I thought so myself. Then one day I pulled the camera out of the bag and couldn't get the speedlight to slide on. I know the camera wasn't dropped or abused so it must not have taken much to bend the hot shoe rails inward. Prying them back out was nerve wracking.
Yes I can see the logic R8R, but you might have found had the cover been in place, that you'd have crimped the rails anyway, and found yourself in the situation of not being able to remove it? I cant see that little piece of plastic, resisting the force necessary to bend the rails. Any ideas what might have caused it in your case?
I keep mine, along with all the other packaging, neck strap, instruction book, CDs and various cables in the nice gold box that Nikon provide for keeping these things
Ahh (glazed eyes) Gold boxes, my favourite. Yep me too seven :-) I never throw any of my boxes out, and there is some quite valuable accessories in most of them. If I ever do come to have a clear out, my neighbours will think I've won the lottery and the dustmen will be confronted with a scene not dis-similar to the stockroom in best buy, when they come on collection day :-).