Prime Day Tips

Prime Day is about to begin in a few hours at Amazon.ca, at 3am Eastern tomorrow, so I thought i’d give you some tips:

  • A trial membership should be available for free by clicking here. Details will be provided at that site.
  • Eligible students can join Prime Student, which is currently provided free for six months and $4.99/month afterwards. Access to Prime Video, Amazon Music Prime, Prime Gaming, and Prime Reading is of course included. Click here for details.
  • With membership, popular Prime Video movie rentals will be available for rental at $2.99 or less, these films being available for purchase at a reduced price. This offer ends on July 13th, 2020.
  • Select channels will be available for 99 cents per month for two months at Prime video with membership. This includes AMC+, Acorn TV, Alwaysblk, BBC Earth, BBC Select, CityTV+, Family TV, The Great Courses, Hollywood Suite, IFC Films Unlimited, Love Nature, MGM, Nick+, OUTtv, PBS, Paramount+, Shudder, Smithsonian Channel, Stack TV, Starz, Stingray and Sundance Now. This offer ends on July 13th, 2020.
  • New subscribers will be able to obtain 4 free months of Amazon Music Unlimited, $8.99/month afterwards. This offer ends on July 13th, 2022. Click here for details.
  • Prime members get bonus offers from Amazon Rewards Mastercard upon approval until July 13th, 2020 – Click here for details.
  • You can keep track of your potential purchases at Amazon installing Honey on your favourite browser, which will alert you of price drops on items added to your droplist. After installing it, go to the product you want on Amazon (or other participating retailer) and click on the orange logo at the top right of your browser window for options. This app also provides coupons and other bonuses when shopping at participating retailers.
  • 5X Bonus Air Miles will be given to Air Miles members on eligible purchases via airmileshops.ca until July 13th. Afterwards 30 bonus Air Miles will be given on eligible purchases of $30 until August 1st, 2022. Details on the latter can be found on the aforementioned site’s main page.

Debit Down @ Many Retailers

Interac is still down in some areas due to the Rogers outage after issuing this notice on Facebook:

“There is a nationwide Rogers outage that encompasses all their business and consumer network services. This is impacting INTERAC Debit and INTERAC e-Transfer. INTERAC Debit is currently unavailable online and at checkout. INTERAC e-Transfer services are unavailable at most financial institutions, impacting the ability to send and receive payments. We are waiting for updates from Rogers on their time to resolution.”

Rogers and Telus have outages through-our Canada but mostly concentrated in Ontario, where some credit card services are also down. But some service has been restored and will be restore shortly according to this statement from Rogers.

Those choosing to use free wi-fi service using their mobile devices should use VPN services to secure their devices.

UPDATE – July 9th, 2022 : The following was just posted on Twitter:

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Canada Day Tips

Use public transit. It’s free in some cities like Ottawa, and more convenient to access the popular public event.

Stay hydrated. Always drink water on top of your other beverages. Yes, it may make you visit the restroom more often but you don’t want to become dehydrated.

Wash your hand often/Use hand sanitizer. Nasty bugs take advantage of these events to proliferate and you’re going to be touching surfaces that have been touched by a lot of people in a very short time. Better safe than sorry.

Relax and take it easy. You’ve got a whole weekend. Enjoy it.

Early Prime Day Offers

Although Prime Day is scheduled for the 12th and 13th of July this year, there are offers available now from Amazon and Prime Video, the later being film rentals at $2.99 and lower.

Details are available at Amazon.ca and Amazon.com. And yes, Canadians with a prime membership in the states can take advantage of the offers at the latter. But you can only use the free shipping offers there for American addresses, which is fine if you have a lot of friends and relatives in that country. Or if you have a second residence or vacation home there.

I believe Americans can also purchase a prime membership here in Canada to ship some of their Amazon.ca orders within Canada.

Canadian Tire/Apple Offer

Participating Canadian Tire stores are offering $5 in CT Money for every $50 Apple Gift Card purchased in their stores until June 30th, 2022. Please consult your local flyer for details.

Apple Gift Card Offer

Participating Real Canadian Superstores are offering 5000 bonus Optimum points on purchases of $50 Apple Gift Cards until Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022. Consult pcoptimum.ca for details.