walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

Oooh, look a feature at Amazon that I can break! [Edited because it isn't new, it's kinda old.]

BI describes a feature at Amazon where you can get CSV reports of all your orders. Well, _you_ can. But apparently I cannot.

Here is the article at Business Insider:


Here's what I posted over on FB (in part) when I tried to do this:

"After a full minute went by, I got this message: "Your report is taking a while to process. You will receive an email when your report has completed." Yeah, I'll believe that when I see it. Oh well. It was worth a try. I don't know of any other retailer that offers you the ability to request, at any time, a list of all your orders going back 20 years. ETA: Ha! I refreshed the list on the web page and got this message: "Your report has failed. The issue may be temporary so try again in a few hours. If the issue persists, please contact customer support for help." ETAYA: I'm gonna take this over to LJ after a while, but for right now, I'm trying for a beginning through retirement report and it is taking forever. It may just not work well going over records from the 1990s."

I've tried to generate two reports so far: one from Jan 1 1995 (it went in as Dec 31 1994) to today. It failed. The second report is from Oct 31 1995 to Sep 10 1998 (I think my first order was in November 1995 and I retired Sep 9 1998). It has also failed.

This should NOT be regarded as a complaint in any way shape or form. What I am trying to do is inherently unreasonable. However, since it is there, and no one is telling me not to do this, I'm gonna keep poking at this and see what happens. If this feature goes offline or acquires some additional verbiage about what acceptable date ranges are, well, my bad.

Experiment: just the last two months of 1995. Failed.
Experiment: quick settings for 2015. Success! And the total number was way less scary than I expected it to be. Which makes me wonder.

Successful years list (2014 2013 2012... )

Onward to other years! I'm using "Google Sheets" to load the CSV report into and do the summation.

ETA: It looks like kindle ebooks and similar do NOT show up on the order report. I'm noticing a significant trend in the total dollars spent 2013-2015 inclusive, and it is down. Weirdly, by about the same dollar amount each year. HOWEVER, I bet this would not necessarily be the case if digital orders were included! I was a little puzzled by why digital goods do not appear in the order report, but apparently the feature was created for people who want the report for tax accounting and digital goods are not a heavy use item for that crowd.

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