Most stores receive them as much as 2 weeks before release. However, at least where I work part time if you try to buy or sell them ahead of time the register won't let you. Some small mom and pop places might be able sell them ahead of time accidentally or on purpose, though they risk paying incredible fines to Paramount if they do. All the boxes that contain the sets have pretty bold stern warning labels not to sell them before the release date...
So...are you saying that they came out with a boxed set for Season 1 already? Is it still available? What did I miss and when? Is this a better option than the first time with all the individual 2 episode DVD's...?
Never mind...I just ordered Season1 Boxed set! Thanks anyway for the info!
Naw, Costco has always been the cheapest that I've seen. For the other Trek sets, my local Futureshop lowered the price to the same level as the Costco price, so I always got them at the Futureshop because they include a bonus disc. I don't think they lowered the price for TOS though.