Post # 1
I’m writing this post because I wish others (IRL) had warned me of Macy registry issues. If you are choosing where to register I hope this helps you! To others, please excuse my rant!
I registered at Macy’s and BB&B to try to give people 2 options of stores. BB&B has been great! Macy’s registry was very easy to set up and the staff we worked with were very nice and helpful. My issue is with the pricing! I’m a sale shopper and always look for decent prices. We’d register for things at Macy’s because the price seemed reasonable, not realizing it was just the sale price and then they jump up!
Here are some examples: We registered for 3 suitcase (2 travel and 1 large). Prices when we registered were $160, $180 and like $250 (approx). Not too terrible and we are having a very large shower & wedding so if gave some higher price range options. After our shower invites went out, prices sky rocketed to $350, $450 and >$600!!!! I took them off as soon as I saw it because people will think we are insane and greedy!
Similar instance with our plates & knives. We registered for the Noritake colorwave set at BB&B and a $200 knife set. We didn’t have much on the Macy’s registry (even before this suitcase issue) so I decided to switch the dinnerware and knife set to Macy’s since they had the same stuff at the same price. They went off sale at prices were wayyyyyy higher than BB&B- knives went up to $300 and all the dinnerware became ridiculous!
I know I should have looked at the non-sale prices, but honestly (once I did) everything was way more than BB&B (who also has better coupons). If my guests are spending money on us, I want them to at least get the best deal they can get instead of throwing money down the drain because of the store pricing. I wound up taking a lot of my stuff off at Macy’s. I only left things that I couldn’t find at BB&B and things that have a non-outrageous regular price. I still constantly check the registry to make sure prices and stress when I see something get bought on a non-sale day, knowing that my guest could have saved $15 if they went the day before!
I think the registry needs to implement a policy where the registry price stays at whatever price the couple scanned it at. I wish I would have just skipped Macy’s! Try Target or Crate&Barrel instead and save yourselves this hassle and stress!
That wound up really long haha. But like I said- I wish I would have thought of this before I registered there! 🙂
Post # 3
I don’t really think it is the store’s fault that you scanned sale items. I look at registries as a source of information re what items the couple wants, not what prices are being charged. I always do my own research to get the best price no matter where that is.
Post # 4
@julies1949: I didn’t say it was their fault… I specifically said I know I should have looked at non-sale prices. When I realized they worked like that I was frustrated because I had to re-do my registry to account for the non-sale high prices and I wound up taking 95% of my items on the Macy’s registry. Like I said, I just wanted to point this out to others since I wish I would have realized this prior to registering. It would have saved me a lot of hassle.
That’s a great idea that you reseach for the cheapest price! However, in our group of friends/family I doubt any would bother to do that. A lot are older and wouldn’t know how and also not using the registry would cause lots of duplicate gifts due to the size of our group’s showers/weddings.
Post # 5
Macy’s frustrates me too. The “sale” prices at Macy’s are equivalent to the regular prices at BBB. Apparently Macy’s has a lot of awesome coupons though, so my mom has assured me that people who know how to shop right at Macy’s will get good deals on things.
Post # 6
@RedWine13: You know.. I would just look at what you have on your registry, do my research and find it for the best price (target? amazon? whatever) and then put on your registry that I bought it!
Post # 7
I didn’t care for Macy’s when I registered either. They looked us up & had something to say about some things we had on our BB&B registry…tried to get us to register for things we didn’t want at all… The list goes on.
Post # 8
I used Macy’s registry and they were great. The products are good quality, returns are easy, and the customer service is great. Anyone who shops at Macy’s (or any department store, really) knows that they constantly have sales, promotions, and coupons. Doesn’t BB&B have sales too? I really fail to see how this is a specific problem with Macy’s.
Post # 9
Yeah,but I have noticed their sales go on quite often!!
Post # 10
We are registering at both BB&B and Macy’s. While Macy’s prices are certainly higher, we are doing this under the impression that people who have more money/want to spend more will go to Macy’s and the rest will go to BB&B. I know my family members with more money will want to go to Macy’s just for the stigma of it being a “nicer” store.
Post # 11
Thanks for the heads up! I noticed this to some extent when I went in to the store to view our china pattern again. You do have to keep in mind that there are often sales at Macy’s. Perhaps you caught some of your items at the wrong time. ? Macy’s was really the only big department store option for us as we have guest coming from all over the US and I wanted to choose some place accessible to everyone. I hate BB&B for some reason, but after checking our china pattern….
Post # 12
Weird! We are registered there and just today we got 3 pieces of luggage (total $1,000) for less than $500 (likely around 60% off), using coupons from the sales associate. We made out like bandits.
I have vigilantly compared pricing from BBB & Macy’s and most times it’s a cent difference ($39.99 vs. $40) & while BBB does have coupons, so does Macy’s. We’ve been extremely pleased so far. So sorry you had a different experience. 🙁 Glad BBB works out for you!