Like all reputable companies, pre-orders should not be charged until the product is in stock and ready to ship, with the option to cancel without opening any support ticket. I pre-ordered and paid for a while back and like many I have missed all this promotion going around. The way I see it we have been penalized for pre-ordering. I will never pre-order anything EVER again. There is more to lose than any gain one get for pre-ordering the way things are going around here. I seriously hope this player meets all the hype it is getting.
That's generally my opinion when it comes to most pre-orders.
But usually when you pre-order an item it hasn't been released and you're making a gamble on how good it may or may not be.
With this pre-order there is a LOT of sway out there praising this PMP, so I was happy enough to make the jump on this.