OK, I'm raging now. Don't misunderstand me, my Nexus 7 8GB has been shipped and is on the way. But the real reason I'm raging is that I have just been in the Staples next to my workplace, and what else did I see but a Nexus 7 16GB on display? If I had not preordered the 8GB from Google, I could have just bought it today (or yesterday... or sooner) for 40$ more than I would have, with a 16GB version instead of the 8GB I bought.
I preordered from Google expecting that we consumers who have opted to buy directly from them would have been treated preferentially and getting the devices sooner than anyone else. Turns out those who just went into retail stores not only didn't have to pay shipping costs, but could get their devices earlier than those who preordered. Why even preorder then? I could just have went to my local Staples and asked them to put a copy aside for me instead, would have been better in the end for me, I would have had it cheaper and earlier.
This is not how you create loyal customers Google.