No matter if you plan to have a baby shower or not, baby registries can be useful tools. If you’ve read my article on Baby Shower Planning: Everything You Don’t Think About, you know that I said I don’t recommend them. However, my exception to this rule is if you plan to finish them yourself.
Baby registries can have incentives such as cash back, diaper deals, and more! Who wouldn’t want to receive something for items they have to buy regardless? I love a good deal and you should too!
Here are my top 3 baby registries, in order of greatest incentives to least.
Top 3 Baby Registries
Babies R Us
- Price Match
- Endless Earnings
- Completion Discount
- Free Shipping
Price match is amazing because it makes it easy to use this as a one stop shop for everything you need. They really do a great job trying to keep you spending in the store. The only thing that could make this incentive better is if they offered more products that you can purchase elsewhere.
10% Endless Earnings
This in my opinion is one of the best incentives of this registry. You receive 5% on your first $300 of purchases and 10% for everything over that. So if you hypothetically spend $1000, you get $85 back ([.05*300]+[.1*700]=85).
Drawbacks of the gift card are that it take 12 weeks past your due date to receive. This is minor when considering you’ll likely need it just as much when your baby is 12 weeks old. So you have to spend a little more now, to save money later.
Another issue I have with this incentive is they advertise it as 10% back so I would think if I spend $1000 I get $100. In this way, I feel a little slighted that you truly have to read the fine print to know you actually get less.
Finally, effective July 1, 2015, registrants who purchase items from their own registries will not also earn Rewards”R”Us points on those purchases. Registrants will continue to earn up to 10% back on an eGift Card for all eligible items purchased from their own registries under the Endless Earnings program.
Huge drawbacks! However, it is an incentive they don’t have to offer at all. Assuming you spend the same $1000, you make $45 more with the registry than you would with rewards points. Cha-ching!
You get 1-year for returns. This is great because you purchase things so far in advance of having a baby or before the time it will actually be put to use, that you need that time to truly know if you’ll need it or not.
15% Completion Discount
On top of the 10% endless earnings, you get another 15% discount to finish out your list. While this isn’t money towards purchasing more items like the endless earnings, a dollar saved is a dollar spent.
It only applies to items on your registry before your due date, and it only works for 1 transaction. You can buy one of your items or all remaining, so it’s in your best interest to buy as much as you can at one time.
They, unfortunately, do not tell you how long after your due date you receive the discount card.
Only applies to orders greater than $29 but that’s most of the things you’ll buy. Only problem I have with this is that there is free shipping, but you still pay shipping “surcharges” for heavy items. I put a laundry detergent in my cart and they were going to charge the same surcharge as if I’d had my diaper box shipped. I’d pickup if at all possible.
With Ebates it is so easy to earn money on your purchases. You can read my article on how to Maximize Your Earnings with Ebates if you want to learn more about using the program to your full advantage when combined with the endless earnings from Babies R Us baby registries.
- Completion Discounts
- Prime Shipping
- Prime Returns
- Universal Registry
Same as Babies R Us, Amazon baby registries give you a completion discount for the remaining items after your due date. Their policy is as follows:
Get a one-time 10% discount (15% for Prime members), compliments of Amazon Family, on select remaining items from your registry. Go to About the Completion Discount for more information.
You can get your items in 2 days just as you would with regular prime purchases. Of course, you have to be a prime member and you also have to select items for your registry that are prime eligible.
It’s great that Amazon pays for all returns, however, there’s a 90 day policy. You’d have to do all of your shopping within 3 months of your baby’s birth, which to me seems a little last minute. You’d also have to only by things that would be used in that first month time span, in case anything goes wrong.
This 90-day return policy applies to all registry items. However, you typically have to pay return shipping on non-prime items. You should also review the seller’s return policy, as this may differ from what Amazon is saying.
Along with having the largest selection of any of these baby registries, Amazon also has what they call a universal registry. This is where you can add products from any website to your Baby Registry with the Amazon Assistant. Useful if you really only want to get all your shopping done in one place. I do not recommend doing so, however, because they typically don’t offer Ebates deals and their return policy is narrow.
- Price Match
Similar to Babies R Us, Walmart offers price matching for their baby registry just as they do everything else. This comes in handy at this store particularly who lacks the benefits of other registries. To stay competitive they need the competitive pricing.
Returns are always a huge factor when selecting a list. At Walmart, the registry policy says you can always return. The fine print in this is that the item must be in the original packaging. While this is a reasonable request, I feel there should be some type of accommodation for registry items as long as they can look at your registry and see that the items were purchased and somehow mark it in the system as returned from the registry.
They also have a policy about what can be returned that reads as follows:
Items purchased from a Marketplace retailer cannot be returned to a Walmart store or to Walmart.com; they must be returned to their Marketplace Retailer in accordance with their returns policy. Please email the Marketplace retailer directly.
For your guests, this is also a very convenient option. Almost everyone is in close proximity to a Walmart. They have the convenience of shopping online or in store. For the sake of registries, however, it is probably most convenient to shop online, both for selection purposes and ease of finding items. It will also be easier for you as the list manager to select items, since they don’t give you a scanning gun.
This is a great registry to have if you plan to do most of the shopping. Ebates typically offers double cash back for Walmart so baby registries are obviously included in that. Take advantage of the deals and, again, you can read here about how to Maximize Your Earnings with Ebates. You can also use this link to sign up and receive $10 just for making your first purchase through the program.
What are your top baby registries? Which have you signed up for already?
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