Bluewave – Wireless HiFi headphone amplifier

Have you ever thought your smart phone amp wasn’t strong enough ? Then the Bluewave may be a solution for you.

This wireless wi-fi bluetooth powered product is currently being offered through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. And i’m interested because I tend to prefer wired Sennheiser headphones over wireless headphones, most of which sound flat or weren’t reliable.

Click here for details on this crowdfunding campaign.

Ebay Asks Canadian Users To Sign Petition

Ebay is asking Canadian users to support their petition to raise the de minimis threshold from $20 on postal importations for personal use.

Most postal shipments imported into Canada for personal use valued at less than $20 in Canadian funds are exempt from taxes and duties. And although this amount was acceptable when it was adopted in the 80’s, many nations have adopted higher de minimis thresholds since.

The current de minimis thresholds for American residents is US$800 and when European Union residents import merchandise for personal use their de minimis threshold is €150. Considerable amounts compared to the Canadian rate.

In late 2016, a petition had been submitted to the Parliament and the government responded by saying it is assessing their options :

“The Government is working to facilitate trade and streamline administrative burdens, and has undertaken concrete actions to facilitate low value shipments. In 2013, as part of the Beyond the Border Initiative, Canada and the U.S. harmonized processes to expedite the customs administration of low value shipments and waived the requirement for a certificate of origin for such shipments to benefit from preferential tariffs under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Furthermore, in 2011, three generic tariff classifications were introduced in the Customs Tariff to facilitate the processing of low value non-commercial imports arriving by post or by courier.”

Please consider signing this new petition by clicking here. Thank you.

Sad News For Vinyl Fans

Canada Boy Vinyl has closed their manufacturing plant in Calgary after only sixteen months of operations.

This plant had just opened in September 2015 and had expected to take advantage of a resurgence in vinyl’s popularity. But there weren’t enough orders to make the plant sustainable so Dean Reid, the founder and chief operating officer of Canada Boy Vinyl, decided to cease its operations.

Burlington, Ontario’s new Precision Record Pressing plant is now the only vinyl pressing facility in Canada.

Hopefully sales will grow to make a domestic industry in Canada viable.

Canada is 150 Years Old !

It’s New Years Eve and there are plenty of celebrations through-out the nation related to the 150th Anniversary of Confederation and 375th Anniversary of Montreal.

All the major cities have their events, some of which have already started and some of which will end in the early hours of the new year. And options in regards to transportation to and from these events have expanded this year.

Public Transportation : Many of the major cities are offering free public transportation. For example, people in the National Capital Region can take advantage of free fares from 4:30pm to 3am on OC Transpo busses. Consult your local public transit web site for similar offers.

Uber : This is a relatively new service in most cities in Canada and they can be convenient. But note that rates may be higher because of demand so try to take public transit or get a ride from someone that didn’t drink first. You can install the service’s app on iOS devices or Android devices.

Ride Sharing : There are also several local ride sharing services through-out Canada, some of which are partnered with taxi services. Look for ride sharing apps like eCab or Responsible Choice on your cell phone.

Taxi : Taxi services have always been great in my city. They’ll be pretty busy so be patient. And some taxi companies offer apps for your phone that help them find you, so you might want to consider installing one of those.

Operation Red Nose – These guys get pretty busy so they should be your last option. Click here for details on this service.

Have Fun – Be Safe

The Boxing Day Sales Are Online

The Boxing Day Sales have begun and here are the retailers I usually shop at :

Amazon.ca has Boxing Week specials on various item, notably film boxed sets, drones and various other products.

Best Buy Canada is offering quite a few items on sale, including a large amount of televisions. Not many blu-rays or DVDs but there are a few turntables.

The Brick is offering discounts of Home Electronics including televisions and home audio, including a Sony USB turntable and Sylvania Nostalgia 5-in-1 Music Centre. The latter is discounted, considerably.

Chapters / Indigo is offering up to 50% off various books and merchandise, with an additional 20% if you use Masterpass. This offer ends on the 31st.

HMV Canada is pretty much Canada’s largest remaining entertainment store chain. They offer good deals on blu-rays, boxed sets, vinyl and film/music memorabilia. But always do some comparison shopping. And if you find something today, don’t forget to use coupon code HMV2016 to save $5 on shipping and handling on orders over $25.

Henry’s is a chain that primary sells cameras and accessories. But they also sell drones and video camera accessories. Youtubers may find a deal or two here.

Ikea Canada doesn’t sell televisions or home theatre or audio items. But they do sell shelves and accessories. They are currently offering free shipping on orders over $50 that are placed today, December 25th, 2016. I particularly like the Gladsax picture frame, which is used to frame LP covers.

Like many of Canadian’s major retailers, Leons is mostly offering discounts on televisions. But there are deals to be had in Home Theatre & Entertainment. Shop around for the best deals.

Long & McQuade is a music instrument and accessory store. And they are will be having specials on quite a few item from December 16th to December 31st, 2016. If you’re a musician, you might want to check them out.

Microsoft Canadaicon‘s Boxing Week sale features PCs, the Surface, the X-Box and various accessories.

Newegg.ca had quite a few Boxing day discounts on computers, computer accessories, gaming systems and home entertainment systems. And like Chapters/Indigo they are offering a discount on purchases made with Masterpass, this time $25 off purchases over $200 using coupon code MPBOX25 until Midnight PST December 28th, 2016. Vinyl fans should note that they offer a considerable amount of turntables and accessories.

Sears Canada is offering quite a few items on sale, including headphones ((12/25 – 12/28) Beats By dre headphones – white $129.97) and other daily discounts on specific products. Look for specials in the Portable & Home Audio and Home Theatre, especially on the 26th.

The Source has televisions, computers, tablets, cameras and accessories on sale. But i’ve seen better prices for some of their sale items on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And their record players are pretty much the same price as Newegg Canada.

Last Day For Domestic Shipping

Today’s the last day to get those standard shipping parcels out to Canadian addresses, if you want them to be received on December 23rd, 2016 :

Amazon.ca will be offering their Prime Members and Amazon Students free two day delivery until 9pm PST on December 21st, 2016 and paid one day delivery until 9pm PST on December 22nd, 2016. Prime members in Toronto and Vancouver can have same day deliveries up to Saturday, the 24th.

Microsoft Canadaicon is offering free expedited shipping on in stock products until Noon, today.

Newegg.ca is offering ground shipping on in stock items to Ontario and Quebec until December 20th, 2016. Express shipping to the Territories and Atlantic provinces ends on December 21st whilst express shipping to the remainder of the provinces ends on December 22nd.

Sears Canada is offering free priority shipping on orders over $50 to the cities of Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, St. Johns, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria or Winnipeg. This offer ends on December 21st, 2016.

And note that Gift cards are always available…