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Black Friday Time

It’s Black Friday and the following retailers are of course offering deals that you music collectors will likely be interested in :

Amazon.ca is offering discounts on CDs, vinyl records, concert DVDs/Blu-rays and headphones. So are Amazon’s international stores. I’m personally keeping an eye one of the many boxsets and blu-rays from Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Tears For Fears (Songs For The Big Chair/The Hurting), Bon Jovi and Rammstein.

Animal lovers should note that American retailer Animal Den is offering 15% off their animal themes products via the following code : BF2017

Best Buy Canada has it’s usual door crashers and other deals on CDs, headphones, etc. I’ve already taken advantage of a deal here on a waffle maker. Hey, even people who listen to music need to eat ! 😉

If you’re looking to buy used books, you can always try US Based BetterWorldBooks.com, who are offering a 30% discount on orders that contain 4 books that are shipped from the company itself. The coupon code for that offer is BLACKFRIDAY17

US book, film and music retailer Booksamillion.com is offering multiple discounts on their products, from $10 to $50 off depending on the purchase. Look for the coupon code on the main page.

Looking for security products ? Receive Up To 70% Off Select Products, only at BrickhouseSecurity.com! Use code BLACK17 at checkout. Offer valid from 11/24 – 11/26 only.

Music, television and film themed calendars and other goods are discounted at Calenders.com today : Black Friday Sale – Up to 70% off + 20% off $50 + F/S with code BLACKFRI

Indigo Canada‘s Black Friday sale includes an offer for 25% Off select toys and Beats headphones, along with several discounts on books and tech.

American computer hardware retailer MacMall/PC Mall is offering deals on both Mac and PC hardware, as well as on tablets.

American instrument and music accessory retailer Music & Arts if offering a discount of 20% on orders over US$199 with coupon code BF2017 : Shop Music & Arts!

Musicians and recording artists should note that US instrument and accessory retailer Musician’s Friend has a multitude of coupons for their products.

National Geographic is currently offering 30% off all of the products sold on their official site, including DVDs, books and other nature based products : Shop Now!

Newegg.ca is offering various discounts on its computer hardware, tablets, drones, instruments and accessories.

Stargazers and nature watchers should note that U.S Based Orion Telescopes and Binoculars is also having a sale this year : Black Friday Starts NOW!

If you like editing home or music videos on your PC, Pinnacle’s Black Friday sale is on : Black Friday deals have arrived! Save Big on Pinnacle products

American memorabilia retailer Rock.com has a Black Friday coupon for 20% that’s good up to the 25th : BLACKFRIDAY20

US software retailer Roxio is currently offering discounts on their software, for both Mac and PC : Black Friday deals have arrived! Save Big on Roxio products

American used and new CD, DVD and Blu-ray retailer Second Spin is offering a 30% discount on orders over $30 (with coupon code SSBF17). They’re also offering a 10% discount on vinyl and game orders (with coupon code BFV17).

If you’re looking for sheet music : BLACK FRIDAY CYBER MONDAY SALE! 15% off orders of $50 or more! Use code “SUPERWKND17” Shop Now! For A Limited Time Only At www.sheetmusicplus.com!

WWEshops.com is currently offering various discounts of their wrestling products for Black Friday : Great Savings at WWEShop.com!

American instrument retailer Woodwind / Brasswind is offering a 20% discount on a single item purchase of over US$99 with coupon code BF2017W : Shop at Woodwind and Brasswind

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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.

Gift Card Offers

Select Real Canadian Superstores are offering 10% discounts on $30 iTunes gift card multi-packs until March 17th, 2016. Consult your local flyer for details.

While you’re at your local store look for specially marked Coca Cola products offering the Buy 1 Get 1 Free Movie Offer for Cineplex Cinemas. This offer starts on the 7th and ends on June 30th, 2016. Details can be found clicking here.

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Gift Card Offers – Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaplus

Participating Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall Pharmaplus stores are offering discounts on iTunes gift cards until October 8th, 2015.

Shoppers Drug Mart’s 15% off on $50 and $100 iTunes gift card offer starts tomorrow and Rexall Pharmaplus’ 10% off $50 and $100 iTunes gift card offer starts today. Consult your local flyer for details.

Gift Card & Other Offers

Participating Sobeys and Real Canadian Superstore locations are offering 10% discounts on iTunes gift cards.

From November 7th to November 13th, 2014 select Sobeys stores will be offering 10% discounts on $50 and $100 gift cards. And from November 3rd to November 20th, select Real Canadian Superstore locations will be offering 10% discounts on $100 gift cards.

Amazon.ca, Amazon.com and EntertainmentEarth.com are currently also offering discounts on miscellaneous products on their Countdown To Black Friday sales whilst Chapters/Indigo is offering 15% Off One Regular Priced Item. (Use Promo Code: JOYFUL. Exclusions Apply).

Gift Card Discount

Participating Rexall Pharmaplus stores are offering 10% discounts on iTunes gift cards valued above $25 until October 30th, 2014. Please consult your local flyer for details.

Some Staples locations are also offering $100 iTunes cards for $85, a $15 discount. That offer ends on October 28th, 2014.