Post # 1
Tonight we went to do some pre-registering scouting. We went to Macys and Bloomingdales to figure out what we like and where to register. The china we like is only carried by Macys so we’re going to do a Macys registry and try to get the rest of our dishes, glassware, flatware and entertaining pieces there, (appliances at BBB). However the Macys we went to seemed to be somewhat low on stock on all these other things. I would love to know which Macys in the LA area has the largest selection of stock and is best for registering. (oh this was the Sherman Oaks Mall Macys that we went to).
My second question is, if I don’t find a Macys with a larger selection of those pieces, would it be weird to only register for china at Macys and then have the rest of our registry at BBB and Bloomingdales?
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
@rachel077: the reason i want to find a Macys with a lot in stock is because I want to actually see the things in person before registering for them. Items can be so different in person than they are on line. Plus a lot of items are not on line but are available in stores so I would have no way of seeing them unless that Macys happens to carry it.
@Theresa90405: Do you mind explaining what kind of issues people have had. I’ve never heard bad things about registering there but now I’m concerned.
Post # 6
bump? Any more advice Bees?
Post # 7
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
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
@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 # 10
@oracle: yes unfortunately I’m sure BBB does not carry the china.
This is the pattern we like: http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=341769&CategoryID=46866
BBB has the casual version of this but not the fine china version.
Oh and I guess my post was not clear but if we register for the china at macy’s we would actually have 3 registries: BBB, Bloomies and Macys.
Post # 11
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).