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Rebate strategy?

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Oct 18, 2006 17:07 |  #1

Do I have the proper understanding of the Canon double rebates?

Looking at the 5D, the rebate is $300/$600 and the 85-1.8 is $20/$40. Does this mean that if one buys the 5D separately she gets $300 rebate but if she buys the 5D and the 85 she gets $640 rebate?

If so, using today's B&H prices, one could get the 5D for $2500 after rebate (2800-300) or the 5D and 85 for...wait for it ...$2500 after rebate (2800+340-640). Even if you don't need the 85, let's say you could sell it, even during the rebate period, for $275 (maybe more) and get the 5D for $2225 net, not including shipping, PayPal, etc.

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Oct 18, 2006 17:25 |  #2

You've pretty much nailed it. In past years they had triple rebates and included some printers. If you made the printer one of your 3 items you could get the printer for free plus some additional cash back.

All of which is designed to get you into the Canon fold and hook you - if you have the camera and multiple lenses you are less likely to jump to a competitor.

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Oct 18, 2006 17:42 |  #3

As long as you don't mind playing the "wait on my rebate" game for what could be months, you are good to go....who knows, maybe they will all mail out immediately this time....yeah I know, wishful thinking.

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Oct 18, 2006 17:45 |  #4

if you get the 85mm with the 5D, the rebate will effectively get you the 85mm for free. ($300 from the 5D and $40 from the 85mm, which is how much the 85mm costs) nothing to lose except a few hundred dollars to use within the time you get your rebate checks.

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Oct 18, 2006 17:45 as a reply to  @ m3incorp's post |  #5

It took 10 weeks for our triple rebate but it was almost $1K! It was definitely worth it! And yes, I've seen several people list things "as new" minus the bar code on the box...on ebay....

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