(Closed) Should we bother registering at Target?

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: So, what should I do/what would you think as a guest?
    If I were a guest, I wouldn't order off a Target registry. : (18 votes)
    13 %
    If I were a guest, I would order from a Target registry. : (58 votes)
    43 %
    Register at Target, everything is fixed now. : (31 votes)
    23 %
    Don't register at Target, register at ______ instead. (Fill in the blank) : (29 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
    7208 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @DuckEBee:  As a guest I would appreciate a Target registry as it is easily accessible and not expensive. Honestly, the security breech could have happened to any retailer. When I worked at a Credit Union someone did something similiar to a locally owned grocery store in town. It happens. I have zero qualms about shopping there. 

    Post # 4
    7901 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    Honestly, I think Belk and WS is plenty. If you decide not to go with Target (whose registries I find intolerable thanks to their return policy and their poor track record of actually scanning the registry in when people purchase and their fast turn over of products), perhaps BB&B might be a good option.

    Post # 5
    3276 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’ve never heard of belk and never seen a Williams Sonoma so as a guest I would prefer something universal. But if all your guests hace those nearby it’s fine

    Post # 6
    207 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I wouldn’t register at Target just because you can’t return more than $70 worth of products a year, even if it’s off of your registry. So if you register for something that is priced over $70 and something is wrong with it, then you can’t return it and you are stuck with it. 

    Post # 8
    1152 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I wouldn’t register there solely because of the issues my recently married friends had with the actual registry process.  They all complained that if, for example, you wanted blue towels, you couldn’t just open up the towels as an item and select “blue” from a drop down – you had to hunt through ALL the towels to find the brand you wanted, then find the color…I just didn’t want to bother.

    I do love Target though.

    We registered at Kohl’s (fairly similar items) and Crate & Barrel (which actually has lots of your regular registry stuff – plates, glasses, towels – for good prices).

    Post # 9
    5950 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I wouldn’t care about the security issues (can happen to anyone)…I just think that 2 registries is plenty.

    Post # 11
    12247 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Target’s shipping is bizarrely expensive… I bought a baby shower gift there for $20 and it was $30 after shipping and taxes! For a freaking infant first aid kit!

    Post # 12
    5660 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @DGB38: this 

    Dont register at target. Their return policy sucks. Do yourself a favor lol. Bed bath and beyond would be a better choice. Reasonably priced, excellent return policy, and easily accessible. 

    Post # 13
    3082 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @DuckEBee:  I think everyone got that email who had a target account. If that makes you feel better. 

    Post # 14
    3718 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @DuckEBee:  DON’T! I love Target. I used to shop there at least once a week and registered there. Everything on my registry was bought and I was thrilled. However, one thing I registered for was furnature. That was a horrible disaster that caused me to significantly cut back my Target shopping.

    We registered a year out from our wedding and moved 9 months before my wedding. We switched our address on the registry and got gifts at our new address. Yay! Then I noticed that it had been 2 weeks and the kitchen table that was purchased and in stock hadn’t showed up. I called Target and got the run around. They refused to tell me who bought it and where it was delivered. I kept on demanding to speak to a manager and finally found out it was at my old address (with other gifts) and who it was from. I was annoyed, but luckily my old apartment hand’t thrown it out. Given the size of the table (it wouldn’t fit in my car), we had to rent a U-haul. Not thrilled, but it was an understandable-ish problem. Computer errors happen. Two months later we go to set up the table and there is a huge gash in it caused by poor shipping. Of course we notice this after setting up the chairs that go with it at midnight, but it is not Target’s fault. I spend a half and hour on the phone with Target customer service and they tell me 1) They have had problems with the shipping quality of that item before, 2) it is too heavy to send someone out to my apartment to return it, I will need to drive it to a store or a UPS store (mind you, it doesn’t fit in my car), 3) They don’t know if it will ever be in stock again, so they can’t send a replacement. This means we will also have to return the chairs (and disassemble them), rent another U-haul, and wait in line to return. When we returned it, the boxes were huge and heavy. Darling Husband left me with them outside the store while he returned the U-haul. I tried to find and employee with a push cart to help me get them in, but the only ones I could find were happily enjoying their smoke breaks and not interested in helping. I finally got them into the store about 20 minutes later (there was an awesome employee willing to help) and waited in line for 30 minutes to return it. We ended up with lots of store credit, but no kitchen table or appology.

    We also got several duplicates– we get 2 extra sets of wine glasses, an extra coffee grinder, and 2 extra sets of silverware. Apparently they were not marked as purchased when my guests looked (but always came up marked as purchased on my end).

    I could not recommend you avoiding them more.


    We also registered with Macys and they were fantastic! I absolutely loved them.

    Post # 15
    207 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @MsJ2theZ:  yes their return policy is ridiculous! I only shop at Target now unless I know that’s the only place I can get that item. Bed Bath and Beyond is a MUCH BETTER place to register at. I LOVE their return policy since they don’t have a time limit on returns, you could return an item 10 years later if you want lol

    Post # 16
    2837 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @DuckEBee:  Do you have a bank that can give you a temporary card?  It won’t hve your name on it, but it will work just like a Visa.  I’ve used one before when I had to get a new card.

    While I understand the Target thing is a huge fiasco for a lot of people, I am not afraid to order online, or buy things in the store from Target.  We always use our Target debit card (although we have a Target CC, too), and as far as I understand, PIN numbers (which are required with Target debit cards) were not compromised.  


    Now I will say that we were registered @ Target- and many of my shower gifts came from there, and the registry simply wouldn’t update.  I got multiple items (3 woks!!)- and then even after I went into the registry and updated it– we continued to get the SAME items as wedding gifts.  A little annoying, yes, but we just brought them back for gift cards.


    We registered @ Target and Crate & Barrel– those were the places that I knew we’d easily be able to find items we like/easily use gift cards.

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