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Aug 02, 2012 16:29 |  #1
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With the lens I am looking at there is a 70 dollar difference between white box and non white box. Are there any other differences besides the print on the box? It seems odd that there is a significant price difference. Thanks!




  
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Aug 02, 2012 16:34 |  #2

They are out of a kit that has been broken up. Many people only want the body, not the kit lens that goes with it so, they are then sold sperately as a white box lens.


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Aug 02, 2012 16:35 |  #3

The white box is likely from a broken up kit, not intended to be sold separately. Hence, it cost the store less, hence it is worth less at retail. Functionally and in every other way, it is likely identical to a branded-box version. Just be sure it is covered by the manufacturer's warranty where you are (i.e. it is not a gray market import).


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Aug 02, 2012 16:41 |  #4

Simple: because it was lenses kit :D




  
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Aug 02, 2012 16:49 |  #5
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oh man I cant believe I didnt think of that myself, lol. Thanks guys!




  
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Aug 03, 2012 01:20 |  #6

I have to admit, it's a little crazy because it is the same exact lens!

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Aug 03, 2012 03:02 |  #7

I have already been told that the first 24-70L mark 2's will be from broken kits. This I was told while we were stood next to the Canon rep standing listening to every word. So its acnowledged if not approved.


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Aug 03, 2012 04:03 |  #8

White box lenses are lenses that have either been Manufacture refurbished or have been taken out of kit, to be sold separately. A white box lens should have any differences to it if its taken out of the kit, apart from a few finger prints !


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Aug 03, 2012 08:55 |  #9

If they are refurbished, then the retailer has to tell you this. The white box lens could be a return, where the original box was damaged. It is conceivable that it could be a demo model. If refurbished, then it wouldn't come with the original warranty from Canon.
If a retailer is sending out refurbs, and calling them new, then they are conning folks.




  
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Aug 03, 2012 11:47 |  #10

Because Canon can save money in ink, and therefore you can get it cheaper. :D :D :D


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Aug 03, 2012 12:14 |  #11

Canon selling knockoffs of the Chinese knockoffs ? ;) :lol:


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Aug 03, 2012 12:17 as a reply to  @ maximus_73's post |  #12

Because Canon can get people to happily pay $70 for $.02 worth of printing. Go fiqure?




  
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Aug 03, 2012 17:46 |  #13

My 24-105 was in a white box. Prob from a 5dmk2 kit. I got it cheaper and it's still the same. Some people think having then box adds to resale. I don't. I couldn't care less for a box, it's whats inside the box that concerns me.




  
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Aug 04, 2012 16:53 |  #14
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I agree! All my lenses came from a white box, besides my 50mm which I bought used with no box. Doesnt bother me haha




  
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Aug 04, 2012 20:19 |  #15

maximus_73 wrote in post #14809634 (external link)
Because Canon can save money in ink, and therefore you can get it cheaper. :D :D :D

Not sure if you were joking, but that's also actually true

For example, a couple of years ago Canon stopped printing gold lettering on "Ultrasonic" on the lens boxes to save money. Now it's just black lettering


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