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Last Week for Lens Mail-in Rebates — Great Street Prices Available


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This is the last week for the current Canon lens rebates — the current mail-in rebate is only valid on purchases from authorized dealers on or before Saturday, August 30th.

As usual we have a some great street prices available (price given is net price after Canon mail-in rebate):

If you’re new to our Street Prices program: we match you up with a trusted Canon authorized dealer who is willing to sell at a great price. All items are brand new, US model. Most retailers won’t charge tax to your state, and shipping is free. We spend a lot of time vetting our partners and these are all top-notch authorized Canon dealers.

We’ve now done hundreds of Street Price orders; our readers have found street prices a very convenient way to get a deal (with this restrictive Canon MAP) at a great pre-negotiated price stated up-front and no back-and-forth needed. But don’t take our word for it — read their testimonials.



Using eBay “Add to Cart” Discount to Bypass Canon’s MAP?


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We now see that one Canon authorized dealer instituted an “add to cart” discount via eBay. They’re offering $10 off per every $150 spent on Canon lenses when added to cart, for example, the 24-70mm II is $1949 after $200 rebate and $150 discount. We’re wondering if this will be allowed (since it’s via eBay) or if we’ll see this quickly shutdown. It’s always good to see more price competition in the marketplace.

For this “deal”, the $10 per $150 spent discount is only an average 6% discount. On all items it is not as good as the average 10% discount available through our very popular street prices program, from authorized Canon dealers. We’ll be writing more about Street Prices soon but for now you can browse the testimonials as well as the frequently asked questions.



Price Drop: Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM $882 at Amazon



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We’re now seeing the first ever price drop on the recently available Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM for Canon. It’s available for back-order at Amazon for $882.03. Compare with $949 at all other authorized Sigma dealers.

It is surprising to see a price drop so early, especially when many stores are still out-of-stock (all major retailers have been out-of-stock for 3 weeks now). Amazon’s page says the item is estimated to ship in 2-4 months, but they accept back-orders at this price. Past history shows that they generally grossly over-estimate the amount of time to get things in-stock, so it will likely be much less lead time than stated.



Hot One Day Sale: 20% Off EOS 70D + 18-55mm Refurb, $863



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The Canon Direct Store has a really hot one-day deal on the refurbished EOS 70D with 18-55mm IS STM kit. It is 20%-off for today only, the discounted price is $863.36!

This is the first time the Canon Direct Store has offered 20% off the refurbished EOS 70D. This is a fantastic deal as the refurb body itself is going for the same price (10%-off)! Compare with $1249 new or $1129 new through our street price program.

This sale only lasts today, August 20th. They are also offering 20% off the Speedlite 430EX: $191.99.

Refurbished items come with a full one-year Canon warranty.



eBay Daily Deal: EOS 6D for $1399 (Import) from BigValueInc



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Today’s eBay Daily Deal is from BigValueInc via eBay. They have the Canon EOS 6D for $1399.99. Note that this is an import model and a split kit, but the listing states that the item has both WiFi and GPS, just like the US model.

BigValueInc via eBay is not an authorized dealer so a Canon USA warranty is not guaranteed. A store warranty is provided instead. For this store we calculate a 98.9% feedback score when looking at Canon items only (eBay score is 99.3%).

Compare with $1649 from an authorized dealer through our street price program, as there currently is no rebate available on this camera.



Refurb Sale: EOS 70D $863 (10% Off), SL1 + 18-55 for $419 (30% Off)



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The Canon Direct Store sale on lenses is sadly now over, but they have started a new sale on the EOS 70D (10% off) and the SL1 + 18-55mm (30% off). Both are really good deals, refurbished bodies come with one-year Canon warranties.



New Tool: CanonPriceWatch’s eBay Dealer Reputation Reports


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At CanonPriceWatch we take the reputation of the stores we list very seriously! About a year ago, we created a tool to analyze the reputation of eBay dealers. This is one of the factors to decide which stores are reputable, and which are not. We’re happy to now share it with our readers!

>> CanonPriceWatch eBay Reputation Reports.

This very intense analysis of eBay feedback is especially important for unauthorized dealers. We calculate and track our own “feedback score” that is more stringent than eBay’s feedback score. We only include feedback on high-value Canon items so dealers can’t pad their feedback (as is very common), and also penalize for “neutral” feedback instead of just ignoring it in the score (like eBay does).

You can check out our reputation reports for the major eBay dealers that we list — and also one we do not list (you’ll see why). For example, check out authorized dealer Profeel‘s incredible perfect rating, or unauthorized dealer Get It Digital‘s history. You can even drill down and read feedback received by the retailer on a specific item, e.g. feedback on 6ave on only 60D purchases.