No, I don't have access to his personal account. You used to be able to mark something as purchased on someone else's. They removed that functionality. Now there's no way for other people to know that item was purchased.
I don't recall ever seeing that option. However, there are a couple of things you can do.
First, you can just delete the item from the wish list. If you have it, you don't need it so you can remove from the wish list.
The other thing you can do ONLY if it has not already been purchased from Amazon. You can create another wishlist and maybe call it "Purchased" and move the item to that wish list. You can make these extra lists public or private. If you purchase something from Amazon, it will show in the original list with the appropriate filter of "Purchased" or "Unpurchased" or "Unpurchased". You have to delete it and then add it to the separate list if you want it there.
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Yea, I used that feature quite a bit this past x-mas. It helped my sister keep track of what gifts I had purchased for my niece and nephew. Looks like we'll have to figure out a different way to do that for next x-mas unless Amazon puts the feature back in.
The same problem. I have my friend's gift list and I prefer to buy the gift from another store because the price there is 2 times cheaper. But in this case, I couldn't inform people that this item has been already purchased (because there is no button "Purchased this somewhere else." anymore) and there is a probability that it will be purchased one more time by someone else. No option to get help or answers from Amason. :(
This feature was definitely there. I have used it many times. It seems they have removed it. Too bad as Amazon was our family's first choice in sharing wish lists. If you go to their list help (attached), it still shows it as the appropriate option. Last sentence.
Amazon, if you have removed it, fix your help screen! Otherwise bring the feature back!
Purchase from a List
Once you've entered someone's list, you can browse the item details of anything on the list.
To purchase from a list:
Browse the registry.
You can sort list items by title, date, price, priority or purchased status by choosing the desired option from the Sort and Filter pull-down menus.
Click Add to Cart or Buy with 1-Click.
You can click these buttons from the list page or product detail pages. When you order, the item will be moved to the Purchased section of the recipient's list.
If you place your order through the Shopping Cart instead of 1-Click, you can enter a gift message and request gift-wrap.
Continue shopping or proceed to checkout.
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your order.
Only the registrant's name and city will appear on the default address to protect the privacy of the list owner.
If you're purchasing an item from a seller, the default shipping address will only be available if the list owner has enabled third-party address sharing. Otherwise, you'll need to know and enter the shipping address.
To mark a seller item as purchased, click the Buying this elsewhere link next to the item and follow the instructions in the pop-up.
Thank you for the helpful response. I just want to add another voice that this is a key feature of the Wishlist that needs to be restored, so please pass that on to the Development team. I have been using the Wishlist to help family members buy gifts for me and my kids for more than a decade, and about 90% of those gifts have been through Amazon. If a grandparent can't go buy an item in a physical store or another site, then come back and mark it as purchased, then you can easily get duplicates of the same item. It's just a pain for everyone. This feature has been missing for several months, and already a couple of birthdays have been filled with confusion about who has bought what. I'm going to have to find an alternative if it isn't fixed soon.
Is there any updates on if and when this feature will be restored? I gave feedback to customer service and they said the feature was removed and didn't say further about whether it would be restored at some point. Then I found this thread that development might bring it back in the future.
My wife's birthday is coming up soon and unfortunately I suspect our extended family is buying her duplicate gifts by accident because of the removal of this feature.
I've read in several places that it was removed purposely to discourage buying from outside sources. However, that was not its only functionality. I bought my son a 3 pack of strings he had on his list with a large quantity, but couldn't show them as bought. Got someone the deluxe version of a video game they had on their list as standard, couldn't mark it and they got both. Sometimes we'll put things on our lists and comment for any color or any style of an item. Then if someone didn't buy the exact item on the list, it's not removed. What are we supposed to do, spoil the surprise and ask the recipient to remove each item? That's ridiculous. Duplicate gifts also mean someone had to incur shipping charges and hassle to return the excess items. This was a dumb move on amazon's part. So was removing the ability to search across lists. Seriously, why remove that??