Wow - this got a lot more feedback than I expected
I can't quote on everyones comments else I will create one extra page with a lot of duplicate content hehehe...
Why did it hurt? Brand loyalty won't improve anyone's photographs.
No it doesn't and I did mention that in my original post, but you get loyal to a brand because it offers you something that no other brand can, maybe not technical, even an emotional connection can keep you loyal. And you are all correct about the glass... But everyone here is talking out of experience. And personal experience hardly ever motivates a beginner on a tight budget. They do not look at future glass investments or care about learning more about photography first (I am talking about the average 35 year+ home user here) they want to buy a camera now with as little money as possible but that can do as much as possible. My experience is that you can tell them camera A is the best camera for you and they will still buy camera F because they got a good deal and the salesman told them it is as good as camera A.
It all comes down to personal choice...
But overall I am saying that Canon is missing a crucial market here. Just about all the replies here is about the amazing glass Canon offers - but for a newbie buying a great lens only comes much later... after they invested in one or two camera bodies first. They might even buy a flash before considering a better lens. And from experience we know you should almost buy the CANON lens first, but in reality people don't think like that.
I also agree 100% that the D3200 isn't necessarily better than the EOS 650D... but it is on the shelf. I think that beats any camera on paper