It is so fustrating to be watching the price and waiting for a dip, and then have the "Rebate" take the prices up. I have been watching the 5D3 body only and the 5D3 with the 24-105, and both of those went up by $150 to $200 when the rebate was "included". There are times when you wonder if you should continue being a loyal user of Canon cameras, which I have been for over 40 years.
We have plenty of hardware evidence that Canon has been employing the finest product development and engineering manpower.
However, Canon USA/Canada highly priced distribution and sales staff seem to care little about the good will towards Canon which is felt by their best customers.
The fake rebates is one example where Canon and their retailers practice systematic erosion of such good will.