(Closed) Best/Worst Places to Register?

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@laurel946:  We started registering about six months out and we have had some things discontinued. I think it probably depends a lot on when your shower is as well. 

 

We registered at three places (we have 300 guests invited and our first two registries got emptied rather quickly):

 

 

-Kohl’s: I absolutely love shopping at Kohl’s so this was my number one choice. However, if I had to do it again though I would not register there. They are the ones that have discontinued a ton of things. Fairly normal things such as irons and dishes so that was rather frustrating. I thought that six months out was a decent time frame but, we have to keep replacing items that they discontinue. We have also had a lot of doubles purchased off this registry. People are not supposed to be able to buy something if it was already purchased so I don’t understand why this happened so much. I would check our register and it would clearly say “one keurig has been purchased” and two days later it would say that two have been purchased. Maybe this is due to mistakes on our guests parts but we haven’t had this problem with the other two registries. Also, I recently went there to purchase items for a friends wedding and it was difficult finding specific items. AND if anyone wants to purchase an item online they only have one shipping option: mail it directly to the bride and groom. This is probably convenient for the wedding where more people ship gifts directly to the bride and groom, but it stinks for the shower. There are a few things that they only have online and not in the store that I was hesitant to register for because I didn’t want guests to have to mail it to us directly. Last thing (I promise), I don’t like their frequent sales. I registered for a few things based on price then noticed that the price jumped up by 50%. I understand that most people know to shop the sales there but just in case someone didn’t I would hate if they actually spent $100 on my toaster when it goes on sale every other week for $60. Anyways, rant over- I don’t like Kohl’s registry and I would not register there again.

 

 

 

-Bed Bath & Beyond: They had more options for silverware which is the number one reason we originally decided on them. I was picky about the chromium/nickel content and other stores just did not have what I was looking for. Beyond that the store is extremely organized so it was so easy registering (and hopefully for guests as well). They actually sit down with you and talk about different things that some people don’t think about. I really like them and wish we had not used Kohl’s and registered for all of that stuff at Bed Bath & Beyond instead.

 

 

 

-Sears: This was FI’s favorite by far. We used this for stuff like tools, patio furniture, a grill, microwave. Some things that you just don’t see at stores like Kohl’s and BBB. This place was pretty cool because we could actually register for stuff by using our phones to scan the item at the store. I feel like Sears is a very well rounded place to register at because they have a little bit of everything!

 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We originally registered at Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond.  We ended up cancelling our Target registry. We had about 60 things on the list and within 2 weeks they had discontinued almost 20 of our items.  It was very frustrating! I’ve also had a lot of trouble shopping there for friends’ registries. BBB has been lovely!  We are very happy with that choice.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’ve heard bad things about registering at Target- haven’t experienced it myself (obviously!) but I’ve heard that returns are a big hassle. Hopefully another bee can tell you more about that, it’s just something I’ve read on here before!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Bed Bath and Beyond is awesome. Great selection, easy to use, very few things have been discontinued.

Dillards is okay, but I only registered there because they carried my china pattern. I wouldn’t register there again.

Macy’s and Kohl’s both kind of suck. Crappy selection, things get discontinued, and the “sale” prices are BBB normal prices. I know the coupons for Macy’s and Kohl’s are good, but I haven’t liked those registries.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I started a Target registry, and deleted it. Love shopping there, but as other PPs said, the stuff gets discontinued all. the. time. Not worth it.

I would recommend Bed Bath and Beyond. They have a wonderful return policy, and so much stuff to choose from. My only issue is that their online site isn’t the best, so just try to register in person at a store. (It’s more fun anyways.)

I also have a Crate and Barrel registry. I do like it, they have a lot of unique stuff, but it may not be good to use as your main registry because their stuff tends to be pricey.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We registered at BBB and Bloomingdales.  BBB’s website is pretty horrendous, but the prices for kitchen electrics are good, and they do 20% off coupons that I know my relatives horde. 

 

Bloomingdales has a lot of great perks for the couple (coupons for attire and fine jewelry, free Kate Spade toasting flutes) and Fiance and I really wanted nice heirloom china, and high quality crystal wine glasses. They also do free monograming for linens. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

BBB has been great for returns, and guests REALLY gravitated to using BBB. The one thing I will say – wherever you register – make sure you will be able to use gift cards there. We didn’t need a ton of stuff and pretty much registered for it all. 95% of our registry got bought, PLUS we got about $800 in gift cards and store credits to BBB. I seriously have no idea what we’re going to spend it on (Christmas gifts maybe!). It’s a “nice” problem to have, but it is still a problem to have that much credit to a store you don’t need anything from.

We also registered at Amazon, and most of that stuff got bought up as well, but it was a smaller registry. I was very happy with the Amazon registry too, but was surprised people far and away preferred the BBB registry (and we have pretty savvy/young friends).

One thing I did really like about Amazon is people can mark stuff as purchased off that registry even if they buy it elsewhere. We had that happen with a few of our big-ticket items (Kitchenaid and some camping stuff people bought elsewhere and marked off). That is super nice.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I would recommend target. I loved registering there, and a TON of people bought my stuff there. I think it is convenient since most people are in a target at least once a week or there is one relatively close by.

Also, I appreciate when people register at target bc they have free shipping for gifts over 50 dollars. BBandB and macys often dont, so I get to spend a little extra on the bride and groom (about 10 bucks more, which I had factored into the shipping and handling)

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@NAvery:  I agree. I had a ton of money left over after my returns and still dont know what to do with it 6 months later. It sucks because their product lines are so limited. It would be sweet if they sold clothes or groceries (or makeup..) there, ha!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

Target was the worst. Several, multiple items were discontinued. Also, attempting to update your registry online is nearly impossible! It would take about a year to load, if at all. Then, sometimes, would not load the whole registry.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

Target was the worst. Several, multiple items were discontinued. Also, attempting to update your registry online is nearly impossible! It would take about a year to load, if at all. Then, sometimes, would not load the whole registry.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We did Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Amazon, and Crate and Barrel. I loved all three. I LOVE Crate and Barrel products and noticed that a lot of people who also like more modern things gravitated toward that registry. Bed, Bath, and Beyond was AWESOME about returns. We had a Cuisinart coffee maker that broke three times over the course of two years, and all we had to do was bring it in, tell them it was from our wedding registry, and they gave us a new one, no questions asked. It was pretty amazing.

Amazon was nice, especially because you can add items from any store onto the registry, but most people didn’t buy off of there. I think a lot of people still prefer the traditional stores.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I did macy’s, crate and barrel, and amazon. I loved crate and barrel and amazon is really convenient, but Macy’s has been annoying because a lot of stuff available in store doesn’t even show up on the website, so when you go to edit your registry, it’s difficult if you made it in store walking around with the scanner. Alas, they carry the pots and pans I want. So Macy’s it is!

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