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Amazon address exposure to strangers through your Wishlist

Amazon Customer’s Privacy Exposed

In theory, your Amazon wish list should allow people to buy you gifts, but should not reveal anything but the list of items you want.

Evidently, if you buy something for someone off their list, you can then see the delivery address in the order reports in your account.

Solution is to remove the delivery address from your list. Your friends and family would have to enter the delivery address manually, but one hopes that they already know it. A good description of the process is in the above linked article.

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  • Michael · August 20, 2011 at 12:14 am

    If you delete the adress it might delete the whole purpose of the wish list since also people use it many times a way ofdonation. I agree with you though, it is not good. Amazon should mask the adress and just make the user confirm that he wants the books to be shipped to a certain person.

  • Author comment by lance · August 20, 2011 at 6:32 am

    For donations to organizations I agree that the address should probably stay on. Since it is an organization it is much less likely that the address of the org is sensitive or in need of protection.

  • Laura · June 21, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Amazon needs to get with the times here. All it takes is a matter of code to let the owner of the wish list choose what address they want to go with that list, being that people can create more than one wish list. It’s NOT rocket science and would greatly increase Amazon’s revenue, plus also help many people save from paying high gas prices in today’s market.

    I’m trying to find out how to remove the Wishlist owner’s real name (first and last name) also. There are ways for people to be in danger if the wrong person aka stalker even knows someone’s full name nowadays, thanks to Google, Facebook, YouTube, etc.

    I have been a tech working with technology, tech support, building systems, etc since the mid 80s, just so you know. I am very concerned about someone else’s privacy on the net now that there are many different devices that children and other vulnerable people have access to that are on the net today.

  • Vany · July 2, 2014 at 7:22 am

    This sucks because I work as a webcam performer and often have people want to buy me things off of my wishlist, but I have to ask them instead to send me a giftcard and to tell me what items to buy because obviously I’m in fear of creepers finding out where I live. If Amazon just hid my shipping address, this would not be a problem..

  • Poppy · July 13, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I have the same issue as Vany, I have used a collection point nearby as a delivery address which helps, but it is still a bit more info than I’d like to be sharing.

  • PrettyBwnGrl · July 14, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Also in the same boat as Vany ….. I do webcam performer but some adult modeling too.

  • Jade · July 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Yup. I’m in the same boat with the ladies above me…adult perfomer+ creepy guys+ visible location= disaster.

  • Electro Producer · September 7, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Some of these comments are rather recent. Do the people who buy off of Amazon wishlists STILL see where the items are being shipped to?

    I need confirmation. Someone wants to buy me a present, but I don’t like them enough to want them to know my address.

  • amazinglyso · September 18, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I have both an Amazon wish list and an eBay one, yet as I do not have friends or family in the money, never have anything bought for me from a stranger, and would certainly never degrade myself to webcam anticts as some women in order to get a freebie from a stranger – whether or not they know my address. I have used a P.O box address anyway, and in case any generous visitor to my Amazon/eBay profile were to feel a kind sense of random giving – I have not yet recieved a thing from either site and likely because I don’t strike up rapports with strangers and/or do something for them in order to recieve an act of generosity from them.

    If anyone is reading this and you have money you would like to spend on someone who doesn’t, and don’t want anything in return, please visit amazinglyso on Amazon or tuesdayweld65 on eBay.

  • aria · October 3, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Lol, amazinglyso, so instead of doing something for the money you’d rather resort to high-horse begging? Let he who is without sin cast the first stone, remember?

  • Webdude · October 12, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    So can I get an update from someone who isn’t a judgmental Ahole ?

    If I create a wishlist on Amazon, is my delivery address still not secure or has this been fixed ? Their website states it remains confidential but I would like some confirmation of this before I set up a wishlist.

  • Author comment by Lance Cottrell · October 13, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I just did a quick test and it appears that it no longer provides the recipient’s address. It also looks like you can’t send a gift unless you know the person’s shipping address. I did not see a way of blindly shipping a gift to their unknown address.

  • MsD · October 16, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I believe it says it still shows the purchaser the city and state of the wish list holder.

  • Josh · October 24, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Can anyone else vouch for this? Looking for some confirmation before I hop out and spread my address to the masses.

  • Goddess Althea · November 9, 2014 at 2:48 am

    when they originally place the order they can only see your name and city … but yes, if they dig deep enough they should be able to find the entire delivery address in there order reports.
    this is why P.O. Boxes where invented. i too am a web cam performer and use my P.O Box and wishlist for gift items…

  • Real Person · November 21, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    If I buy you something, you get to see my name and address and I get to see yours. Seems fair to me. I don’t think the whole thing was set up for adult entertainers but family and friends. If you are concerned about stalkers, just don’t ask strangers to buy you stuff.

  • Domina · November 25, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Assholes, stop acting like the internet is not largely used for adult services.

    Fellow wish listers, it seems like the only sure fire way is to create an account with your entertainers email, and put no address on it. Since there is some ambiguity on what third party shippers are allowed to disclose, this seems the safest option. PO boxes are probably the next best thing.
    The best idea I’ve seen so far is making a wish list with no address. Have your pets buy gift cards for the right amount and purchase it yourself.

  • Aric That_guy · December 9, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Here’s an idea, leave the wishlist for family and friends who you would feel comfortable having your address. Stop acting like a prostitute or a politician by accepting “gifts”, just take the money you “earned” for your dirty deeds.

  • Author comment by Lance Cottrell · December 9, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Unless you are being stalked, or a celebrity, or law enforcement, or any of the many other reasons that having your address visible might be dangerous? Don’t be too quick to disparage the wish for privacy. You might need it yourself one day.

  • moose · December 23, 2014 at 9:44 am

    i am a web cam performer. i get gifts all the time my address on my wish list is my home address. ive had over 100 gifts from several different people and no one has ever showed up at my house nor have i ever been stalked. one my my regulars screen shot everything and it doesnt even give them an option to track the gift. they can only see city and state!!! unless they are a major hacker and if they are then they dont need your wish list bullshit to find you. dont be scared ladies. ive looked into this myself. its bullshit

  • Anna · January 7, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Okay you guys are total dicks. I am an adult model and guys offer to buy me stuff, not all of it is to get to see me naked; some guys just like making a girl happy not to mention a lot of webcam models cannot afford a lot of stuff that they want, especially if they’re in school or their actual job doesn’t pay as much as they can live off of.

    Anyways… I personally do not use my real name, using your real name isn’t something i recommend. One of my regulars screenshot the order confirmation for me and it only said that it was;

    “Order Number:____ (number of item) will be shipped to (said name) from (Seller). Estimated delivery:____”

    I think you should be good, girls(and others who have this concern).

  • Goodluckbabe · January 21, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks so much for the last couple replies helps to know that the gifts and address situation are good to go and not crazy complicated and scary!
    I am also a cam girl and appreciate all the help

  • Amazon Is Stupid · January 22, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    This still happens. The person I bought something for had their address leaked to me, and they saw my address in the invoice.

    Before doing the order, I asked Amazon (CA) customer service about this issue specifically and was assured with “100% confidence” this would not happen. Turns out they were full of shit. Separate account and P.O boxes for this shit are a must if you use this stuff.

    There’s no excuse, as Amazon is fully aware of Internet-only use cases (see and does nothing to improve this.

  • John Paul Jones · January 22, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Interesting post. It seems as though there’s a disconnect. Some people have webcams, and offer entertainment/their time for money, gifts, of other goods. At first I was judging the people, but I realised that such an attitude isn’t fair.
    As this IS a website about privacy, these folk just had queries as how to have people buy them products without disclosing their physical address. Calling these people prostitutes, while perhaps funny in theory, doesn’t really answer their question.
    As for the actual question, a Post Office Box seems to be the best bet, unless one lives in a very small town. In that case, sol

  • lenai · January 23, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Amazon does hide your address it just says the state on the package I am a webcam performer who has used amazon for 3 years and i let everyone believe my gifts are sent to my accountants p.o. box

  • Isabella · February 21, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Totally disgusting Victorian-era, anti-sexuality shaming on here going on in the comments here. Looks like there’s still no settlement on whether it reveals address..

  • Wendy Darling · February 22, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I think the separate account is a given. If you set up a second account, go to your original/personal account, and buy something cheap from the wish list on the second account – see it all for yourself, the whole process, and research it yourself. That is what I have decided to do before deciding on PO box…

  • Lena · March 7, 2015 at 10:11 am

    why not the donor just pay and buy the item in his own shopping cart, and then with the recipient consent, amazon will transfer the paid item to recipient cart as paid and let the recipient do the rest of the checkout and shipping process!!!

  • Ampage · March 8, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Lena, I’m pretty sure that’s the purpose of a gift card.

  • lol @ the judgements... · March 8, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    i just think its funny that people say certain people don’t deserve their gifts, that they should earn them..

    I’m pretty sure that everyone gets gifts on holidays, unless its against your religion. please tell me.. what did you do to earn those gifts?

  • nicole · March 14, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I am starting webcam shows and I was wondering if anybody knew if my address would be shown on my amazon wish list? I am in England so I don’t know if its different to American amazon.

  • Alexa · March 17, 2015 at 2:10 am

    I was using amazon but did not like the way they were showing people my address when they purchased something for me. I was talking to a guy on twitter a few weeks ago and he asked if I had a WishList (I didn’t) I checked it out and they don’t reveal your address to anyone. Unlike amazon it’s not also a marketplace in that you must put items on there from other online stores. It’s the best site I’ve come across and definitely won’t be going back to amazon

  • Tony · March 21, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Setting up a po box might be the better thing to do. I ordered something off a cam model list for her bday. Was taking way to long to get to her ( she does have it listed as private) so i connected the shipper. When the shipper (non amazon) got back to me they gave me all of her info. I did have some of it already and have known her for a couple of years and she would have trusted me with it anyways but something to look out for. So either make sure not to add non amazon shippers because they might be careless or get a po box

  • lynn · April 30, 2015 at 10:07 am

    this is about Amazon shipping an Amazon wish list if you order something that says Amazon ships from they might not show your address to the buyer but if it ships from somebody else like a third-party shipper they might show the address to whoever bought you the item the item the item

  • Call_Me_jim · May 2, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    The usual self-righteous suspects I see… f-off and die. Go away and feel morally superior with your “brethren” and leave the rest of us.. the majority of the world… to do as we wish.

    There is NO need for any specific address information to ever be seen by a buyer from a Wish List. It’s sheer laziness on the part of the programmers (or cheapness on Amazon’s part, not to wanting to pay for a little extra work) that keeps this an issue. Amazon should not offer the option for hiding your address at all if they don’t want to do it correctly.

  • sophie · May 7, 2015 at 8:00 am

    OK people isn’t this a problem…all very well if buyer cant see your delivery name or address when ordering be it Amazon eBay or whatever but whats stopping them contacting the seller and getting it from (checking it with) them.

  • BBB · May 20, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I’m a cam girl as well and some ppl have asked me to give me gifts, but the comments here are really helpful!!
    I have a P.O. far away from my home so I will be happy to do that!! <3

  • Kitty · May 23, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I am a web cam model and I didn’t realise that there was an issue with privacy until I got a bunch of creepy messages on facebook like “Now I know where you live”. Not ok. Seems a PO box is the only way to be completely sure.

  • Erika · June 21, 2015 at 1:21 am

    I’ve had lots of people send me gifts because I run an adult blog and I have a LOT of fans. I think it’s perfectly fine and if people have such a big problem with it, that’s their issue. I don’t ask people for gifts, they willingly do it on their own. If someone wanted to buy you something and asked for nothing in return, would you really say no?

    Anyway, I was worried about making a WL on Amazon too, but now it just shows your first and last name, city and state. I made up a fake name, made sure no one could see or know my birthday and left the city and state. I feel safe. Just click on “List Actions” and then “Update List Profile” and you can make up a new address. When you type in your name, use a fake one. Easy! 🙂

  • Chrissy · July 11, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Lynn had it right! I’m a web cam model too. According to Amazon, as long as the items on your wish list are sold by and not a third-party seller, your address is private. Receipts from third-parties will show the buyer your address and Amazon clearly states that they have no control over this, but if the seller is, then they guarantee they won’t share your address. Also, edit your profile like others on here have suggested. I used my cam name instead of a first and last name. I also logged in under my husbands account to look at my list and it only shows my cam name, city and state. As for e-gift cards, I’m not so sure, as I was still logged in as my husband and it asked for an email. If you put your email on the cam site, make sure you google your email or nickname first, as I discovered google listed my nickname with my real name all over the place.
    And as for the rest of you a-holes making us feel bad about ourselves, we aren’t begging for gifts or working for gifts. We work for tokens/money, the gift-giving is just an option if the customers feel like being nice. We’re actually advised by the cam sites to NEVER work for gifts, only for tokens.

  • ShyGuyBeach · July 29, 2015 at 8:18 am

    I was wondering if the method really worked… that seems interesting

  • rob · August 18, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I have often thought about buying stuff for webcam girls from their wishlist, but I am never brave enough to hit the purchase button. Plus they usually have stupid crap like dildos. I think people in camgirls fanclubs buy them stuff often but I don’t want to join a fanclub because you look like a tool

  • Baby Girl · September 10, 2015 at 9:39 am

    I just looked up the wish list on Amazon and how to buy from it. If you buy from Amazon directly then the only thing the buyer sees is your name and city. So use a fake name. I have set up a new email, new Amazon account, new everything so that people can send me gifts and I will just make sure anything I put on there comes from Amazon directly. And any woman who were being judgmental on this thread and are married and don’t work, guess what? You’re the whore. You’re having sex in exchange for food and a place to live and a car and everything else. We don’t have sex. We just get gifts. So go back to church and try to learn something this time.

  • Natalie · September 14, 2015 at 4:34 am

    bunch of judgmental fuckers up in this thread! yes it will show your city & state, yes they can find your address if they really want to. yes privacy is important for all. people shouldn’t talk shit about cam models or anyone if they dont know wtf they’re talking about. best idea is to request giftcards but then surprises are out the window. i have been wanting to set up a po box in a different state and have them forward my mail to me here. i think that is the best way to have the best of both worlds 😉 hope that helps!

  • Rachel · September 17, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Thank you. I will not be using Amazon wishlist after reading this thread. If there is *any* chance someone can see my address when using it, no way.

    It should be private surely?

    Unless you’ve encountered problems/been scared maybe this is difficult to understand…

  • Angie · September 19, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Ignore the a-holes and haters here, they aren’t worth your time.

    I worked for the registry department for Amazon over Christmas and we handled wish lists too. There is some misinformation here so I’ll help with what I know.

    First, just know in advance that Amazon expects wish lists to be used for gifting between friends and family. If they are told you are using your wish list for “other” things (we called it soliciting and bartering) then your list can be deleted and your account could be closed. This is more likely if you have your wish list link posted on a modeling site.

    When you enter an address for your wish list, the only thing gift buyers will see is your name city and state. Because it’s designed for friends and family, this information is not hidden so people searching for your list can make sure they have the right person if it is a common name. For total privacy, use a PO box in another city, or dont set up a shipping address on the wish list.

    When you set up the address, there is a check box about “3rd party shipping” that explains it. If you have any 3rd party items on your wish list, you have to check this box otherwise the gift giver will need to enter your shipping address when buying the item. If you do check the box, they point out that Amazon will not disclose your address but the 3rd party seller may and they cannot control that.

    So if you want total privacy, do not enter an address at all, but people will need to know your address to ship gifts to you from your list. If you enter an address, don’t use the 3rd party shipping option. You’ll get less gifts, but your address will not be given to anyone. If you do use the 3rd party option, just know the risk involved and use an address like a PO box.

    And please, if someone buys you a gift for a trade or whatever, don’t take their word for it. Wait until you get the item. You can mark items as ‘buying somewhere else’ and it will look like its been purchased and it really hasn’t, or the person can use a stolen credit card or something and the order gets cancelled. If you call customer service, they cannot tell you any of that because of privacy policies. Just like you dont want them giving your address to the gift giver, the gift giver doesn’t want them telling you that their payment was declined, and they respect both.

    On that note, they can tell you if it was ‘being purchased elsewhere’ or not, but they don’t have the gift givers name, and that’s all the info they have. If the order was cancelled or gift giver was banned for fraud, they cannot tell you any of that. They would if they could, but that is a serious ‘one strike and you could be out of a job’ policy and none of them are going to risk it.

    I hope this helps clear up any questions.

  • Empress · October 4, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Wow what a thread.
    Ladies concerned about Amazon I just checked out the other site mentioned and it is designed just for this. Their info vid is very helpful, I will be making my fan wish list there for my sex blog 🙂

  • SurferChicUSA · October 12, 2015 at 12:01 am

    I agree about the privacy issue. I think that it’s unsafe that any stalker, like MY stalker, for instance, to be able to search for my wish list. At least Amazin notified me that she wants to look at my wish list, so now I have more evidence of her stalking me. Amazon needs to increase their security. As someone else mentioned, it’s not rocket science. We should have the option to show our lists publicly, or if we want them private, their should be an option to enter a password for viewing. Come on Amazon, let’s get your act together!

  • Jonny · October 25, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    If I am a gift giver, what info does the receiver see? Do they get to see my name, address etc? Has anyone here received a gift and can they confirm what is included in the packaging, do they just see their own name/address on the packaging (so the postman knows where to deliver it) and get the item inside, or is there info about the gift buyer?

    Does the gift buyer remain anonymous?


  • Steph · November 9, 2015 at 1:32 am

    I’m just trying to find out if it is safe to use a gift card from a client of mine? He gave me all the info threw a message I’m just worried he can somehow find out my personal info.? Can anyone help me out please.

  • Carly · November 12, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    A few facts from a cam model who has been receiving weekly gifts from strangers for years:

    1.) It does reveal your address if a third party seller chooses to reveal it. Items shipped directly from Amazon (look for the “Fulfilled by Amazon” part of the description) do not ever reveal the shipping address, even on the invoice.

    2.) If you are using the Universal Wishlist button, be sure that you are using a browser that isn’t signed into ANYTHING that contains your actual information. You may inadvertently add something to your wishlist and it will have a tracking code with it that will lead anyone who clicks on it back to your real FB, real Twitter, real Pinterest, real whatever accounts and then you are screwed. Really, having a cheap laptop that is ONLY for your fake persona stuff is ideal but I know not everyone has that luxury. I bought a $250 cheap-o laptop from Walmart years ago that is only for my adult business. Best investment ever.

    3.) P.O. Boxes are not 100% secure. If you are going to use a mailbox of some sort, I suggest using one that isn’t linked to the United States Postal Service. USPS or a small, private mailbox service would be better options. The reason? There are search engines to look up owners of P.O. Boxes that are owned by government agencies such as the USPS. This is part of the information acts. Private companies like UPS are safer because they aren’t required to reveal information unless you are accused of a crime that involves your mailbox (so don’t do illegal stuff like kiddie porn or beastiality). UPS boxes are more expensive but if you are getting enough presents to warrant a mailbox, then it is worth it. Plus, UPS boxes look like a regular street address so your clients/fans/pets/pigs will just assume it is your apartment. Bonus.

    Obviously, the safest and cheapest way to have a truly anonymous Wishlist is to only add items from Amazon, use emails/names that are entirely part of your fake persona and don’t attach an address to the account at all. Have people give you gift cards. Then enter those giftcard codes into a DIFFERENT Amazon account. You don’t want to risk having your real address and name attached to your Amazon account in any way.

    Be safe out there. It is always easier to prevent someone finding out your information than it is to erase that information from the internet. Don’t risk it. Your real name gets leaked and it is suddenly attached to every screenshot or screen capture every jackass has ever done of your shows. Nobody wants that. If you are someone that has been lucky so far using your real info at will, good for you but luck does run out.

  • Carly · November 12, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    I meant “UPS or a small, private…” USPS = Bad

  • drew · November 29, 2015 at 11:10 am

    how do you post your Wishlist in bloggs?

  • Alannah · February 12, 2016 at 4:09 am

    1. Johnny no we do not see your name or address, my ex bought me gifts recently and I never knew it was from him until I opened the package and there was a slip of paper in it that said “Enjoy this gift from [name]” It doesn’t have to be your name it could be any name. So we know absolutely nothing (this is regarding amazon)

    2. Fucking ADORING the Victorian attitude of “If you’re comfortable with sexuality then kill yourself” attitude here. Fuck off. I NEVER feel degraded on cam. In fact, all my life I had very intense self esteem issues that sat at the core of my depression and anxiety, camming has actually helped me cope with my depression and get a handle on my anxiety, on top of it, my self esteem has never been better. Is camming for everyone? No, especially not for “I do nothing wrong” people like yourselves. And stop assuming people who cam or get money from Twitch or Youtube or lowlifes that earn nothing, a lot of us have jobs too and this is a way of getting extra revenue. Some people quit their day jobs and guess what /that’s fine too./

    Like people who sell their stuff at yard-sales, we have something people want and are willing to pay for. I’m sorry your so sad with your lives that you feel the need to attack and degrade not only women but men too, to make yourself try and feel better.
    Well, surprise surprise, while you’re still moping and sad about your life, we’ll be happy being debt free or buying things we’ve always wanted. Back up Negative Nancy.

    3. Drew, it depends on the blog. On tumblr and blogger you can put it in your description, all a link (most themes on tumblr have links at the bottom of the customize screen while editing your theme)

  • cobain · February 14, 2016 at 2:42 am

    Yeah I was mega worried about privacy! But I’ve got two amazon accounts so I did the process of sending a gift to my other account and all you see is the city and province/state. AS LONG AS YOU DO NOT CLICK THE THRID PARTY SHIPPING AGREEMENT!
    It should be ok, but if you’re still worried, go get a P.O box! 🙂 I’m in the same boat as you lot!! Adult modeling!

  • sky topsham · April 23, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Hey Guys,

    Someone is trying to buy me a gift from my wish list but every time they add it to their basket it only gives them their addresses as options not mine?

    How are they meant to send me stuff without knowing my address themselves to input it?

    Sorry new to this!

    Thank you,


  • Lyn · May 20, 2016 at 11:26 am

    I am a camgirl as well, and I have had several watchers ask about wish lists. I was originally going to make up a fake Amazon account, but after reading this thread, I don’t think I will. I live in an extremely extremely small town, like 400 people, so even with a stage name, it would not take too much effort to find my real name/address. After looking at deliverycode, it looks to be more secure than Amazon

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