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Friday, 25th April, 2008, 09:12 PM #11Originally Posted by Belorin
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Friday, 25th April, 2008, 09:14 PM #12
I upped my shipping to "Standard Shipping" because the pre-order said that the Free Shipping would not go out until the 10th. With Standard Shipping, I should get the books before the Free Shipping books would've been shipped.
I felt that was worth the $3.
I may go ahead and pick up an extra copy of the PHB, though. If I'm serious about running this game (and I am), it never hurts to have an extra one.
And if I wind up playing, it will be nice to have a bang around copy that I can get scuffed up without having to worry about it...
Friday, 25th April, 2008, 09:21 PM #13
Hmm I wonder if at first class they ship it early for release date... My freind seems conviced it says on his it will be delivered on the day.
Friday, 25th April, 2008, 10:14 PM #14
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Can't tell if you're being serious or not, but assuming you are: you have unreasonable expectations.Originally Posted by ShadowyFigure
A reasonable expectation is that all retailers receive shipment from the distributor at the same time, so that the product can be put on shelves on the street date.
For a dirt store like Borders, that means that on the street date you can walk into the store, pick up the product from a store shelf, and purchase the product.
For an online store like Amazon, that means that on the street date UPS can walk into the warehouse, pick up your product from a warehouse shelf, put it on a truck for delivery to a UPS hub, and from there put your product on a plane or truck for delivery to another UPS distribution center near your home, before finally being put on another truck for delivery to your home.
In other words: UPS normally is only able to pick up product from Amazon's warehouse the same day customers can pick up product from Borders. UPS has to then get the product to you. This takes time, of course--though I hear UPS is investing heavily in teleportation research. ;p
For extremely high profile products like Harry Potter books, Amazon and UPS and the distributor and the publisher will all work together (at tremendous investment of time and money) to arrange things so that your pre-order will be delivered the same day they become available for sale in dirt stores. As someone else mentioned, it's unlikely 4E will get this treatment.
Now, if for some reason Amazon gets stock well in advance of street date (it happens, especially when the publisher isn't terribly concerned about a retailer breaking the street date) then they may go ahead and ship product early, and time things so that your book arrives on the street date. I've seen it happen, but it's unreasonable to expect that to happen every time.
-z, former Amazonian
Last edited by Zaruthustran; Friday, 25th April, 2008 at 10:19 PM.
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Friday, 25th April, 2008, 10:24 PM #15
Won't be playing the game for at least three weeks after release, so I'm in no big hurry.
Friday, 25th April, 2008, 10:31 PM #16
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On the contrary, they are highly ranked on Amazon's bestseller list.Originally Posted by Mercule
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Friday, 25th April, 2008, 11:56 PM #17
I am 100% sure that the 4e book are high priority and will be delivered on the release date. Also how is it unreasonable that I expect, a product I preorder to be available on the day? I can go into a store and preorder something to be co0llected on the day.
Why can't they just ship it that bit early for those people who take the time to show devotion to a product.
Saturday, 26th April, 2008, 12:02 AM #18
I see... Interesting any way that was there reply to my enquiry.Dear Customer
Thank you for writing to Amazon.co.uk regarding the item "Player's Handbook: A 4th Edition Core Rulebook: 1 (D&d Core Rulebook): 1 (Dungeons & Dragons) (Hardcover)".
We do understand your interest in purchasing this item.
Our latest information indicates that this title has not yet
been released, and estimated to be released on June 06,2008.
We will pre-order this title from our supplier, and expect to obtain
copies directly following its release.
Once we begun to receive copies from our supplier we will fulfill our customer orders as quickly as we can on a first-come, first-served basis.
You will be able to view the details of this title at the following link:
We will do our best to keep our website updated with any changes in
If you wish to order this title, simply click on the "Pre-Order"
button, and this will take you to the online order form. On the date
of dispatch, you would receive an e-mail message confirming the date,
contents and method of your delivery. As per our standard policy, we
do not charge you for an order until the time of dispatch.
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Saturday, 26th April, 2008, 12:16 AM #19
Enchanter (Lvl 12)
Last year I did place a pre-order for some D&D items from Amazon.com. They were shipped the day before the street date using priority international courier and they arrived at my house in two days.
Saturday, 26th April, 2008, 12:39 AM #20
Minor Trickster (Lvl 4)
I'm really thinking about waiting till the deluxe edition...