to help close. This is a tactic frequently used in sales, especially in cars. If you've been negotiating for a while and the salesman has worn you down as much as he's capable, he will send in a new closer to take his place, sort of a good cop/bad cop strategy.

They have a scripted excuse for not showing people their product listings -- It's because these evil manufacturers/retailers don't want everyone to know they can get much better deals through directbuy because it would hurt retail too much. Sounds plausible, sure, but I'm not going to take their word for it.

And they say they are targeting only those with a certain income level, but then they offer you this payment plan. There's no credit check (they tout this as a major selling point), so everyone who chooses the payment plan gets a fixed interest rate of 18% or something outrageous like that.

Oh, and the free gifts:

1. The hotel stay -- we never redeemed this because the info sheet had enough restrictions for us to determine that we wouldn't be able to do it in the timeframe allotted. We never bothered to call or register or anything, so I can only imagine the additional hoops one would have to jump through.

2. The restaurant gift card -- It's a gift card to restaurant.com, which is a website that sells gift certificates to certain restaurants. For example, $5 for a $10 gift certificate to some wing place or whatever. The gift certificates are in low amounts like that, and the terms and conditions say you can only redeem one per party per visit, so don't expect to be able to get free steaks and wine at Ruth's Chris or something.

If DirectBuy is really a good "product" that's worth the high price, they do an extremely poor job of convincing the young, savvy demographic such as myself. It could very well just be a case of good product/bad sales tactics. Kind of like the Rainbow vacuum. I know the vacuum is good, but they're sold door to door, and the company allows their salesmen to use dishonest tactics to get you to watch a demo. Turns me off right away.



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So my wife scheduled a demo with Direct Buy
Without talking with you about it?






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I've saved $1000's of dollars but if you don't plan on doing any big projects its probably not worth it

When my parents built their house they used direct buy and saved thousands.






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JOHNN
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Great info. Yeah my wife knows we wont buy anything and has no problem leaving when I say we are done with this. Interesting info on the hotel package and gift card. Looks like we might not be going afterall.





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statman34
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ILikeLSUToo said it best. No honest company would do the things they do.





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VetteGuy
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Excellent post.

Can't see the goods and spend 5K?

Yeah, right...






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TheCaterpillar
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re: So my wife scheduled a demo with Direct Buy


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You would be amazed at how much you can save from companies by just asking for a discount.



I ALWAYS do this. Just ask and most of the time they will give you a discount from some bull shite coupon. My oil change yesterday went from 65$ to 35$ just because I asked if they had any coupons.

Done that with TVs at Best Buy, tires at Goodyear store, etc.

Just ask if they have deals/coupons/etc.






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my wife scheduled a demo with direct buy


Cancel it or get divorced. If your wife his hell bent on going then go play golf and cancel your credit cards






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JOHNN
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Without talking with you about it?


No she asked me. I gave her the are you crazy look and she quickly said she knew we wouldnt buy anything and only wanted the gift card and hotel voucher. I then asked if she would allow me to frick with them and she said she had no problem but just asked that I dont embarrass her. I then said fine.



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re: So my wife scheduled a demo with Direct Buy


Tell them you have to make sure any couch you buy suits your masturbatory needs. Go to couch and lay on it in several, sprawled out positions...leg over arm rest, foot on back of couch, etc.

Say no and walk out...






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