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Over $19,000 since 2006. But, this doesn't include anything digital. 

Thanks for the reminder. LOL!  I have 1,600 books in my digital library.  I don't want to add that up.

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It wouldn’t let me total it on the iPhone, since it was apparently a text column in Numbers. How did you get around that?

You probably figured it out by now,but you select the data and click the paintbrush to change the format.

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Is this only for Prime Members?  Because I can't find anything where it will let me download anything.  Actually when I clock the orders page, all I get is a list of my orders.  Wondering if it's because I don't have Prime or if I just need to keep looking for it.

 

On the home page, look where it says Hello (your name) and Accounts and Lists just below that. Hover over that. Click on the first link inside the drop down page which should say 'your account'. Then scroll down and look on the left for a box titled Ordering and Shopping Preferences. Inside that box says 'download order reports'. Then you'll see the screen that lets you put in the dates you want to generate on the report. 

 

Mine opened in Excel which I don't have but I just clicked on the column that said purchases and on the bottom in tiny letters/numbers it gives you "Average", "Count", and "Sum".

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I almost did it, but chickened out.

 

Mine only goes back to 2006, but I've ordered since 2002. 

 

 

yeah, i don't think I want to know that either... mine goes back to 1998.  

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I suspect with it being a download that it will use way too much data for our limited plan, esp since two of our boys are also using our plan while here.

 

That said, ours won't be super high.  I'm not a big Amazon fan using it mainly to buy textbooks for the lads.  That number itself might be high, I suppose, but it will be lower than if I had them buy their books at the college bookstore.

 

Occasionally we need Amazon to get lawnmower parts, but that's not terribly often.

 

I've never understood why folks pay for Prime.  ;)  (Different strokes for different folks - not being judgmental!  We don't do membership stores like BJs either.  It's just not "us.")

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ps  I just looked under My Orders and our account went back to 2001 when we had one order for this book:

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0071352597/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Emotional Vampires: Dealing with People Who Drain You Dry

 

I have no idea what I bought it for.  I've never read it and don't even remember hearing about it!  I wouldn't have given it as a gift to anyone I know...  I'm stymied.

 

We had two orders in 2002, both books.  One was Peter Jenkin's Across China for my mom (I did read that one later and enjoyed it) and the other was a coin pricing catalog for my dad.

 

I wonder if there's a theme with years matching orders... nope, only 14 orders in 2017 - almost all textbooks, but one thermarest pad and one order of two gravity lights (can't get those locally!).  20 orders for 2016, but I had two kids in college for all the semesters then.

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I can only generate a report to 2006- but I was ordering off amazon in 2000.

I have 1367 orders.   dont' know how to get the total in excel. (though I can find the column . . . )

 

eta: got it to work.  yeah.  that's a nice car. . . . and that doens't include anything prior to jan 1, 2006. 

I will not be telling dh.  though, he has records and could probably figure it out from those.

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$7576. But hey, that's only like $250/person/year, right?

 

ETA: DW occasionally orders something on her account, but that's pretty rare - I'm pretty sure that the vast majority of purchases including stuff for DW are included in this number. 

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I suspect with it being a download that it will use way too much data for our limited plan, esp since two of our boys are also using our plan while here.

 

I've never understood why folks pay for Prime.  ;)

 

 

My spreadsheet was 68KB - since it's a spreadsheet, it really shouldn't use much data. Of course, the exact size will depend on how many items you ordered, but still...

 

Without Prime you only get free shipping if your order is $35+ now, iirc. Way too stressful trying to make sure to hit that number, especially when items vary in price day-to-day (I use camelcamelcamel a lot), so, trying to get the cheapest price for an item, but then having to add something cheap to hit free shipping, or pay shipping canceling the low cost of the item that day, or argh! Not worth it. I overthink everything, and Prime is worth the peace of mind of not trying to optimize item cost vs shipping cost. Plus, shipping is faster, and sometimes they'll let me select a slower shipping speed in exchange for a credit towards an ebook (they also try to entice me to select a slower shipping speed with other offers, but I don't care - if they offer a pantry discount or w/e they can just get me my stuff in 2 days, even if I won't need it right away). 

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My spreadsheet was 68KB - since it's a spreadsheet, it really shouldn't use much data. Of course, the exact size will depend on how many items you ordered, but still...

 

Without Prime you only get free shipping if your order is $35+ now, iirc. Way too stressful trying to make sure to hit that number, especially when items vary in price day-to-day (I use camelcamelcamel a lot), so, trying to get the cheapest price for an item, but then having to add something cheap to hit free shipping, or pay shipping canceling the low cost of the item that day, or argh! Not worth it. I overthink everything, and Prime is worth the peace of mind of not trying to optimize item cost vs shipping cost. Plus, shipping is faster, and sometimes they'll let me select a slower shipping speed in exchange for a credit towards an ebook (they also try to entice me to select a slower shipping speed with other offers, but I don't care - if they offer a pantry discount or w/e they can just get me my stuff in 2 days, even if I won't need it right away). 

 

But for us, we order so little from Amazon that Prime would not make things cheaper if I spread out that cost per order.  Many books, esp since ordered per semester, already get free shipping.  If I order for Christmas or birthdays I make sure to combine things into one order and it's pretty much always stuff I can't get around here, so expensive enough to get the free shipping.  I don't need quick.

 

Our Amazon ordering is going to be going way down now that I've bought youngest son's last semester of books.  I only use them as a last resort for things we can't get locally.

 

We're not big into buying anything anyway.  We're pretty minimalist and getting more and more that way as we age.  If stores had to depend upon us to keep them in business, they'd be in trouble.  Grocery stores get the most, of course, and I like picking out my own things - not having someone else do that for me.

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I also use Prime for videos and music. I used to order a lot of stuff throughout the year and having to wait until I hit their minimum for free shipping would drive me crazy. I remember before Prime, it was $25 and I was often at $20. So then you've got to balance what is cheaper. Buying one more small thing to get free shipping or just paying shipping. Either way I would be spending more than I really wanted to. My buying has slowed way down now that the kids are grown, but I do like watching videos and listening to music. So the cost is still worth it to me.

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Dh did it. It was about $5,000. Not bad overall, but we only ordered 1-2 things a year way back so the majority of money spent was the last few years.

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I will say, I shop at my local grocery store, which has a nice organics section, a lot more now that Amazon bought Whole Foods. 😀

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My account will only show to 2006, but I'm at $11,387 for 481 items. Looking at the items, I could easily live without half that stuff without batting an eye. I guess I should ask myself if I really need something before I buy it. There's a lot of books unread and cookbooks I haven't used, maybe I should use the library more! And I need to say no to my kids more. 

 

BUT you all are missing the point, how do we scrub the evidence. I had to close the window when DH walked into the room. He is an accountant and I am pretty sure he would be horrified and take away my amazon privileges if he saw that spreadsheet, lol.

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But for us, we order so little from Amazon that Prime would not make things cheaper

 

 

Right, but you said you didn't get why folks pay for Prime. I gave a reason why some people do. In 2015, we placed 72 orders for 99 items. That's a lot of stuff to try to keep track of camelcamelcamel prices and shipping costs. 

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I also use Prime for videos and music. I used to order a lot of stuff throughout the year and having to wait until I hit their minimum for free shipping would drive me crazy. I remember before Prime, it was $25 and I was often at $20. So then you've got to balance what is cheaper. Buying one more small thing to get free shipping or just paying shipping. Either way I would be spending more than I really wanted to. My buying has slowed way down now that the kids are grown, but I do like watching videos and listening to music. So the cost is still worth it to me.

 

We enjoy the videos and music here, too...and they also have unlimited cloud storage for photos free with Prime, and you get Audible Channels for free.  The yearly price is worth it to us without the free/fast shipping.

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Right, but you said you didn't get why folks pay for Prime. I gave a reason why some people do. In 2015, we placed 72 orders for 99 items. That's a lot of stuff to try to keep track of camelcamelcamel prices and shipping costs. 

 

Many things I understand in theory, but don't "get" in reality, essentially meaning it's tough for me to relate to the mindset even when I know it happens.  ;)

 

For those who watch movies/TV via Amazon it makes more sense since we subscribe to Netflix (discs).  It's nice to have options here at home to watch things.  We can't watch any videos online while at home due to limited data.

 

But shopping?  I never got that gene.  I think like many other "female" genes I missed, I was too busy looking at the travel brochures.   :coolgleamA:

 

I just paid my JC Penney's bill online and remarked to the rest of the guys sitting here in my living room that the site shows the last 3 bills I paid.  The previous one was in 2016, then 2015, then 2014.  All (including this year's) were under $20 and all came at Christmas time.  It's good they don't count on our family keeping them in business!  Same with Amazon.  Amazon at least lucked out with textbooks, but I've already bought the last of those I ever expect to buy - for youngest son's last semester in college.  (Our income is about to rise significantly with no more college bills!   :lol: )

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We made 192 orders this year alone.  I buy some of my over the counter medications and other medical needs on it.  We buy books, stuff to repair the house (sometimes Amazon, sometimes other places), hobby equipment at times (some hobbies get a lot from other sources, some from Amazon), some shoes and clothes (usually after I couldn't find on other sites), some of our electronics, etc. I couldn't print out before 2006 but could see that 2004 and 2005 were low use years since we were overseas.

 

I use Prime for quicker shipments, smaller shipments, for music, extra books, shows, etc.  We find the price of Prime is worth it.

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I can't get it to work. Is everyone using a laptop? I'm trying to do it on the Android app. My first purchase was in 1997, so I imagine I've spent well over 100k.

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Members since 1997, but report only starts in 2006. DH also uses the account for work purchases, mostly books.  1414 items worth a nice car...   :w00t:  :svengo:

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