I'll put $5 on a preorder, regardless of bonus item or not. It's an item I'm buying anyway, so it just guarantees my copy will be there, and I can either pay $5 now and $55 later or $60 later.
Now I won't put money down in March for a game that won't be out till December... Usually I'll preorder 1-2 weeks in advance if there's no bonus item and 2-4 if there is. My GH:WT second drum pedal and my Blackfathom Singularity Projector in Mass Effect 2 are quite spiffy, and the woman is looking forward to getting her bonuses for her Pokemon SoulSilver on Sunday.
At any rate, there's no benefit that not preordering gives that preordering does not (unless you count "Having $5"), and having the receipt on my fridge makes me less likely to forget about games I wanted and their release dates, but yeah... Despite my shopping list of gaes I want, they won't be out till between Q3 2010 and later, so I see no sense in putting money down -now-.
Mikhalia: and FWIW, my posts are 95% helpful, informative, or funny.
Mikhalia: only 5% or less of my posts are utter crap.
Tyapex: 393 posts of utter crap...
Mikhalia: Sounds about right.