Ok, I get it now...this whole rebate scam was just to get new folks to sign up on Canon Rumors, judging from the number of first poster's
Like the rest, I've been glued to B&H, Adorama and a number of other sites, waiting for the announced rebates to kick in. I knew, from other posts, that there was a possibility of a bait and switch but I took a chance and waited. I've had a wish list @ B&H for 2 weeks and was ready to purchase the 7D with 2 lenses/filters/hoods.
The 7D body price had been $1479 up until yesterday when it went to $1482. I was on the B&H site at midnight and the price was still $1482 with a $200 rebate on the purchase of the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens. At 1:30 the price was the same and I figured that B&H would simply forego the discount, since the price was already $200 under retail. When I got up this morning at 7, I checked the site an saw a $218 INCREASE from just a few hours earlier. I WAS PISSED!
I wanted the camera in time to cover my daughter's swim meet (she swimming to 100 butterfly as I write this), but I figured saving $200 would be worth missing pictures at this meet! Now I'm even more pissed!
I did't know whether lumping B&H and other retailers into this mess was right, thinking that CANON was the culprit by forcing retailers into the bait & switch. I guess some are complicit since I just found the 7D body at 42nd Street Photo for $1430!
Anybody want to offer an opinon on 42nd Street? Reputation, personal dealings etc?
I guess the bottom line is that for me, B&H has put this camera on sale at $18 more than the regular price. Hooray for me.
I say that CANON has disgraced itself and as a result, should consider corporate Seppuku for this offense.
btw, the Amazon $1457 deal is out of stock as are many others.