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Back To School Sales & Offers

Thought i’d point you guys and gals to some sales and offers :

* Amazon.ca is offering a $10 promotional credit to eligible customers purchasing $50 gift cards until August 31st, 2016. Use the following coupon code to obtain this credit : 0816GIFTCA
* chapters.indigo.ca is offering discounts on Blue microphones, iPADs, Sennheiser headphones and select toys.
* Newegg.ca is offering discounts on computer components and accessories.
* American retailer Second Spinicon is offering discounts on new vinyl, CDs and DVDs.
* shop.umusic.ca is offering 15% discounts on the vinyl, CDs and merchandise until September 2nd, 2016. Use the following coupon code for this discount : BACK2SCHOOL
* Zinio is offering a discount on virtual Magazine subscriptions until August 31st, 2016. Summer’s Not Over Yet! Get Up to 75% Off Over 300 Magazines. Save Now!

No Platinum Albums in United States

There will be no Platinum certified albums in the United States this year, the first time since certification had been established in 1976.

Apparently even Disney’s “Frozen” soundtrack didn’t surpass the one million sales mark in the States, selling only just over 750,000 copies this year because of the popularity of music downloads.

Canada’s Gold and Platinum certification was altered to address this issue in 2008.

Prior to May 2008 Canadian album releases were given Platinum Status when they reached 100,000 sales. But this was reduced to 80,000.

Update : Taylor Swift managed to surpass a million sales with “1989” in the first week of November 2014.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2013

The discounts have begun :

Abes of Maine

Black Friday Price Drops

Amazon Canada

Black Friday Week Deals @ Amazon.ca

Amazon U.K

Black Friday Week Deals @ Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Black Friday Week @ Amazon.com

Barnes & Noble

Save up to $120 on NOOK HD Tablets, our best price ever – Now extended!

Better World Books

Shop the Better World Books Black Friday Sale and save big on 5 or more used books, all with Free Shipping Worldwide!

Crayola Store

Crayola will be offering deals on Black Friday itself.

Chapters/Indigo

CYBER MONDAY: Save $5 When You Spend $100 & Save $10 When You Spend $150 Indigo.ca! Promo Code: CYBERMONDAY

Dino Direct

10% OFF any purchase with coupon code BLACKF02 from 11/14/2013 through 11/29/2013 at DinoDirect – SHOP NOW!

Entertainment Earth

EntertainmentEarth.com – FIVE days of special Black Friday Daily Deals! (Ends Dec 1st, 2013)

ESET

ESET Black Friday Deal- Buy 1 Year, Get 2nd Year Free! Expires 12/3.

Fox Shop

Black Friday Sale @ Fox Shop

Kobo Canada

Save 80% on over 1M titles (code: 80Nvbr) – Ends Nov 30th, 2013

Giant Microbes

Can’t wait until Black Friday? We can’t either, so use coupon code BF13 a day early and get $15 off a $50 order. Coupon expires 11/30/13.

Guitar Center

Check out our Black Friday Doorbusters Deals! Limited Quantities While Supplies Last. Valid until 12/2/13

Macmall

MacMall – Your #1 Apple Superstore – Various Items on Sale

Microsoft Canada

Get a sneak peek at our Black Friday deals at Microsoft Store. Set your alarm: Prices drop at midnight ET on November, 28th.

Miles Kimbal Company

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale – 15% Off + Free Shipping On All Orders! Use Code MKBFCMFS15

Music & Arts

Check out Early Bird Black Friday Specials at Music & Arts!
Check out Black Friday Deals at Music & Arts!

Musician’s Friend

We’re starting Black Friday Early! Check out these Doorbuster Deals and Save up to 80% off!

National Geographic Store

Up to 50% Off !

Nothing But Software

Save at NothingButSoftware (note that they sell more than software)

Novica

$15 off orders of $100 or more at NOVICA! Enter USAVE15 at checkout. Valid from 11-27-13 through 12-3-13 11:59 PM PT.

Newegg Canada

Click here to shop at Newegg.ca

Pinnacle

Black Friday Promotion – Save $10 Instantly on Pinnacle Studio 17 – Get yours today!

Sears

Sears.ca – Various items on sale.

Shop

Various items on sale

Stylin Online

Black Friday Week Sale

Tiger Direct Canada

COUPON DEALS! Pack extra savings on the best Electronics!

Time Life

Black Friday-Cyber Monday! Save 10% on orders of $50 or more OR 20% on orders of $200 or more + Free Shipping at TimeLife.com with code DEALDAYS! (Valid 12:01am EST November 27 until 11:59pm EST December 2)

WWE Shop

Black Friday Countdown! Save up to 80% on Select WWE Merchandise at WWEShop.com!

West Music

West Music – All Week Black Friday Sale Plus Free Shipping Use BLACKFRIDAY at Checkout.

Woodwind & Brasswind

Shop at Woodwind and Brasswind – 15% Off

Looking For An Instrument Or Accessories ?

GuitarCenter.com has extended numerous offers for Canadians, including their free shipping offer for orders over $199 Canadian.

Until July 16th, you will be able to enjoy the aforementioned free shipping offer and 5% off orders over $199 Canadian with coupon code LESPAUL. You can also use this LESPAUL coupon code to get 10% off orders over $999 Canadian until July 16th, 2013.

Shop Guitar Center

Changes in Retail Sales Taxes in BC and PEI

Effective today, residents of Prince Edward Island will be subject to a Harmonized Sales Tax of 14% on most services and products whilst British Columbia Residents will be subject to a Goods and Services Tax of 5%, which will be replacing the Harmonized Sales Tax of 12% in BC.

In British Columbia there will be a decrease in taxes on books (audio, electronic, bound and printed), basic cable services, concert tickets, music lessons and movie tickets but a combined tax of 12% (5% GST + 7% PST) will remain on most products and services. Individually purchased magazines will be subject to less taxes in this province.

In Prince Edward Island there will be decreases in retail sales taxes on CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, MP3 players, DVD and Blu-Ray players, radios, stereos, televisions, movie tickets, basic cable subscriptions and individual magazine purchases. Audio Books and Books will still be subject to the GST at 5% in this province whilst music lessons will be exempt.

For additional information please consult the following documents :

chapters.indigo.ca

Boxing Day Sales Start Tonight

You’ll notice that most retailers are starting their boxing day sales as early as 8pm tonight, like Best Buy, Future Shop and The Source. But some have already started offering Boxing Week specials like iTunesicon and Amazon.ca, where you can find deep discounts on music and film.

I just took advantage of this sale to upgrade my X-Men collection to blu-ray by placing an order for the X-Men Trilogy and X-Men: First Class. It was way too tempting.

Also tempting are those $50 iTunesicon gift cards that are being offered for $39 at Best Buy Canada and Future Shop stores, as part of their boxing day sales, though I’m still weighing my options when it comes to a streaming player for my television.

BTW, if you’re looking for gift cards, my guide is online and will be expanded shortly.