Events

May The 4th Be With You

It’s Star Wars Day at Amazon Canada, Amazon International, Barnes & Noble and Indigo/Chapters. And I can’t wait until the release of “Solo” later this month.

I’m mostly a fan of the original, unadulterated films and their soundtracks, although I did like the very recent films, namely The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and Rogue One.

It’s Record Store Day !

For locations and details on what is being offered recordstoreday.ca. And don’t forget to look for those exclusive releases!

Record Store Day – April 21st, 2018

Record Store Day will be on April 21st this year and a release list has been made available.

I’m interested in the re-release of Platinum Blonde’s “Standing In The Dark” on white vinyl and Def Leppard’s “Live From Abbey Road” LP. 🙂

Ticketmaster VS Bots

According to the Financial Post, Ticketmaster will be introducing two methods to counteract the use of bots this year.

The first will involve the gradual release of tickets, which will make it harder for scalpers to buy large amounts at one time. And the second will involve a service name Verified Fan that confirms a fan’s interest in particular events and sends these fans codes to purchase tickets.

Both have been tested in 2017 with some success and enabled Ticketmaster to observe patterns in the purchasing of tickets by scalpers, which in turn helped them to take legal action against them.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday vs Boxing Day

It appears that the Good Friday and Cyber Monday sales may be winning over Boxing Day sales in Canada and the U.k. But if you’re looking for Christmas merchandise and deep discounts on electronics, the later may be preferable.

Basically, people are using Black Friday and Cyber Monday to score gifts and Boxing Day for personal purchases, sweets and impulse purchases of overstock products.

I’ve personally stocked up on chocolates using my Canadian Tire money and Optimum Points at Shopper’s Drug Mart because nothing beats free, discounted chocolates. And I also for deep discounted Christmas themed air fresheners free using loyalty programs cause I own a cat and I happen to like pine and cinnamon/gingerbread. 🙂

The boxing day sales are all week on Amazon.ca and Indigo so i’m keeping an eye out for stuff I might need in the new year. And the dollar’s stronger so I’m also looking at the year end deals are available on Amazon.com.

I’ve already imported what I wanted from the U.k, the Deluxe version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Tango In The Night“. But decided to wait for the 30th Anniversary boxed set of Def Leppard’s “Hysteria” and Queen’s “News Of The World” 40th anniversary boxed set. I’m hoping to score those later, hopefully during one of these sales.

I’ve also just run into this whilst browsing today, which is incredibly tempting regardless of the fact that I pretty much already have everything that’s included on this boxed set.

Decisions. Decisions.

Ontario Scalper Bill Debate

The proposed law to regulate ticket scalping and the use of bots is being debated for the last time today in the Ontario Provincial Legislature. But apparently, some ticket companies are complaining that the proposed 50% above ticket value cap will simply drive scalpers to other sites.

As an event ticket purchaser, I can reassure them that I will never go out of my way to find more expensive tickets. And quite frankly I would distrust these rather shady scalpers, as would anyone else, especially if they sold their tickets on unregulated, questionable sites.

I suspect that most of these tickets would be fake so where’s the argument against the 50% cap, really? How exactly would legitimate sites profit by selling these fake tickets?

Steps need to be taken against the utter nonsense that’s happening. And this is simply the first step.