When the store software was upgraded it caused the save items in cart settings to be set for 999 days. Now this has been changed to 8 hours. If anyone is still having an issue with old stuff or previous purchases still in the cart please let me know. When I think of times I have made purchases on other websites I am prone to give up if I have to jump through too many hoops. I called the software tech support and they agree with your comment that emptying items from the cart will add to abandoned cart stats.