So they just "earmark" the funds and do the actual debit once the item has shipped? Maybe it's their way to make up for pre-orders which didn't push through because the buyer who pre-ordered had insufficient funds at the time the order was about to be dispatched? FWIW, I ordered the new Doves reissues from uDiscovermusic and got charged a couple of days after. The albums are supposed to be released by the end of the month yet. It's ok with me as long as I'm guaranteed to get those limited edition reissues. If they can't deliver the items (since they're supposed to be limited) then that's where the problem comes in. As stated in the Doves thread, I had a bad experience pre-ordering a limited release LP from Amazon only to be notified that they can't deliver the item. My card wasn't debited however so I didn't need to file for a refund. This was about a month ago though, before this new policy was introduced.