Good news! this is a copy and paste and I have called to confirm it.. I can post a direct link to the forum but not sure if thats ok, Good news for AVS!
" Epson Home Theater Gray Market Facts
Shopping for an Epson HT projector in Canada?
Canadian Epson home theater projector resellers, ie 8350 and 8700UB, will advise you that US imports aren't covered by a Canadian warranty.
I can tell you definitively that this is not the case.
Epson corporate had advised that they will cover gray market imports into Canada.
That means that Epson home theater projectors imported by some re-sellers, are completely, 100% legit, covered and backed by Epson regarding warranties, etc. They're also less expensive.
Here's the email from Epson -
Thank you for your interest in Epson projectors. Our warranty would cover you if you ordered in the US, however, we have built a dealer channel in Canada to service Canadians and would prefer the business stay in Canada, however, that is your decision to make.
I would ask that you call Brian Evans at WhalePods and see if there is something he can help you with on the pricing side.
He can be reached at 604 925 4666.
Account Manager, Projection Products
Epson Canada Ltd.
For the record, WhalePods is a Canadian distributor, not a reseller of Epson projectors, which means that they really shouldn't be selling to the end user. BUT, and this is important -
Because they are a distributor and not a re-seller, they pay less for the projector than your local store or web site does. Which means that they can afford to sell it to the public, us, for less than their regular sales channels. If they pay less, then so should you.
It's interesting that Judy is recommending that you buy from a distributor in Canada, or buy from the US. More or less leaves their Canadian stores completely out of the loop.
So, the lesson here is -
i) buy from the US. You'll save money and have a valid warranty.
ii) if you don't import from the US, buy direct from the Canadian distributor, WhalePods. They can sell the projector cheaper than the stores because they pay less, bottom line.
Hat tip to Epson. They're opening up the Canadian market HUGE with this move.
The question becomes why? Why cut out the mom and pop stores and go direct to the distributors? I know Epson wasn't selling well with the 8100 and 8500UB. It's possible that they felt they weren't getting the support of the HT stores, which is no surprise given the disappointing performance of the older models. It's possible that the newer models are expected to be awful and they're getting aggressive even before they hit the street. If so, do not shoot the messenger!!!