It’s been a while since I’ve actually pre-ordered anything, but I’ve always had a few gripes with the process. I just think it could be implemented better.

I know the idea is to lock in a certain price, ahead of time, and also, so you don’t have to worry about it as the date draws near. Your method of payment isn’t charged until your pre-ordered items are actually shipped, but that’s not good enough for me.

The only things I would pre-order would be a DVD, CD, or book. (Maybe some limited edition makeup. Wait, do they even offer that? Never mind.) Those items are typically very easy to lay hands on, in a store, and typically don’t cost more than $30, at the extreme high end. In short, I don’t need to pre-order any of those items. It’s not like those prices are going to sky-rocket or I’ll forget I want to buy something. Nope. Not possible. If I’m considering pre-ordering a product, I’ll still want it in a few months, when it actually becomes available.

If I’m pre-ordering, I’d like some options. No. 1, give me the option to pay when I’m pre-ordering. There have been countless times where I hear about pre-ordering and I have the funds in hand, but when the item is released, it’s not in the budget. I’d like to go ahead and have the money taken from my account, when I pre-order, so I truly can forget about it. If I pre-order, and forget, then I’m cutting things close, or messing up my finances when my card gets charged. I’d like to avoid that. Bottom line, I’d like to have an option on a per item basis.

And what if pre-ordering had a type of layaway option? This goes along the lines of my “charging when you pre-order” suggestion. Say there’s a big ticket item set to release around the holidays. Wouldn’t it be neat if you could “pre-order” and pay a certain amount, in increments, towards your order? And whatever you might have left on release day, would be all that was charged to your card? That sounds like a good plan to me!

Do these options actually exist? I mean, it has been a long time since I’ve pre-ordered anything. So, if they do, I’d be the last to know. But if they don’t, I wish they could. I know the cost of implementing something like I’m suggesting is probably why there aren’t options like this, but I’m just brainstorming here. Work with me!

What about you? Are y’all happy with the pre-order process? What, if any, changes would you like to see?