These are wonderful prices. They had something similar about a year or so ago, when I got my 8300. One thing you may want to consider is purchasing the extended warranty (perhaps closer to when the warranty is about to run out). I didn't and I am sorry now. Let me explain why: Up until this weekend my 8300 was running flawlessly. I use it primarily for canvas, and I was still using the original ink and maintenance cartridges, with light to moderate use. An absolutely wonderful machine. Then this weekend, out of the blue, the machine wouldn't print. It originally listed a "2618" hardware error code (which could be anything from bad print heads, to a bad cable, to a bad PCB.) After an A Cleaning, it then listed a "2F42" error code (which I believe relates to bad print heads). I called Canon today, and they had me update the firmware and print a nozzle check, which showed that the print heads weren't functioning properly.
Now, here's the rub: I asked for new print heads. But, Canon wasn't interested in sending me replacement print heads (which they normally do, gratis, when the heads have little ink usage, even though outside the warranty period). Instead, they want to schedule a service call for $1,500.00! You heard it right ... $1,500.00! That is what it costs to get them out to look at your machine.
Now, you might be saying .... can't you get an independent service company to service Canon Prograf inkjet printers. So far, the short answer is, "No." Canon has got you by the "short and curlys." Their business model is something like the old Bardahl Oil Treatment commercial " ... you can pay me now ... or you can pay me later ..."
So, when you buy that new Canon printer at what seems to be a give away price, also see if you can get the extended warranty, preferably sometime down the road, before the original 1 year warranty expires. If something minor goes wrong after the warranty expires .... like a $25.00 part ... guess what? If you call Canon it will cost you $1,500.00 to get it fixed.
Believe me, I am not dumping on Canon. I love the quality of the prints the machine has made (so far). But, you really have to ask yourself what the true cost of owning such a machine might be, especially if you have to pay for service on the back-end at Canon's prices, with no alternative, other than Canon.