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Gift Card Offer

You can purchase a $30 iTunesicon gift pack for $24.99 at participating Sobey’s, Real Canadian Superstore and Staples locations.

A coupon is required to purchase these gift packs from Real Canadian Superstore and Staples Locations, which can be found in the Real Canadian Superstore flyer (expiring December 6th, 2012) and Staples flyer (expiring December 4th, 2012). The Sobey’s offer, which may be limited to stores in Ontario, expires December 13th, 2012.

Check your local flyers for details.

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.

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.

Free Shipping This Weekend

Thought you’d like to know that Sears.ca is offering free shipping this weekend.

They offer DVDs/Blu-rays, electronics, beginner’s music instruments, musical accessories and costumes. This offer ends Oct 28th, 2012.

Sears Canada

Real Canadian Superstore Coupon

My local Real Canadian Superstore flyer includes a coupon for $10 off a $50 iTunesicon gift card, valid up to October 24th, 2012 and music and app cards. Check your local flyer.