Hey all. First time posting, but long time reader, so thanks for all the great info over the last while.
I just upgraded my t3i with a 5diii from Big Value Inc on one of their sales we're talking about here. I was quite concerned after reading the possibility of it being black market - I am okay with grey, but I would hate the idea that something I bought on sale was stolen from someone else. I actually had my retina macbook stolen last week, so I know the horrible feeling when something is lost like that... and I wouldn't want to profit off someone else's misery.
Anyhow, from the recommendation of the site, and the good reviews on eBay, I decided to pull the trigger on the 5diii. It arrived today and I tried keep an eye out concerning the details Mike and others have mentioned about faulty serials and bad stickers, etc.
The box it came in itself originally came with a kit lens (which I expected) with it taken out. The box and all the contents other than that were in excellent condition though. All the parts listed were in the box (other than the lens, hood, and case). I got a package deal with a sd card, camera case, and couple batteries, an extra charger, and those were in the outer box it was delivered in. They seem to be fine so far.
The serial # on the box, on the camera, and on EXIF data all match. The sticker on the camera is metallic and seems like the ones I've seen online. The C in the Canon name is pretty close to the sticker edge though, but doesn't seem out of place or fake.
I've played with the camera a bit, and so far it seems to be working properly.
I registered the camera with Canon, and they didn't say anything when registering (though like someone pointed out if something went wrong who knows what they'd say). My feeling is this is a perfectly new camera that was part of a kit, and the kit lens was taken out, and that's all.
Overall, I am relieved. The price was perfect - 2569.98 (I count myself lucky considering what many have paid and will pay) and the camera seems to be new. I really hope BVI addresses the issue Mike wrote about though. Good luck!