As I mentioned in my "camera decision" post, Crutchfield's price for the Canon G9 was $449.99 along with free shipping! Wednesday morning (the morning after I decided on my camera), I emailed Crutchfield to confirm that Hawaii was included in the free shipping offer. When I got home from work that day, I checked my email and received a reply saying that Hawaii was included. I then went to the Crutchfield site to place my order. I found a note next to the Canon G9 price saying they were out of stock and more G9 cameras were not expected until April 14th. I was so disappointed! I really wanted to get my new camera during my break so that I would have time to devote to learning how to use this new camera.
Now I had to make a new decision. Should I wait until April 14th, order from Amazon and which meant paying a higher price and choose the free shipping option (which meant I might not get the camera until the very end of my break since Amazon often takes up to 2 weeks to ship something to Hawaii when free shipping is chosen), pay the additional shipping charge on Amazon to get the camera a few days sooner, or wait until Sunday for the new ads to come out, hoping that Best Buy or Circuit City would have an incredible sale (which was pretty unlikely).
I decided to keep checking Amazon in hopes that the price would drop a little for the next two days. If the price was still the same on Friday, I would order the camera anyways. Waiting until Friday also meant that I was taking a chance that the price of the camera could go up.
This morning, I checked the price again - no change. I almost ordered the camera during my lunch break but decided to wait until school ended and I went home so I wouldn't be using my work computer to make the order. When I got home, I turned on my computer, went to the Amazon site, and was surprised to see that Crutchfield was again offering the camera. I thought it had to be a mistake! I went to the Crutchfield site and indeed the G9 cameras were back in stock. Not knowing how long this new stock would last; I immediately got out my credit card and placed my order.
:-) My camera is ordered and should arrive by the end of next week!