I ordered a 5D Mark III kit (i.e. with the 24-105 lens) from Beach Camera, and what is being shipped to me is the non-kit body and the 24-105 lens, both in their own boxes. Basically, they didn’t have any kits so they decided on their own to send me the body and lens as separate items, but only charge $4299 for them. If one were to purchase them separately, they'd pay about $4650. That’s a $350 price drop for Beach Camera.
I certainly don’t have a problem with receiving these items separately, but I am a little curious as to how they can do this. When they buy these items from Canon, it costs them more to buy them separately. So clearly they must be losing profit by giving me separate body and lens units for the price of a kit. Could they be sending me something that has been bought and returned, or gray-market products? Or do they just really want my business?