How To Hide Amazon Orders from Prying Eyes
Do you have a guilty secret? Spent more than you should recently? Bought gifts for people online and don’t want them seeing? These are all good reasons why you might want to hide your Amazon orders from prying eyes. I’m going to show you how.
That feeling of calm satisfaction of being ahead of the curve during holiday season, or of getting away with buying a little more than you should on Amazon will fade quickly if you’re found out. If you are able to keep your credit card statement to yourself, the only other evidence, other than the products themselves, is your order history on Amazon. Fortunately, you can do something about that.
You cannot delete your order history but you can archive it. Unless the person looking knows about the archive, your secret should be safe.
How to hide Amazon orders
Amazon doesn’t allow you to delete your order history, which is a shame. If you have a curious partner, children or friend who would think nothing of digging through your Amazon account to see what you have been up to, hiding your order is about as good as it gets.
- Log in to your Amazon account.
- Select Your Account in the top left.
- Select Order History and then the order you want to hide.
- Select Hide Order.
- Confirm your choice.
This removes that order from the default order history view. It doesn’t remove it altogether. You will still be able to view or re-order using the archived one by selecting the very helpful ‘View Hidden Orders’. Fortunately, it isn’t as obvious as the usual order history screen.
Should you need to, you can Unhide Order by finding an order in View Hidden Orders and selecting ‘Unhide Order’ on the right.
How to buy gifts without being found out
With most of our shopping now happening online, there is now a trail of evidence that follows every purchase. Where we once could use cash to buy a product and then either hide or trash the receipt, we now have a record on our credit card statement, an email confirmation, email statement and an account statement with the retailer. So while shopping may haver gotten easier, hiding your Amazon orders hasn’t!
If you want to keep gifts secret, there are still options.
Go old school
Cash is still legal and still used everywhere. Nothing is stopping you going to a brick and mortar store and buying a gift. You can hide the receipt, have the present gift wrapped or wrap it yourself and hide the gift until it is time. There is no trace and no record of what has happened. As long as you have a good hiding place for the gift, you’re home free!
Use a degree of separation
If you’re gifting to curious types, you will need a degree of separation between you and the gift. That usually means using a family member or friend to make the purchase. If you trust them not to let on, this is an excellent way of buying online without leaving a trace. You can then either use cash or bank transfer to pay the purchaser so everyone is even and you’re all set!
Again, as long as you know how or where to hide the gift, you should have no problem here.
If you regularly buy things that you don’t want found, you may find running a second Amazon account more useful. You will need a second credit card and a reason for a second account though. If you’re self-employed, a contractor or something else, that’s easy. You can open a personal and a business account. If you’re an normal user opening a second account could be tricky.
You could use a second credit card but then you still leave a trail. So why not use a pre-paid credit card? These are still legit cards but don’t usually send statements to your house and won’t leave a trace that can be found by others. They are also a great way to shop online safely as if the numbers get stolen, the worst that can happen is they can steal whatever cash you loaded the card with.
There are many reasons why you might want to hide Amazon orders. We don’t judge. The Hide Order function on the Amazon website is okay but if the person you’re hiding the order from knows about it, that method isn’t foolproof. These other methods might offer better protection though.
Do you know of other effective ways to hide Amazon orders? Tell us about them below if you do!