Just bought from orient, sim lim sq. Very nice color out with my d7000. In the morning, called to reserve and went to the shop in evening. Get new lens instead of buying used one . Just less than $350. Singapore local set.
In the US, the stocks are always out. And prices was raised from 199.95 USD up to $279 USD at B&H. Even amazon as well. Second hands are going for $250 USD which is still about SGD310.
Just ordered one yesterday from Best Buy at 199.95 USD ...waiting for the lovely little lens to complement my 50 and 85. Have to wait a week for delivery (any later orders would have to wait till end of the month or early next month for delivery.
Interestingly, one of the questions for the shortage of the lens is that of why the lens are in shortage since its made in China, not Sendai. My guess is that it is so cheap and good that every nikonian (not wanting to spend too much on the 1.4) will want one.