Nikon rebates (Part 2)

nikon-rebatesOk, lets start with Germany: 10% off accessories when you buy a Nikon DSLR (full pdf available here).

Nikon UK have announced to dealers that there will be rebates of £50 on D5000 and £30 on D3000 from 5 Nov to 10 Jan, 2009 (Jessops has some Nikon D90 bundle deals and £10 off Nikon D5000 lens kit on their website, but I don't think they are part of Nikon's rebates program).

In the US rebates are announced just a short time in advance. For example few days ago, US Nikon dealers received their rebates schedule for Nov 1 through Nov 21 (I am still working on getting the full details on this rebate schedule). The rebates are mainly for Coolpix cameras and entry level DLSRs (D3000/D5000). I was told not to hold my breath for rebates on PRO level DSLR or lenses.

Right now Ritz Online has a $50 "Nikon instant saving" on the D3000 and $20 on some Coolpix models on their front page.

Adorama has $30 instant rebates on the Nikon D5000 and $50 for D5000 lens kit. Nikon D3000 with 2 lens kit has a $100 instant rebate.

Previous Nikon rebates post.

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  • Ah, poop. I wanted to get a 600mm ƒ/4 ;^)

  • Anony-mou

    YEAH! $20 off, just what I was waiting for to finally get that $2000 lens….

  • Mark J.

    WTF is nikon thinking? they have to compete with Canon rebate programs if they want to start taking more customers away from them. these like 0.5-2% rebates are a joke, and to not even have any pro gear included in any rebates is just stupid. I was prepped to blow a good $1-5k during the rebate program if it involved anything i wanted/needed.

    • iamlucky13

      For entry level gear, the markups beyond their incremental costs are thin, so the small size of the rebates is no surprise.

      As far as the pro gear, I suppose they figure pros will be making the decision more on features than on price. Or we can hope for a separate rebate program for that gear later on.

      I’m bummed because I’ve been hoping a rebate will come up for the SB-600. Flashes seem to NEVER go on sale.

      Stupid $12 trillion debt turning dollars into pesos…

  • low

    pay to play…or just buy canon!

  • mnm

    Yeah the crappy US lens prices are terrible.

    I’d much rather be in France, pay nearly 50% more for lenses and then get a $200 rebate. Who’s with me?

    WHAT? No takers? WTF?

    • Anony-mou

      Well in Europe they make the big bucks. In the US we are officially known as the new third-world, so they could take that into account and reduce prices.

      • mnm

        🙂 we can only hope!

      • T140Rider

        You have to be joking. When I returned to the UK from 5 years in MA/NH I was far worse off. I had less £££ in my pocket than I had $$$ in the US.

        Now I run my own business.
        From the amount I pay myself, I deduct (approx) 12% Employers National Insurance, 12% Employees National Insurance, 22% Income Tax plus a bit of Income Tax at 40%. I end up with less than 40% of my original salary each month.

        • Anony-mou

          You had less £££ than $$$ because £1 = $2 🙂

  • Bowser

    yeah, I’m living in Germany and I will buy my SB 900 next week for 359€ instead of 399€…

    very nice 🙂

    • WoutK89

      Wow, thats a huge difference, here in Holland you can get one for 310 euro what I’ve seen latest at almost all reputable dealers

      • RumpelHund

        310 euro?! Never ever, not even on the web one can get that price in the whole of europe. Can you give me an adress for my next durch visit?

        Bought my D700 at christmas, so just 6 days off from 10% rebate in germany. Ough!

        • Anonymous

          In Switzerland you get it for less than 290 euro…

          • BillyBobJohnson

            In bongoland they’re giving ’em away..

          • Anony-mou

            LOL this Bongoland comment make me laugh.

        • Edward Nafzger

          Hi you can buy it at for that price it is near Rotterdam in Cappelle a d ijssel about 600 meters from a Mcdonalds drive in.

          • RumpelHund

            Impressive. Thanks! Sorry for not believing 8~)

            Always thought those price robots find the best prices.

        • alwin
  • grumps

    Seriously, I wouldn’t hold my breath for Nikon rebates, just Canon gear!

    I’m usually happy with the Nikon when I do get it and when it’s in stock! ;p

  • Carlos

    The German discount programm is (again) a bad joke. 10% on a minimum purchase of 200EUR for Accessories. That is 20EUR. Other countries get 30EUR or 50EUR directly off the camera price. I am really fed up with Nikon Germany. If I switch to Canon one day, it will not be because of the cameras or lenses Nikon Japan is delivering, but because of Nikon Germany…


    • Anony-mou

      Ah yea because 50 off of a 2400 body is really going to change your life??? You mean 500 right?

  • nikkor

    The rebates in Germany are no rebates in fact. You get 10% off – but not anywhere. It’s 10% off the recommended reseller price if you buy from selected dealers.
    Street prices are usually lower than that.
    I would call this kidding customers instead of rebates.

    • Anony-mou

      Nothing new here. In the US Amazon never does Nikon rebates because they are already lower all year long. These rebates are only for the scammers such as Worst Buy and Ritz.

  • Anonymous

    wow wtf nikon!?

  • Steph

    With the VERY VERY low $, the US prices are already incredibly good. If I were a pro and needed to buy, say, a 200mm F/2, I could fly BUSINESS to NY, get it at B&H, and come out even.
    Or buy 2 and sell the second one on eBay in France for a cool profit – so I think the dealer is right, don’t hold your breath for pro US rebates, prices are ALREADY disrupting sales in other countries.

    • zen-tao

      Go to London and check the prices in Robert Withe store. You could save even the price of the flight although N.Y. worths a visit.

    • Anony-mou

      Melon head, that’s because you earn Euros, and the Euro is very high against the $ at the moment, so for YOU it looks cheap. I earn $ and for me it’s more expensive than ever to buy a lens in the US.

      • mark


        but even if you try another 1000 times, still people won’t get it. they will again complain about higher prices in europe and UK.

  • lox

    Any ideas on this year’s cash back program? D700 anyone? 75% off a D700 + 2.8/14-24 bundle would make my money walk to the dealer… 😉

  • Daf

    Always dissapointed with Nikon’s rebates – only targetting the lower end of the market.
    Canon’s are usually across the board – inc Pro lemses etc.

  • Sputt

    Is she holding a d700x?:O

  • Bowser

    why are you all so mad? 10% in germany ARE 10% an this is for me, as a teenager, a very high amount of money.

    and rebates are still rebates, nikon doesn’t has to do this, but they do!

    so be happy and buy more Nikon accessories 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Mann checks doch: Die Rabatte gelten auf den von Nikon “empfohlenen Verkaufspreis” bei ausgesuchten Händlern. Dort kriegst du dann 10% auf den Listenpreis.
      Für Milchmädchen: Kostet ein Blitz 399.- Listenpreis, dann kriegst du 39,90€ Rabatt.
      Du zahlst also 359,10€ für den Blitz.
      Diesen Blitz kriegst du aber im Online Versand ohne irgendwelchen Rabatt für 310.-€ – was ist also billiger?
      Du kriegst definitiv NICHT 10% auf den Kaufpreis bei einem beliebigen Händler…

      • Anony-mou

        lol I didn’t know that word in German “Milchmädchen”. Doesn’t sound so good lol.

        • Astrophotographer

          Milchmädchen nicht im Preis enthalten.

      • Bitte in Englisch schreiben

        • Anonymous

          Et en Français alors ?

          • Anony-mou

            Ouais mec, defonce lui sa race a ce boulet d’admin !!!

    • Anony-mou

      What do you mean it’s a high amount of money as a teenager? If you’re broke, how can you afford the thousands that it cost to get the goods in the first place? If you can afford it, 10% is gonna seem meager. I was a teenager once and I was too broke to buy anything let alone a freaking camera anyway.

  • Edward Nafzger

    To be or not to be so i wait a little and buy the Nikon D3s and wait for the 100-500 vr 3

  • Anonymous

    I heard (but not confirmed yet) that if you buy 2 Nikon D3s + 4 Nikon D700 at the same time, you get a $15 mail in rebate on the 28-80mm f/4.5-5.6.
    Sound like a great deal !
    Let’s save some money !

  • Chris

    Still waiting for a $1,999 D700. That would make me pull out the old wallet, I’d probably pick up the 14-24mm 2.8 too, but since I currently have just the D90… I’m waiting. Nikon really needs to get some competitive pricing going.

    • Malc

      Now here’s an idea…how about Nikon offering D700 or a D3s bodies for $500 or thereabouts. That would make us all (well most of us) have go out and spend large wads of cash on new DX lenses to replace our FX.
      Printer manufacturers figured this out – long ago. Cheap printers, sold just to get the buy-in on expensive cartridges….and (unfortunately) it works.

  • GlobalGuy

    Booooooo… i need a discount! Nikon didn’t lose as much as expected this year — that money should go to discounts in America!

    • Anony-mou

      Makes sense! Work your ass off to make a profit and then negate all the effort by giving it all away.

      They don’t need rebates, people are still fighting for all those overpriced FX lenses…..

  • A lens is also an accessoire, no? So 10% off a 70-200 isn’t that bad… I guess…

    • funny

      not according to nikon. the 70-200 is “pro” thus no discount for you.

  • Anonymous

    Nikon Rumors, no sens of humor ?
    I guess, only a sens of rumors !

  • shivas

    love the look of that french chick with the gear floating all around her. . .lol, who’s their international ad agency?!

    • Anonymous

      French ? Where did you get that ?

      • Anony-mou

        French, German, all the same I guess! shivas, have you got some blood in your alcohol?

  • Alex

    Is it all about spending extra money for brand name lenses ?
    I just got my D700 few weeks ago (very nice camera, I just wish it had 16-18MP).
    I have a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, a Tokina 300mm/4 AT-X SLD, a Nikon 20mm f/2.8, and the Nikon micro 105mm f/2.8 VR.
    My point is that you will find excellent lenses from Tamron, Tokina or Sigma and the money you save, you can put it on the camera.
    The Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 is much better than a Nikon 28-80 f/4.5-5.6 VR that will cost more money.
    And if having Tamron, Tokina or Sigma wrote on the lens bother you, just put a sticker on it !

  • PacificEagle

    After reading the thread, it is obvious that rebates are pretty much non-existant in the US and Canada for professional equipment, except on discontinued models. and even then enjoy the year or two wait for anything signifigant in the way of a mark down. One thing that I can speak of personally is, its most important to have a great relationship with your Local Camera Shop. Only speaking for myself, I deal with one retailer locally here in Vancouver, and they are good to me.
    Here are a few examples: All CDN dollars.
    D300s retail $1999 cost $1799
    D700 retail $2989 cost $2649
    24-70 f/2.8 retail $2100 cost $1900
    24-70 f/2.8 retail $2100 cost $1850
    Now taking into account the US/CDN dollar difference, these are comparable to a point. There are better deals to be found I’m sure, if you don’t want your warranty in your own country. But it does seem to me that my average savings of 10% are better than most if any out there.
    I have ordered my D3s and 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, and I can say, at a great price point, and a nice discount from the shop.
    I’m only speaking for myself, but the savings to date have contributed to alot of nice accessories, and its better than nothing from Nikon.

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