Jump to content



Photo
- - - - -

Official Amazon Quick Picks FAQ - READ 1st POST


  • Please log in to reply
1549 replies to this topic

#121 BWS1982

BWS1982

    No Abdication

  • CAGiversary!

Posted 14 September 2009 - 04:09 AM

Okay, this answered some things, but others issues still exist with my quick picks because it's still showing awful music in them, yet I never had any music at all in my recommendations I could fix to say not to use it. All my recommendations are games and movies, yet music still exists in quick picks. I wish it was easier, and that when you scroll down and view the few quick picks, you could say "not interested" in a check box THERE...that'd be easier, though that would be something Amazon probably wouldn't consider because that's closer to rigging the quick picks directly, which I'm sure they'd "frown upon" in the first place. Not to mention I've always been confused because members here always said "I got it in my gold box" and not "I got it in my quick picks" because there IS a difference as I just realized by this thread, and some posts around here made me think you could control the ACTUAL Gold box deals in the upper right. It's almost always referred to "my Gold box" on CAG, and "just wait until it shows up in your Gold box", sorry, but that's confusing IMO. The Gold box deals are universal, and "quick picks" is something else, yet some people interchangeably use them.

Also, the fricking thing they use, as aptly named "logic filter" here, is busted beyond hell, I bought the Watchmen on Blu-ray from them no less than a month ago (pre-ordered) and the other day it showed up in quick picks...makes no sense. Not only do I own it, I BOUGHT IT FROM THEM...lol...mine's been like the other user here who said random weird sh*t shows up...I get unrelated standard def. TV seasons of shows I don't care about on DVD in quick picks, just because I bought Fringe on Blu-ray, and nowhere in recommendations do those tv shows show up. I'm talking about them offering me stuff like Weeds, how is that similar to Fringe?! Just because it's "TV on DVD"? Its often frustrating because you think by honing your recommendations you can fix this (if it's not in recommendations, you can't though!), but low and behold I get country music, pop albums etc... in my quick picks when the only CD I ever ordered from Amazon was a newer CD you can't buy in the states, a rock band called Thornley. "Oh, he bought a CD, I bet he likes ANY kind of music"...if it's not in recommendations, why is it showing up in quick picks? There's no way to fix this, I even told them not to use that CD months ago, but still...

I have long since told it not to use that ONE CD, yet they still show up even after that....*BUT* then I stumbled onto something interesting. It appears that because I added 2 tags ("rock" and "Nickelback") to the Thornley CD Tiny Pictures product page to help customers search, it has been adding ANY CD's (regardless of genre) into my quick picks. Weird, so I deleted my tags in my account profile by editing them out...You try to help Amazon shoppers who are searching by adding tags to an item, and it penalizes you by using those tags somehow (Rock = music...music=Diva pop...Hey, he loves Britney Spears!...??? WTF?). Eff that, I'm not sacrificing my own bargains because their internal searching protocol is messed up.:bomb:

Bottom line, I have been pissed about the erratic nature of quick pics showing random crap that wasn't even music or blu-rays or games out of nowhere when that's all I buy or look at, (like tools, kitchen stuff, etc...showing up, I don't buy that stuff!) and have been trying to refine things like ratings/own it, etc... for months, and it's just "buggy" to me, seems it may depend on other factors like how frequent you shop, when you order something, SOMEthing else...there's got to be more to it, because there's a few of us who have COMPLETELY different items just randomly showing up in there hogging up precious space. Not to mention like I said they had a quick pick for something I bought from them less than 30 days prior! Ugh.

Blah, I've resorted to trial and error, I've just read through this thread and learned the hard way over the last 8 months since seriously ordering off Amazon, about 75% of the tactics here I've been using. But at least it was a VERY GOOD read, as it allowed me to refresh what I know and rid myself of some of the mysteries. It was so worth you guys doing this, forgive this long rant, but I didn't think anyone would talk about this, as each time a newbie would ask "how do you modify quick picks" nobody responds to him. I'll fix that remaining 25% and see how much difference I can make. Thanks all.

#122 RoodyPooUS

RoodyPooUS

    CAGiversary!

  • CAGiversary!

Posted 14 September 2009 - 04:22 AM

Wow after some real lackluster days with some random crap for my Quick Picks, I go the the following:

God of War 3, Resistance, Infamous, Ninja Gaiden Sigma and MGS 4 Prima Guide. At least its good to know that I am getting games again after almost a week of pretty bad picks.

#123 evyrew

evyrew

    CAGiversary!

  • CAGiversary!

Posted 14 September 2009 - 04:41 AM

Does anyone have advice on trying to get a Game of the Year edition to show up in the quick picks? Does rating or wish-listing the original game help/hurt? FYI, I'm aiming for Fallout 3: GOTY. Fallout 3 is currently at the top of my 'recommendations' page.
Currently Playing: Halo: Reach, Borderlands, and Burnout: Paradise.

#124 BWS1982

BWS1982

    No Abdication

  • CAGiversary!

Posted 14 September 2009 - 04:45 AM

Okay, issue 2 on something I BOUGHT FROM AMAZON in my recommendations, what the hell, anyone else getting this still? I bought Batman AA on PS3 from them, received it like 2 weeks ago, it's now in my recommendations!!

From my understanding, I care because they use recommendations to select what goes in quick picks...correct?

Something's messed up.

#125 Drkirby

Drkirby

    CAGiversary!

  • CAGiversary!

Posted 14 September 2009 - 06:14 AM

Okay, issue 2 on something I BOUGHT FROM AMAZON in my recommendations, what the hell, anyone else getting this still? I bought Batman AA on PS3 from them, received it like 2 weeks ago, it's now in my recommendations!!

From my understanding, I care because they use recommendations to select what goes in quick picks...correct?

Something's messed up.

Just click you own it.

I do get a tad annoyed how they keep recommening me the same thing again after I make I don't want it, or with some things, trying to get me to get a slightly different version. Yes, I own a Pokemon Gold and Silver guide, it does not mean I want all 8 variation of the Ruby and Sapphire guide D:

#126 ViolentLee

ViolentLee

    Still Man Fights

  • CAGiversary!

Posted 14 September 2009 - 06:42 AM

Happy to find this thread. Happy that Miramasa was in my quick picks. Unhappy that all this happens when ECA codes have dried up. Guess I'll just sit back and wait for a 3 for 3. Thanks for posting, OP!

mqqgUvv.jpg   ECqYO0a.jpg
My action/scifi novel, Still Man Fights, is available in paperback and e-book form at Amazon.com.

My new travelogue, Japan Chronicles: of Rock Gods and J-Pop Idols, is also on Amazon.com.


#127 Caddywompus21

Caddywompus21

Posted 14 September 2009 - 07:48 AM

Okay, issue 2 on something I BOUGHT FROM AMAZON in my recommendations, what the hell, anyone else getting this still? I bought Batman AA on PS3 from them, received it like 2 weeks ago, it's now in my recommendations!!

From my understanding, I care because they use recommendations to select what goes in quick picks...correct?

Something's messed up.


Yes I noticed I had Prof Layton 2 in my Quick Picks the other day and I already own the title from Amazon.

I figure that best selling games somehow bypass and trump your recommendations. Just like how crappy quick pick days are filled with what other people are buying like Dan Brown Books, Ink Cartridges and other popular items, these games fall in that same cartegory of "what others are buying"

#128 BWS1982

BWS1982

    No Abdication

  • CAGiversary!

Posted 14 September 2009 - 08:20 AM

Just click you own it.

I do get a tad annoyed how they keep recommening me the same thing again after I make I don't want it, or with some things, trying to get me to get a slightly different version. Yes, I own a Pokemon Gold and Silver guide, it does not mean I want all 8 variation of the Ruby and Sapphire guide D:


That's the messed up part (as if it wasn't already) : it won't let me. It only says Not interested, so I've just checked that. The space where the "I own it" thing normally is is empty and void of anything, like it knows I have it, but thinks I want 2 of them or something. I didn't even rate the damn things yet, either.

#129 Vortextk

Vortextk

Posted 14 September 2009 - 09:29 AM

BWS1982, how many game purchases do you have from amazon? No matter what I did for my quick picks I got crap day after day. Once I finally ordered a few more games as fake pre-orders that I canceled, and two more to keep(demon's souls and brutal legend), I've been getting games in there every single day. So that's like 8 games total between fake canceled orders and actual ones that I ordered since batman AA to get some damn games to show up there. Buying or pre-ordering is the strongest way to get amazon to change what is showing up there so if you haven't bought much gaming stuff lately it may be tough to start, it has been for me.


Only two items today =/ Modnation racers and kaspersky internet security 2010?...

#130 Jodou

Jodou

Posted 14 September 2009 - 02:23 PM

Got Castlevania: Lords of Shadow this morning; should get Alan Wake tomorrow if it's eligible. I got this thing down to a well-oiled machine!

JodouKastBizmuth.jpg


#131 Jodou

Jodou

Posted 14 September 2009 - 02:27 PM

Does anyone have advice on trying to get a Game of the Year edition to show up in the quick picks? Does rating or wish-listing the original game help/hurt? FYI, I'm aiming for Fallout 3: GOTY. Fallout 3 is currently at the top of my 'recommendations' page.

I actually had this pop up yesterday in my recommendations, thanks to the massive linking they did. Assuming you want it for the PS3, the major factors were GoW: Collection, MW2, and Star Wars: TFU Sith Edition. Hope that helps!

JodouKastBizmuth.jpg


#132 Nirron

Nirron

    CAGiversary!

  • CAGiversary!

Posted 14 September 2009 - 02:29 PM

Man, I must have a bunch of ineligible games in my recommendations (LittleBigPlanet PSP, Cross Edge guide, and of course Brutal Legend and FF13) as I got nothing but blu-rays and random stuff today.

At least now I know that if stuff randomly appears when I usually get games, it simply means my current recommendations are ineligible for Quick Picks (which, unless the item is priced over $100, seems ridiculous)

@BWS1982 - I've actually had games I owned shop up as well. Batman: AA was the most recent offender, and I actually got Uncharted 2 in my Quick Picks a few days ago when I actually had the game pre-ordered on Amazon itself. Their "logic filter" (I feel so special having first used the term in this thread :-P) is indeed quite wonky.

@evyrew - GOTY editions should work just like getting a regular game. You have to find the games tied to its recommendation and go the normal course from there.
Posted Image

#133 Jodou

Jodou

Posted 14 September 2009 - 02:37 PM

Man, I must have a bunch of ineligible games in my recommendations (LittleBigPlanet PSP, Cross Edge guide, and of course Brutal Legend and FF13) as I got nothing but blu-rays and random stuff today.

Yeah, FFXIII and Brutal Legend are ineligible for sure. If it hasn't been spotted yet in our list, it's not going to show up sadly.

JodouKastBizmuth.jpg


#134 Jodou

Jodou

Posted 14 September 2009 - 02:49 PM

Blah, I've resorted to trial and error, I've just read through this thread and learned the hard way over the last 8 months since seriously ordering off Amazon, about 75% of the tactics here I've been using. But at least it was a VERY GOOD read, as it allowed me to refresh what I know and rid myself of some of the mysteries. It was so worth you guys doing this, forgive this long rant, but I didn't think anyone would talk about this, as each time a newbie would ask "how do you modify quick picks" nobody responds to him. I'll fix that remaining 25% and see how much difference I can make. Thanks all.

Haha, like great sex -- it all comes with experience. I've learned from trial and error what actually factors into picks and how to 'game' the system. If you have any questions at all, just ask.

JodouKastBizmuth.jpg


#135 deadatom

deadatom

Posted 14 September 2009 - 03:03 PM

Okay, issue 2 on something I BOUGHT FROM AMAZON in my recommendations, what the hell, anyone else getting this still? I bought Batman AA on PS3 from them, received it like 2 weeks ago, it's now in my recommendations!!

From my understanding, I care because they use recommendations to select what goes in quick picks...correct?

Something's messed up.

I would also click that you own it and that you don't want batman AA used for recommending items. I was getting comics and crap recommended to me so i clicked fix it and it was due to Batman AA.

#136 mywhitenoise

mywhitenoise

    CAGiversary!

  • CAGiversary!

Posted 14 September 2009 - 04:14 PM

What would be the best way to get a slim PS3 to show up? Ive already bought a ton of PS3 games and accessories from amazon, and PS3s would occasionally show up every now and then...but not lately.
Posted Image

#137 Jodou

Jodou

Posted 14 September 2009 - 04:53 PM

What would be the best way to get a slim PS3 to show up? Ive already bought a ton of PS3 games and accessories from amazon, and PS3s would occasionally show up every now and then...but not lately.

AFAIK, they can't show up.

JodouKastBizmuth.jpg


#138 rgd2blck

rgd2blck

    CAGiversary!

  • CAGiversary!

Posted 14 September 2009 - 05:26 PM

Not to mention I've always been confused because members here always said "I got it in my gold box" and not "I got it in my quick picks" because there IS a difference as I just realized by this thread, and some posts around here made me think you could control the ACTUAL Gold box deals in the upper right. It's almost always referred to "my Gold box" on CAG, and "just wait until it shows up in your Gold box", sorry, but that's confusing IMO. The Gold box deals are universal, and "quick picks" is something else, yet some people interchangeably use them.


I was confused too. This thread cleared it all up.

I have a quick pick bonanza today (no Demon's Souls, boo) for games all listed in the OP. I want to buy them all in one order as described in this thread. If I do that will the games ship as they hit release dates individually / maintaining "release date delivery", or does the whole order sit until all the games come out and then ship? I have never made an order for unreleased items with staggered dates before.

#139 Jodou

Jodou

Posted 14 September 2009 - 05:42 PM

If I do that will the games ship as they hit release dates individually / maintaining "release date delivery", or does the whole order sit until all the games come out and then ship?

Amazon has split my orders in the past if something wasn't readily available, so for pre-orders it shouldn't be any different.

JodouKastBizmuth.jpg


#140 mywhitenoise

mywhitenoise

    CAGiversary!

  • CAGiversary!

Posted 14 September 2009 - 06:02 PM

AFAIK, they can't show up.



what makes you say that? Im 100% sure it can. I even made a thread on CAG when I first started posting here that that PS3s were about $20 off, until some member pointed out that it was specific to my gold box, and not the site.

http://www.cheapassg...ad.php?t=179304
Posted Image

#141 Vortextk

Vortextk

Posted 14 September 2009 - 06:08 PM

If you're not using free shipping I don't know why they would hold them all to ship them out at once, especially if you paid(or use prime) for release day delivery. It's only use free shipping suckers that get screwed here, I think =)

#142 chronosnes

chronosnes

Posted 14 September 2009 - 06:36 PM

Great thread OP. Took me 3 days to clean up my recommended list as I've been an Amazon customer for a very long time. But the work has paid off as I now have only games in my list! No more Nora Roberts books or Kitchen Aid products.

 


#143 Jodou

Jodou

Posted 14 September 2009 - 07:21 PM

what makes you say that? Im 100% sure it can. I even made a thread on CAG when I first started posting here that that PS3s were about $20 off, until some member pointed out that it was specific to my gold box, and not the site.

http://www.cheapassg...ad.php?t=179304

Because that was over a year ago, it's a different model, and I've seen no reports of PS3 slims showing up. If Amazon doesn't have a product flagged to show up, it simply won't no matter what you try.

JodouKastBizmuth.jpg


#144 gamer1233

gamer1233

    CAGiversary!

  • CAGiversary!

Posted 14 September 2009 - 07:25 PM

Definitely. Go cancel your ODST order now and it should show up for you tomorrow (don't forget to rate Reach and unrate ODST if you rated it)!

Some Wii game showed up in my gold box. But odst did show up in the new quick pick section. Think I shold say I own Halo 3 and rate it? Or just wait and see if odst gets in my goldbox? Thanks

#145 Jodou

Jodou

Posted 14 September 2009 - 07:29 PM

But odst did show up in the new quick pick section.

I'm confused; what did you mean by this?

JodouKastBizmuth.jpg


#146 emg28

emg28

    esteeohpee

  • CAGiversary!

Posted 14 September 2009 - 07:37 PM

Thanks OP and all who contribute.

Trying to get Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days in my gold box. We'll see.


Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image


Games Beaten: 2012 2011 2010 2009

#147 gamer1233

gamer1233

    CAGiversary!

  • CAGiversary!

Posted 14 September 2009 - 07:41 PM

I'm confused; what did you mean by this?

Sorry, Im not home right now so I cant say for sure on what it is called. But when I went to my recommendations it was listed in a new for me section. I thought it was called new quick picks or something like that. Definitely wasn't in my gold box, was in my recommendations somewhere.

#148 Jodou

Jodou

Posted 14 September 2009 - 08:02 PM

Sorry, Im not home right now so I cant say for sure on what it is called. But when I went to my recommendations it was listed in a new for me section. I thought it was called new quick picks or something like that. Definitely wasn't in my gold box, was in my recommendations somewhere.

OK, as long as it's in your main recommendations page you should be good. I'm surprised you didn't get it right away, but it will show up eventually. The only thing I can recommend is re-rating Halo Reach and hope for the best tomorrow.

JodouKastBizmuth.jpg


#149 gamer1233

gamer1233

    CAGiversary!

  • CAGiversary!

Posted 14 September 2009 - 08:09 PM

OK, as long as it's in your main recommendations page you should be good. I'm surprised you didn't get it right away, but it will show up eventually. The only thing I can recommend is re-rating Halo Reach and hope for the best tomorrow.

I will do that when I get home. I might have got that wii game because I bought house of the dead about 4 months ago. So you dont think that rating halo 3 will help?

Edited by gamer1233, 14 September 2009 - 08:20 PM.


#150 dvdactor

dvdactor

    CAGiversary!

  • CAGiversary!

Posted 14 September 2009 - 08:35 PM

Another one I forgot I had until cleaning out some e-mail, in July I had gotten Max Payne 3 for 360. Canceled when Amazon would not apply my ECA, waiting to get it again!