I've always been of the mind to not pre-order, but the shortage of next-gen consoles has me questioning that call.
I guess my new position is: only pre-order if you think there's going to be some sort of shortage of the product you want.
It's interesting. I spoke to the ex-Managing Director of Game Australia for a story this year and he personally told me that consumers should never, ever pay off any pre-order in full until the day of purchase because your right, as a creditor, if that retailer goes bust, rank pretty low. For that reason, but mainly because I hate the way games are sold on silly pre-order bonuses and collector's editions, I don't pre-order ever.
But is it a case of better safe than sorry? Or is it a case of only pre-ordering when necessary? Vote and let us know the details in the comments below.