Originally Posted by geogolem
Usually with FS and BB for Nintendo's Sunday releases, my CC/GC is charged the Friday before the Sunday release date and late Friday night I receive an e-mail indicating that the item has been shipped. I can then track the item with Canada Post via the provided tracking number. The tracking page usually shows the expected delivery date as the Monday after the release Sunday; however, despite this, once and a while my packages don't arrive until Tuesday.
A good example of this is Paper Mario... which I just received today. My Nintendo 3DS XL preorder, however arrived on the Monday immediately following the release Sunday. In both these cases my cards were charged the Friday prior to Sunday and I received the e-mail in both cases late Friday night. Also the tracking pages for both these items showed the expected delivery to be the Monday... I actually called Canada Post yesterday to ask why I didn't receive the package on the expected day and they told me that it went through one of their busier depots and that it is probably just delayed a day.. Sure enough, they must have been right because I got it today.
I don't necessarily have much experience mixing gift cards with credit cards but I have made purchases with gift cards on futureshop.ca in the past.
It treats the gift card just like a credit card. Where it says $0.00 beside the gift card on the order page it is indicating that the gift card has not been charged anything yet. When the item ships this will change and the gift card balance will go down.
If you check the gift card balance on the futureshop website you will see that it will still have the full amount. Hence you could go use the gift card at the store or for another order. Hell, you could even place another pre-order with the same gift card. Just keep in mind that if the funds are not available on the gift card at the time of shipping (when the cards are charged) your order will be cancelled.
I have never placed an order where I used both a credit card and a gift card... I am guessing the behavior is the exact same except whatever cannot be charged to the gift card will be charged to the credit card....
Thanks for the detailed response, I really appreciate that.
I did indeed get charged for everything today, and the gift cards came off the total first with the remaining balance being charged to my cc. Good to know for future online pre-orders for sure.
Also good to know about the shipping. I've got a really full plate between now and Tuesday or Wednesday, so I'm kinda hoping it arrives Tuesday rather than Monday, since I won't be around and my mail carrier is a bit of a dumbass.
I'm sure at least some people will be lined up for this thing on Sunday all over the city, I'll just never understand that when it took 10 seconds and $0 to place an online pre-order, but to each their own I suppose.