Events

It’s Record Store Day 2014 !

A great day to go out and visit your local independent record stores to nab either a great deal or the latest albums from one of your local indie artists. Maybe both ?

Click here for additional information.

Budget Day Goodies ?

Today is Budget Day in Ottawa. And the current government has been promising to address some issues related to the higher prices Canadians pay for certain products.

Canadians pay significantly more for certain products than the Americans and although some of the price differences can be attributed to tariffs, labour and transportation costs, much of the purchase price is pre-determined by the manufacturer.

“Country Pricing” has become the standard and unfortunately Canada’s prices have not been adjusted to match our dollar’s strength.

Some online retailers have done their best to match prices but Canadians were still forced to either import products from the states or pay higher prices at their local retailers.

I suspect that tariffs will be reduced or eliminated on certain products in this budget, perhaps on books, clothing, electronics and home appliances.

Those are the most imported products, especially on Black Friday. But I’m also hoping they will follow the recommendations in the February 2013 Senate Committee report of the US/Canada Price Gap  and raise the de minimis threshold for postal shipments from $20.

When you import most products by mail you are exempt from duties, fees and taxes if the product or products shipped are valued at less than $20 Canadian.

I’ve managed to save some money using they exemption. But many countries like the United States, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore had raised this minimum to US$100 in November 2011, enabling their citizens to avoid paying the hefty brokerage fees some couriers charge on parcels.

Brokerage fees have recently gone up in Canada so I’m hoping they will at least consider a CAN$50 threshold.

The other probabilities in the budget are reductions in credit card/banking fees, funding for an expansion of high speed internet into rural areas, and the unbundling of cable channels so I guess lots of Canadians will be watching this afternoon.

The budget broadcast will air on television and online on CPAC at 4PM Eastern. Details on the budget will also be made available on the Government’s Official Site after 4 PM Eastern.

Update on Typhoon Haiyen Charity Concert

Saga, The David Barrett Trio, Jacob Moon and other guests will be performing at the Phoenix Concert Theater in Toronto on December 12th, 2013.

Proceeds from this concert and sales of David Barrett Trio CDs at the event will be forwarded to Doctors Without Borders to help in their efforts in the Philippines.

Doors open at 7. Admission will be $20.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2013

The discounts have begun :

Abes of Maine

Black Friday Price Drops

Amazon Canada

Black Friday Week Deals @ Amazon.ca

Amazon U.K

Black Friday Week Deals @ Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Black Friday Week @ Amazon.com

Barnes & Noble

Save up to $120 on NOOK HD Tablets, our best price ever – Now extended!

Better World Books

Shop the Better World Books Black Friday Sale and save big on 5 or more used books, all with Free Shipping Worldwide!

Crayola Store

Crayola will be offering deals on Black Friday itself.

Chapters/Indigo

CYBER MONDAY: Save $5 When You Spend $100 & Save $10 When You Spend $150 Indigo.ca! Promo Code: CYBERMONDAY

Dino Direct

10% OFF any purchase with coupon code BLACKF02 from 11/14/2013 through 11/29/2013 at DinoDirect – SHOP NOW!

Entertainment Earth

EntertainmentEarth.com – FIVE days of special Black Friday Daily Deals! (Ends Dec 1st, 2013)

ESET

ESET Black Friday Deal- Buy 1 Year, Get 2nd Year Free! Expires 12/3.

Fox Shop

Black Friday Sale @ Fox Shop

Kobo Canada

Save 80% on over 1M titles (code: 80Nvbr) – Ends Nov 30th, 2013

Giant Microbes

Can’t wait until Black Friday? We can’t either, so use coupon code BF13 a day early and get $15 off a $50 order. Coupon expires 11/30/13.

Guitar Center

Check out our Black Friday Doorbusters Deals! Limited Quantities While Supplies Last. Valid until 12/2/13

Macmall

MacMall – Your #1 Apple Superstore – Various Items on Sale

Microsoft Canada

Get a sneak peek at our Black Friday deals at Microsoft Store. Set your alarm: Prices drop at midnight ET on November, 28th.

Miles Kimbal Company

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale – 15% Off + Free Shipping On All Orders! Use Code MKBFCMFS15

Music & Arts

Check out Early Bird Black Friday Specials at Music & Arts!
Check out Black Friday Deals at Music & Arts!

Musician’s Friend

We’re starting Black Friday Early! Check out these Doorbuster Deals and Save up to 80% off!

National Geographic Store

Up to 50% Off !

Nothing But Software

Save at NothingButSoftware (note that they sell more than software)

Novica

$15 off orders of $100 or more at NOVICA! Enter USAVE15 at checkout. Valid from 11-27-13 through 12-3-13 11:59 PM PT.

Newegg Canada

Click here to shop at Newegg.ca

Pinnacle

Black Friday Promotion – Save $10 Instantly on Pinnacle Studio 17 – Get yours today!

Sears

Sears.ca – Various items on sale.

Shop

Various items on sale

Stylin Online

Black Friday Week Sale

Tiger Direct Canada

COUPON DEALS! Pack extra savings on the best Electronics!

Time Life

Black Friday-Cyber Monday! Save 10% on orders of $50 or more OR 20% on orders of $200 or more + Free Shipping at TimeLife.com with code DEALDAYS! (Valid 12:01am EST November 27 until 11:59pm EST December 2)

WWE Shop

Black Friday Countdown! Save up to 80% on Select WWE Merchandise at WWEShop.com!

West Music

West Music – All Week Black Friday Sale Plus Free Shipping Use BLACKFRIDAY at Checkout.

Woodwind & Brasswind

Shop at Woodwind and Brasswind – 15% Off

Congratulations Stickaid 2013 !

This 24 hour live event raised the equivalent of ten thousand dollars for Unicef U.K, an amount that will be partly matched by the British government for the efforts in Syria and the Philippines.

Donations to Stickaid can still be made at Givey.com.

Stickaid 2013 Live !

Stickaid 2013 is a 24 hour fundraising event for Unicef UK
held in London, England that airs live on Youtube.

Unicef UK is currently helping the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and refuges of the Syrian war in the Middle-East. Please support their efforts.

click here to watch Stickaid 2003 Live on Youtube
click here to donate via Givey.com