So I pre-ordered The Sims 2 IKEA Home Accessories from Weltbild online several weeks ago.
The game was scheduled to be released on 26 June.
So guess when they shipped the game? Today. (Or so they claim; I haven't received it yet.)
I'd've thought the point of pre-ordering would be to get it as quickly as possible. Specifically, as close to release date as possible: ideally on the morning of the official release date (i.e. they ship it the previous day), or at least have them ship it on the release day so you receive it the next day.
So much for Weltbild online. Shame on you!