Amazon.com: Customer Questions & Answers.
You choose what you want to pre-order, add to your cart, and then continue like you purchased anything else.
You don’t get charged until the product ships though, usually a day or two prior to shipping.
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Does Amazon charge pre orders?
When you place a pre-order with Amazon, the company does not charge your card right away. Amazon verifies your card or account information and then saves the data until just before the release date.
Can a company charge you before they ship?
According to the Federal Trade Commission, however, many credit card issuers do not allow merchants to charge your credit card before they ship. If you don’t receive your order and want to dispute the charge on your card, you should write to your credit card company.
How do I know if my Amazon order went through?
Go to Amazon Pay, click Shoppers, and then sign in using your Amazon credentials. Tip If you don’t see your transaction, try clicking Review more Amazon Pay orders under Can’t find an order?, or check your orders in your Amazon.com account by clicking See your Amazon.com orders.
How long does it take Amazon to prepare a shipment?
Standard or Free shipping means the item can pend for several days – usually no longer than 5 days in my experience. And yes the payment thing can be a factor too, but usually i find the longer-process items end up being standard shipping. Prime 2 day or next day will usually confirm shipment the next business day.