Some parents believe they can ward off Christmas snooping by assiduously guarding their passwords. It doesn't always work.
While Bethany Howell napped on the couch last week, her daughter Ashlynd, 6 years old, used her mother's thumb to unlock her phone and open the Amazon app.
"$250 later, she has shopped for all her Christmas presents on Amazon," said Ms Howell, of Little Rock, Ark.
After Ashlynd's parents received 13 order confirmations for Pokemon items, they initially thought they'd been hacked, then they figured Ashlynd had bought them unintentionally.
"No, Mommy, I was shopping," Ms Howell said her daughter told her. "But don't worry-everything that I ordered is coming straight to the house."
Ms Howell added: "She is really proud of herself."
The Howells could return only four of the items. So Ms. Howell came up with a solution and told Ashlynd, "Well, Santa found out and that is what Santa is going to bring you for Christmas."
There are tactics to prevent such incidents-such as deleting cookies, turning off recommendations and creating separate accounts.
Amazon said it encourages using its "Household" offering, which keeps the order histories secret on family accounts.
It also recommends choosing the "gift" option at checkout, which should help prevent a shipment from arriving in its original packaging.
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