Netflix / Optimum Offer

Optimum Points members can obtain 7500 bonus points when purchasing $50 gift cards for Netflix and Uber at participating Shoppers Drug Mart stores from Saturday, the 11th of June to Friday the 17th of June, 2022. Click here for more details.

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eBay Purchases Subject to Taxes

Canadian eBay buyers should note that their Canadian purchases and purchases of digital downloads will be subject to taxes as of July 1st, 2022.

Purchases from Canadian retailers on eBay were already subject to the HST or GST and provincial sales taxes but taxes will be now extended to any purchase shipped from a Canadian address and digital product sales.

Unfortunately, First Nations buyers and businesses that have resale and/or provincial exemptions will be required to submit requests to the Canadian Revenue Service and/or provincial tax office for rebates and/or refunds.

Imports will be subject to the usual taxes, custom fees and exemptions.

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Amazon Issues Warning

Amazon had issued a warning to their customers in response to the Amazon scam.

Basically, this is how the scam works:

  1. The scammer contacts an intended victim by email or by text message or via a fake Amazon web site saying something was charged to their account, providing a toll free number in the hopes that their intended victim will be confused and call.
  2. When an intended victim calls, he or she is told someone had placed an order and ask if a refund is required.
  3. The intended victim is then asked to log onto their computer and install a program that enables the scammer to access this computer.
  4. The scammer then asks for their victim to enter their Amazon login information and/or bank login information on their computer, which can be captured by the scammer for later use.
  5. The scammer then alters the sites accessed and misrepresents an overpayment for the refund, claiming an error was made on their victim’s end, requiring the “extra” funds to be sent to back to him or her, usually in the form of gift cards.
  6. The victim, which is predominantly targeted due to their age, is then coerced to purchase these gift cards using their own funds and are either asked to provide information from these cards or to send it to an intermediary that can not easily be found to be prosecuted.
  7. Finally, the funds are then either obtained from these gift cards by the scammer or the gift cards are sold by the intermediary, some of the funds of the sale being sent to the scammer using methods that may be untraceable.

As the above email confirms, Amazon will never ask for repayment by gift card, nor will they ask you for access to your computer or bank account. And they certainly wouldn’t hire people to scream at their customers using foul-language, nor would any legitimate company the scammers might use to perform this scam.

This scam is also not only dependent on a victim’s lack of knowledge in regards to technology, but the shame endured by the victim, which usually results in the victim failing to discuss or disclose his or her’s victimization to family, friends or the authorities.

To report any issue related to this scam, you can click here to contact Amazon.ca or click here to contact Amazon.com. You can also file a complaint with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center, which has been made aware of the scam via the RCMP in Manitoba in 2018. And please discuss this issue with your friends and relatives, to help curb this abuse.

Thank you.

Adverts on Netflix?

It appears that Netflix may be introducing an advertisement sponsored tier to their subscription options shortly.

This new tier is rumoured to be scheduled for introduction at the end of 2022 and is in response to the mass subscriber losses suffered by Netflix that were recently reported by Variety, which believes another larger wave of subscribers will be pulling the plug.

Hopefully this will be done in an unobtrusive manner, by adding unanimated adverts to the main page, when one browses the titles, and on those reminders that ask you if you want to keep watching. But I suspect they will add adverts prior to the film, halfway in the film, and during the end credits, which could annoy some people if they’re more than 30 second long and run over bonus content.

If a 30 second advert ran in-between the episodes of a series, i’d be fine with that. But I don’t think I would personally like the momentum of an episode interrupted halfway, especially when the episode is 45 minutes or less.

Another option would be clickable adverts, placed strategically in the menus, with special offer coupons exclusive to Netflix that would appear on the screen prior to a film or episode. I wouldn’t mind those running on my paid subscription.

Basically they’re going to need to thread softly and consult with their customers, especially if they’re going to ask for people to both pay for a subscription and still be subjected to adverts.

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Bye Bye iPod

Apple has decided to discontinue the iPod Touch and re-direct its customer to other products that provide access to Apple Music according to a press release that was released today.

The first iPod had been introduced on October 23rd, 2001 whilst the first iPod Touch was introduced on September 2007 but most consumers have recently shifted to listening to music via other Apple products, like the Apple Watch and iPad so they decided to stop manufacturing them.

The remaining stock will we sold at Apple stores and online, including on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.

Roku Update

Apple Music is now available on Roku devices and Smart TVs. And will soon offer access to your iTunes library ; I’ve tried accessing my iTunes library but I haven’t been able to so I guess it’s a feature they’re working on.

Click here for today’s press release from Roku.