Just joined Direct Buy and have saved money so far
You save money if you are already spending on a renovation. If you are just a regular consumer that is not spending on big items you don't save as much - at least not immediately. If you go to the open house, have some real prices in your mind before you go so you can compare.
I joined last week and so far my savings are: $7283.28 (CDN dollars throughout)
I am doing a renovation and joined Direct Buy after pricing kitchen cabinets at big box store ( wood doors, fibreboard boxes, no counter top, cupboard enhancements like slide out shelves, slow close drawers (which had caved in on the store model) - $15,000 + tax) and at a cabinet company (thermofoil doors (not wood), fibreboard boxes, slow close drawers, cupboard enhancements like slide out shelves, no counter top $11,000 + tax plus they quoted $2249 for granite countertop.).
My Direct Buy kitchen is brandname plywood boxes, slow close drawers, cupboard enhancements like slide out shelves, wood doors, $8130. This Direct Buy price includes shipping to my home, installation, 8% handling fee, kitchen design fess well as installation is included. Also, for any problems or warranty issues I will deal with my local Direct Buy - not the manufacturer. So, for a better cabinets I have already saved $7000 if you compare bog box store'ss "some wood" to Direct Buy's "All wood" - not including the $11000 quote in savings because it's not even part wood.
When I went to the open house they weren't that hard sell but I know they can be . I went back the next day and confirmed the kitchen savings then signed up for $4790 plus tax.
I got two quotes on granite counter tops and the local direct buy supplier price came in at $413.28 savings with a better product (2 cm caesarstone with 4 cm beveled edge) and backsplash included whereas the other prices were for granite - 2 cm straight edge - no bevel (not as strong and more maintenance needed) with no backplash...
So far my savings are: $7413.28 - fee has been covered!
SAVINGS SO FAR
Kitchen cabinets - $7283.28 (more than enough to cover the membership fee)
Granite counter top - $413.28
Still to come:
Refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, beds, furniture. sinks, vanities, toilets
I'll keep posting my experience, good or bad, as I go along.
Last edited by mgamiet; 2010-08-14 at 06:58 PM.
Reason: crunched the numbers again.