Amazon removed completely from list: [5/10/12]
It looks like Amazon is only giving pre-orders, not pre-purchases. I will send this up so that they can remove that information from the site. We have no news about Best Buy offering Collector's Editions yet. I can only suggest to keep an eye on the retailer's list, as well as the wiki for any new information about that.
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Currently, only GameStop is taking physical pre-purchases. (as of 4/20/12)
GameStop is only place to pre-purchase the Collector's Edition in the USA.
Latest List! [last checked links: 5/10/12]
[Note: The links will take you to the regular edition. You will have to search for CE. Pre-purchase Digital is now an option for GameStop. According to GameStop, pre-order = pre-purchase for ONLINE purchase only. Pre-purchase physical online for Best Buy is still not up. ]
ArenaNet's USA Pre-Purchase List [my notes updated 4/20/12, 9:00 am CST]
* GameStop - CE
* Best Buy [digital only]
Per ArenaNet, the two stores offering pre-purchase in the US are GamesStop [CE] and Best Buy.
Cheat Sheet for Pre-Purchase Bonus in US:
GW2 Collector's Edition = physical GameStop Store and www.GameStop.com confirmed.
GW2 Standard Physical = physical and online GameStop confirmed.
GW2 Digital editions = ArenaNet, GameStop, Best Buy confirmed.
IMPORTANT Update from Martin Kerstein! 4/9/12
We understand that customers are receiving conflicting information about whether GameStop.com will support prepurchasing the Collector's Edition.
We've confirmed with GameStop that both GameStop.com and physical stores will offer prepurchases of the Collector's Edition, starting April 10.
Preorders placed before April 10 are not the same as prepurchases. If you placed a preorder before April 10, either online or in a store, GameStop will work with you to convert it to a prepurchase.
We will be getting codes on our receipt, NOT physical boxes!
"@hyperstalker You will get a serial code on your receipt. ^MK"
dang brought up that the FAQ was wrong and said that it stated you would get a box and they replied that they would change the FAQ. now were getting somewhere.
Here is the official FAQ for questions on what you get with the different versions, and how picking up your codes will hopefully work on April 10: http://www.guildwars...aq/#forty-three Note: Confirmed you will get beta code on receipt at most locations instead of a pre-purchase box.
Pre-order = Partial down payment on any GW2 edition, gives 1-day headstart
Pre-purchase = Full payment on any GW2 edition, gives Beta access, 3-day headstart, Hero's Band in-game item.
Reserve = Not an official term, used to clarify this is not an official pre-purchase.
USA GameStop Pre-Purchases of Collector's Edition
GameStop.com Online Pre-orders of Guild Wars 2 Collector's Edition (CE) can be transferred to pre-purchase.
"If you placed a preorder before April 10, either online or in a store, GameStop will work with you to convert it to a prepurchase." - Martin
According to this tweet by Guild Wars 2:
"...the pre-purchase event is going to continue beyond the tenth. ~RB2" [url="https://twitter.com/#!/GuildWars2"]https://twitter.com/#!/GuildWars2
Last but not least: Please don't use this thread to vent against GameStop or the entire pre-purchase fiasco. Use this thread to inform each other what is happening, so we can help each other get what we want. Thanks so much for everyone's help!
Disclaimer: I am not an employee of GameStop or ArenaNet. This is purely out of devotion to the game. I'm not responsible for any wrong information, or failure to get desired item, but I will try my best to keep this updated.
Edited by Mordakai, 10 May 2012 - 06:46 PM.
Best Buy update