Panasonic is limiting stock, BBs in my neck of the woods are sold out as well. Certain models are already been discontinued. The Panasonics have been selling very well recently, at least around here, and orders for out of stock PPs are into March.
Generally BB can only do an order if they can get it, otherwise their ordering system will tell the salesperson that it cannot be ordered. At least around here if the product doesn't ultimately come in you'll get a full refund or offered a comparable model for better price than MSRP. Depending on their store price and management you might be sold a new model for around the same price but no guarantee.
PS Good Luck in tracking down one, have you looked at "Big River" yet? ;}
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