I, for one, fully comprehend manufacturer/retailer relationships.
However, I'll never believe Canon does not have some hand in this particular move. To think B&H suddenly got a wild hair up their tookus one day and fire-saled the M and then their competition followed the piper like mice is far too improbable...
Oh, I absolutely agree. I strongly suspect that EOS-M sales have been disappointing and it's highly likely that Canon offered it's dealers some special pricing if they purchased large quantities of the camera. It's entirely possible that B&H's sales rep cut them a special deal if they took a bunch of EOS-Ms off his or her hands. Given that Adorama and Amazon ran out of stock quickly after price-matching B&H makes me think they weren't planning on the fire sale at B&H.
Anyway, my point – perhaps not make clearly – was that too many people equate a retailer's actions with the actions of Canon and vice versa. And, my other point, was that people too often assume that sales by individual retailers are a reliable predictor of new camera introductions when there are dozens of other equally plausible explanations.
It is normal that distributors get discount by buying large quantities of product from companies but that is because how business works. Canon (many other companies) distribute their product to others so they do not need to bare the risk of over stacking their products. I think distributors are very good indicator for new product or life-cycle of a product. There are several explanation to this:
1) Canon maybe wanting to push their product
2) Clearing inventories for new products
3) Too many inventories
4) Annual report? So selling more makes it look good
If you look at Apple then most of the time the shortage of products means it’s ending its life-cycle or discontinue of the product.