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December 8th, 2004

Amazon Wishlist Wishlist

It’s the holiday season, and I find that an easy way to keep track of what I want is Amazon’s Wishlist. However, there’s a couple of problems with it I’d like to see fixed.

The biggest one is that I’d like to be able to set the way my list is shown to other people. When you view someone’s Wishlist, it comes up in a default order and can be changed… but what if I want a very specific order? What if I worked hard to make that order? Nada. Forget it. My wife found this out the hard way this weekend.

And then there’s a simpler request. Why can’t I print the things out all nice-like? Some people like to have actual, physical lists in front of them. Why can’t Amazon just do a nice print stylesheet that lets me order things the way I want, along with a simple link or ASIN/ISBN next to each item? Hmmmm?

Overall though, I think the Wishlist is a nice idea. It works pretty well, even if one shops elsewhere.

Posted in Technology

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday December 8, 2004 -- 9:22:18 am
I've long wanted a nice, locally hosted script that would allow me to combine wish lists from different stores or automatically do a price comparison search.

But of all the remotely hosted, branded wishlists, I'd say Amazon's probably one of the better ones.

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday December 8, 2004 -- 1:44:22 pm
Amazon's wishlist went up in goodness points for me when they added the priority feature. I like being able to say which stuff I want the most. And it's also nice, since I don't have a photographic memory, to be able to put stuff in there that I want to get eventually myself and say "Don't get this for me".

FROM: andy
DATE: Wednesday December 8, 2004 -- 4:57:19 pm
I set up a wedding registry for myself to use as my personal store of things I want to keep track off that I don't necessarily want others to see. Of course, if you want to buy me something off the list, I'll gladly open it up to you.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday December 10, 2004 -- 4:32:32 pm
Google may have answered my wish:

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