Posted on 2005-05-13
Last Modified: 2010-04-07
I asked a question earlier about persisting a Session ID or Cart ID without using cookies (and without putting the sessionID in the url).  But now what I'm beginning to question is how many shopping carts really don't use cookies?  Wouldn't you say that (for the most part) using a cookie in a shopping cart is (almost) required?

I'm just curoius as to how many people really don't have cookies enabled, and if it could dramatically affect our sales because of it?
Can I find stats on this some where?  Can I assume that almost anyone who shops online has cookies enabled?

I continue to ponder all these questions because I'd really like a user to save a shopping cart without having to log in or create an account (but if they buy, then they must register/login).  In order for a user to have items in their cart, exit the site and still have the cart entact when they return, I HAVE to have a cookie right?

So I guess this question has become more theoretical, but if there is a way to implement this in ASP.NET, I'd love to hear/try it!
Question by:qumpus
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    If you've worked in technology long enough, you know most people aren't technically savvy, and think cookies are what you leave out on christmas eve for santa.  I don't think they'll be disabling cookies anytime soon!.  That leaves you with people that do know what cookies are, but realize they pose no real threat, so they leave them enabled, which is a large majority of people.  The people that are crazy enough to turn them off know full well they are doing so, and I'm sure they are quite used to websites not functioning properly, so serves them right!  I don't think you have much to worry about...

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    Yes, I do realize that most people aren't technically savvy.  But one thing that I do see sometimes is the people who are scared to death of viruses, spyware, malware, etc.  While these are usually real and valid threats, these are the people who I think may disable the cookies *thinking* that cookies are bad and that someone is 'tracking' their Internet history.  I think a lot of people are misled by the idea of a browser-cookie.

    Do anyone know where I can get statistics on this?
    How many high-traffic shopping carts are cookie-less?
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    sorry, don't know where to find statistics.  Try disabling your cookies and going to, I bet they'll warn you.

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