I just got an email from amazon saying that swtor is now releasing on the 16th. Looks like EA gave them the go ahead to ship the game early. This should help with with the no grace period fiasco,
We have received new release date information related to the order you placed on July 21, 2011 (Order# *edit*). The item(s) listed below will actually ship sooner than we originally expected based on the new release date:
"Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector's Bundle"
Previous estimated arrival date: December 20, 2011
New estimated arrival date: December 16, 2011
If you want to check on the progress of your order, take a look at this page in Your Account:https://www.amazon.com/*edit*
We hope to see you again soon!
Customer Service Departmenthttp://www.amazon.com