HardOCP investigates the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series availability problems in a new article, you can check it out over here. The site heard from AMD that the number of 5800 series cards shipped into the channel is in the very high tens of thousands, and that thousands of video cards are shipped on a weekly basis. If all goes well, shipments are expected to climb into the tens of thousands by the end of this month or early December, and this will hopefully lead to mass widespread availability by the end of the year.
Currently, it's hard to get one of these cards as everything is sold out almost immediately, and therefore you shouldn't expect to see any price cuts until next year.
The fact of the matter is that 5800 series video card e-tail and retail availability sucks right now. That is not to say these cards are not hitting the shelves, there are just so few of them spread out globally at the moment, that when a card does actually go into stock, those cards are sold immediately. I know we have many readers waiting like hawks for a 5800 card to stick its head out of the grass. If you are impatient, the 5800 is likely not for you, but if you have a bit of time to stake out your target, the elusive 5800 can be had, and it will get simpler to lay your hands on one in the next few weeks.