>Howard, >I have D800/D800E pre-orders with Roberts Imaging and they >don't require credit card information when placing the order. >They simply send an email when your number is up and then you >contact them with your payment method.
No doubt I could be over-formalizing the process based on what other major retailers seem to be doing and based on what my own experience has been. Since everything is be distributed to customers based on a first-come/first-served basis (according to Nikon USA and Nikon Canada), and on an allotment basis (no deposit, no camera) according to the retailers I've contacted (Henry's, Vistek and Downtown Camera in Toronto; B&H, Adorama and Sammy's in the U.S.; Jacob's and Calumet in the UK) I think Roberts is making a bit of a mistake.
Then again, maybe Roberts feels it can carve some market share away from the heavyweights by allowing sales/pre-orders without deposits? Items received by Roberts but not claimed within some brief time period can go on the shelf for the 30 seconds it will take a walk-in (or the next person on the pre-order list) to grab the camera. Still, I think that sort of merchandising approach is more appropriate in times when retail economics aren't under such pressure. Roberts has been around for a long time. The owners must know their business by now.