I'm very new to this game, and I don't have a lot of experience with it, but I do have experience with this topic, which I will call:
"I will order it from the cheapest online source to save a small amount of money as compared to pre-ordering it from my local store."
About a decade ago, I used to be heavily involved in R/C touring cars, to the point where I probably had a few thousand dollars in equipment, tools, different cars, etc for racing on the weekends. I even ran a small website to do product reviews and made some extra money on the site from ad revenue to offset my hobby costs. There were several people who had the same attitude - "Why should I pay $2 more for that new "part", plus sales tax to buy it from the local hobby store, when I can order from "Internet giant hobby store", pay no tax, and get free shipping? This was an attitude that a lot of my fellow hobby friends had - including myself. We would go to the local hobby store to race on the weekends and have a great time. Over time, the race entry fees would go up and up. Eventually, the store went out of business, we lost our track, and I ended up having to sell all my stuff because there was no where to race.
Just this weekend, I found a local store in my area that has friendly X-Wing tournaments. They are a well stocked store, and there were several people there laughing, having a good time, and enjoying themselves playing various games. While I was there, I purchased an extra Tie-Fighter, which was priced about $1.25 more than Amazon. I know this, because all I needed to do was pull out my phone, scan the bar code, and Amazon instantly told me their price. I'm a Prime member, so I can even get most ships sent to me for free via 2 day air, no tax.
I talked with one of the employees, informing him how little I know about the game, and that I've been playing it with my 8 year old daughter (who is quickly becoming a Star Wars fan) and has some kind of mutant super power of rolling critical hits.
"Please come out and join us!"
"But well, we're not very good, and we're still learning the rules..."
"Don't worry, just come and have fun"
And that's why I'll be buying my ships from the local store from now on.
I realize there are some of you that probably don't have a local store, and I can understand why you would need to order from Amazon, or other online store. If you have a local store, order from them - especially if you enjoying playing with your friends in your local community.
My 2 cents.