Post # 1
i’ve been hearing a lot of complaints about the Macys registry.
has anyone here registered at another major department store?
what about bloomingdales?
how did Macys become so popular/ubiquitous? is it their selection? or?
Post # 3
I’m registered at Bloomingdales, they’ve been pretty decent so far.
Also – if you are in the NY area, try Michael C. Fina. If you register there, (i) they don’t deliver until you tell them to, so everything just accumulates on your list and then you hit "send" when you’re ready, so if you want to return smthg you can just return it without having to deal with it physically, (ii) they have a lot of the same stuff as Bloomingdales, and (iii) they give you a discount on your wedding invitations if you are registered with them.
Post # 4
We registered at Bloomingdales. The customer service in creating the registry was great. They showed us lots of options and even created a place setting for us using our china and flatware. The set-up process was a breeze.
The main complaint I have so far is that many pictures are missing from the online registry. Or if they don’t have a picture of the particular bowl or vase, they will display a completely different piece but from the same collection. I think that will be confusing for the guests since they can’t be sure what they are gifting us.
In addition, 1 item was discontinued, but they never notified us to let us know. I happened to find out will updating the registry today.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2008 - Zen Garden in the East Bay w/ reception in a floor-to-ceiling window Atrium with views of the Zen Garden
You should also try Bed Bath and Beyond.
Post # 6
Bed Bath and Beyond for their return policy!
Macy’s I think is popular because they are everywhere, decently affordable, and has a LOT of sales, which is probably why they are popular with guests.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
I also registered at Bloomingdales, it was such a pleasant experience I decided to close my Williams Sonoma Registry out of spite 🙂
Bloomingdales has really got their act together. I also had a good experience at Crate and Barrel.
I think Macys is most popular because it is a huge national chain. They used to actually pride themselves on good customer service, but in the past 15 years theyve just bought out a bunch of smaller department stores, made a major monopoly, and has really just turned to trash IMO. I was really saddened when they bought Marshall Fields… I was hoping to register there for my Minnesota guests, but I REFUSE to register at Macy’s because even when we try to exchange christmas gifts for proper sizes and stuff, we end up leaving so frustrated, and I do NOT want to deal with that and my registry.
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Absolutely the main advantage of Macys is that they are everywhere. Now that they have bought (and generally degraded) a lot of regional chains, they really are EVERYWHERE. And online, obviously. Luckily Bed, Bath, and Beyond is almost everywhere. And of course, places like Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, and Williams-Sonoma are online, but some people like to touch the gifts before they buy them.
Post # 10
isn’t bloomingdales pretty much everywhere too?
Post # 11
I think Macy’s is popular because it’s a nice "comfy" department store. There’s a lot of items in all price ranges, so by registering there, you can seem approachable to both "rich" and "poor" guests.
If you saw someone registered at JC Penney or Sears, I think some people would have less than nice comments about that. Look at how those places are mentioned in pop culture… "We cary sizes 1, 3, and 5 only. You can try Sears."– Mean Girls.
Is Nordstroms nationwide? Do they have a registry?
Post # 12
Bed, Bath, and Beyond isn’t really a separtment store, so I don’t know if you’re intesrested in them, but they are WONDERFUL! Seriously… they had really everything that we wanted, good customer service, and a terrific return policy. We didn’t have any trouble with items being out of stock or anything like that. They also mail out 20% coupons pretty regularly, so that is always a help to your guests.
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2008 - Hotel on the westside of Los Angeles
We’re registered at Bloomingdales and they have a lot of stores nationwide, but only some of those stores include a home section. We realized that the Bloomingdales in my fiance’s hometown has no home section. And the Bloomingdales in my hometown does, but no one from my family shops there as it’s considered pretty upscale. So Macy’s seemed a lot more approachable for a lot of people. I liked Macy’s a lot less than Bloomingdales, but they do have a ton of sales and it seems like people from a wide variety of incomes feel comfortable shopping there.
Post # 14
- Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland
We registered at Dillard’s, which is a Midwestern department store. Service was absolutely awesome, and while their return policy is not as comprehensive, they actually had the things that we wanted.