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WCBS-TV broadcast an investigative piece called, "Big Membership Fee Doesn't Always Mean Big Savings," Kirstin Cole Reporting. Text can be found on (http://www.wcbstv.com) that looks at the actual savings that buying clubs such as "DirectBuy" in the NY tri-state area offer. The article notes that a membership fee as high as $4,600 per year and some "doubtful" bargains resulted in disapointment for consumers interviewed. High pressure sales tactics by DirectBuy were also revealed. (Thanks to Keith Seigerman of Seigerman's Furniture for alerting us about this story). ____________________________ An interesting article, "Tips for big furniture in small spaces" by Karen Klages of the Chicago Tribune gives practical design tips for consumers. These should also be of interest to furniture design and sales associates. (www.timesleader.com/mld/kansas/living/home/) ____________________________ The "Peoria Journal Star" ran an article on the grand re-opening celebration of Lippman's furniture and Interiors. The small chain with three stores located in central Iowa will also host a "Dream Room Makeover" valued at $2,500, as well as other prizes May 19-21. (http://www.pjstar.com/stories/) ____________________________ Fort Wayne News Channel 15 - reported that furniture manufacturer Smith Brothers located in Berne, Indiana has purchased a former auto parts plant, will expand its production by 40% and add 100 jobs. (http://www.wane.com) ____________________________ The Tribune Chronicle's (http://www.tribunechronicle.com) May 16th edition profiled Goldstein's Furniture, based in Niles, Ohio. The story contained information on the history of the company that is celebrating its 100th year in business this year. ____________________________

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