It seems really weird that even the Olympus US store and Amazon/B&h (their top US retailers) aren't able to confirm order fulfillment dates. Googling weather for trans-pacific freight shipping issues turns up nothing of concern. So I'm wondering, based on personal experience of managing a widely sold commercial product, if corporate has withheld shipping based on early user reports on Dip****Review of noise and paint sensitivity. As a manufacturer, Olympus wouldn't want to face the cost/prospect of warranty/returns if there were legitimate concerns surrounding the product in those two areas. Have they held back fulfilling orders until they can check in with QA/opps to verify that there either are or are not risk costs with shipping black bodies and kits? Obviously this is complete conjecture, but without a weather delay on pacific shipping, what else could explain even their internal store from not being able to even verify an approximate fulfillment date beyond "soon"? Why am I reminded of chicken little on the paint/noise issues? If I've ruffled feathers, apologies in advance, but it's something that has me thinking.