Frequently Asked Questions

How do I send my shopping cart to someone?

As of the writing time of this FAQ, there are no officially supported ways to share a cart with someone else on Amazon, Walmart or AliExpress. With Share-A-Cart, simply add items to your online store’s shopping cart as you would for yourself. Once you're done, use the Share-a-Cart extension to "Create Cart ID". This process will take a few seconds to complete. At the end you'll get a cart code and an option to share it. Send this cart code to your friends yourself or use our sharing options to do it. All the other person will have to do is look up the Cart ID on the Get a save list page or click the link you sent them via our sharing page.

What does the Share-A-Cart website do?

None of the stores we support, including Amazon, Walmart and AliExpress, offer any functionality that allows you to share your shopping list or cart with your friends or anyone else. Most stores offer a wishlist feature, but those are meant as a way for you to publicize your gift ideas for yourself. This is where Share-A-Cart comes in. Our product allows you to share your shopping cart with other people so they can buy items based on your recommendations for themselves.

To make a shareable shopping list, go to the Make a new list page, then select a retailer and start searching for items you'd like on the list. Don't forget to give your list a descriptive title. Once you're done, click save, and you'll be presented with a list of options on sharing it with other people. All the recipients have to do is click the link you share or go to the "Get a saved list" page and load your suggested items into their own cart. Here's an example list you can try for yourself.

A more in depth video explainer can be viewed in this video.

What can the Share-A-Cart addon do?

Share-A-Cart series of browser extensions simplify and speed up the process of sharing shopping cart contents. Once your cart contains all the items you'd like to share, use the extension to "Create Cart ID". After a few seconds you'll be presented with a unique list code you can share with others. You can copy the code and send it to your friends with instructions to load it via the Get a saved list page, or load it with the extension by clicking "Receive Cart". Alternatively you can use the share option to send them a link to the Get page.

Which online retailers are covered by Share-a-Cart?

Share-A-Cart covers an ever expanding list of online retailers. Here is a comprehensive list of the stores Share-A-Cart works with today:

  • Amazon
    • Amazon.com and all of international Amazon stores
    • Amazon Whole Foods
    • Amazon Fresh
    • Amazon Pantry
  • Walmart
    • Walmart.com
    • Walmart Grocery
  • AliExpress

I received a cart code, how can I use it?

With cart code in your possession, navigate to the "Get a saved list" page and enter the code into the search field, then press the "Search" button and the cart will come up. You should see a complete item list, name of the retailer this cart was generated from, and several buttons for further action.

If you are satisfied and ready to load this list into your own shopping cart, simply click "Send All To Cart". Alternatively you can pick just a subset of items that you are interested in. To do this, click on the checkbox next to those items that you'd like to send to your cart, once done, press "Send Selected" and only those products will be loaded into your shopping cart.

How do I make my own list?

You may make your own lists with the "Make a new list" page. First, select the retailer for this list by clicking the drop-down menu. Next, type in product name, description or anything else you are searching for into the search field and click "Search". After a brief moment, your initial search results will come up in an easy to read list. If you do not see the item you are looking for, simply re-enter descriptive terms into the search field and try "Search" again.

If you do see the item you want to add to your list, just press the "Add" button. This will remove the search results and show you the current contents of the list. If you would like to select several items at once, instead of pressing "Add", click the checkbox next to the items you want to add into the list and press "Add Selected" button. Don't forget to change the quantity if you would like more than one of the item.

Repeat the search step as many times as it takes for you to build the list you want to share. Once completed, pressing the "Save List" button will bring up the shareable link that you need to pass to the recipients. Either copy, email, or select "More Sharing Options" for many more distribution choices.

I made a list, where do I share it?

After you have made your list, simply pass the link to it to your recipient. You can SMS, email, or share it via whatever social media service you prefer.

Is this Share-A-Cart the same as the Beachbody one?

No. Beachbody On Demand is a completely separate company that has a similarly named service. You can find it here: https://shareacart.teambeachbody.com

How are Share-A-Cart lists different from wish lists?

Wishlists, wedding and baby registries are completely different from what Share-a-Cart offers. These are a means for people to send you gifts. Share-a-Cart creates a way for you to share your suggestions for other people to buy for themselves.

Can I make lists without sharing my cart?

Of course! You may make your own lists with the "Make a new list" page. First, select the retailer for this list by clicking the drop-down menu. Next, type in product name, description or anything else you are searching for into the search field and click "Search". After a brief moment, your initial search results will come up in an easy to read list. If you do not see the item you are looking for, simply re-enter descriptive terms into the search field and try "Search" again.

If you do see the item you want to add to your list, just press the "Add" button. This will `remove the search results and show you the current contents of the list. If you would like to select several items at once, instead of pressing "Add", click the checkbox next to the items you want to add into the list and press "Add Selected" button. Don't forget to change the quantity if you would like more than one of the item.

Repeat the search step as many times as it takes for you to build the list you want to share. Once completed, pressing the "Save List" button will bring up the shareable link that you need to pass to the recipients. Either copy, email, or select "More Sharing Options" for many more distribution choices.

Can I update a list I made earlier?

Yes! But you'll need to take a few manual steps. First, navigate to "Make a new list" page. Then, edit the URL to add your cart ID like so: /make/CART ID HERE. This will allow you to edit an existing list.

I made a list with 12 items, but only 7 are loading for the people I shared it with?

When sending a cart to someone, occasionally, items become out of stock between the time list has been created and the time list has been loaded into someone's cart. Unfortunately, the out of stock items do not transfer and thus do not show up in the recipients list. There may also be regional differences from store to store, for example a list created at a US website of the retailer, may not load on the UK site.

I made a cart some time ago, now some of the items in it are missing.

Occasionally this happens due to supply issues, changes in item id, or many other vendor related reasons. Simply create a new list and proceed as usual. For additional information see "Can I update a list I made earlier?" question.

Can I make a list containing items from multiple stores?

No. At the moment, we only allow a list made of items from a single online retailer. If this is a feature you'd like to see added, please reach out via the contact form on the "About" page.

I'm trying to load a list using the addon and it's taking longer than expected, how come?

Simply put, something is wrong. Generally, lists should take no more than a minute to load with the addon. If for some reason, the addon is not working for you, please reach out via the contact form on the "About" page.

What happens to my list after I'm done using it? Can I delete a list I made?

The lists that have not been used in the last 6 month are marked for automated deletion. At the moment, you cannot delete a list you have made yourself but we are happy to assist if there is a need. Please reach out via the contact form on the "About" page.

What information does Share-a-Cart store about me?

As you noticed, using the various services from Share-a-Cart does not require a login. We do not store any personally identifiable information. Shopping lists only contain a unique id, but no information about who created it or who used it.

I have a question not covered here, how can I get it addressed?

We'd love the opportunity to help you, please reach out via the contact form on the "About" page.