Post # 1
We’re registered at Macy’s & Target with our fina china at Macy’s. For MONTHS our pattern (Royal Doulton’s Countess – LOVE it!) has been on sale with a place setting selling at $109 instead of the regular $150. We just received our first non-parent purchased registery gift (yay!!!!!!) and when I went online to make sure it was accounted for and removed from our registery, I notice the pattern was no longer on sale (it was on sale for literally at least 6 months – I kinda assumed it would always be…), AND the regular price at gone up a few $$. I checked around and found that the prices are MUCH cheaper if purchased directly through Royal Doulton’s website (place setting for $99 instead of Macy’s $157 – PLUS free shipping!). My questions is – is it bad or will it create confusion if we mention the option of purchasing online direct from MFR? If that’s OK, is it tacky to include a little footnote about being sure to call Macy’s to update the registry? I’d love to save our friends & family money, BUT I also don’t want to end up with 40 place settings and 9 gravy boats (and returning duplicates would be MUCH harder with Rehearsal Dinner direct). If it were a few dollars, I wouldn’t worry about it, but the platter we received was $229 and is listed at $155 on RD’s site!
Post # 3
That is a big price difference! I would not note anything to guests unless your mom maybe wants to say something word of mouth. At Macy’s you can always go in after you receive the gift and updated it as “1 received” and it will mark the item as completed.
This is what I am planning to do since we registered for some similar OXO stuff at Macys and at Target. If a guests buys it off our Target registry, I am just marking complete on the Macy’s registry.
Post # 4
For my daughter’s registries,I included a note saying that they were merely a guideline as to the things they liked/needed,but to please feel free to shop elsewhere for better pricing. I did it myself!
Here’s the biggest problem I had with both registries…Macy’s & Target. They would NOT update saying they were purchased if the items were not purchased through THEM. I got in 2 pretty ridiculous ‘discussions’ with supervisors at both places. Neither would budge. I was told the bride could update them by calling,but that meant she would have to be told upfront who bought what,thus ruining the surprise. I think its a stupid policy. I got lucky in that no one purchased any of the items I did,so no returns.
Even after the set of luggage I purchased from the registry fell apart (broken zipper) after one use,Macy’s argued that it wasn’t purchased from the registry (even being presented with the shipping labels and receipt) and would only replace or give store credit. Both stores were nothing but headaches!
Post # 5
I know for a fact that both Target and Macys both have the option of updated online the items purchased.
Target has two columns: “Want It” and “Got It”
Macys has two columsn: “Would Love” and “Still Need”
Kohls is the only store that I have come across that does not let you update online the items already purchased. They have been nice to deal with though. I sent an email to customer service and they updated my dishes to 1 set already purchased out of the 4 requested.
Macy’s just switched their registry program so its kinda under new management.
Post # 6
And can’t you just always change the number that you want at any time? I decided I only wanted one soap dispenser instead of two from Target and it was no big deal to change it. If you get a place setting from another place, you can just go online at Macy’s and change the number you want from 12 to 11.
Post # 7
Yeah I don’t think guests can convince a store to change a registry if the gift wasn’t purchased there. My mom shoped around at various Homegoods stores and ended up getting most of my cookware that was on my registry at Macys. I was able to go in online and update the quantities received. Maybe if you give you mom or another trusted person with inside knowledge of gifts being purchased, they can go in and update for you?
Post # 8
I’m with the others who said word of mouth is the best bet.
Personally I’m anti-Macy’s. Almost everything you can register for at Macy’s is cheaper at BB&B, the shipping is cheaper and people can use the mailer coupons.
Post # 9
Yeah, if anything is purchased off-registry that’s on the registry, I plan on just updating it myself. No worries!
Post # 10
Can you register online at the Royal Doulton store? If not, you can register for it at Best Crystal, which has it on sale for $99.99, plus free shipping and no tax. http://www.bestcrystal.com/products/detail/index.cfm?Product=2214
Post # 11
I know this is old, but what about exchanging your macy’s china for other things on your list and then purchasing it all from the Rehearsal Dinner website? that is assuming you will be doing completion on things and have enough stuff left on your registry to do so. Kinda tacky, but nobody has to know.
Post # 12
The only problem I can see with that is you could possibly get multiple of the same item if they aren’t taken off the Macy’s registry right away (and I don’t know how a guest would do that without access to your account).
Perhaps your best option is to take those items off your registry, and hope to get more cash, knowing that you will spend that cash to purchase the china at the cheaper place.
Post # 13
@what2bee – that’s actually kind of what we did! Based on @jlphi’s suggestion, we registered china with Best Crystal and then just exchanged the pieces we’d already received at Macy’s and are using the credit to complete everything at the end=)
Post # 14
Try word of mouth. My place setting at Macy’s goes on sale and off sale like every other week, but the price direct from Lennox is always the same (sometimes less, sometimes more). I’ve told my mom this and my Maid/Matron of Honor.
Post # 15
That happend to me-I just updated everything myself. Most of my guests told my mom if they found it cheaper and she would take if off the registry for me. The registry is just a guideline anyway and it worked out fine for me.
Post # 16
I know that Macy’s has things on sale all the time… it’s like Joann’s and Micheals! So I wouldn’t worry about it…