I ordered D700s about ten days before the announcement, but got the following "ALERT" from the vendor by email today. Chalk up a big win for Nikon, but perhaps a long wait for delivery... Travel safely, all - Scott / Atlanta
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: ####### Date: Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 5:30 PM Subject: #######: Nikon D700 Customer Alert To: Scott Nilsson
Apparently even Nikon didn’t know just how big a homerun they scored with the new D700. Initial demand for the D700 far outstrips Nikon’s ability to build it, one of the most sensational new cameras in a generation.
As one of Nikon’s biggest dealerships, #######’s allocation of D700’s is way up there. But ‘way up there’ doesn’t even come close to the number of orders we’ve received.
We know this is small comfort to all of you who are champing at the bit. Just imagine how we feel. You’re waiting for a single D700. We’re waiting for lots of them. All we can ask of you is what Nikon is asking of us – for a bit of patience. As soon as they can deliver they will. As soon as we can ship to you we will.
Every single D700 will be shipped per the order in which it was received. NO ONE IS skipping to the head of the line.
All we can tell you at this time is that we value your business and regard your professionalism very highly. We know how important your equipment is to you, and we understand why a Nikon D700 is a ‘must-have’.
Rest assured that as we receive shipments from Nikon, we will be forwarding each of these precious cameras. You will receive yours as quickly as Nikon can build it. We know it’s tempting to call Customer Service for updates on your order. But there is nothing they can tell you, as our entire inventory and order-fulfillment process is state-of-the art and completely automated. You will get your D700 right after the customer who ordered before you, and right before the customer who placed their order after you.
We thank you for your patience. More importantly, we thank you for your trust. Rest assured that your account will not be charged until your camera is ready for shipment to you.