>Somehow, it seems politically incorrect here to even suggest >that the dealer, or somebody, is pulling a fast one. Well, >I'll at least suggest that the evidence is pretty strong that >the camera is a return, being recycled to the Nikonian member. > And when there is a return, there is often a good reason for >it --- related to performance.
I don't see any "evidence" of any kind in this thread - just thread discussion so far, verbal assurances from the distributor, and the OP reports that the camera is in brand new condition.
Returned merchandise exists for a lot of reasons, most of them completely unrelated to performance. The retailers I deal with tell me that D800 returns are mostly related to buyers remorse about having spent too much money on too much camera - the buyers are overwhelmed by the apparent complexity of the camera.