I am anxiously awaiting the release date of the final book in the Inheritance Cycle (called Inheritance) by Christopher Paolini as a lot of other fans are on November 8.
So, I go online to Amazon to pre-order it. Well, as most of you know, you have to spend $25 or more to get free shipping so I thought I’d order some other books I’ve had in my queue.
I go through the whole process to the end where it says, “Your books will not be shipped until November.”
I thought books from Amazon were shipped when they arrived so I’d get separate orders.
I cancel that order and hop over to Barnes and Noble.com and see what they say. I call a physical store to ask,”If I pre-order this book along with others, will it be shipped separately?”
“Oh, yes,” the employee assures me. “You’ll get your other books first.”
Once again, I go on-line to order my books along with pre-ordering Inheritance. Again, same message: “Your books will not be shipped until the pre-order is available.”
Of course, I don’t believe the young man on the phone and I just cancel my order.
In the end, I don’t order Inheritance (much to my chagrin for I really want the book) and just order the stuff I need now (some are workbooks for homeschool) along with a book my daughters really want (the new book in the Magic Tree House Series called Dogs in the Dead of Night #46 by Mary Pope Osborne) to get myself over the $25 mark.
Why would anyone ever pre-order? I wonder.
Amazon has changed the price on Inheritance THREE times since I’ve put it in my cart.
I decide to just order the book when it comes out. Easier. Safer. Less hassle. And confusion.
And if I pay shipping, so be it. But by November, I’m sure I’ll have something else I need (all books are a need, ya know!).