bpdougd: Bitching here does zero good. If everyone who is upset by this and thinks it is a really bad idea would simply write to Mr Dentry (yes, old fashioned, dead-tree, put-it-in-an-envelope letters), we might get somewhere. I intend to share my opinion with Mr Dentry at Nikon Inc, 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, N.Y. 11747-3064. Join me.
...I actually might do this. I don't see their solution as logical given that so many have horrible experiences with their service. Also having gray market or after warrant service which might not require Nikon's expertise.
I wouldn't see them changing their minds at all except for with an online petition or lots of physical letters.