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Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2013, 03:20:23 PM »
For what it's worth, my second response from CPS about the loans when i reiterated that I, as a member in the west coast, would have just about 24 hours with a loan before I have to ship it back, they responded saying that was the best solution they can find.  They said if anyone wants to complain or such, they should email cpsloan@cusa.canon.com.  So if any of you guys have any issues with the 1 week rule, email them in mass... =)

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Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
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Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2013, 04:07:24 PM »
this is nuts to me.  canon sent me this email the other day listing all the things they are taking away and made it seem like they are doing me a favor.

the only reasons why i got cps gold was for the big repair discount and equipment loans.  so now, they reduce the service discount and essentially eliminate loans?

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Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2013, 04:32:14 PM »
I just sent an email to Canon stating how disgusted I am with their recent policy change, and I encourage others to do the same if they feel the same.
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Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2013, 04:39:48 PM »
Not a member yet.  But the Gold level sounds pretty good.  The ONLY thing that sucks is the eval period.  24 hours?  You're joking...  I think 3 days would be a minimum.  You're not supposed to be using them to take on vacation or instead of renting them.  So to test and play:  3-day of in-hand use would be fine.  5 days better.



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Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2013, 04:47:29 PM »
So instead of pulling in a few more units out of the refurb bin, or out of some reps demo kit, their answer is to shorten the evaluation period to an almost useless period.  Awesome logic!

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Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« Reply #20 on: September 11, 2013, 04:55:19 PM »
Not a member yet.  But the Gold level sounds pretty good.  The ONLY thing that sucks is the eval period.  24 hours?  You're joking...  I think 3 days would be a minimum.  You're not supposed to be using them to take on vacation or instead of renting them.  So to test and play:  3-day of in-hand use would be fine.  5 days better.


So this is another that gets me - Canon's CPS thing initially stated that they want you to have a decent amount of time with loaners, so you can get a "real feel" for the items, and that's why they let you keep them for 2 weeks.

To me, it sounds like the big wigs at CPS said - "Wait, loaners don't make us money.  Repairs make us money.  So let's reduce the repair discount and essentially eliminate the loaner program.  Also, let's act like we're doing our customers a favor with this new policy and tell them that it means they can get loaners quicker."
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Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2013, 05:38:24 PM »
Not a member yet.  But the Gold level sounds pretty good.  The ONLY thing that sucks is the eval period.  24 hours?  You're joking...  I think 3 days would be a minimum.  You're not supposed to be using them to take on vacation or instead of renting them.  So to test and play:  3-day of in-hand use would be fine.  5 days better.

If your on the east coast and get shipments from canon in 1 day, then you can have 3 or so days to play with the gear, but if your on the west coast or even mid-west, you get the shaft.  They have a facility in Irvine CA, i think they should open that up for west coast eval so we can have a better chance at testing the new gear. 
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Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« Reply #22 on: September 11, 2013, 05:53:52 PM »
If your on the east coast and get shipments from canon in 1 day, then you can have 3 or so days to play with the gear, but if your on the west coast or even mid-west, you get the shaft.  They have a facility in Irvine CA, i think they should open that up for west coast eval so we can have a better chance at testing the new gear.

So, loaners come only from NJ or VA?  I know NJ is overnight for me via UPS Ground, not sure about VA. But that would make the 1-wk period tolerable for me, thanks for the info.

Definitely would be good for them to stock loaners at Irvine, too...except that means they'd need a bigger pool - and unfortunately, I suspect that's not their intent.
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Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« Reply #23 on: September 11, 2013, 06:01:48 PM »
Sent the following (slightly editted to CPS)

I received the notice about the changes in the CPS Program.  As a CPS member I have mixed reaction to the changes.

First of CMS is a great service and I am glad to hear it is being expanded.

More trade shows, events, etc does not impact me, as I shoot wildlife and nature.  You are unlikely to have an event in Botswana or coastal area of Alaska where there is high density of grizzly bears 

The reduced discount on repairs is probably offset by the reduced membership cost so I will call this a wash.

And the reduced time to evaluate equipment greatly reduces the utility of this service.  To full evaluate equipment I need to try the equipment in the field, under real world use.  That means a trip, general 7-10 days in length.  With a 2 week evaluation period, I could do this.  One week make evaluation much harder.  I would like to see longer evaluation periods with a  modest fee charged for anything over a week.

Lacking from the program is priority purchasing.  When the 200-400 was released, I had very hard time finding one; as a Platinum CPS member it would have been great if I could requested that an extra lens be shipped to my dealer with “my name on it”.  Also it would be great if we had priority access to refurbished equipment – perhaps identify equipment desired and when an items comes available it is held for us for 48-72 hours.

Thanks for listening.  CPS is a great program but not all CPS need the same service.  For me priority access to new equipment and time to evaluate equipment in the field are of paramount importance.

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« Reply #24 on: September 11, 2013, 06:12:28 PM »
If your on the east coast and get shipments from canon in 1 day, then you can have 3 or so days to play with the gear, but if your on the west coast or even mid-west, you get the shaft.  They have a facility in Irvine CA, i think they should open that up for west coast eval so we can have a better chance at testing the new gear.

So, loaners come only from NJ or VA?  I know NJ is overnight for me via UPS Ground, not sure about VA. But that would make the 1-wk period tolerable for me, thanks for the info.

Definitely would be good for them to stock loaners at Irvine, too...except that means they'd need a bigger pool - and unfortunately, I suspect that's not their intent.

Newport News is overnight for me and I can return in person so I'd be in good shape I suppose.

I think they send them two day no matter where they're sending them. Otherwise VA to Los Angeles would be four business days by ground, and five to Northern California and the Pacific northwest.

Anyway, these are FedEx outgoing ground maps for 23606 (Newport News) and 08831 (Jamesburg).



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« Reply #25 on: September 11, 2013, 06:19:46 PM »
Regarding the evaluation period, as someone else mentioned, it may be, at least partially, in response to people essentially using the evaluation as a free rental for paying jobs.  On the Cinema side, evaluations for Canon lenses are even more limited to curtail "free rentals": My rep told me the lenses arrive to you the morning of your scheduled eval and MUST be shipped back at the end of same day, so you literally only get a few hours with them depending on your location/proximity to FedEx/UPS.  I have a FedEx and a UPS distribution centers literally less than 10 mins from my house and a FedEx airport location 30 mins from me that you can ship from till 9:30pm, so even a best case scenario for someone in my situation would have probably less than 12 hours.  Most people, a lot less.  Good thing I have a few friends that have pulled the trigger on the cine primes and I can just call them if I really want a good demo.

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« Reply #26 on: September 11, 2013, 06:22:56 PM »
If your on the east coast and get shipments from canon in 1 day, then you can have 3 or so days to play with the gear, but if your on the west coast or even mid-west, you get the shaft.  They have a facility in Irvine CA, i think they should open that up for west coast eval so we can have a better chance at testing the new gear.

So, loaners come only from NJ or VA?  I know NJ is overnight for me via UPS Ground, not sure about VA. But that would make the 1-wk period tolerable for me, thanks for the info.

Definitely would be good for them to stock loaners at Irvine, too...except that means they'd need a bigger pool - and unfortunately, I suspect that's not their intent.

Yes, so far all the loaners I've ever had go and from NJ.  so 2 days here, 2 days back, or overnight if i want to double the price for whatever reason =)
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« Reply #27 on: September 11, 2013, 06:50:08 PM »
Thanks for the confirmation, awinphoto!
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« Reply #28 on: September 11, 2013, 06:56:39 PM »
Regarding the evaluation period, as someone else mentioned, it may be, at least partially, in response to people essentially using the evaluation as a free rental for paying jobs.  On the Cinema side, evaluations for Canon lenses are even more limited to curtail "free rentals": My rep told me the lenses arrive to you the morning of your scheduled eval and MUST be shipped back at the end of same day, so you literally only get a few hours with them depending on your location/proximity to FedEx/UPS.  I have a FedEx and a UPS distribution centers literally less than 10 mins from my house and a FedEx airport location 30 mins from me that you can ship from till 9:30pm, so even a best case scenario for someone in my situation would have probably less than 12 hours.  Most people, a lot less.  Good thing I have a few friends that have pulled the trigger on the cine primes and I can just call them if I really want a good demo.

I mean, I can understand them wanting to stop the practice of "get loaner instead of renting", but considering they had a limit of only a few times for the same item that seems like it'd help that. Further, how can you really evaluate a piece of equipment without using it for a 'job', paying or not? A day is hardly enough to properly evaluate a lens or body. If they said you only get 3 days from the date of signing/arrival, that wouldn't be too horrible. Unless like RGF and need to go out into the wilderness with it which would be pretty complicated for even 3 days to manage.
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« Reply #29 on: September 11, 2013, 07:06:56 PM »
What they're doing is essentially eliminating the evaluation benefit for us Gold CPS members.
So what's left? A slight discount and expedited shipping on repairs? I've never used them for a repair, only the evaluation service. I've been evaluating new equipment for the last nine years and I nearly always later bought what I had tested and found useful. I've been trying to get one of the 200-400 lenses for testing since June and I always get the same answer. "Not enough to go around." Apparently so. Too many CPS members nowadays it seems.
Now, since I live in Colorado, the best option is to ask that a loaner ships on a Friday, arrives Tuesday, and ships back on Wednesday unless I want to pay for overnight shipping. With shipping running $60-100, it's not a bad deal if I can have it for more than 48 hours.
Unfortunately, those days are now gone. Too bad. Now I'm thinking perhaps it would be good to have a Nikon D700 and a Nikkor 200-400. After all, the two of them together still cost less than the Canon EF 200-400. Canon is not really interested in supporting the average pro photographer any more, I guess. Sad, very sad.

I've sent my final email to CPS now. Sadly, I will no longer pay to maintain my membership in what was formerly a very nice program with wonderful benefits. All these changes in benefits were set in motion, in my opinion, when they changed the requirements for CPS membership a few years ago. I'm sure they're now so vastly oversubscribed and stretched to the limit trying to keep up with the numbers that they're looking for some way out. Lately, all you had to do was buy some equipment and pay the fee. It wasn't always so easy. There were very real requirements to prove professional status in the past. I'm definitely not an elitist but it looks like they wanted to increase revenues more than they wanted to support their customers who were trying to make a living.
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