My husband and I have been Direct Buy members since January, 2008. We are building a new home and when we went for the "tour" it sounded like such a good opportunity that we just knew we could save money in the long run.
So far, we have found nothing that we could not buy for the same price or less at the local stores. If we had purchased our windows (Pella) through Direct Buy, we would have spent several hundred dollars more! The store where we eventually bought our windows actually referenced the same company as being their supplyer that I had gotten a price from through Direct Buy. And, we got our windows cheaper through that store than we were quoted from their supplyer as Direct Buy members.
This has been the situation each time I have tried to make a purchase for my new home.
Since I'm stuck as a member, I'll keep trying to go through Direct Buy hoping to eventually break even.