I've been sent this a couple hundred times, so I guess I should post it. :)

Canon USA has the fall rebate program rolling since the 22nd of October.


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  1. The dollar’s value has increased 11% from last year over the Euro and it has only fallen 3% compaired to the Yen. Regardless, this is not a long term slide and it is in fact on the way back up. I would expect the value of the dollar to increase 20% compaired to the Yen over the next 12 months. Bloomberg Finance has show research that proves this thought. I think that Canon is trying to gain additional profits on their camera equipment to help offset their losses in production of Micro Processor Manufacturing Machines, which is historically their biggest profit leader. I hope that Pentax, Sony, and Nikon take advantage of this and lower their prices to grab more market share. Canon has a great set of products, but they shouldn’t treat their loyal customer base as a piggy-bank.

  2. Prices fluctuate for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to the wholesale price. This isn’t Econ 101 and there are numerous market conditions which might be responsible for any particular item’s price changes. The idea B&H would lay in wat for a manufacturer’s rebate just to hike a price to scam the unwitting is ludicrous and flies in the face of our 35+ year uninterrupted history of unimpeachable ethics and transparent integrity.

    Henry Posner
    B&H Photo-Video

  3. Henry,
    My comment above was only factual. I like B&H. I did a lot of research before spending >$2000 on new equipment (body, 70-200mm f/2.8, and filters). I had a problem with one of the filters and B&H took care of it – very quickly. I would definitely shop there for my next equipment. Very knowledgeable staff, excellent prices, and I like non-chains (shop local). I could have saved a few $$ at Amazon, but went to B&H.

    Is this type of pricing indicative of a long term price increase from Canon?

  4. Steve Hagensieker on

    Canon had a lens and flash price increase a couple of weeks prior to the rebates going into effect on 10/22. Some dealers might have raised their prices right away, some may have held off depending on their inventory and some might have looked at it on an item-by-item basis.
    Unfortunately the timing makes it appear that dealers may have raised prices to offset the rebates. While I cannot speak for all dealers I would not hesitate to say that the reputable dealers simply did what Canon and the market (supply and demand) forced them to do.

    If you want to point fingers, my suggestion is at Canon.

    Steve Hagensieker
    Jack’s Camera Shop
    Muncie, IN

  5. I am about to buy the 580EX2 at Amazon.

    How to claim the rebate? The form doesn’t have anything to fill in.

    Is anybody know?



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