man that seemed to take forever...
After finally settling on a scanner I went to B&H (had a gift card) to see about ordering it only to see that it was Out Of Stock. That was about two weeks ago. I dutifully signed up for the Notify Me When This Is In service and would routinely check the site just because I don't trust those services much. There must've been a massive shortage of these scanners because I could not find one anywhere - even the Epson store itself was sold out.
Well just a minute ago in my inbox arrived a note from B&H informing me that the scanner was back in stock and ready to be ordered!
It should arrive on Monday, providing countless hours of sleep deprivation and excitement. I predict I'll be needing a new harddive soon.
In case anyone is wondering, the scanner is an Epson v-500 - see it here: Epson V-500 @ B&H Photo
This is by no means an endorsement... I'll give my two cents when I have a week or so to play with it.