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Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« Reply #60 on: September 16, 2012, 05:05:20 AM »
I refuse to believe it. That camera is worth every penny of that $3499 price tag, and it must be flying off the shelves. No amount of evidence will convince me of the contrary.

In totally unrelated news, thanks to the recent price drop, Amazon is selling more 5D2 than 5D3: http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Camera-Photo-Digital-SLR-Cameras/zgbs/photo/3017941/ref=zg_bs_3017941_pg_2?_encoding=UTF8&tag=crf-20

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Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
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Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« Reply #61 on: September 16, 2012, 06:41:07 AM »
I think, in short term, prices will be lower.
I just bought mine for 3089€, the best price found, here, in Portugal. In Amazon (Spain) it can be bought for 2934€.

Too bad that price it is only for USA. :) If i had someone there, i would considerer it. A 5D Mark3 for 2000€.. ;D

Let's wait and see what is next.

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Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« Reply #62 on: September 16, 2012, 07:01:59 AM »
I refuse to believe it. That camera is worth every penny of that $3499 price tag, and it must be flying off the shelves. No amount of evidence will convince me of the contrary.

Thank you for the good laugh!
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Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« Reply #63 on: September 16, 2012, 08:54:42 AM »
Maybe someone has spoofed their eBay account...

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Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« Reply #64 on: September 16, 2012, 08:58:46 AM »
Another question is why the deal is only available through their Ebay store?

Their Ebay store doesn't ship outside the US, which kinda sucks for me and many others..

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Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« Reply #65 on: September 16, 2012, 09:07:58 AM »
Looks like Adorama is clearing warehouse space for incoming stock of newer equipment.

I think it is also fair to say that the 5D3 is selling A LOT SLOWER than Adorama predicted.

I suppose the only remaining question is if Adorama is making a profit on $2745 or not.

But even if they aren't, this deal will really put the brakes on further 5D3 sales because everyone else that doesn't need a 5D3 will simply wait for other stores to have a sale like this.

Clearing stock for new cameras?! So now a camera's life cycle is a few months?!
That's absurd. Canon kept the price "high" on purpose. Early adopters, to create a demand, to sell more 5D2's, the price of the Yen, the price of rice , because they can, whatever the reason.... It's marketing. I'm sure Adorama is still making money, Canon is making money, whatever.

Think of it like this...

Adorama bought 1000 5D Mark IIIs from Canon to sell.

Nearly all of that batch of 1000 are still in a warehouse not moving very fast.

The shipment of 5000 Nikon D600s has arrived and there is nowhere to put them.

Not an exact scenario but...
Pretty much same thought.

However, you will see many people against the price and the store.  I still remember there is a big argue for the 2800 deal from Beach Camera.  Some people even comment Beach Camera is not a reputed store.  Too bad, CR removed the thread in one day, so people cannot see the information.  Otherwise, people will not be surprised this deal.

If people do some Google search, they will see many 5D3 deals under 3000 from authorized dealers in the past few months.  Unfortunately, people are lazy to do their homework.

I'd think Adorama's biggest competitor (B&H) would be embarrassed by getting scooped on this deal, and would not be happy about being stuck with the rest of their inventory.  If Canon was behind this deal, look for a response from B&H.
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Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« Reply #66 on: September 16, 2012, 09:49:45 AM »
I wonder how many 5D mark III bodies have been allocated to this Xmas-in-September operation, currently the eBay counter stands at ~ 800 sold. At one point, say the 1000 or 3000 bodies sold, it'll close and then what? Are people going back to happily paying the original price of $3500 or would Canon offer a new price point? That $2750 actually was the sale price of the 5D mark II when it first came out in November 2008, will be interesting to see Canon settle on this new price going forward, specially if they plan to release the rumored 6D and a high MP pro body. 

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Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« Reply #66 on: September 16, 2012, 09:49:45 AM »

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Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« Reply #67 on: September 16, 2012, 11:05:29 AM »

The price is back to $3464 @818 sold items.
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Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« Reply #68 on: September 16, 2012, 11:07:13 AM »
Looks like the price just jumped back up! Congrats to those who nabbed the deal while it lasted!

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Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« Reply #69 on: September 16, 2012, 11:18:00 AM »
That's for that link !!!    Nabbed one last night!    ;D

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Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« Reply #70 on: September 16, 2012, 11:28:38 AM »
Would not worry to much, clearly somebody is testing the waters. After they scared us with disappointing specs for the 6D (they may turn out to be real in the end) mere $2745 for 5DIII seems just to good to be true for the moment.
At least we know for sure that they are not selling nearly enough 5DIII bodies.
My advice: wait some more if you absolutely don't need for work right now, real "Christmas" will come to everybody soon, or maybe even some better body models offerings...
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Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« Reply #71 on: September 16, 2012, 11:40:27 AM »
And suddenly, once again people have to dish out 3459 bucks for the camera!  ::) Am I the only one seeing the bizarre humor in this?

Come on and do a permanent price drop already..

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Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« Reply #72 on: September 16, 2012, 11:46:42 AM »
Looks like the price just jumped back up! Congrats to those who nabbed the deal while it lasted!

Thanks! Got mine ordered. Anyone wanna pay $3,250 for it? I won't take it out of the box! ;)
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Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
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Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« Reply #73 on: September 16, 2012, 11:50:54 AM »
Annoying, been waiting all summer to go back to full frame and hopefully do so staying with Canon.  Finally get the money Friday but won't be in bank till Tuesday and just having to sit here and watch stuff like this lol.  "Cool 5D III price that makes more sense."  "S___, there it goes again."  It's most annoying that in reality it's hard to imagine that kind of price drop sticking in one go like this.  Soooo it would have been nice to hop on this.  Guess come Tuesday I just keep refreshing Adorama ebay lol. 
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Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« Reply #74 on: September 16, 2012, 11:59:30 AM »
I probably shouldn't, but I can't resist commenting.

With a single retailer offer like this, don't presume it indicates anything about Canon, the 5DIII or the pace of sales. It might, but there are just too many variables to know.

Canon enforces a "lowest advertised price" restriction that dealers must adhere to. There are ways around that. eBay may be one of those ways. Another is to offer special deals though internet sites like this. I was able to get the 70-300 L in the spring at a deep discount from Adorama through a one-day link that this website had posted.

Adorama seems to be trying more of these promotions. If you go to Canon Price Watch you'll see that they are offering occasional deals through that site. I don't know what their strategy is, but whatever it is, I like it. We as consumers benefit.

I do have a hard time believing Adorama would be selling anything at a loss. Someone mentioned Canon's fiscal year. If it had anything to do with Canon, we would see other major retailers offering the same pricing. It may have more to do with Adorama's fiscal year or inventory practices. It could be possible that Adorama calculated their costs and figured that earning $50 or so profit on the units, along with some tax savings by reducing inventory, made it worthwhile. I don't know.

Or, maybe their inventory computers just decided they were getting too much stock and it wasn't moving fast enough so they decided to opt for a smaller profit and clear room for the 6D before Christmas.

This sale occurred just before Rosh Hashanah. I don't know if there is any connection there either.  Adorama is closed from Sunday afternoon until Wednesday morning. Don't know if their fiscal year coincides with the religious calendar.

My takeaway:
  • It is crazy to presume that a single sale by a single retailer is a clear indicator of anything at all about the 5DIII.
  • Presuming that Adorama still made a small profit on these units, it seem like Canon is offering a pretty generous margin for its retailers
  • Everyone talks about Canon being greedy but if they are really giving retailers a nearly $800 margin on the 5DIII, it's not greed, but something else. They may be trying to protect and preserve their worldwide dealer network during tough economic times. It certainly could be a smart business move as well: give retailers a bigger profit margin than the competitors and they have a bigger incentive to promote your product.

I don't know the answers, but one thing is sure: it's great for consumers.

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Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« Reply #74 on: September 16, 2012, 11:59:30 AM »