I do see what you're saying, but I wasn't sure I was going to buy an iPad. Actually, I had reservations about it completely until I put my hands on one. For some things, I don't need to see before I buy. Something brand new like this, and not really being a huge Apple fan, are a must to put my hands on. I bought mine the first couple days it was out once I tried it out in Best Buy.
Saw your little rant in a feed. Respectfully, could it be poor planing on your part?
I got the iPad cover a month before I got the iPad. The camera kit came a week after I picked up the iPad. Both directly from Apple.
People who ordered late in the game are going to have problems for some time since Apple is selling an iPad every three seconds.
Try to pick up a case or other part for any of those iPad imitators flooding the market. Next year maybe if at all?