Making a registry for every occasion

February 27, 2009 9:01:00 PM PST
Registering for weddings and baby showers is an accepted tradition, but a growing number of people are registering for other occasions and now a new website makes it easier than ever before.Who could forget the Sex and the City episode when sassy single Carrie Bradshaw registers for shoes?

You might think registering for non-traditional gifts is just a quirky TV thing, but think again.

On eRegistry, we find a gal in South Philly asking for nail polish, lip gloss, and dresses on her birthday registry!

Jocelyn Hodes, however, used eRegistry to ask for traditional items such as vacuum cleaners, coffee makers, and small kitchen appliances.

But this wasn't Jocelyn's wedding registry, it was her housewarming registry.

"It seems like such a no-brainer, but there was nothing like it before," Jocelyn said.

Miss Manners might say nontraditional registries are a no-no because you're presuming someone will buy you a gift, but folks like Jocelyn say they aren't presumptuous, they're practical.

"Why go to the hassle of guessing and trying to figure out the perfect gift they might not like or not be their taste," Jocelyn said.

eRegistry offers millions of products you can add to your registry with a click of the mouse and it's easy to compare specs and prices.

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The founder, Konstantin Kostov, says in today's tough economic times, more folks are crowd-sourcing their needs. In other words, they're getting many people to chip in for particularly for big-ticket items.

Kostov also says the website makes even asking for money tasteful with its pre-paid Visa Wish Card.

But here's the downside:

Gift givers on eRegistry have to pay a $5 flat fee for gifts costing $100 or less. and 4.9% of the cost of any item over $100.

The upside is eRegistry gives cash back to registrants, an average of five to six percent of the value of any gift bought through the registry.

You can also have that contribution automatically go to the charity you choose.

Speaking of charities, eRegistry makes it easier for non-profits to get donations.

Young Scholars Charter School registered for new books and computers at no cost!

"That's the beauty of eRegistry, it's totally free; it's just a website that anyone can use," Lora Travis of the Young Scholars Charter School said.


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