Just cause it's shipping on the 15th doesn't translate to him getting it early.
I ordered mine through XBL and it says it's shipping but I don't expect it before the morning of the 22nd. --- "Are you going to bark all day, little doggie, or are you going to bite?" - Mr. Blonde from Reservoir Dogs.
Couriers usually hold these type of packages until the day of release but an item getting out a bit earlier has been known to happen in rare occasions. --- the bitter truth is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. ~ Anton Ego