Bonus Optimum Points

If you are expecting to make an Apple App Store/iTunes, Sony Playstation store or Google Play purchase or planning on buying a gift card for those retailers, you should note that a bonus offer is available to PC Optimum members at select Real Canadian Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores.

An offer for 15,000 bonus points is available for every combined purchase of $100 of the above listed gift cards until February 3rd, 2021 and this offer appeared both on my respective flyers on my local store web sites so i’d recommend you look for this offer as well, which is a $15 value in Optimum points.

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Great News For Newfoundland Collectors

Record Fair NL has been scheduled for May 16th, 2021. Click here for details.

Measures Extended in Ontario

The provincial government of Ontario has just announced extra measures effective Thursday at 12:01am Eastern.

“All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m. The restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery.”

Music retailers will therefore operate on reduced hours in the province on Ontario for up to 28 days, many shifting to curbside pickup or deliveries.

Please consult your favourite retailers’ web sites for details.

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Quebec Under Curfew

A curfew is now in effect in the province of Quebec for four weeks and this may cause retailers in the province to reduce their hours, possibly delaying shipments both inside and outside the province.

This curfew occurs from 8 PM to 5 AM province wide and is response to the high numbers of COVID-19 infections in the province.

Details in regards to delays and reduced hours of operation should be available on your retailer’s official websites.

Boxing Day

Although Ontario and Quebec have chosen to shut down due to the pandemic, you should note that some record stores (and other stores) will be accepting orders for local deliveries, curbside and store pickups. And some will extend their usual Boxing Day discounts to give their customers a chance to get these savings.

Details on what options are available will be on their retail websites and in advertisements so you may want to give your local retailers a browse online.

You can also browse small and medium Canadian retailer listings on Amazon Canada, where Canadian products are being featured on their own microsite.

By the way, Amazon Canada has also recently installed additional hub lockers throughout Canada, where parcels can be delivered securely if you aren’t at home or are having problems with delivery theft at your home.

Canadian Tire offers a similar system, where you use a printed bar code to open a locker compartment at their store that contains your purchase. The Amazon version operates in a similar manner, with a code, and is available at local transit stations, shopping malls, gas stations, pharmacies and other centrally located retail locations.

I have just recently found one of these hubs at a local pharmacy and gas station, which will be convenient if I require deliveries outside of my home.

Trying Disney + Again

I’ve decided to try Disney + again, mainly to binge watch The Mandalorian and to see how they’ve improved in regards to the Classic cartoon shorts.

They’ve added a few of the latter but it appears they are taking their time up converting their most popular shorts to HD, unless i’ve missed a menu option; I’m still going through what’s available on the site.

A significant amount of content will be added to the service in February 2021, from Disney TV, 20th Century Fox and the FX Channel. But unfortunately the monthly subscription fee will go up to $11.99 so i’d advise new users to use the Air Miles Shops offer before December 31st, 2020. They get a bonus 100 Air Miles on a yearly subscription ($89.99).

It’s a shame the five episode Loki series is only coming out in May 2021. I would have definitely kept my subscription going if it had been released in January or February. But I already have most of the films I would watch on Disney + and Starz on Blu-Ray, although the 4k UHD upgrade would be nice.

The original Star Wars film series looks great. But I don’t know if it’s worth $12 per month. I guess i’ll know in a month…

I’ll post an update then.