I had the D800 on preorder since July 15th, 2009. Yep. ALMOST THREE YEARS. That's what it takes to be at the top of a list. Fortunately, I have a good relationship with the vendor. I'm already on the D900 waiting list :-P
The D800s have been trickling in. I think most of NPS should be satisfied already as far as the D800s go. D800E's just started showing up last week so we're probably still in the NPS phase before most non-NPS people get theirs. All depends on whether your vendor got any non-NPS shipments. NPS always arrives first and those are individually named shipments to specific NPS members.
I could have had a D800 back in the first shipment as it seems my vendor got at least 1 non-NPS body ( or an NPS member opted out ) but I decided at that time to wait for the D800E, so the lucky person next on the list got it and has been shooting for a month already with it. I had already arranged with the vendor that I could waive the D800 when it came and switch to a D800E and stay at the top of the list.
It helps to build a relationship with a vendor you can actually talk to, and the person you are talking to is actually in your country.
The vendor is Berger Bros, by the way, and I highly recommend them. I have been buying gear from them for years. Tell Lisa I sent you over to pre-order your D900 She's great to work with.
I hope everyone will have theirs within 2 or 3 months.
I never have any luck with the dealers in my area having stock. The one pro dealer within an hour of here never does. I have had some luck with some small camera shops that aren't near big cities, though. That's hit and miss.