Amazon wedding registry did people use it? What was your experience?

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 16
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Busy bee

VictorianChick :  a friend registered her baby shower through Amazon. I found a few things I really wanted to gift her, but I was waiting for the physical invite in the mail to place the order. By the time I did amazon needed me to pay $40something to cover quick shipping. So I could receive it in time. I think alot of the things come from China and in order to get regular shipping you need to do it over 2 months (I think) in advance. Ppl have the option of buying it and getting it sent to them instead of the couple. Yes I like to bring a gift in hand.

Post # 17
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Helper bee

I used Amazon, Target, and Bed Bath and Beyond. 

Not as much of our stuff was actually purchased through Amazon BUT I do believe people noticed the type of stuff on their we wanted and applied that to other stores.

Example: We registered for a couple board games and some hiking/camping stuff. It wasn’t bought directly through Amazon but we still got the gifts, so the guests obviously bought them somewhere. 

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We registered at Amazon and Target. I strongly recommend having a registry at a physical store in addition to Amazon–besides having some non-tech-savvy relatives who preferred to shop in person, we had a lot procrastinators who didn’t buy a gift until the night before or morning of our wedding. In the end, we got almost everything on both registries except for a few “boring” things (different types of storage containers) and lots of Amazon gift cards to buy the few things we didn’t get.

The biggest downside of Amazon for me was that things would go out of stock from Amazon as a seller and then either be unavailable or only available through a much higher priced 3rd party vendor. Returns were super easy, and I loved the convenience of the “Thank You List”.

Post # 19
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Blushing bee

I second the post above mine! My SO’s brother registered on Amazon and while I did see a few interesting things, I also noticed that he went a little crazy with saws and other $300+ items that (unsurprisingly) no one bought for them.

I do think it’s a neat way to have more variety, as I actually wholly intend to include items like games and camping gear myself (I feel they are things that will provide fun and adventure in our relationship, things we will do together). However, I do also very much understand people wanting to be able to walk into the store, as I have also done that several times for other people. Grandma may dislike the internet, but your cousin may not have a Bed Bath and Beyond nearby, or maybe your friend has Amazon Prime and prefers not having to drive.

In the end, I’d say it’s not a bad option but not to rely solely on it. Provide a common store such as Bed Bath and Beyond and/or Target or something? The brother mentioned previously was also registered on Bed Bath and Beyond for the large majority and I ended up getting them a couple things from there. They also had a registry of an excursion, fancy dinner, and general ‘fun fund’ through their honeymoon resort. My friend a few years ago relied mostly on Target. I never had a problem with any of it, but then I don’t easily get butthurt about these things (unlike a frightening amount of people apparently, including many on this forum).

Post # 20
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Busy bee

We registered at 3 stores, Amazon being one of them.  We got ALL the items we registered for on Amazon because hello Prime Shipping (a lot of people are members).  We didn’t have any problems but we also didn’t return any of the Amazon items.  I think the returns would be a pain, so definitely register for items you want. 

Post # 22
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Newbee

My wedding is March 4th, and we have just an amazon registry. So far it’s been working great. I have the amazon button in my browser so I can add things from physical stores too. With the browser button I’ve added things from Crate and Barrel, my sister-in-law went to the physical store and purchased them and then she selected on the Amazon registry that she had purchased them, so they get removed and she was still able to shop in a physical location. I’ve been able to add things from Amazon itself, Crate and Barrel, Lowe’s, Bed Bath and Beyond. It’s very convenient! 

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