I could see how not having a standard USB port would bother people, but that's nothing new to Samsung. Chances are that when people are doing their research online that they will see that.
I bought mine from BJ's Warehouse last weeek as it was on sale for $229 with the offical leather samsung pouch. (Samsung sells the pouch for $49 but I would not have paid for that as a separate accessory).
The tab was $20 bucks off but I purchased an extended 2 year warranty for $20 which includes accidental coverage. That gives three years total warranty, including the Mfr one year warranty (without accidental coverage).
If you are going to buy form BJ's they only have a 15 day return period for tablets but I have never had any return hassels from them.
I gave my wife my Original Verizon Samsung Tab 7 and I think she is hooked now on it.