How to avoid Amazon Wishlist headaches

If, like me you have an Amazon wishlist you may be missing out on wishes if you’re not careful selecting them.

The wishlist is a great idea. Browse around Amazon picking items you like and add them to a public list that your friends and family can use to buy you gifts. The only problem is that Amazon won’t always deliver the goods, but you won’t know until someone tries to buy something for you.

The first I knew about this problem was when someone sent me a tweet saying they got an error buying a game on my wishlist. Alarmed, I tried to purchase the same item.



The first time I saw the message “We’re sorry. This item can’t be delivered to a Wish List or gift registry address” I hadn’t noticed the previous “Marketplace items cannot be sent to Gift Registry addresses”. At the time I was a newbie to all this and didn’t realise the difference between the Marketplace and Amazon itself. Searching for the error message took me to blog and forum posts discussing the problem. None were on the Amazon website. Surely it wouldn’t take that much effort to hide the “Add to wishlist” button on Marketplace product pages?
I eventually found time to correct things, and replaced as many items as I could with those available from Amazon itself, and not a 3rd part reseller.

Does this apply only to Irish addresses on the UK Amazon website or is it a general problem?

Oh, and here’s another quick Amazon tip. Buy gift cards on the Amazon site local to the receiver. My wife bought a voucher for her sister in New Zealand, but we used the UK Amazon website. When the voucher was delivered and used, it didn’t work. That’s a waste of money and embarrassing too. I should have cancelled the payment through my credit card but never thought to do so at the time.

Important Message
There’s something wrong with the gift certificate claim code you entered. Please check for transposed digits, omitted digits, and similar errors.

You’d think they’d have these basic problems sorted out wouldn’t you?

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

5 replies on “How to avoid Amazon Wishlist headaches”

Hey I found your blog while googling the same problem. After doing a lil more research I found out this…
Apparently, you get this message because when you registered you chose to not release your information to third-parties. I remember myself that I did choose this option. As far as changing it…I’m still waiting to figure out how. I wrote Amazon earlier and am waiting for a response.
So basically you are looking at the tho choice of sharing your info or not with 3rd parties. If you choose to, you can add any items you want to your wishlist, as your shipping address will be allowed to be shared with the 3rd parties. Hope this helps and my rambling made sense. 🙂

I use a site, I think it was called, which gave me an alert when the product I wanted came in stock at the real Amazon price, rather than the inflated reseller price. In fact I was able to jump the queue for an in-demand product because the alert is so fast. Hope you find this useful.

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