(Closed) General and Los Angeles registry question

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Macys is kind of a gamble in general. Things go in and out of stock, on sale, etc. I’ve heard nothing but issues for people who have registered w/ them.

I think it would actually be better for you if you register for your china there and then do the rest at BBB.

Post # 4
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I dont think it really matters which one you register with.  If your guests buy gifts online the items just come out of their warehouse, not a specific store.  And your guests will just shop in whatever store is closet to them.  We registered for all our china and some other stuff there.  So far we’ve gotten a lot of stuff, and 2 emails saying that things are backordered.  I dont mind though – not like I’m DYING to use my hostess set for my silverware, ya know?

Post # 7
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I can’t say anything about LA, but I got multiple comments from married friends when we were registering to avoid Macy’s AND Bed Bath & Beyond (Macys because shipped items get broken, changing stock availability; BBB for a terrible return policy and hassle over exchanges, items getting properly credited to the registry when they’re bought). I just went to Macy’s to buy a present this weekend for a friend and they had NOTHING in stock, and the clerks seemed to be totally clueless about what items were, directing us to find things, and being at all helpful. We got frustrated, left, and walked out with a nice gift from their Crate and Barrel registry in 15 minutes!


Post # 8
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Are you sure BBB doesn’t carry the china?  I was surprised how big their inventory is (they don’t display it in store).

I loved my registry experience at BBB – they were super helpful; returns for cash vs. store credit – you really can’t go wrong.

Post # 9
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@Meowkers: oh, and to answer your 2nd question – I don’t think it’s odd to register at 2 places.  I think it’s pretty common.  We actually did 3:  BBB, WS and CB

Post # 11
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I can’t comment on which Macy’s store to go to in LA, as I am not from that area.  But we had a similar issue where we’re at — Macy’s was the only place to carry the flatware and china that we liked (that we picked out online), but we couldn’t see it because they only carry it online.  We just went ahead and committed to it, with the understanding that when we started receiving place settings as gifts, if we didn’t like it, then we would re-do our registry.  Turns out, the local Macy’s DID end up getting in a few place settings in the store, so we went to check it out (and luckily, loved it even more than online).  You could always order a setting and then just return it to the store, too…

With respect to Macy’s generally, we’ve had really great luck… A few things have gone out of stock (and then come back into stock) and a few things have been backordered, but it really hasn’t been an issue for us.  I guess my only complaint would be that I hate navigating their online registry manager — it’s so much more frustrating to use than Williams-Sonoma or Crate & Barrel (our other registries), in terms of finding things on the website and the organization of all of their products.  What we loved most about it are the sales that they have and that we were able to get 20% off everything remaining on our registry after the wedding (10% off for our completion discount, and 10% off because of a home sale they were having at that time–they combined the two before applying the discount and gave us 20% off everything). 

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