I don't get it, but the Nikon USA store lists D800s as available for purchase. I don't know ho many are sitting in their inventory. That is how I got mine, and I am mystified by a manufacturer having stock when retailers are begging for inventory.
The D800E you say? I am really struggling to find one. When I go to the store I do not see it as being available to buy. It has a "Where to Buy" button. The D800 non-E version does seem to be for sale there and in stock though.
Justin, Go to http://www.nowinstock.net/ and sign up for email notification when a place has the D800E in stock. For about three days -- until this morning -- Best Buy had the D800E in stock. At the moment, according to nowinstock.com, Best Buy and Target both have the D800 in stock. B&H must have ticked Nikon off. They still don't have the D800 in stock, even though I can buy the thing directly from Nikon. It's hard for me to believe that Nikon's undercutting its retailers like that, but there it is.
Justin, I just was notified by nowinstock.com that the D800E is back in stock at Best Buy. I read the email at 11:45 MDT, today, Tuesday, July 31, but I don't know how long the notice has been sitting in my inbox. It hasn't been more than about 30 minutes, though.
Thanks for the tip. Yeah the downside to Best Buy is the high sales tax, but I may go with them if it pops back into being in stock. Was in stock earlier this morning but is back to being "sold out online".
Thanks Again, Russ!!!! WOOHOO. I ordered a D800E from Best Buy this morning. Built the bullet and went with them even though it means paying the sales tax. Normally I only do that to support my local camera store. Oh well, I have spent a ton on film and development with my local camera store this year, so I don't feel too bad.
Johnson Photo Imaging in Bradenton FL had a D4 and a D800 (non-E) in stock as of Sunday, and uncommitted. Nice folks, a bit of a drive for me, but I've driven up there several times for things. Never had to return anything, don't know their policy, ask if relevant.
Can't imagine why anyone is having a problem buying a D800, or even a D800E. Go to http://www.nowinstock.net/ and sign up for an email notice when the camera you're looking for is in stock at any one of the nine top camera stores in the U.S.
Thanks to nowinstock.net I know that earlier today the D800E was in stock at Best Buy. As of 3:12 p.m., MDT I know that the D800 is in stock at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. It's also in stock at the Nikon Store, and has been, almost continuously, for at least the past three weeks. I ordered mine from Nikon on the 20th, and had it the following Monday.
Got mine from Hunt's Photo/Video in MA/NH (D800E) - took about 3 weeks and I knew exactly where I stood in line both when I ordered it and as things progressed. Much better than when I originally ordered from B&H, and got the standard email they sent to everyone, and no additional information when I called. Needless to say, I cancelled the B&H order when I rec'd the 800E from Hunts. Other forum threads talk about getting D800/E's from local camera stores a lot faster - that's been my experience as well!