Chums! Beware! Amazon now charge for pre-orders 5 days after you make it, not when items ship. I just got hit for one and have now been told of the 'improved' policy. Am used to budgeting for when items ship (which was very convenient) and so boggled to be hit today for a large item I hadn't expected to pay for up until mid-July!
So if the release date is more than 5 days after you place the order you get charged in 5 days time rather than the release date of July 12th (in my case). As this was a stealth policy change I can see Amazon getting a TON of complaints...
'I understand you are concerned about the charge for your preorder item.
We're introducing some improvements to payments and authorisations in order to simplify your shopping experience on Amazon.
When you pre-order an item that is yet to be released, we charge you the full order amount when the item gets dispatched. If the shipping date is set after more than five days, that charge occurs on the fifth day since your order was placed.'
Temporarily out of stock. Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we dispatch the item.
Alas my woes continue. Hermes has got my Siege Megatron from Amazon! He should have turned up on Wednesday as part of another order but went missing. Enquiry led to him apparently being due today but was lost twice. Now it will turn up sometime in the next 5 days, somewhat mocking Prime's 1-day delivery system.
I am cursed! I couldn't find the toy in a brick and mortar store!