I opened the box after receiving what I thought was a brand new 5DMk III from Adorama and was going through the menus and found a menu titled, "Shutter count" and to the right the number 209...Canon support tells me that this is some form of file numbering system in place from the factory and totally unrelated to shutter count as it is labeled. Why would it mean anything other than shutter count? That's like saying that the white balance setting is really the aperture setting isn't it? : ) I think I purchased a used camera under false pretenses. Would any of you concur?
Wouldn't you expect some kind of quality control testing after the camera comes off the assembly line? I know I do. I work in manufacturing, so I might have different expectations.
Maybe that camera was off a little. Say it only got 5 fps. Some Canon pulled it back and tweaked it to get it up to spec. That is done in manufacturing all the time.