Hassan Schroeder wrote: >> It is illegal to charge a credit card before the item has shipped. > I've heard that before, but it makes zero sense. Do you have a > reference to anything substantiating that? It should be in your merchant agreement. > After all, what good would it do to discover the card is invalid /after/ > you've shipped the item? :-) That's why you AUTH the card... to make sure there's funds available and is a valid card.