This is like a feeding frenzy. I have seen this often---the Nikon D7000 a couple of years ago and the D800 last year for example. Both are great cameras--I own them. The D7000 was selling for over $1200.00 used a year ago---they were hard to get due to the tsunami in Japan at the Nikon factory. Today, you can pick one up for under $750.00. But, be patient and get your camera from a name-brand store---B and H, Adorama or Amazon. There is a great deal of potential of abuse from some of the off-brand stores. Don't think that they are unaware of this wave of interest and some will stoop pretty low. YOU will pay for that impatience. Trust me on that. 6 months from now, it won't make one iota of difference to you if you got it July 15 or August 15 but you could easily pay too much or get an inferior product by being so impatient.
I appreciate your concern; considering I am leaving for vacation this Saturday, and my 1D-X is currently being serviced, for me it will make a BIG difference between getting it July 15 or August 15. I have always been an early adopter. Of course you can wait a year (or two, or three) and get a great deal. But honestly, in a year (or two), I will have moved on to my next camera of interest. I buy and sell gear quite often...
I have orders for the X100S with all the "name-brand" stores still pending; I have credit card protection (to a degree). This vendor has a return policy. So IMHO, it's worth the "gamble" to get it by this Friday. My last two big purchases (Canon 1D-X and 5DIII) were both from "off-brand" stores. Why? because they were the first to receive them. The feeding frenzy was with B&H, Adorama etc. You hear stories all the time about people just walking into their local camera shop and having their holy grail just sitting there by chance.
Yes, maybe when my camera arrives it won't have a battery. Maybe it'll have 10000 actuations on it. Maybe the menus will all be in tagalog. If that's the case, I'll just put in up for sale on this forum; some impatient person will snatch it up
I'm just kidding BTW
Edited by Pup73, 08 July 2013 - 09:43 PM.