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| p.1 #7 · 5D Mark III - Refurb - (Not) In Stock $2,379.33 |
Canon refurbs are typically returned cameras or demo models. They are not related to how well a new one sells, I'm wondering you came up with that idea? They have refurbs of all their popular bodies and lenses.
Nikon has a refurb store as well with the D800 and D800E at low prices. Maybe Nikon cameras do not sell either?
I think the whole photo market is down for a while which affects both Nikon and Canon (and other brands, of course) - you can see from the last year results of both companies, that both suffered severe losses in the photo market areas.
Your first point I disagree with - I bought also a refurbished 5D II from Canon last year, and it was a brand new camera, never used or returned, just re-packaged in a refurbished box. When Canon released the 5D MkII camera a couple years back, there was no such refurbished deal with this amount of cameras available for a long time until the 5D III was later available. Reason is that the 5D II sold well for many years after its release - no surprise for a formerly unique FF camera where Canon was leading the field. Also its price was more reasonable after introduction for $2900 (it came down later of course but not as rapid in its "practical" price tag as with the current MkIII). In no way all those refurbished cameras are demo models or returns! We would have seen the same thing otherwise with the 5D MkII also. The refurbished deals are directly linked how well the new model sells (and I agree, Nikon has the same problem with its higher end D800) or if excess of stock for older camera models has to be emptied for a newer model. To make it clear, I don't believe that this has anything to do with the camera performance/specifications itself - it is just that there are less people currently willing to spend $2800 or more on a camera body.