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Old 10-29-2007, 06:07 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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Yes I am a member and I love it!
I am not going to tell you what to do as so many people on-line would, but to go and look for yourself, and bring pricing an model #'s for things you are going to buy


I have said this once before, actually today, if you don't join, and you need some big ticket items, you deserve to pay too much.
Shame on you. This forum is for people who want to help each other. Obviously you must work for them. Just click on Grasonville's link and you will see how destructive your company is !
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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I just watched their informercial and I am curious what the pros and cons are of being a member. Is it too good to be true?
No - and will not be

We investigated it - went to one of the highest pressure sales pitches I have ever been to (and I TEACH sales pitches) - frankly, the membership costs vs savings, versus the bad customer service attitude of the sales people we encountered made us walk out the door -
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Old 11-07-2007, 03:43 AM
 
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I am also a member . Yes it is 5000 however, you dont have to pay that all at once. That covers you for 2.5 yrs and you only pay 99 bucks for the rest of your life. (kids included). I have just purchased a home and I will probably buy new furniture in the next 5-10 years and perhaps even a larger house. The choice is yours, but in the long run YOU SAVE.
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Old 11-07-2007, 07:25 AM
 
Location: North Shore Long Island
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Hubby's partner went to check it out when they bought their new home. He said it was a total scam...high pressure sales pitch. He also stated that if you decline to join right then and there, you forgo the right to ever join "the club".
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Old 11-07-2007, 10:22 AM
 
Location: New England
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$5-large for a membership at some buyer's club... Direct Buy?!? Really?? Puhleeeeezz.... I was born at night, but not last night!
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Old 11-12-2007, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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Yes, we are members. We signed up in San Antonio, TX for $4200. We had a 6500 square foot home to furnish and knew we would be spending around $300,000 to furnish the home with window coverings, furniture, accessories, chandeliers, landscaping, etc., etc. We never used our membership while we were in Texas because we decided we didn't want to live there and moved back to SoCal. We live in the Palm Springs area and when we first got back here, the closest Direct Buy was in Corona.

I went down there to order some things for our new desert home. You pay the manufacturer's cost, which is less than the retail mark up. You also pay tax, shipping and handling. In our case, we would have had to pay for shipping again, as the facility was too far away from our home to just go down there and pick up all this heavy furniture, so we cancelled our order. Hubby was upset that we paid all that money to join and basically couldn't use it. He was just going to cut our Direct Buy cards up and throw them in the trash and chalk this up as a bad experience. I told him not to be too hasty because Direct Buy was supposed to be coming to the desert, but we didn't know when.

We bought our bedroom set, formal custom living room sofa and dining room set from Mathis Bros. in Indio. This cost over $30,000 for these items. AFTER we purchased these items, the new Direct Buy went in 10 minutes from our house!!! Had we waited, we could have bought these very same items for around $9,000.00. We have now purchased some other furniture from the new Direct Buy and it has worked out wonderfully. We are having the barbecue put in our backyard - the guys are here right now, as we speak. We bought our 63" Samsung plasma and Stanley entertainment center through Direct Buy and saved the $4200 membership fee right there in those two items alone. The custom built barbecue would ordinarily run about $15,000 and cost us $7,000 through Direct Buy. We have also ordered other furnishings that have not come in yet and saved a ton of money. We are having all of our window coverings done through Direct Buy. I am having Hunter Douglas Country Woods throughout the house (with fabric valances on top). The Hunter Douglas would ordinarily be around $7,000 for a house this size (3500 sq. ft.) but we are only paying $3500.

If you have a whole house to furnish, or you are doing some major remodeling, the membership cost is worth it. If not, you won't really reap the savings. The other biggie is that the Direct Buy facility has to be near your home. It can't be 2 or 3 hours away.

This has now become a wonderful experience for us and a good investment. I read through all the complaints and things about Direct Buy on other websites AFTER we had already purchased our membership. I admit, I was thinking we had just been ripped off and that it was a scam. I honestly thought this until we had our own facility built 10 minutes from our house. Now I think it's the greatest thing in the world. I have to say, the people at our facility are extremely helpful and we have not had a bad experience there. Some of my friends are members at this facility as well and they are happy with it too.

A lot of you know me, so you know I don't work for Direct Buy - I work in the legal field and I am a competetive ballroom dancer, so I have nothing to gain by giving my positive experience. I really could care less whether you join or not. I just wanted to share my experience, which has turned out to be a good one. I wasn't so sure at first though!

I do wish they would loosen up some of their policies though. It does put a lot of people off when you go for the orientation and you are told that you have to make a decision on the spot. If you do not sign up right then and there you forfeit the ability to join for seven years. That is one of the things that make it seem like a scam. I think they should re-think that policy because it freaks a lot of people out. People would like to be able to go home and discuss it with their spouse and take some time to decide if they really want to spend that much money, if it is worth it to them and be able to make an informed decision rather than a rushed, high pressure decision.

We had never heard of Direct Buy, because we are not big TV watchers. Some friends of ours joined and told us about it. They had just bought a new home and highly recommended that we check it out since we had so much to furnish. I know they paid $5600 to join the Corona facility. All the desert people who joined Corona have transferred here to the La Quinta facility.

Just wanted to share!
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:03 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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you are told that you have to make a decision on the spot. If you do not sign up right then and there you forfeit the ability to join for seven years

I have never heard of any business having a policy like this. Has anyone else?
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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you are told that you have to make a decision on the spot. If you do not sign up right then and there you forfeit the ability to join for seven years

I have never heard of any business having a policy like this. Has anyone else?
I agree. The policy is off-putting, but we knew about it beforehand as we had friends who were already members who told us about that. They really should change their policy.
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Old 11-16-2007, 08:33 AM
 
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We were curious and went to the "presentation" (read brain-washing session.)
It's very high-pressure to get you to join and they tell you once you leave, that's it. You're not allowed to come back or talk to anybody about the "savings." They told us we could visit the showroom and check out prices for as long as we wanted. "As long as we wanted" turned out to be 5 minutes. The one item I had time to look up was cork flooring, which was the same price as anywhere else. The salesman "Elvis," while flashing his Mr. T set, assured me that could not be so and went to check. He returned saying that was the right price, because cork is new on the market. He had an answer for eveything, every one of which was bull.

My first impression should have sent me out the door. The waiting room was full of shabby furniture, cheap artificial plants and cheesy sales people.

IMO, a total scam.
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Old 11-16-2007, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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When we went to the San Antonio showroom prior to signing up, we were allowed to check out the books/prices for as long as we wanted. We checked stuff out for a good two or three hours before we decided to join. I know they let potential members do this also at our La Quinta showroom.
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