Canada

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 in Canada Confirmations

So the Canadian retailers I’ve confirmed are :

It’s also made its way to Europe – Amazon UK have been offering Black Friday deals all week and Amazon France will have a Cyber Monday event.

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.

Rexall Pharmaplus Coupon

A coupon for $5 off a $25 iTunesicon gift card can be found on some Rexall Pharmaplus flyers.

Valid from November 2nd to November 15th, this coupon is only redeemable from print flyers so check your mailbox or local store for a copy. Click here to locate your nearest store.

More Free Content Promised

iTunesicon has announced that they will be adding more free content to their catalog, including full length albums and television episodes, which can be streamed to computers and devices using their software and apps.

Full length album previews and television episodes had been available from legal sources for years but I am hoping this will fill in some of the gaps.

For example, we still don’t have services like Hulu here in Canada and some television episodes are inaccessible to us because of distribution rights issues.

The availability of full length album previews may also reduce previewing on peer to peer networks and questionable foreign web sites. And Walmart’s Vudu service will soon be introduced into Canada so consumers should soon be able to access more content.

Download Free TV Episodes and Sneak Peeks on iTunes

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

The Copyright Modernization Act passed through the legislative process and obtained royal assent in June of this year. And though I am critical of the technological protection measure provisions, the bill is still a step forward. But it appears that the lobbyists in the United States are attempting to reverse many of the provisions in this legislation through the Trans Pacific Partnership trade negotiations.

The International Intellectual Property Alliance want to circumvent our democratic processes in order to force our government to enact RIAA style prosecutions in Canada.

They are demanding new penalties for intellectual property violations, new processes in which internet providers are forced to police the internet on their behalf and the removal of the $5000 liability cap on non-commercial infringement.

But their demands don’t end there.

They want an extension of the copyright term up to the American standard and want our customs officers to search people for copyright violations upon entry, without a search warrant.

At the moment copyright is limited to life plus 50 years, meaning an author will own his works up to his death and his estate would retain copyright on these works for 50 years after the author’s death.

The Americans extended their copyright term to life plus 70 years and added additional provisions to their Copyright Act extending copyright on published works to 95 years from publication, which could be renewed resulting in a term of 120 years in some instances.

So, not only do they want to practically eliminate our public domain
but they also want us to be burdened with longer lines at our airports and border crossings so searches can be performed on laptop hard drives and media players.

These amendments were ineffective in the United States, having failed to prevent 96.68 million BitTorrent downloads in the first half of 2012 according to the Musicmetric Digital Music Index, so why would they work in Canada ?