Hi. I’m having trouble adding things to an online shopping basket. No matter
what the shop is, it doesn’t add them. I’m currently running on Vista. I don’t get
any error messages; it just doesn’t add the items that I’m trying to buy. I
hope this is enough information.
In this excerpt from
Answercast #29, I work through various options to troubleshoot shopping cart
Trouble with shopping carts
Kind of enough information.
There are a couple of things that have to be working properly for shopping carts to work. One is cookies.
- So, one of the things I suggest you do is clear the cookies; you can use CCleaner on your PC to clear the cookies in your browser.
That’s one approach. It can sometimes resolve these things.
If cookies are (for whatever reason) messed up, that can prevent shopping carts from working.
Clear the browser cache
- I would also at the same time clear your browser cache; I have an article on that, “What’s a browser cache and how do I clear it?“
That too can often cause odd behavior on any number of different sites and types of technologies.
Try a different browser
And finally, you haven’t mentioned what browser you are using, which is why I hesitated with it being enough information.
- Regardless of which browser you’re using, try a different browser.
Any of the top three will do: the top three being Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.
If you’re using any one of those and you’re experiencing this problem… then try one of the others and see what happens. My guess is that your problem will go away.
In fact, my guess is that clearing the cache or clearing the cookies will probably make the problem go away. But if not, you’ve got this as a fall back: try a different browser and see how that operates for this scenario.
Probably these steps will resolve the problem for you quite quickly.
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4 comments on “Why can't I add anything to online shopping carts?”
I have one more suggestion for the ultra-paranoid: Turn ON your cookies for the site in question. If your browser does not accept cookies, your carts will probably not work. If you are ultra-paranoid, you might have disabled all cookies. Not that I would know. ahem.
It could be a case of an aggressive firewall.
I know I have had issues while running ZoneAlarm where websites do not function as intended, but work fine if ZoneAlarm is not running (my machine defaulting to the Windows firewall in that case)