If you don't remember I ordered a non-matching LE and paid in full the first day it was announced. I need the game for an event January 20th.
My distributor is an awesome guy and told me that I would more than likely get the game before Christmas and definitely before Jan 20th. This was based on information he got from CGC in early November. My distributor has tried to get updates on when non matching LE's will hit the line but had a hard time getting an answer. It seems like CGC underestimated how many matching LE's were ordered. As of yesterday my distributor still couldn't get a good answer on when non matching LE's would start shipping.
I did some calling around and was able to get find SE's in stock at Game Exchange of Colorado. They had 6 SE's and 1 LE ready to ship. I went ahead and paid in full for one of the SE's and it is shipping today, should arrive next week.
I got a full refund from my original distributor and felt terrible because we have worked together for a few years but he was understanding and I hope to work with him again.
Lots of talk about receiving shipments. My advice is to pick up your game from the terminal/hub when it gets to your city. Most of the cross country drivers make the big bucks and know how to properly load their trucks. Once the cross country truck gets to your city your game is loaded onto a local truck with a guy making $15ish an hour. In my experience these guys hit curbs and don't know how to strap down properly.
I always tell my distributor to have the shipper call me when it gets to the terminal and I will come pick it up. Most of the freight terminals by me are near the airport. I inspect the game on the loading dock before taking it home in my truck. If you have any issues there should be a manager or shift leader around who can help you a lot more than a local driver would. You also don't have to deal with getting rid of the pallet.
I don't think I will pay in full for a game again without knowing it is ready to ship. I'm a pretty patient guy but having that amount of money tied up for a few months can start to get stressful. Especially when it seems some distributors are getting priority over others.