I don't recall ever being charged for mine, either.Most of my items arrive in two days via ground from newegg anyway.... I hope they don't start slowing down their normal operations..... on the other side, I have had shoprunner for YEARS and never paid a dime for it. I suspect that will continue through 2015 when my "trial" runs out.
Everyone jacked up the R9 290 price. it is probably because of distributors. A local shop here doesn't even carry them since they wont be able to sell them.It's not just Newegg, even on Amazon a Asus DCUII 290X is $699.I haven't been too happy with newegg lately; combine lackluster pricing with jacking up r9 290 prices(no, they didn't have to do it), it's clear they aren't really interested in creating a memorable experience anymore.