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General FAQs
Teacher FAQs
Parent FAQs

General FAQs

Overview

What is Amazon School Lists?
Amazon School Lists is a convenient way for K-12 teachers to let parents know the necessary school supplies (e.g. paper, notebooks, pencils, markers, and other materials) their students will need for class during the upcoming school year. Parents can view and purchase supplies using the teacher's list or suggested list by grade to save time and money on back-to-school shopping.

What are the benefits?
Amazon School Lists makes going back to school easier for parents and teachers. Teachers will have many more students prepared from the first day of school and throughout the year. Parents will know exactly which school supplies their child will need and will be able to purchase everything with one click; ultimately avoiding crowded stores by having the supplies shipped right to their door.

How do they work?
A teacher creates a student supply list for each class and publishes it to the Amazon School Lists website. He or she sends parents an email with a link to the list. Parents can view and shop directly from the list or print the list to take shopping.

How does this differ from Amazon Wish Lists?
The two types of Wish Lists are very similar. In fact, parents who view and save a School List will find it saved within their Wish Lists. They can shop from, add to, and share the list as they like, without changing the teacher's original list. (Unfamiliar with Amazon Wish Lists? Find out more here.)

The main difference for teachers and others who create lists is that they can easily build their lists from a wide selection of school supplies conveniently organized by category and grade level. The School Lists experience has already been curated with school supply essentials across all of Amazon to make the process as easy as possible. It's important to note that School Lists will be disabled at the end of each year to get ready for next year's lists. For instance, a 2016 school list will be disabled in 2017, but it can be copied over again to create a 2017 school list. This will not affect lists saved by parents to their own Amazon accounts.

Can School Lists be used at any time? For summer school, online school, home school, etc.?
School Lists can be created and viewed year round. In March of every year, lists created on or before December 31 of the previous year will be disabled and the teacher will be notified via email. If a teacher wants to re-use a list, he or she can re-save the list with a new name and the new term's date.

Privacy

Who can view the School Lists?
Any registered Amazon customer will be able to search for and find School Lists for schools in our registry. Schools added to our registry manually will not be searchable, but teachers can still provide parents a link to the list by email. No parent or teacher email addresses or other private information will be seen.

What, if anything, does Amazon do with my email address?
We use customer email addresses to communicate with you and to offer many conveniences that enhance your Amazon.com shopping experience. We know that you care how information about you is used and shared, and we appreciate your trust that we will do so carefully and sensibly. Information about our customers is an important part of our business and we are not in the business of selling it to others. We share customer information only as described in our Privacy Notice and we make sure you have the opportunity to make choices about the information you provide. For further details, please read our complete Privacy Notice.

Teacher FAQs

Benefits

Why should I use School Lists?
Amazon School Lists makes communicating with parents about classroom supplies quick, easy, and accurate. Whether you teach Kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, or high school, your students' parents will know exactly which materials their children will need and where to find the list whenever they need it. Your students will arrive prepared to work on the first day of school. You will find Amazon School Lists easy to maintain, modify, and carry forward each term, so you can concentrate on education.

Can teachers from any type of school create a list?
Yes. K-12 teachers from public, private, parochial, or summer schools can create and share Amazon School Lists.

Registration Process

How do teachers sign up for Amazon School Lists?
Only registered customers can create or use Amazon School Lists. Teachers (and parents) who are already registered for an Amazon account can sign in and go to School Lists to start building their lists.

If you don't have an Amazon account, creating one is easy–and FREE; just visit www.amazon.com and hover over "Hello. Sign in" next to the search box. In the pop-up menu that appears, click "New customer? Start here." to register. Then go to School Lists to create your lists.

My husband/wife/partner already has an Amazon account. Can I create an account as well?
Yes. In fact, you will need your own Amazon.com account to use School Lists.

What if the parents of my students aren't Amazon customers?
Registering as an Amazon customer is free and open to anyone at www.amazon.com. Teachers also have the option to print their Amazon School Lists and distribute them offline.

Building a School List

How do I get started?
If you're not a registered Amazon customer, take a few moments to open an account. If you are registered, go to School Lists and choose the Teacher portal. Select "Start a new list," and begin adding the necessary school supplies your students will need for the academic year. To help make the list creation process easier, we have created different categories tabs (such as Pens, Markers, Paper, etc.) which will help you find what you need. You can also watch a short video at the top of this page on Amazon School Lists, if you like, or follow the prompts to find your school in our registry and begin creating your school supplies list.

My school isn't listed in your registry. Can I still create a School List?
Yes, you can. Our schools registry is quite extensive, but if your school is not on the list, it's easy to add it manually when you create and publish a list. A school name and supply list entered this way (manually) cannot be found by name; parents will be able to view the list and buy school supplies only by using the link shared by teachers.

Can anyone such as a parent classroom volunteer create a School List?
Yes, anyone with an Amazon account can create a list. However, only the person who creates the list can edit the list.

Do you have suggested school supplies listed by grade?
Yes. On the page where you're creating your list, you'll see a drop-down menu for suggested lists for every grade from Kindergarten to middle school and high school.

How do I find items to place on my list?
There are three ways to search for pencils, calculators, and other school supplies directly from the page where you're creating your list. 1) You will see recommended products by category tabs such as "Pens," "Scissors," and "Notebooks" to help you browse by category more efficiently. Click on a tab to see our selection. 2) View Amazon-recommended school supplies by selecting your grade from the drop-down menu under the product category tabs. 3) Use the search box to the right of the category tabs. Enter the item you're looking for and click "Go." Search will return and display several choices. In addition, you can search the entire Amazon website by using the general search box. Book covers, dry-erase markers, rulers, and any other school supplies returned in general search will not display the "Add to list" button. Instead, select the item you want from the search results. On the product page, click the "Add to Wish List" button on the right-hand side below the "Add to Cart" button, and select your School List to add the item.

Note: Items featured on our School Lists page are more likely to be fully stocked at all times. For that reason, we recommend selecting items from the curated product lists rather than items returned in general search.

Do I have to choose from the items listed in the pre-filled tabs?
No. You can browse pre-filled product category tabs, view Amazon-recommended school supplies by grade level, search for products from the School List page, or search the entire Amazon website for all the construction paper, glue sticks, markers, and thumb drives you want. However, we recommend that you select items from the curated selection tabs and menus because they are more likely to be fully stocked at all times.

How do I add items to my School List?
There are two ways. If you're looking at items under the tabs or menus in School Lists, click the "Add to list" button below the product image. If you're on the item's product page, look for the "Add to Wish List" button on the right-hand side underneath the "Add to Cart" area. When you click the “Wish List” drop-down menu and select your School List, the item will be added to it.

How can I mark certain things like special pens and particular binders as optional versus required?
Find the item on the School List and click the "Edit item" option below the product image. A pop-up window should appear. You will then be able to check the "required" or "optional" box. For a quick demonstration, please watch the video at the top of this page.

What if I want to list a general item and let parents choose what they want to buy?
Find the item on the School List and click the "Edit items" option below the product image. A pop-up window should appear. Simply check "Similar items acceptable" alongside each item to which it applies. Then parents know they can choose comparable items or look for the best deals on school supplies. For example, if the list shows blunt-tip scissors tagged with "Similar items acceptable," parents will be able to choose Crayola, Fiskar, or any other brand we offer, at a range of prices.

How do I tell parents they can choose their Kindergartener's favorite color folder or a different type of calculator for middle school math, if they like?
The School List form includes areas for you to comment on each item by clicking the "Edit items" option below the product image. A pop-up window should appear where you can edit your comments. For example, you can add notes like "Each folder should be a different color," "Low-odor markers preferred," or "Calculator should have a graphing function." For a quick demonstration, please watch the video at the top of this page.

How do I edit a School List?
First, go to your School Lists page and select the list you want to edit. On the "Add-to/Edit List" page, click "Edit list details."

To add an item: Find the pencils, tissues or other school supplies you want, and click the "Add to list" button at the bottom of the product image. (If adding an item from Amazon general search, click "Add to Wish List" from the product page, and select the appropriate list.)

To delete an item, change quantity, or add/edit/delete a comment: Find the item on the School List and click the "Edit details" option below the product image. A pop-up window should appear and, in the bottom right-hand corner, click the option "Delete item," "Change quantity," "Add comment," or "Delete comment" to make the changes you want.

Important note on editing lists: Any changes to your School List will be saved automatically, but you must click "Publish" for your list to be visible to parents. Don't forget to "Share" the edited list by sending parents the link in an email with a message about how the list has been updated.

What if I'd like to create multiple back-to-school supply lists?
You can create as many lists as you want. Just make it clear to parents which one they should use. Go to School Lists and choose the Teacher portal. Select "Start a new list," and begin adding the necessary school supplies for the new list. We recommend saving lists under different list names, preferably with a specific classroom or class title and date or school term. Click "Publish," and then share your list with parents by sending an email with the list's link.

When I create multiple lists or a new list for the next school year, can I copy the parents' names and email addresses from the original list that I distributed?
No. You will need to enter parent email addresses on each new list that you share.

What if an item that I select for my School List runs out of stock?
We have carefully selected the school supplies featured on School Lists and our goal is to have them in stock at all times. For that reason, we recommend selecting items from the pre-filled tabs on the "Add-to/Edit list" page rather than items returned in general search. In case an item does run out of stock, parents can still back-order the item or choose another product if the teacher has indicated that a similar item is acceptable.

What's the difference between my School List and my Shopping Cart?
Your Shopping Cart is your personal shopping basket for things you want to buy. Items added to your Shopping Cart will not be added to your School List. Your School List is the supply list that you share with parents so they can view the list, add it to their personal cart, and purchase all the pencils, markers, and paper their children will need for school.

How do I control access to my School List?
Once your list is published, any registered Amazon user can view and save it. You are the only one who can change it. Remember, private information, such as email addresses, is not viewable.

How do I delete a School List?
Select the "Delete" button on your list page and the list will be permanently removed.

What if I want to hide the list but not delete it?
Select "Unpublish" on the list page to deactivate the link and remove the list from the School Lists registry page. The list will remain on your School Lists page for future reference.

Can parents add items to the list?
When parents choose to view and save a School List, it is actually copied into the Wish List section of their Amazon account. They can add items like laptops, software, gym socks, sneakers – whatever they like – to their own list without changing the original list you shared with all parents.

Do the parents have to purchase their supplies on Amazon?
No. They can print your list and shop wherever they choose.

Sharing a School List

How do I notify parents that I've created a School List?
On the publishing page of your list, you'll find space to write an email informing your students' parents that your supplies list is now available and providing a link to it at Amazon.com. Enter the email addresses of all the parents and click "Send."

How can I print the list?
On the publishing page of your School List, select "Print preview," and then click "Print" to print copies of your list. The URL link to your specific list will be included on the printed page as long as you print after publishing your list.

How do I share my list with other teachers?
There are a couple of ways to share your list with colleagues. You can simply include their email addresses when you send your list to parents. Or, you can send the list separately with a new message to different email addresses.

I've created an updated list. How do I communicate this to my parents?
After you finish updating the list, click "Publish." From the Share page, send your parents an email with a link to the list, noting the changes that you made. Parents can then go to Amazon.com to view and save the new list. The URL link will still be the same as the first version of the list.

How can I tell my colleagues about the Amazon School Lists program?
The easiest way is to send them an email with the link www.amazon.com/schools. If you have a list you want to share with colleagues, include their email addresses when you share the list with parents. You can also choose to send the list to colleagues from the Share page.

Privacy

What, if anything, does Amazon do with the parent email addresses that I enter to share the list?
We use the parent email addresses to send out your School List. We know that you care how information about you is used and shared, and we appreciate your trust that we will do so carefully and sensibly. Information about our customers is an important part of our business, and we are not in the business of selling it to others. We share customer information only as described in our Privacy Notice and we make sure you have the opportunity to make choices about the information you provide. For further details, please read our complete Privacy Notice.

Parent FAQs

Benefits

Why should I use School Lists?
With Amazon School Lists, you can access the list of required supplies prepared by your child's teacher any time you want at Amazon.com, or you can shop from suggested lists by grade. School Lists for Kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, or high school are accurate and easy to use–-and you always know where to find them. Buy directly from the list at Amazon.com and, in a few clicks, you can scratch a big to-do off your back-to-school checklist. Or print and take the list with you for back-to-school shopping wherever you prefer.

Registration Process

How do I sign up for School Lists?
Only registered customers can create or use Amazon School Lists. If you already have an Amazon account, sign in and go to School Lists to find your School Lists.

If you don't have an Amazon account, creating one is easy-–and free; just visit www.amazon.com and look to the right of the search box for "Hello. Sign in." Hover there and, when the menu pops up, select "New customer? Start here." Fill in your name, email address, and password and click "Create account." Go to School Lists to get started.

Using a School List

How do I find out whether my child's teacher has created a School List?
Most likely, you will learn that a list is available when your teacher sends you an email with a link to the list. You can also go to School Lists and search by your school or ZIP code to find the list. If there is no School List for your school, you can contact your teacher and ask for them to create one.

Moreover, if you have a copy of your school supply list, parents can help their teacher by creating the list on Amazon for them. Just choose the Teacher portal and select "Start a new list," and begin adding the necessary school supplies that is your teacher’s lists. You can then share this lists with other parents accordingly and save them time.

What if my school isn't listed?
Our school registry is quite extensive, but if your school is not listed, there are three ways to get your school supplies: 1.Shop from the suggested supplies list, 2.Contact your teacher and ask for them to create a School List and send you the link accordingly or 3. If you have a copy of your school supply list, parents can create the list by choosing the Teacher portal and select "Start a new list," and begin adding the necessary school supplies. When publishing the list, you can manually add your school and then share this list with other parents.

To help improve our school registry, please contact customer service or fill out the feedback form with your school information and we will update the site accordingly.

Can anyone such as a parent or other classroom volunteer create a School List?
Yes, anyone with an Amazon account can create a list. However, only the person who creates the list can edit the list.

Can I add items to my child's School List?
Yes. When you click "View List" to see a School List, it is actually copied into the Wish List section of your Amazon account. You can add items like winter coats, gym socks, and sneakers -— whatever you like -— to your list without changing the original list created by the teacher and shared with all parents.

An item on my child's list is marked "Similar items acceptable." What does this mean?
It means that it's okay to substitute a comparable product or version of the product. You can choose the item shown or something like it from another brand or at a different price. For example, if the list shows blunt-tip scissors tagged with "Similar items acceptable," parents have the option of choosing any other brand we offer. To find alternate items, you can browse products using the general Amazon search box.

Why are some items marked "required" and others "optional?"
These tags let you know which items your student must have and which would be helpful to have but are not absolutely necessary. The School List also includes information about quantity and priority (how often the item will be used in class), as well as comments on some items. For example, if students will need three binders, the teacher might comment, "Each binder should be a different color" or "Any color is fine."

How can I select a different color of an item?
Parents can check for more colors on the item's product page. If your child insists on red scissors, click on the item name to go to the product's page where any additional colors will be displayed.

How do I shop school supplies by grade?
To see Amazon's recommended supplies by grade, click the "Choose a grade" button on your School List page or at www.amazon.com/schools and select the grade you want from the drop-down menu.

There's an item not listed on my teacher's School List that I want to purchase. How can I find it on Amazon.com?
Use the general search box for the entire Amazon website. Choose the item from the search results and add it to your cart. To add the item to your School List, click "Add to Wish List" on the product page, and select your School List. Then, click "Add to Cart."

What if the teacher adds to the school supply list later in the year?
Your teacher will send you an email with a link to a new, updated School List. When you get to the list page, click "View and save list" and the new list will be copied into your Wish Lists. It will not replace the old list, but simply add a new list with a new name.

Sharing a School List

How can I print the teacher's list?
Search for your list on Amazon School Lists. Click on "View List" and find the “Print List” option.

How do I invite a teacher to use Amazon School Lists?
We suggest that you send the teacher an email with the link www.amazon.com/schools to learn more.

Our friends/family members want to help with school supplies. Can I share the School List with them?
Yes. Once you view and save the list, you can find it on your Amazon account's Wish Lists page. Click on the "Share" icon, enter your friends' and family's email addresses, write a quick note, and send. You can also share your list on Facebook and Twitter.

Purchasing from a School List

How do I purchase from a School List?
When you click "View List" to see a School List, it is copied into the Wish List section of your Amazon account with the School List name. From there, you can add everything from the list to your cart with the button at the top "Add all items to cart" or add each individual item to your cart and proceed through checkout. If you have more items you want to buy from Amazon.com, you can add them accordingly to your cart before you checkout.

How can I print the teacher's list?
Search for your list on Amazon School Lists. Click on "View List" and find the “Print List” option.

Why do some items have a brand tag with them?
The brand tags lets you know the preference from the teacher or school that created the list.

A calculator or other item on the School List is being sold by a merchant other than Amazon.com. How does this work?
To offer you the best and biggest selection, Amazon.com often sells products of reliable third-party merchants. In most ways, buying these products is just like any other Amazon purchase. Add the item to your Amazon shopping cart and proceed through checkout. You'll get order and shipping confirmation emails from us. After you place your order, you will deal with the merchant. Just go to Your Accounts page where you can track delivery, cancel an order that hasn't shipped, contact the seller, leave feedback, and more.

Note: If you place an order for an item sold by Amazon.com with a credit card, we won't charge you until the order enters the shipping process. If you place an order with one of our third-party sellers, your card may be charged at the time of purchase.

What if an item on a School List runs out of stock?
We have carefully selected the school supplies featured on School Lists and our goal is to have them in stock at all times. If an item does go out of stock, you can place a back order, or use the general search box to find a similar item.

Can I use an Amazon.com Gift Card to purchase items on School Lists?
Yes, Amazon.com Gift Cards can be used to purchase items on our website, including products from third-party sellers and products fulfilled by Amazon. You will have the opportunity to enter a gift card number during checkout.

Can I use promotional credits to purchase school supplies?
You can use promotional credits for products sold and shipped by Amazon, but not for items sold by third-party merchants. You will have the opportunity to enter a promotion code during checkout.

Can I get FREE Shipping on the School Lists items that I purchase?
Yes. If your order is $49 or more, you may qualify for FREE Shipping. Any item with "FREE Shipping" messaging on the product detail page, that is fulfilled and shipped by Amazon, is eligible and contributes to your free shipping order minimum. With free shipping, your order will be delivered 5-8 business days after all of your items are available to ship, including pre-order items.

Can I get Amazon Prime shipping on the School List supplies that I purchase?
Yes. If you are an Amazon Prime customer, you can get FREE Two-Day Shipping or FREE Standard Shipping on millions of eligible items with no minimum order. Eligible items include products sold and shipped by Amazon and products sold by other sellers but shipped by Amazon. Eligible items display the Amazon Prime icon on the product page and in the order detail in your shopping cart. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

What are Add-On Items?
Add-on Items are products that ship with orders that include $25 or more of items shipped by Amazon, excluding Gift Cards. You'll recognize them by the Add-On Item badge or the blue title bar around "Add to Cart." When you include Add-On Items with Amazon Prime orders of $25 or more, you'll also receive Prime shipping benefits, including FREE Two-Day Shipping. Add-On Items are also eligible for FREE Shipping in qualifying orders of $49 or more. See Buy Add-On Items and About FREE Shipping by Amazon for more information.

When will I get my order?
It depends upon the shipping method you choose during checkout. The anticipated delivery date appears in your order summary and in the order confirmation email we send to you. You'll also get an email from us when your order ships.

How do I track my shipment?
When we ship your order, we will send you an email with a link to track your package. You can also go to Your Account page and select Your Orders to track your package, contact the seller, file or view a claim, leave feedback, and more.

How do I return items purchased from School Lists?
You can return School Lists items just like any Amazon purchase. You may see different return options depending on the seller, item, or reason for return. Go to Returns & Refunds or the Online Returns Center to get started. If the item was sold by Amazon, you will select your return options, print a return label, and send your package. If the item was sold by a third-party seller, you may be asked to submit the return for approval. After the seller reviews the request, they will provide a label or instructions on how to return your items. If you do not receive a response within two business days, you can submit an A-to-Z Guarantee claim. For more information, go to A-to-Z Guarantee Protection.