For those joining late: DirectBuy is a “home improvement” company with a mixed track record. There’s a number of mixed reviews of their services, available from both blogs and mainstream media outlets. More recently, after a blogger at Infomercial Scams complained about Direct Buy’s infomercial scam, DirectBuy’s lawyer, Dozier Internet Law, sent him an incompetently written “cease-and-desist” letter that was copyrighted! This “strategic lawsuit against public participation” would be more threatening if it was filed by such “chuckleheads.”
Unfortunately, DirectBuy generates so many spam websites that it is hard to find out opinions about the company. Therefore, this post contains mainstream media and blogosphere reviews of Direct Buy that did not make it into my previous posts
From the Mainstream Media:
- Team 5 Investigates DirectBuy.”
- WCBS TV reaches a similar conclusion.”
- Direct Buy: One Man’s Story (From CTV, Canada) (thanks to Jeremy’s Thoughts for the link
From the Internet:
Over at Mafe Maria, a long complaint against DirectBuy’s deceptive hard sell includes includes this paragraph:
The poor woman doesnâ€™t know that both Joey and I are fricking MBAs and have spent a ridiculous amount of our lives making a living out of understanding concepts like the present value of money and financial riskâ€¦ Who can guarantee us that theyâ€™ll still be around in 2-3 years?â€¦ That manufacturers wonâ€™t get off that business model in 2-5 years, when we may be ready to buy, finally taking advantage of our extremely expensive upfront investment? Why would we put down $4,500 now, when weâ€™re not ready to redecorate yet, so the savings are uncertain, and most likely far ahead in the future?
Rate That Company has detailed consumer complaints against Direct Buy.
Deaf Biz wonders if DirectBuy is inhospitable to the hearing impaired.
Bringing up memories of the JL Kirk saga, DirectBuy’s hard sell requires you to bring your spouse.
Larry over at The Squeaky Wheel is angry enough at DirectBuy to type ENTIRELY IN CAPS. Pangloff is disappointed enough to write everything about DirectBuy in one loooooong paragraph.
Servo Magazine has a page full of criticisms against Direct Buy. So does the Yahoo! Answer to ‘How much does a membership in Direct buy cost???‘ But that’s nothing compared to the Edumacation wiki on DirectBuy ComplaintStationComments! And that’s not even the index page of DirectBuy problems!