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Is Amazon getting out of selling Canon L Lenses??

 
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Jan 26, 2012 00:02 |  #1

None of the usual L lenses seem to be available. A couple of super teles, but that's it.

Are they getting out of selling Canon lenses?




  
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Jan 26, 2012 00:55 |  #2

No.




  
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Jan 26, 2012 00:58 |  #3

They been low on stock for a month even crappy lenses been going in and out of stock.




  
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Jan 26, 2012 01:07 |  #4

Might just be a slow time before they restock - also often Amazon is supplied via a major retailer so it could just be that the retailer hasn't sent a shipment to Amazon. It will often run low on stock and then build it up again.


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Jan 26, 2012 01:50 |  #5

I doubt it. Just people have been buying them up through the holidays and stock hasnt caught back up.


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Jan 26, 2012 06:43 |  #6

people may be abusing their return policy to get "sharp" copy or borrow lens for an event - their computer system may see that they may lose money on this product category and try decided not to keep much stock.




  
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Jan 26, 2012 12:52 |  #7

Kirill wrote in post #13771088 (external link)
people may be abusing their return policy to get "sharp" copy or borrow lens for an event - their computer system may see that they may lose money on this product category and try decided not to keep much stock.

That's what I am thinking.

It seems that this time around, the lack of inventory has been for a relatively extended period which puzzles me. They usually restock in about 2 to 3 weeks which does not seem to be the case this time. I haven't seen much after they did the fire-sale on Canon lenses about a month or so back. Maybe the fire sale was to quickly move out the inventory altogether so that they can get out and use the space for something else??

I can understand an extended lack of inventory on a specific product, but this time around it's across the board.




  
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Jan 26, 2012 12:53 |  #8

Kirill wrote in post #13771088 (external link)
people may be abusing their return policy to get "sharp" copy or borrow lens for an event - their computer system may see that they may lose money on this product category and try decided not to keep much stock.

BINGO. Look how they no longer carry the Sigma 30.


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Jan 26, 2012 12:56 |  #9

It's probably not Amazon that's getting out voluntarily, it's probably the distributor pushing them.

The (speculated) high rate of return might have prompted the distributor to ask Amazon to change it's return policies around lenses. Amazon might have turned it down and the distributor would then have either pushed Amazon into an increased pricing tier (which affects profitability for Amazon pushing them into getting out of stocking and selling these) or just refused to do business with them.




  
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Jan 26, 2012 13:07 |  #10

I hope not. Worth keeping an eye on this...




  
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Jan 26, 2012 13:32 |  #11

I bought my 70-200 2.8 IS II from Amazon and it was very nice to work with them. They must have sold a lot of lenses due to the no-tax and free shipping policies.


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Jan 26, 2012 16:28 |  #12

The 135mm f2 L lens just came back in stock. It was out of stock it for quite a few days.


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Jan 26, 2012 18:40 |  #13

It's good that the 135L is back. Hopefully the others show up soon as well without any price increases (out of the norm Amazon pricing)




  
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Jan 26, 2012 18:41 |  #14

You might find the occasional availability issue as the clock ticks down toward the London Olympics.

CPS has a boatload of gear they'll need for that gig.


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Jan 26, 2012 18:45 |  #15

Asides which they probably don't put a big amount of pressure restocking high value items just after christmas - most people being burned out there most likely isn't the same demand at this time of year for the high price L gear.


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