Can you cancel a Steam preorder?

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#1 Posted by Spartan4001 (1829 posts) -

I've never bought anything from Steam before, so pardon my inexperience.

I'm not sure if I'm going to get Left 4 Dead yet, but I'm definitely going to give the demo a try. However, rather than wait til it's made available to the public on the 11th, could I preorder it today and then cancel that preorder before the game's release if I don't like the demo? In other words, does Valve bill you when you initially place the order or when you download the software, and can you get your money back/prevent them from charging you if you decide to back out before release?

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#2 Posted by Krayzie_3334 (1303 posts) -

When you pre-order off of Steam you buy the full game not just a down-payment like $5 or so, though you can get a refund and the game will be taken off your account I believe.

though this would be better asked on the Steam forums to make sure.

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#3 Posted by Rotinaj32 (331 posts) -

I believe you CAN get a refund, but I wouldn't count on it as its not a policy they have to follow.

Honestly, why not wait for the demo and if you like it them just pre-order it. The early demo is more for the die-hard that know they are going to buy it.

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#4 Posted by ashe_si (25 posts) -

Yes, you can cancel a pre-ordered game on Steam as long as you cancel before the release date of the game in question.

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#5 Posted by no1alboogie (1360 posts) -

... why worry about that anyway, the demo has been public since Tuesday of last week.

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#6 Posted by theragu40 (3332 posts) -
Yes you can. A friend of mine did it once he realized that he could get in on a 4-pack of L4D2 and save himself $11.