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How not to sell stuff to an infertile - Elizabeth Unexplained
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How not to sell stuff to an infertile
About a month ago Margaret had mentioned in passing that she was registered at babycenter.com. This was not a hint on her part, it came up in regards to a conversation about shopping and leading questions from me, the person who has already knitted her 2.25 pairs of baby booties. Of course now that I had the information I was determined to buy her a gift, and the registry would be an easy way of obtaining said gift for my sibling on the opposite coast.

Well, I went to the site. Of course it immediately assumed that I was pregnant and in need of all sorts of advice and information on gestating and caring for a tiny person. Ha, I wish. Luckily it didn't take much searching to find the link to the store, and then the link to a registry search. There was Maggie's registry in all its glory, a scant dozen items, most of them ~$30. There was a grand total of one big ticket item, a Baby Bjorn carrier in olive, but it was out of stock. I really wanted to get her a big ticket item, figuring that her local friends are more likely to go for the $30 items. They had a option to email me when the item was back in stock, so I opted for that.

After talking to Margaret this weekend I know that her tests came back with good results. The only thing wrong with her pregnancy is that while she can still get into her size 4 jeans, she can no longer zip them. When the email came telling me that the carrier was back in stock it seemed like the perfect time to make the purchase, so I went to the site and started the whole online purchase procedure after swiftly clicking past the picture of the peach-fuzz covered baby telling me to enter my due date.

I got as far a check-out. They wouldn't let me proceed unless I logged in. There was another request to enter my due date. They wanted me to create an account so they could send me all sorts of information on pregnancy and babies. I'm betting none of their email includes helpful hints about what do with a partially full sharps container once you finally achieve that elusive positive. While there was an option not to receive these emails, I just could not do it. I just could not give these people my email address. Could. Not. Do. It. I'm just really stuck. I want to get Margaret something from her registry, but I just can't deal with that site.


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From: desireearmfeldt Date: August 30th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's ridiculous; most people who buy things *through someone's registry* aren't pregnant themselves. What if the woman's grandfather wants to get her a gift?

Sounds like it was originally focused on other stuff and the registry was an add-on.
coraline From: coraline Date: August 30th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I want to get Margaret something from her registry, but I just can't deal with that site.

what i often do: buy from another site, tell the person you have bought the item so they can remove it from the registry.
(doesn't scale up so well, but if only a few people do it to the registrant, it's not so bad...)

sorry it was so irritating :/
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: August 30th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
So, if you want to give these people money but not your email address, I'd be happy to set up a temporary mailing list for you that you can kill as soon as the item ships. I've done this before when web sites annoy me (and I think there services elsewhere on the internet that do this sort of thing too).

(If you don't want to give them your money either, I totally support the previous suggestion of "buy elsewhere, tell Margaret to take off her registry")
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: August 30th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I think I don't want them to have my money either. I'll research the buy elsewhere option as soon as I recover.
mijven From: mijven Date: August 30th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yeah, I'm with the buying elsewhere crowd. :S
enugent From: enugent Date: August 30th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Seems to be the same one, based on the pictures, even though they use the unsexy description of "green" instead of "olive".
enugent From: enugent Date: August 30th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and I'd send a nastygram to babycenter, too, if I were you.
psychohist From: psychohist Date: August 31st, 2006 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I love the expressions on the parents' faces in the photo. The guy looks so put upon and the woman looks so smug.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: August 31st, 2006 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it really needs a caption. I vote for "I carried that thing for nine months, it your turn now SUCKER."
twe From: twe Date: August 30th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some websites are incredibly boneheaded.
merastra From: merastra Date: August 30th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my that sucks rocks. That's pretty painful (not to mention unthinking of the site designers.) Gag.

Yeah, buy elsewhere.
jaedian From: jaedian Date: September 1st, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)


Weird, I thought my dad ordered something for me from there. I am pretty sure they didn't ask him for a due date. Seems I would have heard about it if that were the case.

The Bjorn can definitely be had other places. (including amazon) although I liked the Kelty Kangaroo version of that style better. It has a waist strap which is easier on the back. In general though I like slings better (supposedly better for baby), there are all sorts of nice ones out there too.

Definitely go elsewhere though.
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