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I love Amazon for making online shopping so easy. I now do most of my own shopping online. And, thanks to the hidden features of Amazon 20 Awesome but Hidden Amazon Features You Can't Afford to Ignore 20 Awesome but Hidden Amazon Features You Can't Afford to Ignore Amazon is packed with cool features that can make your life easier. Here are 20 useful perks that you can take advantage of right now without paying an extra cent. Read More , I end up saving a ton of time and money every year. It’s even better when you throw in the core benefits of Prime 6 Amazon Prime Benefits You Might Be Ignoring Right Now 6 Amazon Prime Benefits You Might Be Ignoring Right Now Scratch the surface. Amazon Prime has so many more benefits that people have forgotten about or simply don't realize exist. Read More and the newer benefits of Prime 7 New Amazon Prime Benefits You Didn't Know About 7 New Amazon Prime Benefits You Didn't Know About You don't need Prime to benefit from Amazon. But Amazon Prime comes with a few lesser known benefits you may not have tried yet. Read More .

But there’s one thing I don’t recommend: Amazon Assistant. In this article, you’ll learn three things:

  1. What is Amazon Assistant?
  2. Why should you avoid using it?
  3. Which are the better alternatives you can use to mimic some of its best features?

What Is Amazon Assistant?

It was earlier called 1Button App. Now, Amazon Assistant is a browser extension and mobile app that aims to improve your overall online shopping experience. Its features include:

  • Order Updates: As your Amazon orders progress from Ordered to Shipped to Delivered, you can get every update straight in the app in real-time.
  • Price Comparisons: When shopping on other online retailer sites, get direct price comparisons for the same item on Amazon. This lets you get the best deals all the time, whether they’re on Amazon or elsewhere.
  • Registries and Lists: One of Amazon’s best features is its wish lists and registries Use Amazon Wish and Idea Lists to Get Gifts You Actually Want Use Amazon Wish and Idea Lists to Get Gifts You Actually Want Amazon has a pair of features that help you create lists of gifts you'd like to receive. Here's how to set up an Idea List or Wish List with items you have your eye on. Read More . With Amazon Assistant, you can even add items from other online retailers to your Amazon lists, thus keeping everything in one place and organized.
  • Deal Alerts: Set up alerts on specific items and get browser alerts when the price goes down so you can snatch them up as soon as they’re affordable.
  • Image Search: When shopping in a brick-and-mortar store, you can snap photos of items or their barcodes to instantly arrive at that item’s Amazon page if it exists.
  • Amazon Shortcuts: One-click navigation to popular Amazon pages, such as Your Orders, Your Lists, Today’s Deals, and Warehouse Deals.

These features are useful. But, there are some major drawbacks to consider before hopping aboard the Amazon Assistant train.

Why You Should Avoid Amazon Assistant

The primary reason to avoid Amazon Assistant is concerns over privacy. We highly recommend reading the Amazon Assistant Conditions of Use, wherein you’ll find this chunk of text:

“The Amazon Assistant collects and stores information based on your interactions with and use of the features of the Amazon Assistant. For example, if you use the Amazon Assistant to add a product to your Amazon Wishlist or use the Product Comparison feature . . . we will collect and store information such as . . . your Amazon account, your search query, and other information necessary to . . . show you related Amazon products.”

Followed by this bit of text:

“In some cases, we may associate that information with your identity and Amazon account information.”

And that’s not all:

“The Amazon Assistant may also collect information about the websites you view when you are not interacting with the Amazon Assistant, but we do not associate that information with your Amazon account or identify it with you except as required by law.”

What kind of information?

“Examples of the information we collect and analyze include . . . full URL of the Web page you are visiting . . . [and] other identifying alphanumerical information enabling Amazon to identify your computer . . .”

And the last bit of concerning conditions:

“Amazon may make available third party applications and services as part of the Amazon Assistant . . . and using these third party applications and services may result in you sending information to such third parties.”

So what does this all mean?

Amazon makes it clear that they are collecting information on your browsing habits at all times, both when interacting with Amazon Assistant and when you aren’t. When third-party services are involved, your habits will likely be collected by them as well. As of now, it’s impossible to know what third parties may or may not be involved.

The non-Amazon Assistant-related information isn’t currently associated with your Amazon account, but Amazon is collecting it — and who knows how they might use it in the future? It wouldn’t require much effort at all to eventually connect all of this information together.

Learn more about how much information Amazon collects on you Shopping vs. Privacy: What Does Amazon Know About You? Shopping vs. Privacy: What Does Amazon Know About You? Did you think Amazon was too noble to breach your privacy? You'd be surprised. Here's what the company knows about you, where that knowledge comes from, and how you can control it. Read More .

Amazon Assistant being installed with Oracle's Java

Another big reason to avoid Amazon Assistant: scummy tactics to increase its exposure and adoption rate. Back in 2016, Oracle (the current developers of Java) began bundling Amazon Assistant as part of the Java 8 installer, which not only installed Amazon Assistant but also changed browser homepages and search engines to Amazon Smart Search.

Bundleware is one of the most annoying practices today and is one of the main reasons why we recommend avoid downloading software from some sites The 7 Worst Places for Downloading Windows Software The 7 Worst Places for Downloading Windows Software Software can be packed with bloatware and worse, malware. You can catch malware, if you download your tools from the wrong source. These are the sites you should avoid... Read More . The fact that Amazon would stoop this low for Amazon Assistant leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

Better Alternatives to Amazon Assistant

The truth is, you can replicate most of Amazon Assistant’s features with a hodgepodge of other tools and services that won’t harvest your web browsing habits and information. It may not be as convenient as having it all in one single app, but we think the trade-off is worth it.

For Order Updates

Amazon order update screenshot

You can track your Amazon orders in three ways:

  1. Through Amazon.com on the Your Orders page. Click Track Package after it’s delivered to get shipping tracking information, which is often done through USPS.
  2. Through the shipping company. For example, once the package is shipped and if it’s done through USPS, you can enter the tracking number on the USPS site and then sign up to receive email or SMS updates as shipping progresses.
  3. Through the Amazon Shopping mobile app (Android and iOS). If you enable it in the settings, the app will push notifications whenever an order’s status changes.

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For Price Comparisons

Google Shopping price comparison

You have different options for price comparisons whether you prefer to do them in a desktop browser or on your mobile device.

For desktop browsers, we recommend Google Shopping. If you have similar concerns about privacy with Google, use sites like NexTag (U.S.), PriceRunner (U.K.), and ShopBot (Australia). See more options in our roundup of the best price comparison websites 7 Price Comparison Websites You Should Bookmark Right Now 7 Price Comparison Websites You Should Bookmark Right Now Price comparison websites help you find the item you want at the lowest price possible. Read More .

For mobile devices, we recommend ShopSavvy (Android and iOS). What’s nice about ShopSavvy is its barcode scan feature: use your device’s camera to snap any item’s barcode and ShopSavvy will instantly pull up online price comparisons for it. Not a fan? See more options in our roundup of the best price comparison mobile apps 6 Price Comparison Apps Compared: Which Is the Best? 6 Price Comparison Apps Compared: Which Is the Best? Comparison shopping is a great way to save money, and these apps will help you find the best prices on the go. Read More .

For Deal Alerts

CamelCamelCamel price alert graph

Arguably the most useful feature, price notifications can save you a ton of money with practically zero effort. But if you can’t rely on Amazon Assistant, where else can you go?

Despite its weird name, CamelCamelCamel is the best tool to use. Take any Amazon product URL and paste it into CamelCamelCamel’s search box to see a complete history of its price. You can set an alert for when the price drops below a certain threshold. You can also see its lowest and highest prices ever, which can let you know if you’re getting a deal or not.

This isn’t the only tool, of course. See our roundup of ways to get discounted deals on Amazon How to Get the Best Discounted Deals on Amazon How to Get the Best Discounted Deals on Amazon There are lots of great deals on Amazon, but you need to know how to find them. Here are some tips and tools to help. Read More . Also, these ways to save when shopping on Amazon 10 Super Ways to Save When Shopping on Amazon 10 Super Ways to Save When Shopping on Amazon There are plenty of ways to save some bucks when shopping on Amazon that you may or may not know about. Read More  can push your savings to the next level.

How Do You Shop Online?

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More than that, here are a few more things to bear in mind when shopping online: how to avoid impulsive shopping behavior Buck the Trend: 5 Tips to Avoid Shopping Impulsively Online Buck the Trend: 5 Tips to Avoid Shopping Impulsively Online Are you an impulsive shopper? Do you throw away money on items you don’t really want or need? Here are some tips and tricks to help you regain control. Read More , common online shopping traps Do You Think Twice About These Online Shopping Traps Before You Buy? Do You Think Twice About These Online Shopping Traps Before You Buy? Retailers and marketers are using cutting-edge behavioral psychology to get you to buy their products, whether you need them or not. Do you know how they're targeting you? Read More , and tricks that’ll help you spend less money online 7 Tricks That'll Help You Waste Less Money Online 7 Tricks That'll Help You Waste Less Money Online Who needs willpower when you can trick yourself into spending less money online? Read More . Left unchecked, online shopping can be a huge money sink!

What do you think of Amazon Assistant? What about Amazon in general? How do you prefer to shop online? Share with us down in the comments below!

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  1. Phil N.
    December 19, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Funny how this article talks about spammy stuff just as this page opens a new tab to some fake phi shingles site.

  2. Miss Take
    December 13, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    I just removed it. It was getting on my nerves anyway popping up every time I searched for something to buy

  3. infmom
    December 12, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I have only used it to add items from other sites to my Amazon wish list. And I do not use it on a mobile device.