DirectBuy of Brooklyn and Queens Members Buy More and Save More in 2008

DirectBuy of Brooklyn and Queens, the leading members-only showroom and home design center that offers merchandise at manufacturer-direct prices, reported an increase in member purchases in the first quarter of 2008. Compared to the first quarter of 2007, the total dollar volume of member purchases increased nearly 15 percent in the first quarter of 2008.

Woodside, NY, May 02, 2008 --(PR.com)-- "Believe it or not, the increase in member purchases, both in dollar volume and quantity, is a result of the recession," said Marti Brandt, co-owner of DirectBuy of Brooklyn and Queens. "During tough economic times, consumers need to make every dollar count, particularly when you're doing a home renovation project. DirectBuy gives the consumer a way to save considerable dollars."

This trend is not just a one-quarter occurrence. Member purchases at the DirectBuy of Brooklyn and Queens have been consistently on the rise for the past year. From April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008, members made 6,000 purchases totaling more than 9 million dollars—up from April 1, 2006 to March 31, 2007's figures of 5,672 purchase orders totaling $8.4 million.

DirectBuy franchises offer members the opportunity to enjoy enormous savings on home furnishings, home improvement items, entertainment and outdoor products and accessories by buying wholesale, directly from the manufacturer. In addition, DirectBuy boasts a team of designers to help members with their purchases and gives them access to a roster of hand-selected contractors to expedite those projects.

"In this economy, the fact remains that people are staying in their current homes longer rather than moving and upgrading to a newer home. So, they're putting more of their resources into their existing home. No better evidence of that exists than our kitchen sales. From November 2007 to March 2008, kitchen sales were up more than 55 percent over the same time frame one year ago, " said Brandt. "A DirectBuy membership helps you save tons of money on a new kitchen by purchasing items directly from an unbelievable amount of brand-name manufacturers and their authorized suppliers."

In addition to introducing more people to the savings you can enjoy at DirectBuy, DirectBuy of Brooklyn and Queens has also become a fixture in the local community. It has recently paired with DirectBuy of Manhattan to launch the "Nearly Perfect Non-Profit Donation Program." This program involves donating imperfect items that manufacturers will not exchange to non-profit organizations in the New York City area.

Consumers interested in becoming DirectBuy members may obtain a Visitor's Pass to attend an Open House by contacting DirectBuy of Brooklyn and Queens at 718-247-2320, or contact the center co-owner Michael Wiseltier or Marti Brandt at info@directbuybq.com. For DirectBuy of Manhattan, please contact Center Co-Owner Mark Brandt at 212-290-3020 or info@directbuynyc.com.

About DirectBuy

Since 1971, DirectBuy has helped hundreds of thousands of families enjoy a better quality of life, enabling them to buy directly from more than 700 manufacturers and their authorized suppliers. Buying direct enables members' hard-earned money to go much further, while having the selection and choice not available at any retail store. DirectBuy has been serving the greater New York City area since 2003. Access to confidential prices, local suppliers and unparalleled selection helps make members' dream projects a reality. It's a comfortable, country-club setting, where you finally have the financial control of buying direct. The DirectBuy showrooms serving the greater New York City area are part of more than 150 franchise locations throughout North America.

DirectBuy franchise locations servicing the greater New York City area are: DirectBuy of Brooklyn and Queens, 72-25 Queens Boulevard, Woodside, NY, 718-247-2320 and DirectBuy of Manhattan, 469 Seventh Avenue 6th Floor, New York, NY, 212-290-3020.

For more information on DirectBuy, you can visit www.directbuycares.com.

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