I would say that pricing is the same for preorder or regular sale. I will say that Showz's prices are competitive. Here is my take. If Gaudenter numbers are small in production and preorders dry up then you are SOL in getting one. I don't think that will happen so you should be fairly safe in playing the waiting game to see who has him at a competitive price once retailers get him. I personally said "screw it" and ordered from Showz. It's done and over and I don't risk missing out on him. My tiny .02 cents on this matter. Good luck man!!