See previous post.
I received an e-mail message at 11:54PM last night: "ORDER READY TO SHIP".
It's clear that HP expedited the shipment of the PC I ordered on Oct. 27 and shipped it the same day that called their reps in the Philippines (I asked their location) in order to save the transaction.
So why did HP originally set the ship date for Nov. 17 and more importantly, why did HP charge me the day of the order rather than the day the PC shipped? Obviously, HP decided to expedite when it faced complete loss of the sale. As long as HP was holding my money there was no incentive to hurry.