Summary: Actually, newegg's price for this lens is among the best. This lens is being confused with the older model, the AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di, which is now being sold for not much more than half the price of the new VC model with the current rebate.
Pros: Very high optical quality for the price Excellent stabilization, better than some "Big two" lenses at twice the price Terrific value
Cons: Lens creep, like most long zooms. Use the hood to help control flare Slow (f6.3) at the long end, VC takes care of this Nothing serious