Quick Question about Preordering from Apple

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  1. jason2811 macrumors 6502a

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    Is your credit card (or debit card) charged right away when you pre-order or is it charged the day the phone is shipped? Thanks!
     
  2. Agent-P macrumors 68030

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    I believe it is charged when the iPhone ships (if my memory serves me correctly). However if I am wrong, then someone will be along to correct me.
     
  3. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    They might go in and put a hold on the account but they do not charge it until they ship.

    Holds are not a big deal for credit cards but they can be a huge deal for check cards.
     
  4. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    They put a temporary hold on the account then it charges when it ships. Debit cards will automatically remove funds from the checking account though even if it is on hold.
     
  5. z3r0inc macrumors regular

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    A hold? As in: "You cannot charge anything else to this account until we remove the hold" ????

    Please educate me on this :D I might have to use my credit card account that I only use for emergencies for the preorder.
     
  6. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    It's called a "Preauthorization". It means that the total amount is "Reserved" from your credit limit, i.e. if your limit is $1,000 and there is a preauthorization for $250, then you can only spend an additional $750 - even though you haven't actually been "charged" yet.

    For a credit card, the good news is that it doesn't actually hit your statement until the final charge is issued (or "Captured"). So you don't have to worry about interest, etc.

    For a debit card, the bad news is that once it's preauthorized, those funds are basically locked out of your checking account immediately. Apple doesn't get the money yet, but you don't have access to it either. The money is still in your account (e.g. if you have interest checking, you'll still get interest on it) but you can't access it. From your perspective, it behaves as though it were charged immediately.
     
  7. z3r0inc macrumors regular

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    @sean franklin

    Thanks! Guess there's no need to worry.
     
  8. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    Yup, Sean got it spot on. Just make sure you have more money than the preorder whether or not it is a credit or check card. You don't want those overdraft fees on your checking account.
     
  9. z3r0inc macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I was just worried that I couldnt buy lunch with my main account for a week :D Thanks.
     

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