Upload & Sell: Off
I'd have to agree with Trevorma on this one. I'd also bet Nikon sold them this stuff either at cost or at a loss. It's a smart move really, and if I were Nikon I'd do the same thing. It's my understanding that the pro market is actually not very lucrative for Nikon and Canon because there really are not *that* many of us. Yes, there are some big sales here and there (and this one is actually pretty small compared to some I've seen) but their money comes from the amateurs and advanced amateurs who see that a major news wire service is issuing their shooters *** insert product here*** which can be a big motivator to that amateur market that is their bread and butter.
The CP shooters end up being unintentional brand ambassadors to some extent.