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Old 02-15-2011, 04:28 PM   #31
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That doesn't surprise me, take someone like Lowes that may purchase 20K of a single item...it's to be expected that when one purchases one of the same, you may pay a higher price.
This is very true, we bought the counter top for our kitchen from a semi local factory, that does laminate counter tops. about 2 months later we see the same counter tops at HD from the same factory we purchased from in the pre made ready to buy section, it was $100 for the same size piece we had paid the factory $325 for. Asked the kitchen design guys and they said that if you special order a counter from the company it is significantly more as they have to tool the machines to make it and setup all the correct laminate colors.

When HD orders they order 500 of the same size/shape/color at a time it cost much less per piece.

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Old 02-17-2011, 02:56 PM   #32
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My wife and I bought a DB membership two years ago when we started building a log home ourselves. Figured it would save a bunch on cabinets, appliances, things like that. It just did not work for us. When spending thousands of dollars at a time, the local Home Depot and 84 Lumber were more than willing to discount. And next day delivery was free. We cancelled our membership but of course got none of our money back. Just another life lesson.
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Old 02-17-2011, 03:08 PM   #33
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I have some friends that used to belong to direct buy. The told me its good if you plan or remodeling your house. You need to spend enough money and recognize enough savings to cover the cost of the yearly membership fee. Of course you would need to cancel your membership prior to next years fees being due. Unless your in the remodeling business or making big purchases I don't see the value in Direct Buys services .

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Old 02-17-2011, 03:23 PM   #34
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My wife and I bought a DB membership two years ago when we started building a log home ourselves. Figured it would save a bunch on cabinets, appliances, things like that. It just did not work for us. When spending thousands of dollars at a time, the local Home Depot and 84 Lumber were more than willing to discount. And next day delivery was free. We cancelled our membership but of course got none of our money back. Just another life lesson.
i can attest to that. my wife's father was a manager at lowe's before finally retiring recently. when you are spending large amounts of money, they will work deals. plus, you still get a warranty, the shipping is free and there are no hidden "terms" as far as returning damaged goods, etc.

with directbuy, from my understanding, you essentially give up the warranty, can't return items, and can't cancel and order. it's like a going out of business sale where all sales are final. when you give up all that, the discount isn't worth it once you add in the membership cost, handling fees and shipping charges, not to mention potentially long wait times for delivery of items.

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