I can see myself being a bit annoyed were I in your shoes, so I understand. That being said, it'd be more of a mental thing than a problem with the camera (no offense, of course).
No offense taken - I'm the first to admit that I'm "mental".
Thanks Niko for your response. I didn't realize this until recently (after more than 2000 shots on the camera) and I couldn't quite remember what the original firmware version was. I remember when I first got it that the image was DSC_0001.jpg and thinking that indicated zero actuations. Now I know that's not necessarily true. So I loaded PhotoME and opened up the first picture I took and saw that shutter count was "1" (this was before I upgraded the firmware). I think that's the value I should be looking at. Now, I don't know if your point about loading the firmware resets the shutter count can be true. I know that when I flashed the 1.02 firmware, the Shutter Count did not reset. However, I think the image number did get reset back to zero. This seems to make sense, else everyone could try to resell their cameras as new after loading the latest firmware.
But you raise a good point in that if Nikon tests the camera, it should be > 1. Hmmm, Curiouser and Curiouser. I'm thinking they must have a way to reset the Shutter
Count before it goes out the door, and only Nikon can do it.
And I did buy the camera new. Actually, I took advantage of one of the bundles (w/24-70). It came in new packaging, serial numbers matched everywhere (camera and box), and all the paperwork/cards were included. At the time I unpacked it, I had no reason to believe it wasn't new. If it's just been sitting in a warehouse somewhere and is "old", well, I guess it's no big deal, if in fact that's all it is. It's more a curiosity than anything else in that case. But the fact that this is likely a 2008 camera just seems very strange.
Now, having said all this, I do currently have a question into Nikon regarding an issue with the viewfinder that I recently noticed. I'm waiting to hear back from them on this. So one thought was someone else noticed the same problem and returned it to B&H, and they just sold it to someone else (me), and somehow they reset the shutter count before sending it out again. It doesn't appear to be the case but the thought did cross my mind.