Be careful who you place orders from when trying to snag a D800. If your one of the folks chasing around links on forums following the advice of who has a Nikon D800 in stock at any given moment.

I recently learned a painful experience. Some retailers notably Best Buy and Dell have a huge lag in real-time inventory. The lag can be in the case of Best Buy up to 28 hours. This means you think you have been successful in placing an order only to learn later that your D800 has been placed on backorder status. You might be inclined to think that while disappointing it’s no big deal. Well your wrong. The problem is these companies reserve money from your credit card limit. That reserve can last up to 72 hours and is out of everyone’s control. So lets say you have a credit card with a $5000 limit and you find a D800 in stock. You place the order only to learn later that the camera is no longer in stock to fill your order. The company you placed the order with has now placed a $3000 hold on your available credit leaving you with $2000 remaining. As a result if you do find a D800 in stock you will not have the funds to cover the cost until the previous retailers hold times out in 24-72 hours. You will not be able to buy your D800 without another credit card.

Even worse than that depending on the timing of the order Dell and Best Buy have actually removed funds from customers accounts. You don’t know frustration until you have to deal with Dell customer support.

You have been warned.

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