Car registry - tacky or genius

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Car registry - tacky or genius

As I was falling asleep last night a commercial for the Dodge Dart car registry came on. When I woke up this morning I wasn't sure if it was for real.

Yep:
Dodge Dart Registry > FAQ

Do you think it is tacky to ask friends, family, and social network to fund your car?

Also, on the FAQ, it repeatedly states that there is a 5% commission and 4% payment processing fee. 9% is coming off the top for those who run the website and process the payments. Do you think that is reasonable for the service they are providing?

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I think it is stupid. I'm not going to fund someone's car that I am not close to and if I'm close to them I'll give them money as a gift because I would know they would be saving.

I think it is tacky.

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I was trying to think of a scenario in which this would be viable (to-be-married couple wants a car instead of home goods?) I guess with the case of the hypothetical soon-to-be-marrieds it is a little better since the point of registering for gifts is to take the guess work our of gift buying for your guests and to get the things you really want/need. So in that case, what you register for should not totally matter, since people aren't totally picking out a present themselves anyway. Having said that though, I will admit that I totally do judge when people put stupid things on their registry, even though by my own admission "it shouldn't matter." One of my coworkers put a bunch of video games and like, pillow pets on her wedding registry. *huuuuuge eye roll* Come to think of it, I would rather pay for a small part of someone's "car fund" for their wedding than buy them Halo 15 or whatever. LOL Aside from wedding registries, I can't imagine people using this. Like "It's my birthday, everybody chip in to my car fund!"

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I don't know that its necessarily any more tacky then registering for anything in particular. Why is it non tacky to register for, say, an entire nursery or houseful of goods but not this? I can also see situations in which it could be really useful for charities or whatnot (thinking of one we support called the Camellia NEtwork ~ people aging out of foster care register for all sorts of needs, a car could be a totally practical and real need for such a person).

That said, I think that the 9% cost is absolutely reprehensible and would never donate because the fact that I'm essentially being robbed of 10% of my gift would bother me so much. Money is so cheap right now to essentially take a 9% interest rate right off the top is borderline thievery.

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We support the Camellia Network too. Smile Such a good cause, and you're right, that would be another good use for this.

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I could see it maybe as a graduation present because a lot of relatives send money for graduation and I could see that going into a car registry instead. That said, those fees are robbery and it would totally not be worth it with those fees coming off the top. For that price just take the checks that everyone sends and put in into account yourself.

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I know the point of wedding/baby registries is because those just starting out need everything. The registry allows people to see what they already have.

But the car thing is just wrong. If somebody asked me what I still need for the baby, I could easily say onesies or bibs. For a car? Yeah, I still need the steering wheel.

Like Gloria the only possible way I could ever see anyone doing this would be a graduation.