I sent my old unit in last week for an upgrade and they received it on Monday morning per USPS package tracking. I sent it in with a CHECK for payment. Valentine Research stated on their website that there would be a hold of up to 10 days for the check to clear. Yes some of us old guys still like to pay for things with a paper check. I was expecting to get my new V1 sometime around the 15th of December. I just got an Email this morning saying my order was processed and is being shipped out this morning. In other words they processed the order in 48 hours even with my sending in a check instead of putting it on my credit card.