Amazon charges you when they ship the item to you, not before, so you can preorder now, your credit card will be charged the day Amazon sent you the game, in the meantime you can even cancel the preorder and they will not charge you a single cent, so preorder witouth fear.....;)
Why do people pre-order? I haven't seen a game with a 'sold out' problem since back in the NES days & the last I remember from then is Super Mario Brothers 2. I've been paying attention to the major releases (God of War 3, the Halos, Madden Footballs, Call of Duties, etc) & have never seen one of those sold out in stores the day they came out. Just buy it in a store the day it comes out, then you don't have to wait for transit via UPS or Fedex.
@whatever-Sometimes it's a smart move, like with the first run of Super Mario All-Stars for Wii. Also, you can avoid paying sales tax and, since this is being released on a Friday, it'll almost certainly have Release Date delivery
If your going to get a game anyways its ALWAYs best to preorder it here on amazon. Because then you will get the best price for the game. The game prices fluctuate and arent always 59.99 sometimes it drops lower and amazon will give you the best price from when you preordered it to when its shipped.
Call of Duty: Black Ops was sold out... and most of the time amazon has release date delivery... so why waste gas and pay tax on a game you can get shipped for free on the same day and possibly pay cheaper?
Whatever - I guess you don't shop at Gamestop (and I don't blame you if you don't). You can't get ANY game the day it comes out, not even if it's a major release, unless you preordered it. I remember not being able to get Bioshock the day it came out and I got there less than an hour after they opened. I went there yesterday to get a somewhat obscure game - only one location received ONE copy and it was someone's preorder. No game for me.
I like pre-ordering. The price guarentee is wonderful, the bonus packages you can get are great. But the real reason I love doing it, is so I don't forget to order it on the release date. And for some people who live in a video game puchasing voided area like I do (only target or kmart... otherwise known and "cherry pickers" gaming sites) I am sure to have the game when I want it. Plus I love giving the UPS man a reason to stay employed.
To whatever's comments about buying pre-order: There are various reasons. 1) By pre-ordering sometimes you get codes to unlock items, characters, other stuff. In Dragon Age 2 pre-orders got upgraded to signature editions. 2) In amazon's case you'll likely get the cheapest price for it with your pre-order guarantee and sometimes give a $10-$20 credit towards a future purchase. 3) Shipping is free though you don't get it on release date and amazon charges no sales tax, especially helpful to those in states with 8%-9% sales tax. 4) Some would rather not drive out on release day to buy the game. Some may live 10+ miles from a place to buy the game, is it worth a 20+ mile round trip? On side the last game I remember selling out and being a big problem to find was SNES Street Fighter II.
New systems often sell out, remember the PSP, Wii, Xbox 360 & PS3, all had ridiculous after market prices close to the initial runs selling out ! Plus the free shipping & no sales tax is always a bonus, and the occasional $20 pre-order bonus does not hurt either ^^
I don't expect Skyrim to sell out. With a new system, there's no way of knowing how much interest there will be. That won't be the case with this game though. Everyone knows people will go crazy for it.
Ive been to gamestop at least 5 times where the game ran out before i got there, heavy rain, resident evil. I dont think i was alive when mario 2 came out, but you tried to buy a cod game in the last two years?
That's not generally why people pre-order, unless it's truly a limited edition of a game. People pre-order for the bonuses, such as DLC, extra content, discounted price, etc.
Also, why wouldn't you order from Amazon if you're on here anyway? There's no sales tax and if you shop here regularly those store credits can be most useful. Plus, they're doing release date delivery here. I can wait until the afternoon to play this, and I won't have to waste gas going to town and back.
I guess it's mostly about convenience. Some people don't live in a city or have a nearby game retailer.
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They charge you when the item is being prepared for shipment, or in other words, when they send the order to their shipping dept. So, you might be charged as much as a week before it actually ships, unless it is a Prime eligible item (like this game is) if you have Prime, in which case, you probably wont be charged until a few days before you actually receive it.