Bummer. But very smart - take a cheap lens, and make it even cheaper to produce. Pure profit.
Yeah, I bought an 18 200 with my 50D two years ago, and I am still sorry I did not dish out the extra 300 bucks for a 24 105. Anyonone buying an xxD or higher should not go for anything less than L series.
Were you 'seduced' but the wide focal range? Any superzoom lens represents a compromise, and optical quality is usually on the chopping block. On a crop body, the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS outperforms the 24-105mm f/4L IS (although they cost about the same).