(Closed) Pros and Cons of Registering online

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Pros of online:

-When you register online, you know it’s definitely going to be available online.  A lot of the stuff we registered for in store turned out to be available only in store, which was super annoying.

-It was easier for us to compare the quality of products by registering online.  I got a little overwhelmed with trying to choose which cookware, how many, which quality, etc. when we were standing in the store.  It’s easy to do it online and have your other online resources open at the same time (e.g., “Buying Crystal 101”).

-If you don’t want to be harassed or talked into something you didn’t really want, then there is no pressure–no sales people, etc.

-You can play around with your registry for five minutes every day, or for the entire day on a Sunday, or as often (or not) as you want (as opposed to having to go to the store, park, get the gun thingy etc.)

Pros of instore:

-There are usually freebies–like Macy’s will give you a bag and a magazine and all of these mail-in things for free gift with registry and stuff like that.

-You just can really FEEL stuff–like what the knives will feel like in your hands, how soft the towels are, how big/small a 2 Q saucepan really is, etc.

-If you want someone to help you choose some things (like cookware), it’s easier to work with someone in person

-You get to use the gun 🙂

 

You probably already know this, but C&B and Macy’s both have online registry management.  So whatever you end up doing, you’ll be able to update it both on line and in-store.  We started our C&B and Macy’s registries online, but when we went in to check out some stuff and add to it, we still got the “first-timer” treatment/goodies/etc.

Have fun!  I loved registering for gifts!

 

 

Post # 4
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85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Oh, also–I found it to be super convenient to have both of our registries open online at the same time, so you can see if there are any items available at both stores, and if so, which has the better price.  It’s also easier to spot overlaps online.  

Post # 5
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1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I really didn’t want to register, but family wants us to. So I’ve been setting up a Target registry online and one thing that bugs me is that a crap ton of stuff on the site is not listed as available in store. Like there are no “instore” spatulas or something ridiculous like that…well for me to register for lower priced items to diversify price range I need to add stuff like that, but doesn’t it seem ridiculous to register for 2 spatulas that cost a whopping ten dollars that aren’t in store? Its very limiting for some categories too. Like…you only have the choice of like a dozen types of sheet sets. Of course you go into the store and its like row after row of stuff.

IDK…I think we might have to go into the store…but online is so convenient!

…sorry for a rant.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

I liked what we did–we did our initial registry in person (Target, BBB and Macy’s).  That way, we could look at the actual items and check them out in person.  However, after the initial registries, we did all of our updates and changes online.  Frankly, it was a little stressful to go through the registry process and at a couple of the stores, I found the registry consultants a little pushy.  Online we were able to make any edits/changes without having to talk to the registry consultant who was trying to push us to register for more and more items. 

Also, using the registry gun is kinda fun, well at least it was for The Hubs.  He was cracking up because he kept “registering for me” by shooting it at my tush.  Boys and their toys!

Post # 7
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2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

we’ve done crate and barrel and wishpot online but will go to bed, bath and beyond in person. I can’t wait for the gun!

Post # 8
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3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Con – Things disappear off the website QUICKLY! Had to constantly check to make sure stuff was still available. Also, quite a bit of stuff arrived broken from being shipped. 

Pro – Changing your registry at whim, doing it from anywhere.

Post # 9
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85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Laylabelle–where did you register that things arrived broken?  Were you able to return them?  

 

Post # 10
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1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I don’t want to get the gun, I know we’ll end up pointing it at 500 different things! That’s not okay when we’re only going to be receiving 50-100 gifts! I figure we’ll have more control doing it online, though maybe for something like towels and bedding it would be a good idea to look at it in person as well.

Post # 11
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1392 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery

thanks for this post it offers some great advice…are people also registering at more than one location?

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