dak723, please only speak for yourself and not for others. Because they might have different opinions.So ... up yours, Canon!So, why are still here? Go Sony or go Nikon. We'll be glad if you do.
I have a different opinion much closer to AvTvM.
We live in a globalized world. That also means today I have to work/live here tomorrow there.
When I buy an original Canon camera say in Germany from an authorized retailer (in Germany) and I havt to move say to the US then I don't want to send it back to Germany, when I want it repaired or have warranty issues. Because an original Canon product is original in all countries of the world.
But Canon decides to separate the world into different markets and tries to milk them as much as possible.
And if someone is smart enough to buy an original Canon product somewhere else cheaper ( my definition of "parallel" or "gray market") it is up to Canon Global to handle the point if a service is done in a different country.
Of course different countries have different laws about product warranties and this is the only argument against me.
And of course it is something completely different, if someone is offering a product labeled as original that is not.
That is nothing I call "parallel" or "gray market" but fraud and an issue for the prosecutor.
You're totally right!
This strategy sucks and nations have to prevent this...