Originally Posted by JasonInDallas
1) We're not arguing over the pennies. We're arguing over the unorthodox business practice of billing months in advance, and over the logic given for doing so.
2) Let's say the postman comes to your door with your Harrington book delivery and says "here's your book, just give me a fifty cent tip and I'll give it to you." You protest that a tip is unnecessary as the postage has already been paid, and he replies "This is really amazing we have arguments over pennies. Yes I understand the principal but gentlemen we are talking pennies for a WORLD CLASS product."
1) I think it's completely ethical. If they stored our cc info I think that would be unethical.
2) This doesn't make any sense. Lots of places charge for pre-orders on stuff and they don't owe you interest. Best Buy charges your cc for orders on things that aren't even in stock yet.
You can always wait longer to pre-order/order the book so you're whopping $80 isn't on hold for so long. It's not like the book is thousands of dollars, in which case having your money tied up would be a hassle. If you want interest on money put it in a bank or something. It's ridiculous that people even have the expectation that a book publisher owes them money for charging them right away for a book pre-order. I wasn't surprised at all when they charged my cc. I even checked my statement right away to make sure the order went through.
On a lighter note, I can't wait to get the books. March is oh so close. =)