They are in horribly short supply! I looked for three days all over the Chicago area and online, and could not find a single dealer with any of these in stock. Wolf Camera told me that they usually get ONE battery with each shipment from Nikon; they are in shorter supply than any other Nikon product. Amazing...
Actually, I did find one listed on eBay going for double the list price.
I was trying to get one as a second battery for my D50. I wanted to get the new D80/D200 battery since the older D50-only battery has been discontinued. I also wanted to get an original Nikon battery rather than a knock-off brand. I had to give up and buy a D50-only knock-off.
When you say--"they claim to have them...", do you mean actual human beings or the web site? Because I just tried putting 999 EN-EL3e's and 999 Nikon 18-200 lenses in my cart and...no problem. Good luck, but you may have just "preordered".
It was the website, but I did receive confirmation and also a note says your order is being processed.
However I was clear to put in my note saying; "Important! Do not back-order. " I only ordered one so it's no big deal what they do yet I will follow up in a day or so and if the item was just preordered like you say then I will cancel the order. We have to at least try.
One more thing. About 10 days ago Nikon told me that the batteries are out now what ever that means so just maybe they really do have them in stock?
I also ordered a couple and got the same notice, so we'll see what happens. Interestingly, I haven't been able to find *anything* listed as out of stock on the Roberts web site. Since they have a reputation for honesty, we'll just assume they're not exactly ecommerce geniuses .
Nikon told you that "the batteries are out now"? They're sure telling the truth, because everywhere I look, they're out!
Roberts has a disclaimer on theri website that the website does not show stock status: ** Roberts website offers products for sale, but does not show stock status. You will be notified within 1 business day if your order is not in stock.
The battery has been back-ordered at Roberts for a few months. I ordered in April and have got no delivery yet.
I received your order but unfortunately, we did not have the items in stock. They are on backorder from the manufacturer and I am unsure when the item will arrive. Your item will be cancelled per your comment.
We greatly appreciate your business. Please let us know if you have any questions or problems regarding your order. I look forward to assisting you with your future photographic needs.
Sincerely, Dawn Boarman
Dawn M Boarman Mail Order Department Roberts Distributors, LP 255 S Meridian Indianapolis, IN 46225 1.800.726.5544 317.687.2460 Fax
I got my D200 yesterday WITH a spare battery....I had to ask nicely and i guess spending $2K+ was good enough for me to obtain one of the 7 spares that they had in their backroom...I felt lucky and couldn't resist the extra $39.00....but as I said ...I spend close to $2500.00 right then and there...sometime you just have to ask in person...try it when they are not busy!!