Honestly speaking, why buy from there anyhow? I would buy from 1) my local Nikon retailer because of the support they can provide and then 2) from a place like Berger Brothers or B&H. Best Buy? No. Maybe a flash or a lens cap, or even lens wipes, but that's about it.
Best Buy has a great return policy but a local store where they know your name and your craft is the best option. The cameras sell for the same so you might as well get some personal attention by shopping with small family run businesses. Nikon seems to be favoring the small retailers this time, they all have gotten more D800's than the mega-on-line stores. B&H still is waiting for expected their first delivery expected sometime in May, while many small stores on their 3rd shipment. Stan St Petersburg Russia
They seem to be the only place you have a random chance of getting a D800 exactly because nobody buys from them. I am number 4 on the waitlist at one of the Best Buys in Chicago. I also ordered from Amazon on February 7 at 6am and am probably number 10,000 on their list. I am willing to try anything at this point. Going on safari in May and might end up buying from ebay for an extra $1,000 if I can't find one in time.
Actually, our local camera store went out of business a couple of years ago, because they never moved from developing film to the digital age. Best Buy is the only local store, except for Ritz Camera, that I could get a D800. Normally, I go through Berger Brothers or B&H Photo, but I thought it better luck to try the local store.
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I think there is mass confusion at a store level from Best Buy. I spoke with one of the guys in the camera department yesterday and he showed me their inventory system. He said every once in a while a D800 will show up which will allow people to pre-order and be added to the waitlist. If there are no cameras in inventory anywhere, the system won't allow anything to be entered. Yesterday they were showing -1 cameras at a store.
Quote>I think there is mass confusion at a store level from Best >Buy. I spoke with one of the guys in the camera department >yesterday and he showed me their inventory system. He said >every once in a while a D800 will show up which will allow >people to pre-order and be added to the waitlist. If there >are no cameras in inventory anywhere, the system won't allow >anything to be entered. Yesterday they were showing -1 >cameras at a store.<Quote<<<
It is much worst than you think. The entire Nikon D800 ordering system seems to be messed up.
Day one, I preordered one from my local (Greens) Camera store. They never had a clue if they were ever going to get one.
So, several weeks ago after calling 4 local Best Buys stores, I ordered one. That Best Buys had a D800 listed in their inventory, but none of them had one nor were they planning on carrying them. However, because they were allotted one I was able to order and pick it up the following Friday. That Tuesday, my original order came in to Greens. They were not notified of shipping or anything , it just showed up and I bought it. A Nikonians friend (Pete) got the second one.
Ask your local Best Buys buyer to order one for you, you may get lucky.