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Creating, sharing and finding wish lists
Unlike your Watch list, you can share a wish list with friends or family, or make it public so that others can search for it. A wish list is a great way to help others find the perfect gift for you, or to share ideas for a gift for a friend or family member.
Creating and editing your wish list
To create a wish list, start adding items you want.
To add items to your wish list:
An item will remain on your wish list until you remove it, it is no longer available on eBay, or someone else buys it for you.
To review your wish list later, or add or remove items, click the Wish list link in the Lists section on the left side of My eBay.
Personalising your wish list
Once you've created your wish list, you can add a personalised note to make it easier to find, add a note to items on your list to share additional information with anyone looking at your list, or choose a fun theme for your list.
To add a note to your list:
To add a note to an item in your wish list:
(To remove your note, click Add note, delete the text and click Save.)
To choose a theme for your wish list:
Sharing your wish list
After you create a wish list, you can share it with your friends and family through Facebook and email.
Before you share your wish list, change your wish list setting to shared or public by selecting one of those options from the drop-down menu at the top of your wish list. Find out more about making your list shared or public
To share your list on Facebook:
To share your list by email:
Anyone can buy an item that's on your wish list, but if they aren't an eBay member, their purchase won't be reflected on your wish list.
Making your wish list public or private
Your wish list is set to 'private' by default. You decide who else can see your wish list by choosing your privacy setting from the drop-down menu at the top of your wish list. You have 3 choices:
You can change your privacy settings at any time.
How your list is shown to other people
If you've set your list to 'public', or shared the link on Facebook as 'Public', it could be picked up on search engine sites such as Google. However, if you change your list back to 'private', people won't be able to click on it and over time, your wish list will stop appearing in search results.
If someone searches for your list, we'll only show them the personal information they used to search. For example, John searches for his friend Sue Smith by eBay user ID (sue123). When John finds Sue's wish list, he'll see it as 'sue123's wish list' instead of 'Sue Smith's wish list' or the wish list of firstname.lastname@example.org
Finding other wish lists
You can find someone else's wish list by searching for their name, eBay user ID, or email address. You can only search for wish lists which the owner has set to 'public'.
To find a wish list:
If the member you're searching for doesn't have a wish list yet, or their wish list is empty, you'll be able to email them and encourage them to add items or create their list.
Can't find the wish list you're looking for?
Here are some reasons why you might not be able to find someone else's wish list:
If you still can't find a friend or family member's wish list, get in touch with them to check whether they've got a list set up, and ask them to share it with you.
Buying an item on a wish list
If someone buys an item on your wish list, the item is marked as purchased in your wish list view, and hidden on the shared wish list page. That way, you don't end up with 2 of the same item.
If you're buying an item on a friend's wish list, make sure you click Buy this item on the wish list page and check out in the same session. If you log out before paying and come back later, eBay can't track that you bought the item, and your friend's wish list won't be updated.
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