Black Friday Week

Black Friday Week

The Black Friday Week sales have started at Abes of Maine, Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy Canada, BetterWorldBooks.com, EntertainmentEarth.com, Music & Arts!, Newegg.ca, Novica.com, www.telescope.com and WWEShop.com!. And I managed to find a great deal on the new three DVD Video Singles Collection from Depeche Mode, which was cheaper via the states because of the $20 exemption on postal imports for personal use.

I’m still waiting to see some of the blu-rays I want to drop in price. But the deals are generally good this year. Not as low as I wanted but good.

Unlike previous years, i’m not seeing major discounts on compact discs, DVDs or blu-rays and Best Buy Canada doesn’t have Black Friday Week discounts on them, at all. Those discounts will start on the 25th according to their preview.

They appear to be concentrating on more expensive items this year, like appliances and televisions. But there are a few deals to be had on laptops, tablets, toys and drones, although I personally would wait for Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals for those myself ; Unless the discount is great.

I suggest that you look for previews of your local flyers and shop around.

Black Friday Week Offers

Black Friday Week has now officially started for the following retailers :

Black Friday Week Sales Starting

There are a few Black Friday week sales starting early, either today or tomorrow :

 

Apparently Amazon France and Amazon Italy will also be offering Black Friday week sales starting on the 24th. Amazon Spain will also have a Black Friday sale on the 28th.

Madness Free Black Friday

Though Black Friday is recent to Canada it has been a tradition in our media to review the many videos of the insanity happening down south.

Most Canadians usually watch these, amazed and confused as to why this madness happens, especially since the commercialization of the internet.

The last time I stood in line for hours for a sale was in the early 2000’s, on boxing day. And I eventually got what I wanted later on in the day, when the stores where less busy.

These days I usually spend my boxing days surfing for deals instead. And today I’ve found a few online at the stores I had listed in a blog entry yesterday night.

I also browsed some of the American sites, calculator at hand, to find deals there on CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays.

The major drawback in ordering from the States is that their shipping and handling fees are high and they rarely offer free shipping to Canadians. But sometimes the reduction in price offsets the shipping and handling costs, making a purchase worthwhile.

I’ve taken advantage of deep discounts from Alibrisicon, Amazon.com, Barnes & Nobleicon, J&R Computer/Music Worldicon and The Space Store numerous times, generally for purchases valued at $20 to maximize the savings.

Purchases valued at under $20 are not subject to duties and taxes. And this is quite important if your purchase is being shipped to you via a courier like UPS, whose customs brokering fees can gobble up some of those savings.

If your order’s value is higher than $20 I recommend that you try to have it shipped to you by the United States Postal Service, that way the customs broker will be Canada Post. This reduces the costs considerably.

Another option would be to order from the U.K , from companies like Alibris UKicon, Amazon UK, and , whose postage fees are more reasonable because they use Royal Mail. And Royal Mail parcels are also handled by Canada Post.

You will of course note that many DVDs and blu-rays sold in the U.K are incompatible with our equipment. Region 2 DVDs and Region B Blu-Rays are not compatible whilst Region Free DVDs and Blu-Rays are. And these companies do sell the occasional Region 1 DVD and Region A Blu-ray, which are the formats that are common to North America.

BTW, our dollar is stronger than the American dollar at the moment and a pound is approximately 60 cents higher than the Canadian dollar at the moment, not including the credit card foreign currency fee.

Black Friday Week In Canada ?

Yesterday I happen to go shopping at my local Real Canadian Superstore when I was handed a flyer saying they were having a Black Friday sale. So now I’m on the hunt to find other Canadian retailers that have decided to follow this American tradition, for some deals.

It appears that I’ve just missed an early Black Friday sale at Tiger Direct Canadaicon but I’m guessing they will probably have a sale on the day itself, or perhaps a sale through-out the week.

Amazon.com are running banners advertising their Black Friday Week deals on Cameras, Computers, Computer Accessories, Watches, Blu-Rays and DVDs. But nothing pops up on Amazon.ca yet. I guess I’ll need to keep an eye on their Deals Store this morning. Or is their Holiday Markdowns page their version of the Black Friday Week sale ?

Sears Canada is currently running their own version of Black Friday week up to midnight Tuesday so they could be planning on having an official Black Friday sale.

Bestbuy and Future Shop are not having Black Friday week sales but keeping their best deals for next weekend. Details can be obtained by subscribing to their newsletter.

Newegg.ca are offering discounts on weekends through-out “Black November”. And though not officially calling their specials a Black Friday sale like their American counterpart, iNetVideo Canada appears to be offering similar deals on blu-rays and DVDs (Click Here to shop iNetVideo.ca Now!).

Shop.ca and chapters.indigo.ca are only offering free shipping for now but they may do something on Friday.

In regards to holiday cards and calendars, Personalized Calendars are 50% off at Vistaprint until the 30th. It also appears that Zazzle Canada are also going to offer deals on their products this week.