Consumer Information

Radio-Canada to Destroy 151,000 CDs!

It appears that the Montreal offices of Radio-Canada will be destroying over 151,000 compact discs from their library to save space according to Radio-Canada International.

These recordings will be copied to a digital format by 2019, just before the french public broadcaster’s move to a new smaller building in 2020. And only around 56,000 compact discs from their extensive collection will be offered to cultural or educational organizations.

When asked why all of the recordings could not be sold or given away, a spokeswoman for Radio-Canada stated it would have been too expensive and time consuming to confirm what rights were involved, although one has to wonder about this excuse because of the early 2012 sale of Calgary’s CBC music archive to The Inner Sleeve, a Calgary Record store in March 2012.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation sold 27,000 LPs and 35,000 CDs in that transaction and several other archives were closed since early 2012 because these were basically duplicates of the archive in Toronto.

Of the 650,000 compact discs contained at these archives in 2012, only 140,000 were “unique to one particular library” according to Exclaim. And some archivists and audiophiles are concerned about the potential loss of rare recordings in the process.

It’s a shame they couldn’t have simply forwarded Cancon recordings to Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa. But according to the CBC and Radio-Canada these were cost cutting measures…

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Why is Vinyl So Expensive?

I just ran into a Toronto Star article that I pretty much agree with.

Although I love the depth of analog, I now purchase the rare long play records to mount them on my walls as art and/or to find tracks that have not yet been released digitally online. And I would never think of replacing my CD collection with vinyl now because they’re way too expensive.

Yes, I can find popular and new releases (or new re-releases) for around $26 online. But many are well over $40 and some DVD-audio or Blu-Ray audio titles are cheaper.

I may indulge with a few of my very favourite albums and might buy LPs that include downloads but i’m happy with my collection for the moment.

Bad News For Canada Post?

Amazon.com has not only expanded the Whole Foods delivery services to Prime Members in 32 American metropolitan areas but is now experimenting with their own courier service, SWA, in Los Angeles.

“Shipping with Amazon” is expected to become a major competitor to the existing companies. But it’ll probably take years for them to expand this new parcel delivery service into Canada, although i’ve always thought they should open something up at the Mirabel Airport north of Montreal.

One has to wonder what Canada Post would do if this happened, now that they’re relying on parcel deliveries for their profits.

Their profits had climbed from 1.22 billion dollars in 2011 to 1.75 billion dollars in 2016 because of parcel deliveries according to their 2016 financial report so the introduction of another competitor would not be good, especially one that would divert more of Amazon.ca‘s parcel traffic away from them.

My local Whole Foods store here in Ottawa currently only delivers platters and a select number of items. But I can already order their brands via Amazon.ca and I suspect more will be made available this year.

Now that Best Buy has decided to remove CDs from their stores in the summer, I guess I will be relying on my Prime membership a bit more than before. But i’m still hoping to pop by my local music store from time to time.

The Case For Blu-Ray

Thought i’d bump a blog article I like about how blu-ray is significantly better than streaming. Click here to read it.

Where’s My Perk ? – My Ongoing Indiegogo Experience

From time to time I encounter crowdfunding campaigns on products I think are interesting and have shared them here on this blog. And I have successfully backed some through both IndieGoGo and Kickstarter with no issue. But have you ever wondered what would happen if something wrong were to happen?

Well, it just has for me and I thought I’d go through the process with my blog readers.

In November 2016, I encountered a crowdfunding campaign for the Solartab C, “The World’s Quickest Solar Charger” and thought I’d back it for US$144.00 to receive two solar chargers.

I sent a payment of approximately $200 in Canadian funds via Paypal to IndieGoGo on the 24th of November 2016 and the estimated delivery of the product was December 2017. But due to complications with the manufacturers in China, the product was delayed on numerous occasions through-out 2017.

In December 2016, they had discovered waterproofing issues with their product and unfortunately, this issue occurred just before a month-long New Years celebration, which caused significant delays in China.

The revised product samples were delayed until mid-March so they were only able to have their final test results on the revised product in late May. And that meant they only started manufacturing the final product in the summer of 2017 and it would only likely get through the quality control tests in the fall before getting shipped during the busy Christmas season, which of course causes issues and delays.

By November 2017 it was obvious that I would not be getting my perks in 2017 because they encountered an issue with the cables and wall plug included with their final product, which was provided by yet another manufacturer. And by the time they replaced all of the cables and wall plugs that were included with the 3000+ units their international shippers had no room for them, having allocated this space to other products for the Christmas rush.

The last update issued by the campaigners was on December 2nd, 2017 and my options are limited in regards to a refund.

IndieGoGo states it won’t honor refunds after the funds have been forwarded and there are complaints on the campaign site that the people behind the campaign are non-responsive, so I’ve emailed them asking for a refund to see if they’d respond.

In regards to Paypal, complainants only have 180 days after the transaction to open a case at the Resolution Center and I’m guessing they would have probably directed me to IndieGoGo, who would have forwarded me to the campaigners. But you should always keep track of this six-month window whenever you use Paypal.

Basically, I would have saved time and money simply buying two Anker PowerCore+ 20100 or Anker PowerCore 26800 to re-charge my Samsung tablet and Sony MP3 player. But I really wanted to have reasonably priced solar chargers for the spring and summer.

I’m still hoping to receive my Solartab-C order though and will update this entry with more information if anything happens.

UPDATE (02/05/2018) – Received word that they have finally received the perks at their warehouse in China and are getting ready to ship. Apparently they had to renegotiate with one of their 3rd party providers. :-/

Canada Post News

The Canadian Government is expected to release a statement today in regards to their community mailbox conversions and several media outlets suspect that these conversions will be suspended.

Officials have told The Canadian Press that a task force will be created to address issues related to seniors and individuals with mobility issues. And apparently, Canada Post may extend their money transfer services for individuals who want to send funds abroad.