sometimes it helps in these situations to let the vendor know that while not illegal it is usually against their agreements with the credit card companies to bill before being ready to ship. There are exceptions such as when it is fully noted that an item can take up to xx amount of time to ship. Here is info from a consumer site on credit card info:
Can mail-order merchants charge my card before they ship?
According to Janet Hug of Visa USA, "a merchant is not permitted to bill ahead of time" except in case of a deposit or down payment that the customer agrees to.
MasterCard said in a letter that a merchant can charge you before shipment only if s/he tells you and you agree to "the terms and conditions of the sale."
American Express said the merchant can charge your card as soon as you give your account number; but if you receive the bill before the merchandise, call Amex customer service and you don't have to pay while they investigate. (return to Index)