More Amazon.com Troubles
When adding something to my wish list:
This is not amazonwatch.com.
Apparently neither is amazonwatch.com - that's a "this domain for sale" spam page.
and if you purchase something in your wishlist, it stays there.
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At least they are catching the errors. That is smart. I'm amazed at the number of places that just fail ... just plain fail. I had BellSouth tell me that my transaction "might or might not" have succeeded ... which imho is worse than a failure. That answer was STUPID. Then my BANK, yes my bank, had just complete failures that were not caught at all. I happen to be a 'web programmer' and I try and catch all of my assumptions and send me email when they fail but so far I have not convinced any of my cohorts to do the same. Assumptions will fail and you should be there to catch and handle them appropriately ... you can do no more. I say parabens to Amazon for catching them.
Obviously things you purchase stay on the wish list. It wouldn't be much of a wish list if they removed items making it obvious when a gift has been purchased. I believe they used to remove items when purchased but then introduced the current behavior as a feature specifically to make gift purchases less obvious.
According to their own help files for buying from your wish list:
My own preference would be for "show me stuff that has *not* been purchased yet" by default. Even better if they had a wish list and a gift list as separate lists.
Isn't the whole point of a wishlist and/or registering somewhere that you *don't* get a duplicate of something you already have?
Duplicate purchases from a wish list are not a problem. The wish list is displayed differently for the owner than for others viewing it. Amazon doesn't remove purchased items from the owner's view specifically so the owner doesn't accidently spoil the surprise. It's trivial for the owner to click the "purchased items" or "unpurchased items" links to get filtered lists and it's also trivial to click "Delete" a few times in the purchased items list to clear it out.
Ah. Thanks for clearing it up. I guess since I don't share my wishlist, I never had any reason to learn about those features.
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