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love seeing people getting in a twist over this. has the fact that canon doesn't care who joins impacted your service? do you think a company as large as canon hasn't considered the impact that additional non-professionals joining CPS will have? do you think they haven't staffed accordingly?
everybody thinks it should be elite like nikon. meanwhile over on the nikon forum people can't get a friggin' battery door replaced and their AF points don't work. check out that green grass...
If you read what I wrote, you would've seen that it hasn't impacted me yet...you cannot deny the possibility exists. To do so shows ignorance of the situation.
so in a hypothetical world you have a problem, and at that time you're able to determine that the problem is caused by non-professionals in CPS instead of another factor, even though you have no insight into the inner workings of Canon's service program?
Think about this, you have to meet certain requirements to get on welfare. According to your logic, why should anyone get their panties in a twist?
The way CPS is currently set up, you can just register your products (even if you don't own them) on their site. By your logic, people entering in numbers they don't have shouldn't be a big deal anyway.
What you fail to see is, there's rules in life. Some rules are enforced. Other rules aren't. You're expected though as an upright, moral and ethical human being to follow those rules. The fact that you're arguing against following the rules set forth just shows what kind of people do this.
It isn't about "it's not big deal", it's not about "the consumer market",it's not about "the hobbyist that is better than the pro" it's about a bunch of people who aren't professionals claiming to be professionals so they can receive perks that they shouldn't damn well have.
here are the "ethical" requirements for membership, straight from the website where you sign up:
the ONLY thing that mentions professional is where you select your professional status. they don't require the name of your business. they don't require you to earn money from your work. they don't define "professional". one can be a "professional at home cat picture taker".
since they don't define professional, let's let webster's do it:
a : of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession
b : engaged in one of the learned professions
c (1) : characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession (2) : exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace
a : participating for gain or livelihood in an activity or field of endeavor often engaged in by amateurs <a professional golfer>
b : having a particular profession as a permanent career <a professional soldier>
c : engaged in by persons receiving financial return <professional football>
: following a line of conduct as though it were a profession <a professional patriot>
hmm, #1 and 2 don't work. but #3.... ah ha! i take pictures of my cat and conduct myself as though i were a professional. bang, i'm a professional.
the fact of the matter is that canon leaves this ambiguous because they don't care. they want people to pay money to be CPS members, and they want them to buy lots and lots of canon equipment.