Want to know how to identify a DirectBuy scam? DirectBuy is a nationwide buying club that has been under intense scrutiny given customer complaints and negative reviews in the press. This membership only club offers merchandise with “no hidden store markups or middleman costs” according to their website. Many members are dissatisfied with their buying experience and are calling the company a scam. Here are ways to avoid feeling you are being taken advantage of if you choose to join DirectBuy:
- Read the fine print. DirectBuy does not offer returns or refunds on their merchandise, nor can you terminate membership. The cost of joining is steep in comparison to other buying clubs, so make sure you check your state’s law for canceling contracts if that could be an issue for you.
- Prices for certain goods are not “deals” when considering the extra costs tacked onto purchases. Avoid electronics which come with hefty shipping, handling, and other fees. Deep discounts can be found on flooring and housewares, but according to one online investigative review panel, many items were found with significantly lower price points through retailers other than DirectBuy.
- DirectBuy can save you money on big home remodeling and renovation projects, but without price transparency you could be purchasing items without knowing you are paying more. Read the fine print and consider alternative retailers if you are unsure of the legitimacy of DirectBuy. There are litigation lawsuits against the company by former consumers that are worth investigating before joining the club.
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