Serious and honest question: is this grounds for a class-action? I'm no lawyer, so I have no real idea, but it seems to me that the sheer numbers of people with broken clips means Nikon goofed. The way I see it, they should either be repairing the clips for free or they should have to pay damages. Nikon is obviously aware of the problem or they wouldn't have re-engineered the clips, so my issue is with the repair charge, not the fact that they broke in the first place.
So anyway, is this just wishful thinking or a real possibility. I know we live in a litigious society, so I'm not interested in adding to that if it's frivilous. On the other hand, it's there merit, it might be worth looking into.
----- This is my Nikon. There are many like it, but this one is mine!