well $5000 is for a 3 year membership.... so figure that you would at least have to spend 500,000 In 3 years to break even...that is IF you were able to save 10%
-Only select few products are available.
-Deliveries only go to the direct buy warehouse..not your home.
-You would then have to go pick up the stuff from the warehouse.
-Problems with bad product or returns are between you and manufacturer...not direct (think about getting the wrong couch delivered...ouch)
-You pay separate shipping for each item
-You have to travel to their warehouse each time you need to order
-You have to wait as long as it takes to ship your product out to direct
-most retailers buy in Bulk...hence lower per unit costs.
-warranty at the retailer..returns right at the store
-Product when you need it
-you have the ability to comparison shop
-you have the ability to test the product before buying
Its a no brainer....