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SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR "WISH LIST" ACTUALIZATION AND USE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000018583D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jul-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jul-24
Document File: 4 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

In this disclosure, items on wish lists become actualized as either purchased products (e.g. and charged to a credit card and shipped) or as shopping cart inclusions based on one of several criteria.

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SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR "WISH LIST" ACTUALIZATION AND USE

Commercial web sites often have wish lists in which customers express desire for products but have not actually purchased the product. In this disclosure, items on wish lists become actualized as either purchased products (e.g. and charged to a credit card and shipped) or as shopping cart inclusions based on one of several criteria, such as:
1) a lottery system in which the commercial institution selects a wish list item and gives it to you as a gift because you are a good customer,
2) when the user's monetary situation improves
3) when a beneficent third party actualizes the item
4) when the wish list exceeds a certain size
5) when the wish list item "ages" beyond a certain time.
6) when the stock market exceeds a certain threshold.

In a second embodiment, a wish list is automatically tied to demographic tracking and supply chain management. For example, if 5000 people have a book on their wish list, the publisher prints more and the commercial site stocks more and the commercial site advertises the product more, thus creating a feeding frenzy.

In another embodiment, incentives (such as reduced puchase prices) are offered to third parties who actualize a wish list item.

On-line bookstores use Wish Lists. For them a Wish List is a private, secure place where you can save items that you are interested in purchasing at a later date. That way, you don't have to search for them again later. There are two ways to add products to your Wish List. On most product pages, beneath the "Add to Cart" button, there is a link that says "Add to Wish List." Clicking this will add the item to your Wish List. Note that some products, like eBooks, magazines, and out-of-print books, cannot be added to a Wish List. The second way to add a product to your Wish List is from the Shopping Cart. On the Shopping Cart page, click the "Move to Wish List" button next to the item. If this button does not appear, it means that the item cannot be moved to the Wish List. Wish Lists may be viewed. On the Shopping Cart page, select the Wish List link -- a summary of the items in your Wish List is displayed. You can also move items back and forth between the Wish List and Shopping Cart on the Shopping Cart page. Wish lists are private. The only way someone can see your Wish List is if they are using your computer or are logged in to the site under your account. If you move an item from the Wish List to the Shopping Cart, it will only be removed from the Wish List once the item has been purchased. If you wish to remove an item from the Wish List without buying it, simply select "delete" on the Wish List page.

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1. A system and method comprising: - a wish list - a method for automatically actualizing the wish list based on criteria

2. MOC (MOC = "The method of claim") 1 wherein the wish list is part of: an on-line shopping system

3. MOC 1 wherein the actualizing is any of: turning the wish li...