This is a ridiculous thread.
Canon is "screwing over" its customers because the market value of the 5DIII is less than the price it was released at?
I hardly know where to begin.
What the pricing REALLY reflects is that even Canon cannot dictate to the market. In a competitive market environment, the market sets the price and that is exactly what is happening here. The only official price reduction of the 5DIII is a $200 rebate that reduces the official price to $3,299. Rebates are common and allow companies to adjust their pricing without having to officially acknowledge that their pricing was too high in the first place.
But, look at what has happened with the 5DIII. The market has said that even $3,299 is too much. Canon is powerless to prevent retailers from discounting the product even more. They have tried to impose a "Minimum Advertised Price" but the market is dictating an even lower price, so sellers are skirting the rules to meet the actual market price. And, faced with the facts of the marketplace, Canon knows they can't do much to stop retailers from cutting prices.
Neither the retailers nor Canon WANT to sell the 5DIII at a lower price, but they have no choice. The market has spoken and said the actual price of the camera should be $3,000 or lower. So, as of today, we have authorized dealers selling it at about $2,975 and unauthorized dealers at $2,799.
In other words, the market is saying that the value of purchasing from an authorized dealer is about $175 over an unauthorized dealer.
Now, look at Nikon. The official price of the D800 is $2,999, while the street price (B&H) is $2,796.
To summarize, the market is saying the actual value of the 5DIII is about $200 more than the actual market value of the D800 and both were originally priced too high. If you discount the value of an authorized dealership, the D800 and the 5DIII are essentially the same price.
As much fun as it is to blame big bad Canon for all your woes, the reality is that this is just capitalism at work. And, frankly, its working in the consumers favor.