I decided to put the meat of the message up top. Apparently, regardless of order origin, or warehouse country, all orders are processed via China. With their much of their economy/labor force being nationalized, it means any orders made close to a holiday will not be processed until after the end of the holiday/s, due to the fact their entire country mandatorily observes many official national holidays in comparison to western official holidays. I was unaware of this until after my purchase. If you have concerns about your order not being smoothly processed, or forgotten, or lost, I would advise you to check this link, and wait to buy the day after the holiday ends, and not a couple week before the next one begins, to allow time for your order to be processed. https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/china/ Pimax could make this observance more clear on their website. I would be willing to say most VR enthusiasts willing to support Pimax are more than capable of accommodating these conditions up front.
My story thus far:
So despite the dozens of negative forum posts regarding shipping, I weighed my love for my 4k with the option of waiting a known 8 weeks for brand X, along with what now appears to be some misleading Pimax marketing in regards to shipping. I came to the conclusion that because the website clearly claimed that the products were: “in stock”, “instantly ships”, “you may receive multiple shipments” and “fulfillment by Amazon” that the wait for my order shouldn’t be long at all. I also thought if I received some of it, it would give me something to play with while I wait for the rest of it. I also read plenty of posts from recent US customers whom received their order in a couple weeks. So instead of waiting for the return of the Artisan (the lower pc spec demanding hmd I actually want, and have been checking the website for what feels like months now) I decided to take a chance with the 5Kplus.
I received an order conformation, and payment was instantly taken on the 29th, a boring Wednesday evening. Thursday and Friday passed, and no update. No shipping, no tracking number, no hint of “hey we are going on holiday, sorry for the wait”, nothing. So I opened a ticket late Friday night, unaware of the information above. I also checked the website, and noticed the 5K plus is now out of stock, and un-order-able like the Artisan. Fingers crossed for a better shipping experience than so many others.