Canon Lens Rebates

 
Listed below are most of the Canon USA Camera, Lens and Flash Rebates programs since 2005 into 2012(some limited promotional rebates are omitted). Be sure to also check the most Current Canon Camera and Lens Rebates.

Rebate ProgramRebate Period
Canon Spring 2012 Lens and Flash Instant RebatesApr 29 - Jul 28, 2012
Canon Winter 2012 Lens and Flash Instant RebatesFeb 5, 2012 - Mar 31, 2012
Canon Fall 2011, Winter 2012 Lens and Flash Instant RebatesNov 24, 2011 - Jan 7, 2012
Canon Summer 2011 Lens Instant RebatesAug 7, 2011 - Sep 3, 2011
Canon Spring 2011 Lens Instant RebatesMay 15, 2011 - Jun 18, 2011
Canon Winter 2011 DSLR Instant RebatesFeb 20, 2011 - Mar 19, 2011
Canon Winter 2011 Lens Instant RebatesFeb 20, 2011 - Mar 19, 2011
Canon Fall-Winter 2010 DSLR + Lens & Flash Instant RebatesOct 24, 2010 - Jan 8, 2011
Canon Summer 2010 DSLR + Lens & Flash Instant RebatesAug 29, 2010 - Sep 11, 2010
Canon Spring-Summer 2010 Lens & Flash Instant RebatesMay 9, 2010 - Jul 10, 2010
Canon Spring-Summer 2010 EOS 5D Mark II Instant RebateMay 9, 2010 - Jul 10, 2010
Canon Late Winter 2010 Rebate Form - Lenses & 5D Mark IIMar 7, 2010 - Apr 3, 2010
Canon Late Winter 2010 Rebate Form - EOS 7DMar 7, 2010 - Apr 3, 2010
Canon Fall-Winter 2009 Rebate FormOct 22, 2009 - Jan 10, 2010
Canon Spring-Summer 2009 Lens and Flash Rebate FormMay 3, 2009 - Jul 11, 2009
Canon Spring-Summer 2009 DSLR Rebate FormMay 3, 2009 - Jul 11, 2009
Canon Fall-Winter 2008 Rebate FormOct 19, 2008 - Jan 17, 2009
Canon Spring 2008 Rebate FormMay 18, 2007 - Jul 19, 2008
Canon Fall-Winter 2007 Rebate FormOct 18, 2007 - Feb 17, 2008
Canon Spring 2007 Instant Rebate FormMay 17, 2007 - Jul 16, 2007
Canon Fall-Winter 2006 Rebate FormOct 15, 2006 - Feb 19, 2007
Canon Spring-Summer 2006 Rebate FormApr 1, 2006 - Jul 15, 2006
Canon Fall-Winter 2005 Rebate FormOct 15, 2005 - Jan 15, 2006
Canon Spring-Summer 2005 Rebate FormApr 15, 2005 - Jul 15, 2005

This page was originally created as a warning about the rebate center processing Canon lens rebates. To understate, they were highly untrustworthy. Canon USA has primarily moved to instant rebates and, with the rebate center out of the picture, there is no longer a warning needed. I've transformed this page to an archive for the typically semi-annual Canon lens rebate promotions.

The original Canon Lens Rebate page text:

They seductively show up twice each year - the Canon Lens Rebates. And this time the Canon lens of your yearning is listed. You have been on the edge - trying to decide if you should buy that lens or not. Now it is a no-brainer. Another $40 off makes the decision easy. Or does it?

What you need to know is that Canon lens rebates have historically been notoriously difficult to get fulfilled. Prepare to do battle - and prepare to be very, very patient and persistent.

As of the original authoring of this page, the last Canon lens rebate I participated in required me to send the complete information 3 times and took about four months until fulfillment. I followed the procedures to the letter - it could not have been more clear to the rebate fulfillment center. Still, I had to play the frustrating and time-consuming game.

If you buy a Canon lens with a rebate available for it, take note ...

Follow the instructions to the smallest detail. Make sure you have good quality copies of everything you send (and maybe backup copies at another location) and expect to need them. Send your rebate with delivery confirmation (or tracking) to confirm that your rebate arrives.

Then mark your calendar to remind yourself to watch for the rebate. If the Canon lens rebate does not arrive or you get the dreaded white post card, be persistent until you get the proper amount you are due!

Please note: Everything here could change at any time. Canon could choose a reliable rebate fulfillment center - or stop making rebates available. It is hard to believe things could get any worse though.

I have heard reports of Canon Rebates fulfilled in two weeks (I think this is some kind of a record). I personally received a tripled Canon fall 2004 rebate in the time frame promised by Canon. My doubled Canon Fall 2006 rebate arrived 2 days shy of 13 weeks. But, the other side of the story is not as pretty ...

I received the dreaded white post card for a Canon 580EX Flash rebate. The card said that I did not submit a copy of the warranty card for the Winter 2004 rebate. I re-sent them a copy of the one I sent the first time and eventually received my check.

My second (out of 4 total) Winter 2004 Canon Lens rebate rejected was - This was for a Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM Lens - An expected $150 rebate on the line. I do not consider a 50% first time rebate approval rate acceptable. The good new is that a phone call to the Canon Rebate Center was promptly answered, and my rebate is supposedly on its way.

My third (of four) Winter 2004 rebate checks arrived with the wrong value - the Canon rebate center did not triple the rebate for my Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens. A phone call straightened the problem out, but that makes only 1 out of 4 rebates properly fulfilled.

As the saga continues ... The Canon Rebate Center gave me credit for two of the same lenses (one subsequently was not tripled) instead of a much more valuable one for their Winter 2006 rebate trick. My rebate status showed a $115 shortfall. Another call to the Canon Rebate Center and another resubmission.

 
To check the status of your rebate, go to www.web-rebates.com/canon.

If you experience any rebate problems, my recommendation is to call the Canon Customer Support Center at 1-800-828-4040 immediately. If the person you talk to does not completely satisfy your problem, ask to speak to a manager. The rebate submission information is scanned and available to these people. It is possible to reach a person with the authority to make everything right. An additional method of reaching Canon's Rebate Center is via email at rebates@cits.canon.com.

I use Canon's rebates, but they are usually a hassle.


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