Recently 5DmkII prices have really dropped in Japan. The last month alone has seen a 25'000 yen (about 320 dollar) drop in price across the board, the cheapest deals being 159'000 yen ($2065) for "outlet" 5DmkII bodies. I asked about these "outlet" bodies and was told that due to a mess up on box sizes for the 5DmkII + 24-105mm f4L lens kit, the lens wouldn't go in the box, so they have to sell both items separately at a knock down price. Basically canon has taken $350 dollars off the body and about $250 off the lens, a loss of $600 due to a box mess up? Seems like bad business if that's true, but after living in Japan for 10 years I'm kind of used to not believing anything I'm told, the truth here is concealed with smoke and sliding mirrors but that's not for this forum.
Maybe this price drop seems not so cheap with the current yen-dollar conversion, but not so long ago 159'000 yen for a body was $1600, in Japan that's under 3/5th of the original release price.
Is this happening elsewhere? Is canon getting rid of a bad batch of boxes or are they trying to get rid of stock to make way for something new? Any ideas?
Regardless, I'm not complaining about the drop and got my second 5DmkII.