Uh Oh! Amazon's Order History Exposes Shopaholics

Uh Oh! Amazon's Order History Exposes Shopaholics

Mike Tyson
Sep 21, 2011

Are you a shopaholic in denial? Or maybe you like to geek out on stats. Or maybe you're genuinely curious to see a detailed listing of every single purchase you've made through Amazon. Well if you're any of those three you're in luck thanks to Amazon's new feature which will spit out a neat little spreadsheet that contains all of the information you'd want to know about your purchases and allowing you to find a (potentially) scary total sum of all your purchases. Check out how it works after the jump!

The process for obtaining the order report is really quite simple. It's just a matter of navigating Amazon's massive website to find it. The first thing you're going to want to do is click on the "Your Amazon" button. This is located in the upper right hand corner of the website, on the navigation bar. In the drop down menu select "Your Account."

In the first section labeled "Orders" select the option called "Download Order Report." You have a few options to customize your order report depending on date and report type. Populate the fields with whatever information you're hoping to see and submit the request. A download should begin nearly immediately under the "Your Reports" section just below. This is where Amazon archives all of your report requests so you can easily refer to it at a later point if you'd like. Once the file is ready, simply select it to download the .csv file which you can open in Excel or a free program like CSVed.

The detailed file contains a lot of information like order and shipment date, address it was shipped to, subtotal, shipping costs, etc... We can imagine this could be useful information if you have a small business and find yourself ordering a lot through Amazon and it's hard to keep track of it all. The only major thing we miss from this brand new feature is to see the title of the actual object we purchased as a column. We can only imagine that Amazon left this out intentionally and not as an oversight but for whatever reason that could be, maybe Amazon will come in later with an update that will allow it since we think it would greatly improve this feature's functionality.

But there is still a lot to enjoy with just this document. Total up the purchase amounts to see just how much you've bought from Amazon throughout the years. But remember, this document is only as old as the email address you created the account with. If you have multiple accounts under different email addresses you'll have to separately download the reports for each.

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