So, the Christmas season is already here– though if you go shopping in some places, one might think it began a long time ago. Nonetheless, you may be buying some items for people you know from an Amazon.com Wish List, or even assembling one of your own. To that end, PMO is proud to present a few tips for either scenario which are handy.

A good idea when online shopping for anyone with these wishlists: Shop around. Sometimes you can find far better bargains that aren’t on Amazon. Take this, for example: $48.99 if you buy it here, but CostCo, to whom it’s supposed to be exclusive, has them for $34.99. It may still be possible to find this $24.99 Wall-E set for around seven or so bucks at a local store. It would probably take a pretty petty person to be upset if someone bought something for a cheaper price than the exact same item at a higher one.

One worry about doing this might be that there’s still shipping if you buy locally, which is true, but unless the item is coming from Amazon.com itself, and not sub-sellers like the two items above, then you’ll still have to pay shipping on top of that anyway. Again, price-compare. If it’s from Amazon themselves, then a lot of items over $25 get the free Super Saver Shipping, if not all of them.

If you’re making a list of your own and you can’t find what you want on Amazon, this baby is awesome. It allows you to add stuff from pretty much any retailer online to your wishlist. It requires a little more manual work, i.e. adding the price in the field, but again, it’s awesome.

One more thought for those making a list: Including your birthday is nice, as someone may actually want to get you something. Odds are, no one’s going to want to hazard a guess, and they’re even less likely to bother.

Finally, I’m not sure how useful this is, but you can create additional lists by which to organize different things. I’m not entirely sure how helpful this actually is, given that people can sort your primary list a variety of ways, but at least it’s there.

And, that’s all I’ve got. If you can think of more advice, add it in the comments!

–LBD “Nytetrayn”

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