This post is really about online vendors, not specifically the D800. I want to pre-order one and would like Nikonians experience. If I plunk down $3,000 for a D800, I hope it would be packed with care to resist the shipping gorillas. I just went to UPS this morning to return an LED light that arrived in two pieces when it should have been one piece. The vendor didn't even protect it with a single layer of bubble wrap, just put it in an envelope. In 2009, I ordered a D700. It arrived in a double box, but the outer box was about 1mm bigger than the Nikon box, so it offered little protection. The package that arrived was pushed in from the corner about 3 inches. $2500 is a lot of money to me, so I just returned the camera and kept shooting my D200. I've had bad experiences with expensive merchandise ordered from all three of the online camera vendors. So I'm just asking for your experiences and, if you order the D800, who would YOU trust to get it to you undamaged. Given the demand for the camera, I expect it will be hard to get another if for some reason your order is damaged in transit. I keep cameras for a long time, and really this may be the last "big" Nikon I ever buy, so I want to get a nice sample that hasn't been knocked around. (I know I could buy locally, but I'm already stretching for the D800 and sales taxes where I live are almost 10%.)
I have bought from amazon...fast delivery, terrible packaging, basically the original box in a box, Adorahma..speedy delivery and B&H I have had terrible customer service from them, but still buy from them from time to time. And I have found that all are with one dollar if not the exact same price. Ray
I have a pre-order with Roberts Imaging. I have bought many cameras and lenses from them and found their shipping fast and well packed. I have also purchased from Adorama, B&H and Buydig/Beach Camera in the past with no problems. Dave Jolley
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To make sure I get camera pretty quick. Adorama, B&H, Local Nikon Dealer. Local told me I was first person to put down a hard money deposit so I will get the first one that hits the door and there a big Nikon dealer in this part of the country.
I ordered mine from Berger Bros.! I can't speak highly enough of the staff and service they provide. I have purchased a number of items from them, from lenses to bags, without ever having a problem. I highly recommend them.