When I first created my baby registry, I immediately signed up for Target. I couldn’t resist their cute, yet affordable products. However, with every baby registry, there are pros and cons.
First, the pros include (as mentioned previously), ridiculously cute products at affordable prices. When finding a product at Target and comparing it to the cost of the same product at Babies R Us, for example, the prices can be quite different (i.e. diapers).
Second, finding a Target store nearby is much more simple than finding a BuyBuy Baby or Babies R Us. For those friends, co-workers, or family members that would rather stop in a nearby store, this can be quite convenient because Target can be found just about anywhere.
Third, they give you a coupon booklet at the end to purchase out final registry items. I was able to get a 15% off coupon for my items and earned $10.00 back due to an ongoing diaper deal.
The cons to Target, however, made me question whether or not I wanted to have a baby registry solely with them.
After some research and some noticeable issues with my baby registry at Target, I became quite weary.
Some of the cons include their return policy. It seems that many people have had difficulty with being able to return items from their registry that were sent broken or that were no longer wanted – unless you have a gift receipt. Anything over $20.00 supposedly cannot be returned without a gift receipt whether or not it was shipped broken or not. This was enough to scare me away because most people will not request one especially if it is on a registry.
Second, a lot of the items I added to my registry (all the cute stuff) would disappear as “out of stock.” It seemed like this happened quite a bit because many of their items are online only, so eventually the items I added were no longer available.
Since many of the items are on-line only, the cost of shipping for anything less than $49.99 will cost your guests a shipping fee that may not be worth it. Would you want to buy a $10.00 gift and pay nearly $6.00 shipping on it? I wouldn’t want my guests to, so I tried to find more “in-store” only products which were limited.
Finally, when registering with Target, their website has had numerous issues, so the process of searching for and adding items to your registry may not be as smooth. Not that this doesn’t happen to the other websites too, but it seemed liked Target had a lot more issues than necessary… I also tried the “check out” feature to see what it would be like for someone to buy something and it wasn’t a seamless process.
Those are the pros and cons (at least in my opinion) of the Target Baby Registry. In the end, I decided to keep some Target items that were $20.00 or less on my registry, but moved the bigger ticket items to Babies R Us. By having two, it could provide more options for your guests to choose from.
If you’ve registered at Target before, what was your experience? Some people have websites devoted to how much they hate the Target registry, but others seem to love it.