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Here's how to see everything you've purchased online with one easy Google Search

By Justin Kahn
Dec 2, 2014
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  1. While Google has consistently updated basic search results with new bits of information, it also has more personal options as well. Users can use traditional Google searches to check out all the different things they have purchased, along with handy...

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  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,670   +1,871

    And this is a good thing, why exactly?
     
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  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +267

    Obviously so that once someone does it (likely out of curiosity), Google can tailor it's ads and sponsored links towards things you may buy. It's to make our lives easier by showing us what we want to buy... remember Google does no evil; it's in their motto after all, Right?

    .......... Right.....?
     
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,670   +1,871

    If you have a Gmail account, then you should already know that Google already does this, and well beyond the boundaries of good taste. Besides, I thought that Amazon's head narcissist, had figured out how to ship stuff to us, before we actually clicked to buy it. It seems like magic, but its really gross invasion of privacy, covered up by a few mentalism parlor tricks'
    It's most likely because of my age, as I'm 40 some odd years older than the internet, and that's what makes me work bass ackwards. But, I tend to think about what I want, then I use Google to find it for me.

    In any event, Google's new strategy is a revolutionary backdoor approach to an old axiom, which should now be altered to read, "money and its fool are soon parted company".

    I'm probably a minority of one in this sentiment, but I'd still, honest to God, rather have the NSA surveilling me than Google.
     
  5. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,178   +72

    Thanks for the heads up. Tried it, and unfortunately for me it's not that useful, because it highlights way too many "purchases" of free stuff, such as from the Amazon appstore, and misses many real purchases. So while it would be nice to have some backup to my own tracking of purchases, this unfortunately isn't it. If they added the prices and some way to tally them, that might have been more useful. I'm sure many people would be surprised at how much money they spend. I know I always am.
     
  6. Bobs Yer Uncle

    Bobs Yer Uncle TS Rookie

    The purpose of this capability is so that you, the user, can develop a very tiny sense of, the very briefest of glimpses at, the mountain of data that defines YOU as an entity & comprises your ultimate value or worth as that entity.

    SCOTUS apparently decided that they had better move forward & redefine corporations as People, since it's clear that over 99% of all Human People are simply no longer worth the time, trouble & expense to maintain their Human status. Expect your ID placards to arrive any day, along with a copy of the title declaring who your new owner is.
     
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,670   +1,871

    Thank you sir, may I have another?
     
  8. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +267

    I think I forgot my sarcasm tags, did not expect any real response. :p
     
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  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,670   +1,871

    Verily I say unto thee, "stuff"!

    With that out of the way, your post was way too rich to not get editorialized in full measure, by the inimitable Kruel Kranky Keyboard. (and yes, that's 3 K's in a row, but who's kounting).
     
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  10. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +267

    Alliteration always allows acute amusement~
     
  11. Axle Greese

    Axle Greese TS Enthusiast Posts: 30

    My homepage is Google and is always signed in. Clearly the author uses a different methodology than me when buying online. Last month I got myself $$$$$ of parts from eight online stores for building a high end gaming PC. Not one was listed even when using the time and country filters.
     
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,670   +1,871

    Shhhh, not so loud! Google will hear you...:oops:
     
  13. Evil Bob

    Evil Bob TS Rookie

    Of course I had to try this. So clicking on the little receipt icons it shows a breakdown of what I bought including taxes and shipping cost. Looks like just all the email receipts I received in my gmail. I kind of like the idea of being able to look back on my purchases in a group but still made me feel a little uneasy. I know it makes no difference really as the information is being collected regardless and I already have the ads catered to me whenever I am online. I guess the only way to avoid this is to go in a store pay in cash and use no reward card , otherwise all purchases are tracked by someone for whatever reason.
     

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