When Epson was clearing out the 1080UB's (Fall of 08')
and throwing in the Factory M-I-R for $300 plus a $350 spare lamp offer...
I priced it out with the forum sponsors at AVS first, Projector People and Visual Apex
...both were asking around $2700 and change (before rebate).
Then I called AVDeals.ca , now known as http://www.hd.ca/
based out of Ontario.
They had the very Same offer, Same price, BUT
in Canadian Dollars!!!
I was told the rebate would be the same for ALL North American Epson PJ's
+ Full 2 year Warranty from Epson Canada.
So no worries on shipping multiple units back and forth over the border on my dime,
Just read the owners thread for the 1080UB and you'll see many had to go through 2 or 3
exchanges to get one with good convergence and colour uniformity.
...as luck would have it, mine was perfect the first and only time.
Buying Canadian was a no-brainer because the exchange rate for the Loonie was at about $0.80 at the time.
So buying the from the US would have been well over $3k CAN, before shipping,taxes and brokerage fees.
I also got Free shipping (From Ontario FedEx'd right to my door in 3 days to Edmonton) FREE !
...and no Border Nazi's to deal with at customs, no brokerage fee's, no duty or PST (Alberta).
They also threw in a Free ceiling mount.
But Wait, it gets better!
The cheque for my rebate came from the U.S. about 5 weeks later in American Funds,
so my $300 rebate turned into about $360 at the local Bank! Just in time for Christmas
The next day my spare lamp arrived in the mail...and it still sits patiently waiting for the first one to expire.
Almost 1000 hours in so far, still looks amazing in low lamp mode!
At this rate I will likely upgrade my PJ before I ever have to buy a bulb.
Best $2k I ever spent (net, after freebies and rebates)