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12-11-2009 @ 10:21PM
It's free money for them. They keep your $5 for months, maybe even years, earning interest on it, and they don't have to give you anything.
12-11-2009 @ 10:35PM
I came here just to say this ^^Gift cards are the same way. They earn interest on your money, while you don't. That's why I like that Amazon's pre-orders don't charge you till it actually ships.
12-11-2009 @ 11:09PM
Oh my God! A business making money! Call the police! They are under no obligation to give you anything except the item you pre ordered. Guess who else makes money off the interest of your money and is under no obligation to give you a cut, almost every business.
12-12-2009 @ 12:13AM
It's not the fact that they make money that makes preorders somewhat of a scam. It's that they make money for doing pretty much nothing for the customer. At best gamestop will give you a little in game gift like GTA on the DS came with all the weapons unlocked if you preordered...or you can just look up the cheat code online in 2 minutes...or have fun doing it yourself.Considering what Starsmore's point is on the place holder fee collecting money at the bank for months until they actually buy anything from blizz at wholesale, well, a "For the Horde" hat would get me to bite. But they don't; so I just causally stroll into wallmart and grab a copy from the giant fucking display on release day. Why spend $5 now for nothing? I didn't buy WotLK on release, but I'm thinking you may have been able to buy it as a digital download aswell...I know many people care about the "box", I don't.A business making money is ok, a business making money by bullshiting the consumer and threatening it's staff with quotas is not.
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