Consumer Information

Postal Strike Scheduled

A postal strike for July 2nd, 2016 has been scheduled according to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

Pension and social assistance payments will continue to be delivered. But companies like Amazon,, and Staples may use alternative methods to get parcels to their customers.

Many of these companies will use courier services and will deliver parcels within certain areas through their stores. But unfortunately some will ask their customers to pick up their purchases at their local stores, which can be inconvenient if your “local” store is some distance away. And the option to have parcels delivered to local post offices under the FlexDelivery program will likely be suspended because that is a Canada Post program.

Delays are also to be expected with imports that use Canada Post. But I suspect some of the foreign retailers, like, will have contingency plans, although i’m guessing that Canadian eBay sellers and buyers will likely be forced to pay higher shipping costs to ship from and to Canada.

Hopefully this strike will be avoided or will be short. But I suggest that you keep an eye on your credit card and utility bills online, just in case.

Warning – Gift Card Scam

The Canada Revenue Agency does not accept or solicit iTunes gift cards as payment.

Apparently the scammers now ask for payments using iTunes gift cards, that they resell online using legitimate services.

If you receive a call instructing you to pay back taxes in gift cards, bitcoin, prepaid credit cards or prepaid debit cards, hang up and call 1-888-495-8501 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday.

Free Shipping Offer Ends Soon

The no minimum free shipping offer at will expire at 3:00 AM Eastern on May 27th, so don’t forget to place those orders soon.

If you happen to forget you can also get your orders shipped to your local Chapters, Indigo or Coles book store for free, also with no minimum purchase. Or you can take advantage of their occasional $25 minimum purchase shipping offers, which pop up from time to time.

For additional details on the no minimum free shipping offer click on the following link : Free Shipping, No Minimum at! (May 24 – 26)

Save on Music, Books and DVDs at

Site Updates Today

Just thought that i’d mention that i’ve added a few more sources to my listings today, including some foreign sources for DVDs/Blu-rays, Vinyl, Memorabilia, Sheet Music/Books and Music Instruments. And in regards to the latter you should note that both and Woodwind and Brasswind now list their catalogs in Canadian funds and offer discounted shipping for Canadians.

FM Radio on Smartphone ?

Did you know that most Android powered smartphones are equipped with a FM chip, which would enable people to listen to their local stations for free, without data charges ?

That’s right. Instead of streaming your favourite local FM stations and paying for minutes or data you could be listening to them off the air, even when your cell service is down. But chances are your local cell provider has decided to turn it off because they think there isn’t a demand for it.

I’ve signed the petition on this issue because people should be able to access the local FM stations during emergencies and do so using less of their battery power. And I recommend you do so as well and consult for additional information.

BTW, some Samsung Galaxy Tab users are able to use the NextRadio app to enable their FM chip, provided they did not purchase it via a cell provider. Click here for details.

Record Conventions This Weekend

There are quite a few record conventions this weekend in Ontario so I thought i’d give you a heads up :

  • Kingston, Ontario – The Kingston Record Show will be this Saturday from 10am to 4 pm at the Macgillivray-Brown Hall (218 Barrie St). Free admission.
  • Newmarket, Ontario – The Newmarket Vinyl Record & Collectibles Show will be this Sunday from 10am to 3pm at the Royal Canadian Legion (707 Srigley Street). Only $2 per person to get in.
  • Toronto, Ontario – The Flipside DJ and Vintage Record Show will be held at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen street West) from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $5 per person.
  • Windsor, Ontario – The Windsor Record Show will be this Sunday from 11am to 4pm at Villains Bistro (246 Pelissier Ave). Admission is $4 per person.