7/12/2019 Update – Project Status
Unfortunately, this project should now be considered “dead” – Amazon has removed and/or locked down all the services and endpoints that this tool relies on to work, and I could not find suitable replacements, even after a thorough search. Details on this can be found on this Github issue.
Github page: here.
The short explanation for what this is: a “bookmarklet” – which is a bookmark that executes code when clicked – that lets you add a product from almost any website to your Amazon wishlist (aka an Amazon Universal Wishlist). Here is a demo showing me adding an item to my wishlist from Target:
Amazon used to offer a bookmarklet that functioned very similarly to what I built, usually referred to as the “Amazon Universal Wishlist Button” or the “Amazon Add to Wishlist Bookmarklet”. However, they retired it in 2018 and have been only allowing users to add non-Amazon hosted products to their wishlist if you use their new Chrome Extension. I got annoyed by this decision, because the bookmarklet was perfect for what was needed and was very unobtrusive, whereas the new Chrome Extension runs in the background, is way overkill for just adding things to your wishlist, and has the potential to collect data on your web browsing activities as well as alter pages you look at.
I created this bookmarklet mostly because I was curious if it was even possible to make something that would bypass the need for the Chrome Extension, and furthermore, I wanted to use the bookmarklet myself (and am now doing so).
If you want the hard way, you can clone my Github repo, and create a local installer page. If you want the easy way, just use the installer page embedded below:
** Installation embed removed due to project status **
How do I use this?
To use this tool, simply click the bookmark you dragged into your toolbar whenever you are on a product page that you want to add to your wishlist – the popup should appear almost instantly after you click it. You do not have to share any logins or information with me, however, you have to not be logged out of Amazon in the browser you are trying to use the bookmarklet in. Amazon keeps you logged in for a very long time, so unless you logged yourself out on purpose, or are trying to use the bookmarklet in an incognito window, this should not be an issue.
Something is not working!
I created this tool on a whim, mostly because I wanted to see if it was possible to make in the first place, and then also be able to use it for myself. As such, I’m likely not going to devote much time to improving it, or fixing it if Amazon changes something that breaks its functionality. However, feel free to contact me anyways if you have a concern – use the contact link at the top of this page.