If you have a lot of things you want to buy off Amazon, it can be convenient to make a Wishlist. Wishlists make it easy for friends, family, or even complete strangers to buy you specific items you want from Amazon. However, this can potentially create a privacy issue if you’re concerned about random strangers learning your address.
Keep reading to see an explanation of how Amazon Wishlists work, and how to keep your address private when setting up your Wishlist on Amazon.
How to Hide Your Address On Amazon Wishlist
Your address won’t generally be visible to anybody who visits your Amazon Wishlist. However, Amazon may share your address with third party sellers, who may then relay your address to customers who purchase items for you.
In order to prevent privacy issues, it’s important to make sure only you and people you trust can see your Wishlist. To accomplish this, simply follow these simple steps:
- Log into your Amazon account
- Mouse over ‘Accounts & Lists’ in the top right
- Click on your Wishlist under the ‘Your Lists’ section on the left of the menu
- On your Wishlist, mouse over the ‘More’ button on the right hand side of the page
- Click on ‘Manage List’
- On the menu that pops up, scroll down to the dropdown labeled ‘List is for’
- Select the option for ‘You’ on the ‘List is For’ dropdown list.
This will set the list to only be visible to you. You can still share the list with people you know directly to avoid your address accidentally being shared with random strangers.
How Do Amazon Wish Lists Work?
Amazon wish lists have a lot of different features, and are highly customizable. You can create Wishlists for weddings, baby showers, birthdays, or simply to keep track of items you want.
Adding items to your wish list allows other people to see and purchase items on your behalf, and ship them to you. You can set the list to private if you’re concerned about strangers buying you things (more on this later in the article).
There are also settings for allowing Alexa to add items to your wish list. If you don’t want Alexa to add items to your wish list, you will have to disable this setting in the options screen for your wish list.
Although you cannot see directly who has viewed your wish list, it is possible to see the number of people that have viewed your page. People that purchase gifts from your wish list will be able to display their name with the purchase if they so choose.
If you make a list for a birthday, there are settings for keeping purchased items secret. This way, the surprise of receiving the gift will not be ruined by a purchase notification. However, Amazon will still let you know if you try to purchase an item that has already been purchased for you. This prevents you from purchasing items that are already on their way to you.
You can have as many wish lists as you want. You can also create Amazon wish lists for other online retailers. This is helpful if you want items that can only be found on other retail sites such as eBay.
Amazon wish lists also allow you to make wedding or baby registries for tracking gifts purchased for weddings or baby showers. This can be especially convenient if you are planning a large wedding and expect lots of gifts from many different people. Guests will be able to easily log in and register gifts for your wedding.
Amazon Prime members can also sometimes receive discounts by using the Amazon wedding registry. This includes discounts on shipping costs for guests that purchase gifts through your registry.
With wedding and baby registries, Amazon also has a ‘Gift Advisor’ that can recommend good gifts to your guests. It’s important to make sure you’ve filled in all of your information accurately so that the gift advisor can recommend good gifts. You can also consolidate registries that you have made elsewhere to integrate them into your Amazon registry.
If you are concerned about adding expensive items to your list, Amazon has a convenient ‘group gifting’ option that allows guests to purchase gifts together in order to split the cost. This is convenient if there are a lot of expensive appliances or other goods you need after your wedding or baby shower.
Does Amazon Wishlist Show Your Address?
Luckily, Amazon takes the privacy of its customers very seriously. Customers who shop using your Wishlist will never be able to see your full address.
This is quite sensible, since it would be a pretty grievous privacy issue if some random stranger could log in and scroll through people’s private addresses. However, this doesn’t mean that your address is 100% private on Amazon.
Obviously, Amazon itself stores your shipping address. In addition to this, when people buy items on your Wishlist from third party sellers, Amazon will share your address with those sellers. In some cases, your address can end up being shared with the customer as well.
If you want to prevent this from happening, you can set your Wishlist to private. This way, it will only be visible to you and people with whom you share the list directly. A step-by-step process for doing this will be explained in the next section.
Keep in mind that you will have to share your list with your friends or family directly if you set your wish lists to private.
Amazon wish lists make it easy for you to list things you wish to purchase. It’s a perfect way to let people know what you want so that they can buy it for you. They are highly customizable and private, so you generally don’t have to worry about Amazon leaking your name or address.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to fire away in the comments section.