I pre-ordered Paper Towns from ^them^, but the "track packages" thing says I won't get it until the 23rd. That's so un-good that I want to stab something with a spoon. ("Because it's dull, you twit, it'll hurt more.") (Name that movie/actor!) Seriously, this is a bad thing. Not only am I going to get my book late, but this means I'll probably not get The Dark Knight when I want it, too. I pre-ordered that (separately) so it would be on the doorstep when I get home from work the day it comes out, in order to not worry about needing a ride to the store to buy it and
get my fix as soon as fucking possible see it that evening. But if it's going to take Paper Towns this long to get to me, it'll probably be similar with TDK, too. NOOOO!
It totally negates the point of pre-ordering to have said item shipped late, doesn't it? Am I right or am I wrong, folks? Seriously.
I feel like canceling the Amazon.com order of TDK. But there was a book with it I got at the same time, too, one that I have wanted for a while and that got me the free shipping by adding it to the package. On its own, said book obviously isn't enough for free shipping, not remotely. So if I cancel the DVD, I'd have to cancel the whole package, since I don't think it's worth getting the book on its own. Oh, but I WANT THE BOOK, TOO!!!
And I don't want to wait for TDK. I mean, I suppose I could do something like
make ask someone to take me to the store to buy the DVD the day it is released, and let the package come when it comes and send back JUST the DVD with their package and return slip and stuff. But that would be such a pain in the ass, and there would be that amount of time where I'd have two copies of the DVD draining my bank account.
WHAAAAAT should I DOOOOOOO!?
But really, this leads to an area of speculation alluded to earlier in this post. I mean, I thought pre-ordering something from a place like Amazon.com served three purposes. First, to guarantee you a copy of whatever it is you're ordering. Second, to ensure that what you are ordering gets to you the first day it is available on the market. So to combine both for the third, to eliminate competition when acquiring it, whatever "it" may be.
I'll admit full-well that the first purpose will be met by Amazon. Yes, they'll get me a copy, so I know I'll eventually have one. But that "eventually" is the part that irks me and makes the second two unfulfillable by Amazon. If what I order from Amazon, be it a book or movie or goddamned dildo, for all I care, comes a week after I could theoretically get it in a store, and if I'm anticipating it that much, why bother pre-ordering from Amazon at all?
I realize there may be an insinuated flaw in my argument. I went for the free shipping. BUT, I think that, if Amazon wants to keep with the previously mentioned reasons for pre-ordering, they should send the items in time to get there. If a person bothers to pre-order, they clearly have a special interest in or need for whatever they are getting, so Amazon should take this into consideration. So if it's a free-shipping problem because the item qualifies for it, they should accommodate their customers and either split the order (if there was more than one item and the others weren't time-sensitive), free of charge, or send the whole package a few days early so it gets there the day the item pre-ordered was scheduled for release. I do realize the free shipping option is slower than others, though, which is why I think they need to consider splitting the package if the pre-ordered thing was ordered with other stuff- if they don't have enough of the time-sensitive thing early enough to send everything at once and still make its release-date, they can send the other stuff, if there is any, separately, so the time-sensitive order is there when it needs to be. And they should do this for free, since they gave the option for free shipping in the first place. The only way to avoid this aspect of the conundrum completely for both parties would be for Amazon to stop offering free shipping on items that are being pre-ordered.
And really, if that's the only reason my pre-ordered things are coming late, my choosing free shipping, then damnit, that's fucking stupid, and yeah, they should stop offering it on stuff being pre-ordered. It's like baiting or something, I feel kind of deceived.
But what-evs. I was just babbling.