Post # 1
leisurely writing thank you cards, going on registry sites, retrieving the list of purchasers for each gift. smooth sailing so far.
go to target.com, look for the registry’s thank you manager. turns out there isn’t one. ok, fine, call target’s registry hotline and talk to a service rep. rep tells me there is no way to retrieve the information on the names of gift givers. WHAT??? was i not understanding correctly? was it the garbled phone conversation? nope. rep tells me that there is no purchase history for any of the gifts purchased from the registry and there is nothing they can do about it. asked to speak with supervisor, who confirmed it. how does that make sense??? every other registry i have has a thank you manager and i know exactly who got me what.
target registry sucks!!!
Post # 3
OMG! First of all, let me just say I am so sorry!! That’s terrible. I don’t understand how Target can have no history of their purchasers!? I’ve worked in sales and we’ve always kept the receipts from our sales for the end of each day – I’m SURE they MUST have receipts (one to the customer, one for the store) – can’t they look at those? I hope you can figure something out! Otherwise you’ll have to get pretty general on the thank you cards.. =/
Post # 4
This makes me so sad. I LOVE target but literally no one has good things to say about their registry =( Looks like I won’t be getting a target registry.
Sorry my post is not helpful…good luck!
Post # 5
As someone who works at Target…the only thing we can do at the the registers is take the registry papers from the guest, scan the barcode and the register finds the products your guests buy…IF they give us the registry paper…and that’s a HUGE IF. Many, many Target shoppers don’t even let us know they’re buying gifts off a registry. And honestly, to me, asking us to do this is the same as asking us to call you when an item you have a raincheck for comes in (if we did this, we’d be calling people all day). if the register prompted me to give a name, I’d ask but it does not. That’s why we give your guests gift receipts that are labeled so you will know what is from whom…again, this is dependent upon your wedding guest.
And yes, target does have the ability to look up a receipt, but certain information is needed to do that and it takes a while…target does hundreds of thousands of dollars of business a day (and I don’t mean overall, I mean per store).
As a side note, I have never given my name no matter where I was buying a wedding gift for a registry and have never actually heard of doing such a thing, but maybe it’s because of where I’m from. My suggestion would have been when opening gifts and cards, make a note in the card of what was given or what money was given and use those when writing out your thank yous…at least that’s my plan.
Post # 6
I thought it was standard procedure to make notes of gifts and the giver when opening them.
Post # 7
thanks for sharing your insight on the inner workings of target, @karatechick27:!
don’t get me wrong- i love target. but every other registry i have has a thank you manager and it honestly makes things so much easier when comes time. i can’t say i kept track of 100% of all gift-givers’ names, but it was awesome to go back to the thank you card manager and find them there. here’s another thing, i don’t believe many of the gifts were purchased in store- first because all of them were shipped to me and second because the rep mentioned it. also, i didn’t receive cards with the target packages shipped to my house. i did for other registries. so even if you wanted to take note of who sent the packages, you couldn’t.
but it is what it is. just wanted to share my experience.
Post # 8
From Targets FAQ’s on their wedding registry:
What is a Gift Purchase Log and how do I get a copy of it?
Your Gift Purchase Log is a list of all the gifts your friends and family told us about at the time of purchase. You can print your Gift Purchase Log anytime at a Target store kiosk and use it like a receipt. All you need is the password you created when you set up your registry.
Obviously it would only work if your guests indicated they were buying from your registry.
Post # 9
I encountered the same thing with Target, but even more upsetting was that since we live in CA and our wedding is in MI a large majority of guests shipped gifts. Target didn’t even have a way they could put a gift message in the present. I called and spoke with corporate and since they are shipped direct from the manufacturer a lot of times, they don’t allow that option. If I’d known that I wouldn’t have registered there. Poor guests are calling to inform me they sent gifts and what they are. How embarassing. The only way to know who sent it is to look at the shipping slip and see who was billed.
Post # 10
All of this is making me want to go UNregister at Target… but I like the stuff I registered for! Boo!
Post # 11
@mhcarter: I’ve only just started getting gifts, but the one we’ve gotten from target did have a message on the packing slip from the buyer. Granted, it was purchased online and then sent to our home, so maybe they can’t do that if they buy it and then ship it from the store. Seems like it’d be easier to just buy online though.
Post # 12
going to be honest, I had no idea there was such a “manager” that told you who bought what. I know when purchasing registry items I’ve never given my name. What am I missing here…
Post # 13
Our Crate and Barrel registry has a thank-you manager, but it only works when people buy stuff online. Anyone who’s bought something in store has declined to add their name, so we have no record of who it was, either (at least until we receive the gift)
Post # 14
@melisandescott: So only if people give their names does it work or only online? I’ve never been asked my name at a store.
Post # 15
It is important to write down the gift and giver when opening gifts. Even if a registry has a thank you manager, the guest can decline to give their name. Many of mine did.