I’m going to cry – I thought my niece was above this.
I was just looking at her wedding registry – they didn’t register for a ton of stuff or anything really ridiculous (well they did register for a set of sporks, a Travelocity gnome and a book on how to survive in the woods, which I thought were all awesome). But there were several gifts listed that I clicked on, but they didn’t take me to a site like Amazon where I could purchase them. I did buy the sporks and book and thought it was odd that it tried to make me send the gifts directly to their house instead of to me so I could wrap them up and they could be, oh you know, actual gifts.
But looking again today, I realized that the gifts that don’t actually link to anything are actually listed as “cash registry”. Yep – maybe they will eventually buy the object shown in the picture and maybe they won’t. The moola can be used for anything. But it gets better because after a little research I found this on the registry website –
* Shop our catalog of top retailers and brands
* Add any item from any store
* Import your existing retailer registries
* Convert any gift into cash
* Create a honeymoon and cash fund
Did you catch that? Anything you order off of this registry can be converted to cash! They weren’t trying to force me to send gifts directly to the wedding couple, they were giving them an easy option to do a money grab without actually calling it a money grab. Register for anything you want! Register for the Statue of Liberty! It won’t fit in your back yard but that’s ok, just take the cash value instead. 0519-17
I think it was inevitable that gift registries would morph into clever schemes to extract cash instead of actual gifts. The gift giver is sending money which *might* be used to buy the item on the registry you think you are giving the newlyweds or the recipient may well use the cash to buy something else.
We just received a wedding invitation, along with allegedly 500 other guests, on which there is explicit registry information including the desire for Wal-Mart gift cards. Send money. Nope.