You can't turn this feature off, but here are a few things you can do instead:
1. Sign out of your account and browse the site anonymously - You will not be shown personalized recommendations.
2. Improve your recommendations - sign into your Amazon account, click on the "Your Account" link in the upper right, scroll down to the "Personalization" section, and click the link that says "Improve Your Recommendations." Follow the instructions to delete products to use for recommendations.
3. Turn off Browsing History - Again, sign into your account, access the account settings page, and in the "Personalization" section, click the link for "Your Browsing History Settings". Follow the instructions to turn off the Browsing History.
I wish there was a way. I like to let my daughter shop through my accounts. Anyhow, I can't let her just do it on here, because items that came from Santa show up in my shipped items list, etc, and cannot be selectively removed. Other stores that is not an issue. I would so love to be able to set it up so she didn't see my prior orders, but could shop with my Prime at times.
Pixie - If your daughter lives at your address, you can add her account to your Prime membership. Info from the Prime terms & conditions:
If you sign up for a free trial or paid Prime membership, you may invite up to four eligible household members living in your household (at the same address) to enjoy your free trial or paid Prime membership at no extra cost. (Please note that any member under age 18 may use the Amazon.com Web site only with involvement of a parent or guardian.)
Re: "...delete products to use for recommendations."
Well, I really don't like flavored coffee but keep getting flavored coffee in my recommendations and when I delete the ones they're recommending they stop recommending them and just start recommending different flavors. Not very helpful.
Edit: Same goes for videos. I almost never buy videos; I rent or stream them. But no matter how many videos I delete from recommendations, they just come up with others.
Same for comic books. I looked at a comic book page once out of curiosity and even though I immediately deleted it from my browsing history, I still get them recommended, and as above, deleting individual comics does no good.
This is really annoying me. I can't even view all 100 $3.99 Kindle book deals because my damn "recent viewed history" is blocking it, despite turning it off, clearing my cache and restarting my browser. If Amazon continues this, I'm off to Nook world.
The problem with recommendations is if you buy something to give as a gift, it might not be something you like yourself. Now Amazon automatically assumes that because I bought ONE Metallica cd for my son that I'm into heavy metal. I've tried that deleting and improving thingy, but Amazon doesn't seem to really pay that much attention to it. It's just there to make US feel better, I think. I've learned to ignore the small stuff. Just because they recommend something doesn't mean I have to buy it.
Wow....so Amazon doesn't work absolutely perfect every single time for every single customer around the clock....gee WTH is wrong with them???? ;-)
Karene, I feel your pain. :) I've pretty much solved the recommendations list problem, though I have to keep updating everytime I add items to a wish list, or purchase something. Dion's ideas above work, especially the first. Do all browsing signed off your account (plus turn off browsing anyway). It's easy to quickly sign in when you're ready to buy.
If you are signed in (have to be for wish lists, etc.) then immediately go to Recommendations after purchasing, or listing. The new suggestions (that would have filled your site for days to come) have already started. Just hit "fix this recommendation" for each and every one (won't be too many, if you keep this up) and check "do not use for recommendations" plus "this was a gift" each time. And check "not interested" for the new recommendations. Then sign out again.
That usually removes 99% of the offenders, and the next time you sign in there should be NO recommendations. If a few linger, repeat the above.
One other option: when buying items, just check the box "this is a gift" for everything, even items for yourself. And never click on "I own this" as that rating is used for other recommendations.
D.Patton: signing out to browse fixes the need to clear the cache as often. But clearing out cookies helps too! They're tracking your buying habits.
Keeping up with clearing recommendations is only a pain at first--when you have a hundred backed up recommendations. Later, it's easy when you maintain this. You can actually sign in and see "sorry we have no recommendations for you at this time!"
"Recommendations" is a seriously annoying feature. I like Amazon and use it a lot but I HATE these unsolicited plugs - reminiscent of the worst door-to-door salemen' I'd give my eye-teeth to find a comparable supplier that did not inflict this American inspired rubbish upon us.
They keep recommending things that are a once in a few years if not lifetime purchase like a wetsuit or new parts for the computer, I don't need, nor am I looking for computer parts that don't even fit my system. Nor am I looking to buy a new wallet more than every other year. I would be a lot happier with random, stumble upon results than for a site to keep suggesting that I buy the same thing over and over again and again. Well unless it was groceries, but I haven't bought any groceries from here.
Amazon searches have become virtually worthless, and if someone can recommend a vendor similar to amazon, I will gladly support them. The more I use Amazon, the worse it gets..
Bluntly stated: Amazon is pissing off their best "frequent shopper" customers by causing them to spend precious time sorting out useless items in their searches, to the point that I now look up items on Google, and buy from the vendor of my choice. Because of this "over-advertising" by Amazon, they are losing a significant amount of business from me, compared to what they could have, and I'm finding that I now use their site only to compare prices. Amazon is no longer the place I look at first, because their searches are junk.
It's all down to the money! Every time Amazon push an ad at you they get paid for it. You are their economic slaves. This push-ad mania will eventually disable all search-engines and make looking for specific things like seeking a needle in a haystack. Amazon have taken a liberty to consciously waste the precious time of each member of the public for monetary gain. Dragonfly's weak acceptance of having to spend an hour of his time getting rid of something that he should have really been given the chance to positively co-opt into is a classic example of how people are lulled into accepting unacceptable actions by the big ecommerce sites. I could have wasted my time with fighting recommendations but I chose instead to waste my time writing this and move a lot of our business to other ecommerce companies - voting with one's feet is the only way Amazon and the rest will understand the dangers of this growing trend to insult the intelligence of its users. BTW did you know that Ubuntu Unity desktop has a link-up with Amazon which forces Recommendations onto those who install it? Thankfully that can be removed. Why can't we do that on Amazon?
You are absolutely correct. I used to use Amazon searches for just about everything, but I don't anymore. Amazon wastes too much of my time. I now use Amazon for competitive price shopping only, and because of having to search elsewhere, instead of having nonsense and junk thrown at me, I find some better deals on other sites and stores. Who cares if the person who bought a home theater also bought baby bottles and looked at lawnmowers, I don't need this cr*p.
I too am tired of this "feature" and wish I could disable it. As it is now, I just go in and put a check on every single item I buy for it to not be included in my recommendations. I'm even more annoyed by the fact that Amazon keeps a record of every purchase I've ever made forever. There is no reason for keeping a record of a sale made more than five years ago in my account. Half of the purchases they attribute to me were made by old roommates because they didn't have a credit card and would just pay me in cash and I would order what they wanted with my credit card. Now I have all kinds of random crap that I would never buy permanently attached to my account because Amazon can't see fit to provide any kind of privacy controls.
You might be able to remove the recommended stuff by installing a browser extension like Stylebot, or anything else that will allow you to block a class on a webpage from loading.
Then block the following classes entirely before they load on the product page:
<div class="bucket " id="sims_fbt">
<div class="shoveler" id="purchaseShvl">
<div class="bucket cpsims" id="vtpsims">
<div id="rhf_shvl_div" class="rhfWrapper">
The first "bucket" is the "frequently bought together" one. The second class "shoveler" is the "customers who bought this also bought" one. The third class "bucket cpsims" is the "what other items do customers buy after viewing this item" one. The fourth class "rhfWrapper" is the giant monster at the bottom "your recently viewed items and featured recommendations" one.
I haven't looked into the main page or the My Amazon page but they should use the same class and div ID's to make it easier on the coders.
You could also block the div ID's from loading. Which is what I do. Whichever works better in your browser.
If you can find a browser extension that blocks classes or ID's by wildcard phrases, where * might be the wildcard, try blocking all three of these: *bucket* *shoveler* *rhf*
It won't stop the logging Amazon does but it should stop the content from loading in your browser. If it doesn't, I'm sure someone out there can inspect further and find better divs or ID's for you.