I think it has always been that way. New models command a higher price initially, then they drop. The D-100 sold for around 2500USD in early 2002 and dropped to 2000USD in October when I bought one. It's replacement, the D-70, did not hit the market until January 2004.
Scott Chapin Powder Springs, GA, USA Nikonians Team Member
It also means that if you truly want one, this may be a superb time to jump on. When Nikon lowers their own price, look for it at other reputable internet retailers. I buy from them vs. the Nikon Store, as they usually ship free and don't add sales taxes -- which will easily wipe out a $200 saving.
>It also means that if you truly want one, this may be a >superb time to jump on. When Nikon lowers their own price, >look for it at other reputable internet retailers. I buy from >them vs. the Nikon Store, as they usually ship free and don't >add sales taxes -- which will easily wipe out a $200 saving. It is news to me that Nikon Store does not add sales taxes. Thanks for the tip. JC
I would suggest the D800 compared to other offerings from Nikon has the potential for longevity in terms of upgrading. I feel that such is its highly regarded credentials it will remain as a flagship camera for quite a time yet
JC -- Many retailers don't. Nikon, however does add sales taxes. Apologies if I confused the issue there. I almost purchased the 14-24 from them, and as I wended my way through the online order process, suddenly at the end -- shipping and state sales tax for my home were added -- in the $150 area. I had ordered at night and sweated until I could call them the next day to ensure there was in fact, NO order entered.Do they still do this? I don't know. As my daddy taught me -- "Do me once, shame on you. Do me twice, shame on me!"
State Sales Taxes on internet sales is a hotly debated subject. Take advantage of the avenue as long as possible. In Pa, if you buy on the internet and dont pay sales tax at the retail level you are supposed to claim and pay on the Pa. use tax form. (LOL)