...Always seeking to save a smidgeon of scarce specie. (Should I now annoyingly adopt "A" appellations to assist in alleviating "S" alliterations?) Note that you get the camera, normal zoom, telephoto zoom, and the vertical grip for $380 off the usual price of $1,179. But I don't know how reliably the really righteous rebate will remain.
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Question from robert e: "There seem to be substantial instant rebates on select SLR's from just about all the major brands (including Hasselblad!). Any idea what's going on?"
Eamon replies: The instant rebates (with the possible exception of Hasselblad's) would be mostly in reaction to yen/dollar exchange rate fluctuations (and only secondarily in response to other business conditions).
For most of 2008, the yen gained value against the dollar and finally, in late 2008/early 2009 most of the U.S. camera sales subsidiaries raised many of their prices to account for the lower value of the dollar.
But in the past two months, the dollar has rebounded a bit against the yen (10% or so). That means Japanese cameras have gotten cheaper to import again, and rebates are by far the most common mechanism used by the U.S. subsidiaries to pass savings from lower import costs on to the consumer.