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How to Create, Share & Collaborate on Amazon Lists

Jonathan Wylie is a Digital Learning Consultant who has a passion for helping others get the best out of their technology.

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Amazon has few rivals in the online shopping space. It is easily one of the best one-stop shopping sites for just about anything you care to order, and it's often one of the cheapest too.

One of my favorite things about Amazon are the lists. When you create a wish list you can quickly add things to it as you browse through the Amazon website. These items are saved for future reference, but can also be made available to friends and families when birthdays or holidays are close. You can even collaborate on lists with other people so that they too can add or delete things. So, let's dive in and see how we can make those lists work for you.

Why Everyone Needs a List...or Two!

If you have an Amazon account, you already have at least one list created by default. It's called the Wish List. However, why stop at one list, when you can have two, three or even four. Amazon lists can be used for all kinds of things. This means you can create separate lists for separate occasions. You can have one list for each of your kids, one for your spouse, one for your birthday, or even one for your wedding.

There is no limit to the number of lists you can have, so feel free to get creative. In my Amazon account I created a "Maybe List" to save things that I am still thinking about, or still have to do some research on. When I decide that something on that list is worthy of my hard earned money, I move it to my wish list. Products that don't make the cut are deleted.

How to Create an Amazon Wish List

Now that you have some ideas for the lists you might create, the next step is getting them added to your account. Follow the instructions below to create an Amazon wish list.

  1. Log in to your Amazon account
  2. Hover over Account & Lists with your mouse
  3. From the drop-down menu choose Create a List
  4. Choose the type of list you want (Shopping List or Wish List is best)
  5. Give your list a name by clicking in the box under List name
  6. Choose whether your list should by Public or Private
  7. Click Create List to finish

With regards to privacy, take a look at the definitions below so that you can be sure about which one to pick.

  • Public: Anyone can search for and see your list
  • Shared: Only people with a link to your list can see this list
  • Private: Only you can see this list

When you first create a list, you can only choose between Public and Private. However, if you share a Private list, Amazon will automatically switch the privacy setting to Shared. You can also change the privacy settings on a list manually, but more on that later.

Amazon's Options for Creating a List

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Screenshot by Jonathan Wylie

How to Add to an Amazon Wish List

When you find something you want to add to your Amazon wish list, you're only a couple of clicks away from doing just that. Here's how.

  1. Find the item you want to add to your list on Amazon's website
  2. On the right-hand side of the product page, underneath the pricing information, there's a button that says Add to List
  3. Click this button to add the product to your default list, or click the drop down arrow next to this button to choose another list.

Adding Products to an Amazon List

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Screenshot by Jonathan Wylie

How to Share an Amazon Wish List

If you've made a list, and you may want to share it with a friend or family member so that they can see all your favorite gift ideas on Amazon, then follow the steps below.

  1. Go to amazon.com/wishlist
  2. Click on the list you want to share
  3. Click Send list to others in the top right hand corner of the screen
  4. Copy the link, or add the email addresses of the people you would like to share the list with
  5. Click Send email to share a link to the list

Look for This Link to Share an Amazon List

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Screenshot by Jonathan Wylie

How to Invite Others to Collaborate

One step beyond sharing is collaborating. If you collaborate on a list with someone else then you and that other person can both add or remove items from the list. This is perfect for families so parents can both add to a child's list, or for a shopping list that the whole family could add to. Here's how that works.

  1. Go to amazon.com/wishlist
  2. Click on the list you want to share
  3. Click the Invite button above your list
  4. Copy the link, or click Invite by email to open your email client
  5. Send the link to the person you want to collaborate with

When the recipient clicks on the link you send them, you will get an email from Amazon to say that they have joined your list.

Click to Collaborate on an Amazon Wish List

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Screenshot by Jonathan Wylie

Send Messages to Wish List Collaborators

Although you could email people back and forward about your new collaborative list, Amazon has included an alternative. There is a chat window that you can summon to leave people messages about things you add or remove from the list. The conversation is stored online and can be accessed whenever you need it. Here's how to send a message to collaborators.

  1. Go to amazon.com/wishlist
  2. Click on the list that you are collaborating on
  3. Click the message icon at the top of the list
  4. Type your message for collaborators in the chat window that appears in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen

When you send a message to a collaborator, they will be notified by email. If the quantity of messages starts to get out of hand, click the Mute button in the chat window to silence notifications.

How to Start a Wish List Conversation

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Edit, Manage or Delete Amazon Lists

If you want to make some changes to an Amazon Wish List, simply click on the list you want to edit and then . This reveals a menu with the option to Manage list. Click this for options that include:

  1. Go to amazon.com/wishlist
  2. Click on the list you want to make changes to
  3. Hover your mouse over the three dots in the top right-hand corner
  4. Choose Manage List from the pop-up menu

When you manage a list you can change the name, privacy settings, and description. You can also set a default list or delete the list altogether. Be aware that Amazon uses some of this information in this menu to make your list more searchable for people who come to Amazon looking for your list. Anyone can search for your public lists using your name or email address. When they find your public lists, they will see your name, birthday and city if you have added that information. This helps others know if they have found the right person or not.

How to Change Settings on Amazon Lists

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Screenshot by Jonathan Wylie

5-ish Top Tips for Amazon Wish Lists

To finish up, here are some of my favorite tips for using Amazon Wish Lists. This list started off as a top five, but for one reason or another, it ended up being six. So, take a look at my 5-ish tips below and feel free to leave tips of your own in the comments when you get done!

  1. Use the Amazon Assistant - If you use the Amazon Assistant, you can add more than just Amazon products to your wish lists. Whether it's a personalized product on Etsy or a unique collectible on Ebay, this handy little browser extension will let you add just about anything to your Amazon lists. Simply install the add-on, then click it when you find something you would like to add to your Amazon lists. It also works on mobile devices. Download the Amazon Assistant here.
  2. Create an Idea List - Are you an expert in your field? Do you have a passion for sharing with others? If so, an Idea List is for you. This type of list exists purely for those who would like to share their favorite products in a particular field. People with the link to your idea list can buy things for themselves. So, if you want to pay it forward and show what you know, here's your chance.
  3. Spoil the Surprise - By default, an Amazon Wish List will hide the items that people have bought you. It's more fun that way, right? Well, it is for most people. If you want to peek at what's really still left on your list, click the drop-down filter box in the top right-hand corner that says "Unpurchased" and change it to "Purchased". Purchased items are still hidden, but if you click the "Spoil the Surprise" button, you can see what they are. Alternatively, you can manage your list, (as described above), and uncheck the box that says "Don't spoil my surprises" to make this a default setting. I don't spoil myself often, but I do use it to check and see what has been purchased on my kids' lists!
  4. Edit Items in Your List - Underneath each item in your list is a link that says, "Add comment, quantity & priority". If you click this link you can add a description that explains more about why you want or need this item, change the quantity that you are hoping to get, and set a priority for that item to indicate how badly you really want it!
  5. Rearrange Your List - The priority feature is great, but sometimes it is just better to have a wish list that is ordered the way you want it. To reorder items in your list, hover your mouse to the left of an item and then use drag and drop to reposition each item in the order that you want it. You can also click the link that says "Top" to instantly move an item to the top of your list.
  6. Use Alexa - If you have an shopping epiphany while washing the dishes one night, and you also have an Amazon Echo, you can ask Alexa to add an item to your lists. Simply say, "Alexa, add toilet paper to my shopping list," and be amazed at how useful this virtual assistant can be!

Happy shopping!

Questions & Answers

Question: I was added as a collaborator on a list but I cannot remove myself, can you help?

Answer: Yes! When viewing the Amazon list, you should see the title of the list at the top of the page. Under the title are some gray profile icons to denote that this list has collaborators. If you click on those icons, you can click the X next to your name to leave the list.

Question: I've sent a link to my Amazon list and she cants open it. It says that she needs to log in. Why is this?

Answer: It may just be asking her to log in with her Amazon account. I believe this is standard unless your list is Public.

Question: I accidentally joined an Amazon list as a collaborator and would like to leave it. How do I do this without affecting the other people who are collaborating on this list?

Answer: When viewing the Amazon list, you should see the title of the list at the top of the page. Under the title are some gray profile icons to denote that this list has collaborators. If you click on those icons, you can click the X next to your name to leave the list.

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Comments

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on September 29, 2019:

Sounds like you might be better with Amazon business account. It is more flexible for multi user support.

John Schafer on September 28, 2019:

I assist with a non profit, we have a list that recipients can add their needs, we check that they are acceptable & we have the items drop shipped right to the recipient, my question is, can more then 1 person edit info such as addresses etc.? There is the list "Owner" & there are 2 assistants... it appears the assistants are unable to do anything other then view, add or delete..

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on July 18, 2019:

Thanks Oliver. I’m glad it helped.

oliver on July 18, 2019:

I was struggling with Using Amazon wish list,thanks for the tips.