These days it sometimes seems like Canon rebates are the setup for an old joke...
What can be confusing though is the "perpetual rebate" scheme which gets extended after the initial end date...then extended again...and again...and then it doesn't. BUT, even though the seemingly never ending CAnon Rebate scheme has ended, the actual cost of the item from the vendor doesn't change. Or may even go down. Even though the vendor can't tell you that in their ads because of what is known as a "Minimum Advertised Price" (MAP) agreement that vendors have to make with Canon. And not just Canon. Lots of manufacturers require authorized dealers to sign MAP agreements these days.
All this makes it tricky what to list on the REBATES page here as being current. If there is a rebate but it's not listed as a rebate, is it a rebate?.
For example if we look at the Canon EOS 5D MkIII body. In the last round of rebates Canon listed the price as $3499 with a $200 instant rebate making the final price $3299. That ended on March 30th 2013. Currently, on April 6th 2013 the Canon retail webstore, that's Canon's own site sells it for $3499. ADORAMA has it listed on their webpage at $3499, the Canon price. BUT, if you click on the BUY link and look at the price when it's in your shopping cart, you'll find that you only have to pay $2949 for it! ADORAMA can't advertise that price (MAP), but that's what they actually charge for it.
The same scheme applies to lenses. Up until Match 30th there was a $300 rebate on the Canon EF 70-200/2.8L IS II USM, which canon sells for $2499 making a final price of $2199. That rebate is now over. At ADORAMA, the price of the lens is now listed at $2499, but add it to your shopping cart and the price magically drops to $2128
Quite a coincidence that the prices at all three of the major trustworthy retailers is exactly the same...
So what does this means? Well a couple of things
Right now there are no official Canon rebates on any DSLRs, Speedlites or Lenses. However some of the prices are as low as they were when the rebates were in effect (possibly lower). Canon's only official rebate program on photo gear covers a selection of Powershot Digicams.
I decided to leave the current rebate links on the rebates page because they actually still link to some good deals. For example on the ADORAMA page linked to below, ignore the prices. They are the MAP prices. The only way to see how much discount there is on them is to add them to your shopping cart. You don't have to buy them of course, you can just remove them and not follow through the ordering process, but you have to do it to see how much they will actually cost.Adorama's current price is $899, despite the price being shown as $1049 in the lens listings and on the item page. Only once you have it in your shopping basket does the price drop to $899.
So explore and check the REAL selling price of anything you find interesting. You may get a pleasant surprise.