However, something else to consider is that the retailers system also showed they only had 11 units of the camera in stock nationwide.
This retailer isn't really known for selling these kinds of cameras and do not even carry any models in their retail stores. If you want to get one from them you have to order it online.
Baloney!! Just check the stock online at the best buy website to see which stores have them in stock. There is the body only, and two kits available. In Los Angeles alone, there are 5 stores with the 5D MK III bodies, and 4 stores with the 5D MK III and 24-105mm L Lens Kit. (No info about how many of each they have). A quick check of New York City shows six bodies and three kits in stores. That already adds up to 18. Miami Best Buy stores have lots more in stock, and I'm sure that if I checked additional cites that there are a hundred likely more elsewhere.
I don't doubt that. I am just going by what I saw on their computer system and the sales reps explaination. I am as skeptical as anyone but I found it very interesting and wanted to hear everyone's thoughts. I live in a smaller city and there are no 5D3s in any of the stores within driving distance.
Perhaps the 11 units in their system may have just been the body only units in their warehouse, not including what they have in retail stores.
If the guy told you that they did not have them in stores, he was lying, and trying to get you to order one online. Unfortunately, salesmen resort to tricks to push a customer into buying. Its likely that he was showing you how many 5D MK III + 24-70 f/4 kits they have in stock. They might even show it as discontinued.
The point is, you are making incorrect statements that can easily be checked. Why not do it before posting?
I went to the website and put 5D MK III bodies into my cart. They had a limit of five and a note came to call if I wanted more.