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big country wrote:
Ben if what you say is true, about Canon having shady back room deals w/ certain retailers, why wouldn't they do it with B and H? they are the biggest and baddest around. Why would Canon undercut their best retailer? I would guess that it would hurt Canon far worse if B and H dropped them than vice versa.
Not saying you are wrong, but just curious...
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe B&H has a presence on ebay. This would be necessary to avoid the issues of blatantly selling products below the MAP price that is required to maintain a dealership with Canon. If the products are sold on ebay, or other non-traditional distribution channels, the MAP pricing doesn't adhere.
Dealers only make a couple hundred dollars by selling a 5DIII, so something is up when you see big places selling on ebay for significantly below cost. I don't believe the people who say that ebay is covering the difference.... that really doesn't make any sense. Why would ebay take a $600 hit on each camera that's sold? They are in business to make money.
That's why it only makes sense that Canon is making special deals with select retailers who are able to move the cameras via non-standard distribution channels. Unfortunately, this causes significant friction with all the other dealers that canon chooses not to give this special deal to.