Post # 1
I’m trying to buy a wedding present and wanted to get stemware for the couple. I looked at their registries and they have 2 types of stemware on their Macy’s registry and another type on their BBB registry. I then noticed they have a lot of duplicates on their registries (like same appliances, pots/pans, knives, china, etc.).
Do I just get them stuff off their registry and call it a day (not worrying about the fact there’s duplicates)?
Post # 3
I’ve seen that a lot too. For a baby shower I got my friend a bath tub and was embarassed that she opened another one that was on the registry also right before mine. I would still just stick to the registry anyway. Maybe try to find something that isn’t a duplicate. At least if they want to exchange it, it will be easier since it was on the registry.
Post # 4
I registered for the same item at different stores – but I keep an eye on the registries and pull items off or mark them as purchased when they are bought. I figured it would be more convenient for people to have two stores to pick from.
Also the stores differ in coupons/sales so sometimes an item is cheaper at one and sometimes an item is cheaper at another.
Post # 5
@ahavah: Agree completely. I am registered at BB&B and Macy’s. Almost everything on the two registries are duplicates of each other, with the exception of items that are offered at one store and not the other.
We did it that way bc the different stores have different sale times and coupons. Some people might have a Macy’s card and get 15% off etc. An example is that our luggage is like $350 at Macy’s right now and on sale at BB&B for $129!! So it’s good to give people different options.
I’d just buy them something off the registry. If they get a duplicate for the wedding or at the shower, no big deal.
Post # 6
@ahavah: & @vabride2011: Thanks for the explanation! That’s helpful! From a guest perspective, it feels strange. It makes me not want to buy one of the duplicate items, figuring the likelihood of it being returned would be high. As a guest, I wouldn’t expect the bride/groom to be checking the registry so often to keep tabs on stuff like that.
I definitely plan to buy something off-registry… the question is just ‘what’. 🙂
Post # 7
I registered for the same items at different stores. I just updated them/deleted them when people bought them from one registry.
Post # 8
There were a few things we registered for at multiple stores. For instance, the down comforter for our duvet was cheaper regular price at Pottery Barn, but if someone bought it on sale at Macys it would be cheaper there. So I just kept an eye on the registries, and if someone bought one of those things at one store, I deleted it from the other stores. We also registered at stores that aren’t everywhere (for instance, there isn’t a Crate & Barrel in my husband’s hometown), so we wanted to make sure there was enough on the Macys registry for everyone to get stuff there.
Post # 9
I doubt that most people go and look at the lists on both registries, so probably just a few people realize that there is duplicates. Maybe the bride is checking it a lot or else they will return doubles afterwards? :-/
which is one of the reasons FI and I decided to only register at 1 store! (I hope we don’t end up regretting that…)
Post # 10
Having duplicates looks like a pretty obvious indicator that they plan to return/exchange something. I’d stay away from those items.