TFAW.com has a very dynamic inventory. Some items (usually collectibles and comic books) have very limited supply and sell out within a few hours or days of arriving in our warehouse, never to be seen again. In these cases, we highly recommend our pre-order or subscription services to secure these hot products.
Other products sell more quickly than we anticipate, depleting our stock shortly after arrival. Many of these products are still available from our suppliers, and can usually be restocked within a couple weeks.
Backorderable items are identified by a gold "Backorder" button in place of the usual "Add to Cart" or "Pre-Order" buttons. An estimated restock date will also be displayed, if available. Keep in mind that these dates are almost always estimates and are thus not guaranteed.
When you backorder a product, we will place an order with our supplier. When the product arrives in our warehouse, your order will be processed on the following Wednesday along with any pre-ordered products that are ready for shipment. Your credit card will not be charged when you backorder products. Your credit card will be charged when the product is ready for shipment.
In many ways, backordering a product is very similar to pre-ordering:
One of the features of our system is the Shipping Frequency menu. This allows you to choose having your available Pre-Orders/Backorders shipped every 1, 2, or 4 weeks. This is very convenient for subscription holders since by selecting "Every 4 weeks" you can have an entire month of comics sent to you in one shipment.
Unfortunately this feature is only applicable to Pre-Orders and Backorders. In-Stock items will be shipped once the order has been received by the warehouse, usually within 1-3 business days of ordering. When you initiate a Pre-Order shipping frequency, the first item to become available(or items if more than one item arrives the first week) is shipped out when it arrives. Your next shipment will then be sent based on the shipping frequency you chose, and any items that arrive after that will be shipped together, following your frequency and schedule. Again, this is for pre-order and back order items and does not apply to In-Stock items.
In the event that your order is due to be shipped on a holiday, it will be shipped the next business day after the holiday (except on weekends).
Generally, no. When you backorder an item, you are authorizing TFAW to special-order an item for you and charge your credit card when it arrives in stock. Placing a backorder is committing to purchasing that item, much like a pre-order.