HearthSong will obtain authorization for the credit card charges when they process your order. Authorization usually occurs within 24 hours after you place your order. Your credit card will actually be charged when your order is shipped (please note that when you place an order using PayPal your payment will be processed at the time of purchase). You will not be charged for backordered items until they are available for shipping. If HearthSong is unable to secure authorization, you will be contacted by a HearthSong/CWDkids customer service specialist.