I just got off the phone with a CSR at B&H and he said that he had never heard of the lower price ($1974) or of the website canonpricewatch.com, and when he tried to go to that website access was denied!
However when he searched for the lens on B&H's own website it did show the lower price, so he is going to credit me with the $100 difference.
Thanks to jhubson1 for posting that info....that certainly makes that lens a bargain, and it is even less than the re-furbed lens!
Same here...I called B&H just to confirm the condition of the lens. Yes...it's BRAND NEW, not returned nor refurb.