The problem is that you cannot find any new D7K around. Since many months ago there's not a single unit of a brand new D7000 in any major stores.
I bought my first digital SLR (have had a film one in the past) a bit more than a year ago. Went for a D5100 in loco at B&H. At that time they had D7000s in stock. I now regret not have taken the plunge to a D7000, in general a better camera than the D5100. The image quality is practically the same of course, but there are many more features in the D7000.
But now I will go to the brand new D800 or wait the release of a new DX such as the replacement for the D300 if this will exist sometime.
I just hope I can find them in stores when the time to buy a new body comes.