Does anyone notice this trend? I'm one that monitors lens prices and have noticed that every time there's a "discount" it's just an excuse for an increase in pricing. The so called discount is actually the current price and they actually raised the base price. So once, the "promotion" period is over, the lens prices actually gets increased. I'm very sure that 70-200 IS II was going for less than $2000 last year! Of course, the general public wouldn't notice and there's nothing we can do about it either! Argh!
I bought my 70-200 II last year for $1999 refurbed from canon, new retail price at the time was $2499. I don' t think they are raising the prices when they have rebates.