Which would be the same delivery time frame if I were to cancel and go with apple at this pointI would agree with Einz, I have tried several times to compare Apple vs third party resellers on new releases (I have ordered from a local store or other online shop while a friend bought directly from apple, or the other way around). Getting it from the third party reseller has ALWAYS taken a few weeks more.
Apple seems to usually ship their own preorders first, or at least give very few units to third party resellers, until they caught up on the production. I wouldn't expect delivery until at least February.
B&H has been great to me as well.I was going to order from B&H photo because they have always done right by me, they are usually a touch cheaper than Apple and often throw in some free stuff like a copy of Parallels or Elements.
But they are only taking pre orders as well.
Which is exactly why I stuck with them. Even with an edu discount I still saved almost $200 due to not having to pay taxes and using their preorder coupon.The reason to order from a third party site (at least for me) would be to avoid the 9% sales tax where I live. At the price of a nMP, that savings is probably worth a few extra weeks.
We obviously can't speak for other resellers but we have been getting allocation and filling pre-orders.. Have seen more of MD878LL/A than ME253LL/A though...I doubted Apple will allocate more than a handful to third party sellers before they can meet their current demands.
You are better off ordering from Apple.