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Global Music Report Released

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry released their global music report last Thursday and sales have gone up by 8.1% because of streaming, which had become more popular;Streaming revenues grew by 41% worldwide.

Click here for a link to the official IFPI blog entry on the “State Of The Industry” report.

Great News From RIAA

The Recording Industry Association of America has compiled its data for 2017 and sales are up by 16.5%, driven by the heightened sale of vinyl records, music downloads and streaming service subscriptions.

The actual report can be found here (in PDF) and additional commentary on this growth in sales can be found on Medium.

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.

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).