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I do not understand why people give money away for a prolonged period of time when that money could be used to collect interest or be invested. You are basically giving the company a free bank loan without interest payments.
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You preorder to make sure you get the game right when it comes out (hardcopy). OR you preorder to get benefits, IE - ingame stuff, free games, so on. I don't see the problem in it if you know for sure you're going to buy the game anyways. Might as well if you're going to get free stuff, then why not?
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You realize most of the time you don't even pay anything to pre-order... Amazon, Walmart, Target, Newegg, and many other retailers bill you when the item ships, not when you pre-order. Not to mention you get bonus maps/content when you preorder (BF3, AC:R, etc).
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I do not understand why people give money away for a prolonged period of time when that money could be used to collect interest or be invested. You are basically giving the company a free bank loan without interest payments.
Bonus stuff.... Worth more than $1-2 (possible) gained in interest.
No charge until shipped.
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You realize most of the time you don't even pay anything to pre-order... Amazon, Walmart, Target, Newegg, and many other retailers bill you when the item ships, not when you pre-order.
^^^THIS^^^

I preordered NCAA 12 for my dad for Father's Day. But, it wasn't released until like 4-5 weeks after Father's Day, so I preordered and gave him the receipt in a card for his gift. 4 or five weeks later, my card got mysteriously charged, and I wondered, but I figured it out pretty fast.
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To have it delivered or DL'd at the moment of release, £30 for a couple of weeks or a month from my current account - the interest isn't that substantial.
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Pretty much so you can say...

"Oh yeah, I got that game the DAY it came out..."
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You preorder to make sure you get the game right when it comes out (hardcopy). OR you preorder to get benefits, IE - ingame stuff, free games, so on. I don't see the problem in it if you know for sure you're going to buy the game anyways. Might as well if you're going to get free stuff, then why not?
This. ^
Pre-ordering also allows you to download the game early so you can have instant access the second the game is launched, that is is you're using a DD.

I only pre-order if it's going to give me free items in game or other games, such as what BF3 currently offers.

If you know you're going to buy the game anyways, you might as well, right?
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How did people get this misconception that pre-ordering cost more. O.o Has it cost more to pre-order before?
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To have it delivered or DL'd at the moment of release, £30 for a couple of weeks or a month from my current account - the interest isn't that substantial.
If it's a digital purchase, you usually get to download(preload) before the game is released and is activated to play on release date. As above you can get physical copies delivered on release date through online purchase. You almost always get an in game perk(vanity item, map pack, etc).

Most people just do it for a game series they've played for a good bit. I usually wait for user reviews and patches. I still preorder some games.
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