deals

Cyber Monday

Looking through the Cyber Monday sales there still appears to be a few good deals to be had from Amazon.ca, its international counterparts, Best Buy Canada, Barnes & Noble, Indigo, NewEgg Canada, Second Spin, Sonos Canada and other retailers listed on my previous blog entry so i’ll be busy shopping around today.

I’ve already found a significant drop in price for the Deluxe version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Tango In The Night” and will be keeping my eye out for other deals. 🙂

Search over 1 MILLION titles!

Loyalty Program Update and Tips

Air Miles has decided to cancel their plans to expire points that are five years old. And although that news is good, members may now need to keep an eye on the amounts they need to redeem for rewards.

Apparently the company that owns and operates Air Miles, LoyaltyOne, has stated in a document for stockholders (Form 8-K – Alliance Data dated December 1st, 2016) that they may adjust these amounts :

LoyaltyOne will adjust the value proposition to collectors to offset the lost economics resulting from a reduction in the breakage rate estimate and to maintain, as closely as possible, the economics of the AIR MILES reward program prior to cancellation of the expiry policy“.

I like Air Miles and will continue to collect them. But unfortunately I can’t use them to pay for music downloads anymore and have been using up my miles on groceries, theatre tickets and gas.

They do offer turntables, headphones, speakers and other electronics to members that collect Dream Rewards. But I chose the Cash Rewards program because it’s more convenient for me. And if ever I want a reward offered on the other program, I can simply take the money I would have spent on my groceries, theatre tickets, gas, etcetera and save it to purchase the reward elsewhere.

From time to time gift cards are discounted at grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations, so you could always buy those with your savings instead and save more.

With a bit of research you can find better deals, especially at this time of the year. And nothing stops you from using cash back rewards programs like eBates.ca and cash back credit cards to save more.

In regards to cash back credit cards and purchases made on credit cards via the rewards programs, it is always more advantageous to pay those amounts in full, before their high interest starts gobbling up your savings.

If you are able to pay these in full, you can always maximize your returns by using a cash back credit card on your eBates.ca purchases. And there are also bonus points offers out there.

For example, Air Miles collectors can purchase gift cards at participating Shell gas store locations can get up to 50 Miles by purchasing them in five separate visits this month (click here for details). These cards can then be used on purchases either for bonus Air Miles (via airmilesshops.ca) or a cash rebate from eBates.ca.

Unfortunately neither Netflix or iTunes is on eBates.ca but you may want to also take advantage of several offers on gift cards for those film and music download services this week.

Participating Rexall stores are giving 55 bonus Air Miles on $60 Netflix gift card purchases until December 8th, 2016 whilst participating Shoppers Drug Mart stores are giving 3000 bonus Optimum points on $50 iTunes gift card purchases until December 9th, 2016. Consult your local flyers for details.

In regards to other loyalty programs, note that Esso Extra reward point members can redeem 4,500 Points for $25 gift cards at Esso Gas locations (which includes card for Indigo and Cineplex) and Aeroplan members can redeem 3,500 Miles for a $25 iTunes gift Card or 13,000 miles for a $100 Indigo gift card or 68,500 miles for a $500 Best Buy gift card.

It should be noted that Aaroplan had decided to cancel their plans to cause their points to expire in 2013 and that Private Members Bill 47, the Protecting Rewards Point Act, is expected to pass in the Ontario Provincial Legislature next week.

Cyber Monday Week Offers

Several retailers have extended their offers :

New and Used Book and media retailer Alibrisicon is offering discounts until midnight, tonight.

Amazon.ca and Amazon.com will be offering deals until midnight Friday.

Best Buy Canada is also extending their sales until Friday. And don’t forget to use Visa Checkout to save $10 on orders over $100.

Chapters is offering 15% off select regular price items with code 15GIFT.

American retailer EntertainmentEarth.com has multiple offers including deals on their Top 12 most popular items.

Microsoft Store Canadaicon is offering discounts on many of their products and free shipping until Friday.

Sears Canada is currently offering discounts on select merchandise until December 7th. $20 off $100 or $50 off $200.

American retailer Second Spinicon is offering $5 shipping to Canadian Addresses until December 4th, 2016.

Black Friday in Canada

It looks like most of Canada’s retailers are in this year.

Black Friday specials can be found online at Amazon Canada, Best Buy Canada, Cabelas Canada, The Brick, Canadian Tire, chapters.indigo.ca, Dell.ca, Giant Tiger, HMV, Home Depot, Hudson’s Bay, Ikea Canada, Jysk Canada, Kobo Canadaicon, Leon’s, Long & Mcquade, Microsoft Canadaicon, Newegg.ca, Old Navy, Sears Canada, Staples, The Source and Tigerdirect.ca.

There are lots of deals to be had on televisions and appliances. But unfortunately the Samsung tablets I was eying are pretty much the same price, everywhere. And the blu-rays I wanted haven’t dropped in price significantly. I might wait until Cyber Monday for those, or use the Black Friday offer at Ebates.ca if I find a better deal.

By the way, you should note that gift cards can be found on sale as well this year so you might want to pick up a few if you’re going out today.

Browsing my flyers, i’ve run into 20% discounts on Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy gift cards at Canadian Tire, 10% discounts on Canadian Tire gift cards at Rexall and a 3000 bonus optimum points offer on $50 iTunes cards at Shoppers Drug Mart.

I believe the Shoppers Drug Mart offer ends today. But keep an eye out for offers on Google Play and Facebook cards in your local flyers. These pop up from time to time.

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.

Early November Sales

It looks like some online retailers are not waiting for Black Friday or Cyber Monday to offer deep discounts :

New and used book retailer Alibris is offering the following offer : Receive $5 off $60 with code 5OFF, valid 11/16-11/30

Amazon.ca and Amazon.com are offering deals every day so don’t forget to add items to your wish lists and watch your email for deals on these items. And yes, Amazon.ca does offer free shipping on eligible orders over $35 and Amazon Prime members in Toronto and Vancouver can get free same day delivery on eligible items now.

chapters.indigo.ca is offering a 25% discount on eligible toy purchases of over $50 until November 6th. A free shipping offer is also available on eligible purchases of over $25.

Hudson’s Bay is also offering discounts on electronics and toys until November 6th. Use coupon code SUPER to obtain a 15% discount (20% discount for Hudson’s Bay credit card members). But free shipping is only offered on orders of $45 or more to Hudson’s Bay credit card holders. Other customers must surpass $99 to obtain free shipping.

Microsoft Canadaicon has several deals up and offers free ground shipping on qualifying items to most Canadian addresses. And yes, they do sell games, phones, and of all things, the Raspberry Pi 3icon.

Newegg.ca and Paypal are offering $25 discounts on eligible purchases of $200 or more until Midnight PST on November 7th, 2016. Just use PAYPALNOV25 as a coupon code and pay using your Paypal account. Click here for details. And you’ll note that this company also offer subscriptions to a program to ship qualified purchases for free. It’s called Newegg Premier.

Sears Canada is offering multiple discounts on electronics and toys until November 9th, 2016 ; $20 off eligible purchases over $100 if you use coupon code GIFT20 and $50 off eligible purchases over $200 if you use coupon code GIFT50. Click here for details.

American new and used music and film retailer Second Spin is offering the following deal : 25% Off CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray & Games at Second Spin code=NOV25SP Starts 11/1 Ends 11/7 .

By the way, to offer free same day deliveries to more Amazon Prime members, Amazon would likely need to build more fulfillment centres in or near the other major metropolitan areas in Canada.

They just happened to have fulfillment centres within the Greater Toronto and Greater Vancouver areas and that’s why members in those areas are able to take advantage of the free same day shipping offer.

I don’t think they will expand free same day deliveries elsewhere in Canada anytime soon, unless they decide to open a fulfillment centre in or near Mirabel (to service Montreal and Ottawa/Gatineau) and/or Red Deer (to service Calgary and Edmonton).