Amazon Store: Usability

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After having listened to an excellent interview with the author on What we don’t talk about when we talk about rape, I’d recently added the book Rape: From Lucretia to #MeToo by Mithu Sanyal to my Amazon Wishlist.

Soon after, I received an e-mail from Amazon that they were giving me a one-week, five-dollar coupon toward the purchase of the book. That sounded good to me. I clicked through to the book’s page, where I saw that, indeed, a five-dollar credit would be applied were I to purchase the book.

 Initial Offer

However, when I elected to “Buy now with 1-Click”, I landed on an order-summary page that showed a different coupon for $3.04 had been applied, but that my original $5 coupon was missing.

 'Place Order' Screen

I thought maybe it had something to do with 1-click, so I turned that off in the settings. FYI: you can’t disable 1-click purchasing on Amazon. There’s an option to disable it, but it doesn’t actually disable anything. But I digress, because that’s a whole other usability/false-advertising problem.

Since it was only a matter of a few bucks, I took the chance that Amazon’s site was just incapable of displaying a one-time-only coupon as well as a previous credit. I could hide the old credit, but couldn’t get it to show me the coupon. I placed my order and was greeted with the following order summary.

 'Order Summary' Page

Both credits had been applied on the final order, which is good. That a site that handles over 50% of America’s (and probably much of the West’s) purchases doesn’t have a portal that can display the details of slightly more-complicated orders is not.