What Is the Difference Between Buying & Pre-Ordering?

by Kathryn Hatter
Get a pre-order placed to reserve your item.

Oh, the anticipation and even impatience as you wait for manufacturers or retailers to release a hot, new item. If others are also waiting as you are, you might have trouble finding your desired merchandise in stock. In this situation, pre-ordering is preferable over waiting to buy, since it enables you to get what you want before it sells out.

Buying Details

Popular and anticipated items often sell out quickly. If you wait to buy your item until it is released, you risk seeing the item sell out before you get the chance to purchase it.

Pre-Ordering Benefits

When many consumers anticipate an item, a retailer may offer it for pre-order before it arrives in stores. With a pre-order, you place your order and provide payment information for the item. This reserves it for you and ensures you will receive one after release. If the price goes down between the time you pre-order and the release date, many retailers will honor the lower price. Check about payment processing when you pre-order. Your credit or debit card might be charged at order processing or it could be slightly sooner. If it’s sooner, this may expedite shipping. If you change your mind between pre-order placement and order processing, you should be able to cancel without your payment going through.

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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