It seems Amazon has modified its pre-order coverage in various international locations in Europe, together with the UK.
Traditionally, you’ll be able to place a pre-order on any merchandise on Amazon and solely get charged as soon as it truly ships. For years, many made use of this with video games to say pre-order bonuses comparable to beta codes and so forth, aspiring to cancel the order earlier than launch.
Now, Amazon clients in Europe and the UK are reporting a serious change on this coverage. Going ahead, Amazon will place a maintain on the complete quantity in your fee technique when making a pre-order, however gained’t cost you till your gadgets have shipped.
Orders whose transport dates are set 5 or extra days after the order was made – comparable to in lots of instances of video game pre-orders – will probably be charged 5 days after putting the order beneath the brand new tips.
Spoke to buyer providers who mentioned their assist pages haven’t been up to date but, however that’s new coverage.
— Dave Scammell (@VG_Dave) May 29, 2019
Though pre-ordering an merchandise and cancelling after receiving a pre-order bonus could be seen as exploitative of Amazon’s coverage, it’s not clear if that’s what precipitated the retailer to make the change.
Amazon clients who contacted the retailer’s assist had been instructed that they’ll proceed to pay the most affordable value between putting the pre-order and the merchandise truly transport. In different phrases, should you pay extra for a game that will get a value lower earlier than launch, you’ll be refunded the remainder.
This could dissuade some from doing the pre-ordering-for-beta-codes trick, since they gained’t be capable of use the cash within the interim because of Amazon’s maintain. While you’ll nonetheless capable of cancel pre-orders as regular, you may need to attend just a few days for the funds to be launched, which is probably going the trouble Amazon meant to introduce with this coverage.
So far, no related change has been made to Amazon within the US.