DirectBuy of Manhattan Members Buying More in 2008

DirectBuy of Manhattan, 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 more than 40 percent in the first quarter of 2008.

New York, NY, May 09, 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 Mark Brandt, co-owner of DirectBuy of Manhattan. "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 shows no signs of slowing down. DirectBuy of Manhattan's member purchases for March of 2008 increased by nearly 15 percent over the number of member purchases in March 2007.

DirectBuy franchises offer members the opportunity to enjoy enormous savings on home furnishings, home improvement items, entertainment and outdoor products and accessories by purchasing 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. DirectBuy offers the perfect way to save on those kinds of projects because you can save tons of money buying directly from an unbelievable number of brand-name manufacturers and their authorized suppliers," said Brandt.

In addition to introducing more people to the savings you can enjoy at DirectBuy, DirectBuy of Manhattan has also become a fixture in the local community. It has recently paired with DirectBuy of Brooklyn and Queens 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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