Shortly after going live on the Apple Store site, the Mac Pro is starting to appear on third-party reseller sites. While you’re unlikely to get your hands on one any sooner than buying via Apple (which currently lists Dec 30th as shipping dates), it can’t hurt to make a few calls.
You may also be able to save yourself the sales tax. B&H, which has the machines on pre-order, only charges sales tax in NY, and MacMall charges sales tax in just five states (and that’s in addition to the whopping $5 discount off the base price!) …
MacMall’s website says ‘usually ships within 5-7 days’ but has a ‘call us’ rider. When I did, I was quoted 3-4 weeks, though we’ve also received an email saying it expects stock next week and will ship early units out as they come in.
We’re expecting to see them pop up elsewhere, and the executive summary seems to be that if you’re in a hurry to get your hands on one, and/or live in a state that allows you to avoid sales tax, you may want to keep an eye out on the reseller sites over the next few days.