The wait list message works great and then you can add it to your cart, however, be careful - I tried to purchase an item and it reverts back to the original price when you check out. It shows the black friday price in your cart but when you check out it reverted back.
one problem is it will continue to tell you you are on the waitlist even once the deal has ended. Thje only time they tell you what your chances are is when you join the waitlist. And they only give you a few minutes to claim the item.
Luckily, you quite frequently get a chance to claim the item. Everytime someone goes over their 15 minutes after claiming, you go up a spot.
I'm on the waitlist for a heater now. I'm number 140 and my chances are poor, but that's happened before. I think Amazon likes to tell you that so your delighted when you get a chance to claim something. Best to just let your screen sit on the deal page, as the notification will quickly disappear.
I thought the same thing, but It seems that Amazon has changed the way they handle the lighting deals, It will go back to the original price on the screen, but when you go to checkout, notice that you should now suddenly have a "promotional credit" available to be used with the purchase. The box to use the credit is already checked.
I started at #145 and my chances were poor. If you want something, it's worth having a screen open until the time has expired. You only move up on the waitlist when other people let their 15 minutes lapse. So you may end up getting in a minute before the deal ends.
Amazon is obviously playing stupid games with customers.
It isn't even Friday and I tried to claim a deal two seconds after is started. The add to cart button didn't even show up and it went right to waitlist full. Several other deals for dumb items did the same thing. So it's either Amazon screwing up, or offering far too few of an item to be able to buy it. All the items you couldn't buy we're in Stock after the waitlist was full.
A half hour on the phone with Cust. Service just got me a "too bad, there's nothing I can do" from a supervisor. When I emailed them to tell them how pathetic their attitude was, they gave me a $5 promotional certificate to sooth my anger. If you're listening Amazon,
YOU ONLY PISSED ME OFF MORE!
I'll be refusing more than half a dozen packages this week, and sending back an equal number for refund. They can stick their $5 and idiotic treatment of a good customer. I'd rather camp out outside Walmart, which I'm not about to do. I'll pay a few dollars more with a merchant that can show a little respect for their customers. Eat some dirt and perish ( to euphemize the expression), Bezos and your skeevy little minions.
Hi, got a waitlist item yesterday 11/19 - to answer your questions 1) there were more than 500 in front of me on the wait list 2) was about 15minutes before the yellow box popped up on the screen saying I could purchase the item at the lightening deal price 3) had 15:00 minutes to purchase - there is a "counter" that shows up on the yellow box and stays there even if you move to another amazon screen 4) regular price did show up when I put item in cart and started checkout - on the "you can reveiw before final" it corrects to the lightening round price.
same straight-to-waitlist thing happened to me on the two ipod touches offered earlier. im using an iphone to wait for the countdown, and then after 01s remaining, addtocart button did not even appear. when i refreshed, i knew it will be waitlist instantly. i waited again on the next ipod touch (newest generation), same thing. i dont know if amazon's website doesnt work right in the iphone's safari, or you really have to be on a laptop/desktop with trembling fingers on the mouse (or bots programmed?) to be able to get the good deals. i had no choice but to settle on one chamois and baby dresses that are consolations. my nieces and nephews wont be happy.
Just for fun, after Amazon screwed me, I joined every waitlist, and there were plenty. Many items went right into my cart without a waitlist. Others put me at #500 with good chances. Others at 26 with poor chances.
The one I wanted that said waitlist full went back and forth to join waitlist and full several times, so it's obviously an Amazon game. And in the first fifteen minutes the waitlist can't change because anyone claiming has that amount of time to buy, and the only way to get to claim an item is when another claim lapses.
Jeff Bezos can play his games with customers, but I'm going to seriously consider if I want to buy from Amazon in the future. I have over 250 reviews and spend a bundle with them. If they think they can screw me and throw me a $5 bone, they're dead wrong.
I may do what they do and use their rules against them. You can purchase an item and refuse delivery and get a full refund. I may do that a few time and spend endless hours calling customer service to complain. They have no idea who they're messing with.