Aug 5, 2006 - Found this article which explains the power outage problem with B&H. I have been trying to place an order for hours.
On Manhattan's West Side, a morning fire in a manhole knocked out power to the B&H Photo Video store at 33rd Street and Ninth Avenue and an adjoining eight-story commercial building.
B&H, which normally closes at 2 p.m. Friday, posted a sign on its door saying that "a power problem" had forced it to close early, and that the store would reopen on Sunday as usual.
Friday is the busiest day of the week for the photo and electronics business that attracts customers from across the country and around the world, said manager Eli Daskal.
After the outage blew power at about 9:45 a.m., "we lost a lot of customers who walk through, browsing or buying," he said. "And we lost even more on our Web site, which is down."