Post # 1
I have to register relatively soon and am having trouble coming up with where.
The following are on my radar:
BBB – This is someplace that has always been on our register list. It seems to go to for registries nowadays, at least the weddings I’ve been to. We got here when we need home stuff usually, plus they have those neat 20% off coupons.
Crate & Barrel – Honestly, I think I’ve only ever been into a C&B once, but I’ve been going on their website since a lot of bees seem to like it and they have some really cute stuff. I’ve heard they have decent incentives too? I’m wondering if it would be too much overlap with BBB.
Macy’s – My sister suggested registering here. I’ve heard they have good incentives but I’ve also heard they’re more expensive than elsewhere and it’s not someplace I typically shop. Thoughts?
Target – Have honestly heard terrible things about Target. Was initially thinking of using Target to register for things that BBB type stores don’t sell although my Fiance says he thinks registering for electronics like a video camera or the like would be crass. Not sure if it’s still worth considering.
Amazon.com – Same idea as Target – would have a wider range of stuff that the homegoods stores don’t have. A huge negative is I think I would be unlikely to want to go through the trouble of returns.
Thoughts? Any great places I have overlooked?
Post # 3
We did BBB and Target for a wedding registry. BBB was awesome. I returned a bunch of stuff no problem. They take those 20% coupons expired. No complaints.
Thank god I didn’t have to return any of the Target stuff. I’ve had to return gifts there before and they are a PITA if you don’t have a receipt.
I did Amazon for my baby registry though. No complaints. Just do your research before you register for things and only register for things you really want/need and you shouldn’t need to deal with returns.
Post # 4
we did Crate and Macys, but I REALLY wish we had done BBB instead of Macys. They were the worst. We got multiples of a few different gifts, gifts without cards, and a lot of the gifts would come in seperate shipments from the same guest.
BBB gives cash for returns…that alone is worth it.
Post # 5
@pinkandsparkly: BBB no longer does this. It used to be their policy but they stopped doing it before I even returned stuff from my wedding.
Post # 6
We’re going to do BBB and Lowes. I don’t need very much from BBB but we do need tools, a new garage door opener etc.
Post # 7
We registered at Target and BBB. So far so good and we’ve never had any problems returning stuff to Target.
Post # 8
Here’s a loophole to getting cash back courtesy of my Bridal Bargains book, just in case anyone was interested 🙂 AHEM:
“How can you turn unwanted wedding gifts into cash?”
Use an in-store credit card. If you want to return a gift (say you got 3 salt & pepper shakers) many couples will have the returned gift credited to their in-store charge account. Now what’s the deal with this? Well, federal law requires that the store refund any balance to the cardholdler if they request it. So you get cash back! Needless to say, retailers are not happy about folks discovering this loophople (particularly those like Target with incredily strict refund policies). In fact, some stores now will not credit back the items to your credit card, they only issue a store credit voucher. Check with the stores you are registering with to see if they will allows returns to be charged back to in-store credit cards. Macy’s has such lenient return policies as of this writing. And other stores like Crate & Barrel are willing to refun cash for any exchange.
Post # 9
Also, just in case you wanted to register for anything online, myregistry.com and thethingsiwant.com lets you add gifts from any website 🙂 myregistry.com can be setup so you can be e-mailed whenever someone makes a purchase, not sure about thethingsiwant though
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I registered at Macy’s, Sur la Table, and William-Sonoma, and all but 2 gifts at my shower came from Macy’s. It’s easy to register in person or online, and they ship most registry items for free most days and ALWAYS have sales. It’s definitely been popular with my guests.
Post # 11
As much as Target is good for some stuff, the vast majority of my experiences with them is that their stuff is just not as quality. I did register with them despite knowing this and I regret it. Luckily I only got a few items and I tried to pick them smartly.
We also did Macys.
Post # 12
We are registered at BBB, Macy’s, and Amazon.com
At Amazon.com, we registered for things that we couldn’t elsewhere, like tools, an air compressor, air purifier, etc. The good thing about it is that you get free shipping on most anything if you spend $25! So, that’s a great incentive for people. Plus, it gets shipped to your house, so you don’t have to worry about bringing anything back from the wedding. The returns would definitely be a hassle, so just be choosey on what you register for.
Macys-LOVE Macy’s! Not to mention they have coupons, but if you sign up for their credit card (which I don’t even use), you get 5% back for every gift that someone buys you on a gift card. So far, we have $150 on a gift card for our own personal use. Returns are super easy, too.
BBB- so far, no problems! We’ve returned things that we registered for that we didn’t want, we got store credit, no problem! The 20% off is a huge perk for people, too.
I have nothing against Target- in fact, it’s my second home. But when I think of registering there, I think, “why would I do that? If I want something from there, I’ll just go buy it myself.” I guess you could think that way of any place that you register, but I guess I look at Target as your “every day” type of things that I would just go and pick up while I was in the store.
Registering was one of the best things about being engaged…it was so much fun! Not to mention that my Fiance love the scanner!
Post # 13
BBB is great because if you return something from your registry, they will cut you a check and mail it to you. It takes a couple of weeks because it has to go to corporate headquarters, but it’s still great!
CB gives store credit. They have such cute things. I registered for stainless steel chargers that I would never ever have purchased for myself because they’re soooo unnecessary (IMO), esp at $15 a pop. But I love them and everyone comments on how great they are 🙂
Registered for a GPS on Amazon…a tent…tools. Only got the GPS, but it was a great gift!
Post # 14
We are registering at BBB and Crate and Barrel. I don’t ever really shop at Macy’s (I’m a Nordy girl) so I wouldn’t really know where to start there. We wanted our guest to be able to use those great 20% coupons at BBB and we need new towels and sheets.
Post # 15
We did BBB and Target and I wish we would have done BBB and Lowes instead. I am already fed up with target’s registry and like pp said, I can just go get whatever I want from there anytime.
Post # 16
MACY’S! I My guests got my china buy one get one free PLUS 20% off and free shipping. I ended up with 15 sets of china when I only registered for 12. No worries, Macy’s has an easy peasy return policy. Some things were sent to my parent’s house, and they allowed my mom to take it back no worries. They have awesome deals ALL THE TIME.
Also registered at BBB although I hate the store, people seem to love buying off of it. I can never find anything in all that stuff everywhere but better them than me!
Lastly, I registered at Crate and Barrel. However, not one thing has been purchased off of that one.