As expected, the packaging looks like BigValueInc simply took the lens right out of a 5D III kit. My hunch is that we received a lens that was originally packaged with one of the 5D III's sold for $2,445.00 on Black Friday. That would explain the white box and lack of dedicated warranty card (as the warranty card likely went with the camera).
My initial evaluation of the lens has been good. It works just as I would expect it to. I was also able to register the lens with Canon USA.
In conclusion, I had another relatively good experience with BigValueInc. I've never had to deal with BigValueInc in regards to returning an item, but I fear things may not go as smoothly with a return compared to more estabilished retailers such as Adorama, Amazon & BuyDig.com. Based on my experiences, though, I wouldn't be afraid to pull the trigger on an exceptional deal.
That said, with Adorama's significant deals as of late, BigValueInc's low-price advantage is becoming a little less relevant when it comes to choosing a retailer for lens purchases.
Thanks to everyone for your responses! Hopefully some of these wishes will be filled by Canon in the not-so-distant future. ;-)
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