I'm disappointed as it's been on Ozgameshop for the last few weeks at < the preorder price (even less with one of their regular 10% off everything sales or loyalty points). I like supporting companies by buying directly from them but it's difficult to justify when preordering doesn't guarantee it being sent to you first despite paying a higher price point than when it comes to retail.
Similar situation here in NZ. I could have purchased two copies by now for the price of the pre-order one which hasn't arrived. I finally received a long apologetic email from Academy Games, but I consider myself badly burnt on this one, and won't be buying from Academy directly ever again. I paid US$50 for shipping only to be told it's being delivered in bulk to the country and then I will have to wait for distribution after that.
Don't think so - it's a shame as I've bought every Conflict of Heroes game via pre-order through Academy Games but doubt I will again if they're not going to send preorders via airmail ASAP after publication.