Baby and wedding registries were designed to offer an easy way for gift-givers to buy the right things for their loved ones without duplicating what others were buying. Soon-to-be moms or engaged couples pick a store that they would like to receive gifts from, and can mark with items they want people to buy them. The list is made available to their loved ones (i.e. bridal shower attendees, wedding guests, etc.). When someone buys something, the list is updated, and people can coordinate their gift giving through the list. It is designed to make the gift giving process run more smoothly, and to make sure newlywed couple gets 12 toasters or a new mom gets 4 high chairs.

Unfortunately, sometimes it’s not so easy.

The Consumerist is reporting a story today about the potentially “broken” gift registry system at Target. When attempting to return something from Target, a woman was only refunded $24.98 of the $99.99 gift her step mom had given her. Even when showing the gift receipt, they refused to give her the $75.01 difference.

It definitely seems silly to me, and I hope Target can work on their gift receipt and registry policies so this doesn’t happen to more people. Anyone else have any problems with gift receipts or registries lately?