(Closed) What does Williams Sonoma have that BBB doesn’t?

posted 7 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I registered at Williams Sonoma rather than BBB because the quality of the things I want are better. I want my wedding gifts to last. My mom has things that she got as wedding gifts that still work great 30 years later! I want that too, so I’m going quality for my registry (and some cheaper things as well for those on a budget)

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

Eh…WS has pricier items and some things that are hard to find elsewhere, but not enough for me to choose them over BBB.

Unless all you’re registering for is cookware and kitchen items, BBB has much more of a variety, making it easier on guests to not have to registry hop. I hate having to go back and forth when someone has 4 registries!

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I think that WS has better quality products for the most part!  The BBB items are not normally quite as well made unless they have the exact same item like a Kitchen Aid mixer.  (If you don’t have one… put it on your registry!)  The other thing that I would do is register at a department store.  I don’t tend to think of WS or BBB as a department store, but I know that Macy’s, and Dillard’s and Belk would have better quality items.  I also wouldn’t worry about having the same item on more than one registry, just plan on being proactive about updating the registries.  So if you get a mixer you don’t get two!  Because there are going to be some guests who will only shop at one store because the others are not available! 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

“I registered at Williams Sonoma rather than BBB because the quality of the things I want are better.”

What things did you register for that BBB didn’t have good quality of?  (I know both stores carry good knife brands like Shun and Wusthof. They both carry nice pots and pans like All-Clad, Le Creuset, and Calphalon. They both carry Kitchenaid. Etc.)

Post # 8
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7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

It’s just preference. That’s it. They both carry similar items as abbyful stated.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

They DO have the same stuff.  Sometimes the exact same xxx (blender, toaster, etc..) but WS has it for a higher price than BBB.  Plus, with BBB I know people can use those 20% off coupons tha come in the mail.  We did a BBB registry and an Amazon registry so that we could add random WS/CB/Target/etc. stuff to that.  (And we’re major foodies too πŸ˜‰

Post # 11
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Helper bee

WS has the composter I want…  But besides that, they have a lot of the same products.  And I think a lot of people have already signed up for the BBB coupons.  I know some people don’t like looking at multiple registries, but I say register at both.  And just price compare on what you want.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

WS definitley has better quality. BBB stuff tends to fall apart, rust, and break in my experience. πŸ™

A tip: If you register for baking pans at WS go for the gold touch or make sure not to put the regular ones in the dishwasher. πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

While there is some overlap in the products they carry, seems like generally BBB carries more basic things and WS carries more specialized things for people who already own “starter” dishes, cookware, etc.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

“so would you guys recommend registering for cookware and other kitchen things at WS since they are ‘better quality’ and then either a department store or BBB”

 

My advice is to judge by brand/line, not by store.

All-Clad is All-Clad. Shun is Shun. It doesn’t matter if they come from WS, BBB, Macy’s, etc.

Just know the quality brands (and quality products within the brands, for example, Wusthof has some lesser-quality knives that are carried in some stores to appeal to a wider base of consumers that won’t spend $150+ on a knife), but if you research the products and know which brands and lines within brands are the higher and lower quality, that’s what matters.

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