I'm just passing this along—I know nothing. Rumor has it that Nikon has a price increase going into effect tomorrow. Or could it be just the end of the current series of rebates? I don't know. Yes, I know this could be viewed as being self-serving. I'm just sayin'.
Featured Comment by Thom Hogan:
The instant rebates officially expired today, so the D700 goes back to US$2999 MAP instead of the US$2699 that was being advertised. There were smaller instant rebates on consumer SLRs and Coolpix models that are also expired now. As of Feb 1, Nikon has no plan in place for any incentives for the month (and it usually takes a month advance notice for these to trickle into the system, so I'd say it's safe that there will be no rebates for the next few weeks).
Meanwhile, the new lens policies have gone into place. ALL lenses now have MAPs (minimum advertised prices). Most non-consumer kit lenses have had their prices raised, and from old street to new MAP that number can be as much as 20%.
Bottom line in the US:
DSLRS: no price increase, but instant rebates cancelled.
LENSES: price increases on all but kit lenses, ranging from a few percent to nearly 20%.
KIT LENSES: no price increases.
It'll be interesting to see how long this holds. NikonUSA seems to think that it'll hold through spring. Nikon is in danger of having a very bad 4th quarter without some return to discounts, but they had a pretty decent 3rd quarter (Oct-Dec) so perhaps they're not particularly worried about year numbers now.
However, I don't think the prices will hold. I'll predict that we'll see a return of discounts come April or May.
ADDENDUM by Thom, Feb. 02, 2009:
And no sooner do I write something...
On Sunday afternoon, Nikon sent word to dealers that the existing rebates on the D40, D60, D300, and D700 would be officially extended through March 28th.