Man they sold 500 of these cameras, If dealers like this can sell NEW non USA models why are we paying soo much more for a red USA card when the body is the same? $950 more for a the little red warranty card seems like a bit much. What am I missing?
About a year ago Canon started to enforce Minimum Advertised Pricing.
This makes it easier for stores with higher overhead to compete, there were many Authorized dealers that had this camera for far less than it's current MAP. That hurt used market values and added disequilibrium amongst the Canon dealers. Now it's a huge deal to find a camera or lens at or near a price it was 18 months ago. Some of those dealers with lower overhead (it's in the costs of running the business some are B&M stores, others are online only but it's not mutually exclusive) are trying to get around MAP by adding in other items to bundles, so you're at least getting more for your money, but still having to shell out the MAP; regardless of the value of the bundled items to you.
I think in the end the winner of Canon MAP though, is going to ultimately be the high volume sales non-authorized dealers with low overhead, selling at the once going rate for a 5D3, and making a killing because it's now viewed as a rare deal.