Today Canon extended the rebate campaign on the 40d in Japan until August 3rd. About USD $100 cash back on 40d, about $200 cash back on 40d with ef-s 17-85mm.
The rebate has been running since March, but it just hit me... at current exchange rate, and using the cheapest online price I can find in Japan, that puts the 40d price at USD $761.
The 450d runs about $588 USD in Japan.
The 1000d will be in stock on June 27 for $576 at cheapest online price.
So why not just get a 40d? Or why on earth would someone buy a 1000d at just a few pennies less than a 450d. Strange... but I do enjoy the price war that is developing. Thank you Nikon!