Post # 1
We are planning to register for baby on Saturday. I spoke with my new mom friend who told me to make sure I put everything I want/plan to buy on the registry, including things like the crib, dresser, and glider because even though we may not get them we will get a “completion discount” starting 30 days prior to baby’s due date (I confirmed with the store and it’s anywhere from 10%-30%!). We’ve received a ton of giftcards and have been planning to purchase the above mentioned items as well as other big things after the baby shower so of course I would like to get a discount if possible.
My only hesitation is that I know I’ve seen people on the bee comment about how you shouldn’t ask for really expensive things because it’s rude, I don’t want to offend people with my registry but I really want to save some money! If you saw that many big ticket items would you care or would you judge/ignore the registry completely?
Post # 3
@cora_123: I don’t think it is rude. Some people will be willing to buy them, and if they don’t I think she’s right about getting the completion discount. I’d do it. I would not find it rude at all and I certainly would not ignore the registry. Even if I couldn’t buy you the big ticket item, I’d still find something off of it at a lower price.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
As long as you have enough affordable options for everyone, I think it is fine!
Post # 5
I think it’s ok to have higher priced items as long as you have a wide variety of price points so people can choose.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
I don’t think it’s rude at all, provided it’s all baby-related stuff! Being a mom is expensive, and that completion discount could make a big difference!
Post # 7
I think these days it’s pretty well known that couples get completion discounts on their registries, and large items are put on the registry because the couple intends to purchase it using that discount. At the end of the day, a registry is a wish list – it’s not mandatory to purchase the highest thing on the list, and babies need such a range of items that there’s sure to be something in everyone’s price range. Just make sure you have a wide range of price points and it’ll be fine!
Post # 8
i agree with pp, as long as you have a range of items on there. My family almost always teams up to purchase one large ticket item together, if you have friends or family who are likely to do that I would put those items on thier for sure.
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@cora_123: I don’t really think about those big ticket items because I figure they’re there for the grandparents or family members with money to pool together to purchase. However, it would be a little weird to see someone I know is broke and whose family is not well off to register for celebrity expensive stuff though; it would look gift grabby.
Post # 10
@cora_123: As long as your have plenty of lower priced items for people to choose from, go for it.
My sisters and I usually go in for a big ticket item when our cousins have a baby shower. It gets them the highchair or changing table they need but we still spend what we want to spend.
Post # 11
@cora_123: I think you should put EVERYTHING you need for baby on the registry, from $1 hangers to the crib & dresser. You might have a group of friends or family who will pool their money to get you a bigger ticket item or the alternative as you stated, the awesome completion discount! You’d be surprised at how generous people can be sometimes, my SIL who has never spent $30 on a bridal shower gift for me bought me my almost $300 carseat for baby (as my xmas present). I was very surprised that she spent that much on a gift for us. I think people are criticial of registries when there aren’t different price point options and they see you “only asking for really expensive things.”
Post # 12
We will absolutely have a variety as far as cost and everything will be related to baby. I was just concerned that people would see something listed for $499 (the most expensive item) and think what a brat!
Post # 13
@cora_123: You never know what people are going to get you! We added the big ticket items so we could remember what we wanted and buy with a completion discount, well a lot of our family got us the big ticket items. Some were given by groups but thats okay less for us to buy! It worked out great!
Post # 14
As long as it isn’t all big ticket items I wouldn’t mind. It’d be perfect to go in on as a group if people wanted to do that. I’ve never been offended by seeing someone asking for a crib as long as they’re also asking for some onesies or blankets or bottles or something I could afford on my own if I didn’t want to go in with a group.
My mom sister and I went in on a car seat for my cousin’s shower. It was nice to be able to provide something you know is really needed and will get a lot of use. I mean, having an adorable set of farm animal covered boxes to store things in is nice, but totally not as necessary as a way to get baby to and from the hospital.
Post # 15
I’ll be honest– I would be pretty judgy if there were more than about three big-ticket items.
Post # 16
@DaneLady: I agree! I have EVERYTHING on my registry including the car seats, stroller, and other big ticket items, but I also have smaller items including the boppy pillow, bottles, outfits, bibs, etc. If I dont get the big ticket items (which I’m not exactly expecting on getting) I’m excited to use the completion discount, because lets face it, a discount is a discount and we need to save in any way, shape, or form. 🙂