They raised the price on the bridal set I had my heart set on!

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Under what circumstances would you help pay for your e-ring?
    Absolutely none. That's the guy's responsibility. : (32 votes)
    15 %
    Only if the ring I want is more than his budget. : (64 votes)
    30 %
    Only if he asks for help. : (24 votes)
    11 %
    I would help pay under any circumstance. : (88 votes)
    42 %
    Other (Explain below.) : (4 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    If you are cool with it…it’s your ring. He already agreed to double the original budget, so toss in the extra 700 bucks

    Post # 4
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    756 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Contact the store and ask for the previous price, maybe you can swing something. Say it’s what you were budgeting for. 

    Post # 5
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    4441 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    @Future_MrsReeves:  How long have you been tracking this particular ring?  I would suggest doing that for a bit longer, chances are it will get back down near that price during a sale.  DH and I watched mine for like 5 months.

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with helping pay for your ring, but I come from a relationship where we have had joint finances for 6 years.

    I do think, depending on the circumstances, that it might be best to let him find out about the price increase on his own vs. telling him about it and offering the money. It depends. Even though he wanted your input, he might want to handle the rest on his own. You know him better than I do. If you think he’d be fine with an outright offer for that particular ring, then let him know.

    ETA – I voted for “only if he asks.” Some men/couples still want some mystery even after shopping together. My SO would probably prefer me not to say anything if the ring we picked out went up in price.

     

    Post # 7
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    459 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @lovelyduckie:  Exactly. I would bargain hard for the old price. Even if you can’t get it all the way down, they might come down some and make it more affordable.

    OP, is this something you can do, or is the ring only available online? If there’s a physical store, I’d suggest going in person when you’re ready to buy (or having your SO do it if you don’t want to be there). If you’re willing to buy on the spot, they might be more lenient on the price.

    If none of this is possible and you’re OK with contributing to the cost and it’s what you really want, no, I don’t think it would be bad luck at all 🙂

    Post # 8
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    2205 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    This is why I’m so glad my FI got my ring when he did, because the price jumped an extra $400 literally the next week.  (He said they already had the new tags on the ring box, but it wasn’t in the system yet, so he probably got it on the last day!  Phew!)

    Anyways, I see nothing wrong with chipping in for your dream ring.

    HOWEVER.  That $700 is a huge jump!  It’s about a 35% increase!  Can the store justify why the drastic increase?  I’d call them up like a PP suggested and explain that you budgeted for a $2000 ring, and while you understand that inflation and what not will bump up prices, would it be possible to compromise.

    Post # 9
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    6407 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I think if you politely indicate to the store that the previous price is your absolute maximum, so you’d love it at that price, otherwise, you have to start looking all over again elsewhere, they’ll very quickly agree to give it to you at the previous price.

    Post # 10
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    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    Is the ring worth it’s new price tag? I know you love it, but you shouldn’t get ripped off either.

    I think it’s ridiculous that men bear the burden of paying for the engagement ring. I can see why engagement rings started, particularly during the time where it was culturally expected that the bride’s side pay for the wedding. But now that couples tend to pay for their own weddings, I don’t get why the cost of the engagement ring isn’t included under joint general wedding expenses.

    I would be surprised if a guy asked his partner for help purchasing the ring. I would absolutely offer first, and make it clear that it is a big purchase and a symbol for both of us. 

    Post # 11
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    3112 posts
    Sugar bee

    @Future_MrsReeves:  Where is it from?  You could look into getting a custom replica made.  I don’t know if that would cost any less, but there’s a chance.

    Post # 13
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    3112 posts
    Sugar bee

    @Future_MrsReeves:  Take this with a grain of salt because I am cheap and I know that, but it seems a little overpriced for a 1/3c center stone.  What about getting the same style from MoissaniteCo and paying half or less of that price?  There were many more that came close to the Zales one, but here’s a few pretty similar styles…

    eng668 for $1,100

    eng725 for $1,170

    eng674 for $1,190

    eng724 for $1,210

    Post # 14
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    3570 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @ceebree:  I agree that it is horifically overpriced.  I would look at other rings OP.

    Post # 15
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    635 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Future_MrsReeves:  Depending on how long its been since they have increased the price, i would call and see if they will honor the previous price.  This is what happened to the wedding band i was looking to get.  The price went up and i talked to the sales associate who let me purchase it at the previous cost.

    Post # 16
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    2355 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I want to add one more thing. I just looked at a couple of posts, and I apparently replied in your other post a bit ago.

    Given some more info, why do you want to spend so much on an e-ring? I don’t know if this is going to piss you off, but given the potential house-buying situation and your SO’s history with e-rings, it seems like you have unrealistic e-ring expectations.

    In your scenario, I would be looking at much cheaper rings. I don’t know his salary, but with two kids and a potential house payment, I would not be worrying about that ring that has jumped up to $2700.

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