Black Friday

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Tips

The sales are already on strong so here are some tips to help you save a few bucks:

Comparison Shopping with Honey

I use a browser extension called Honey to keep track of the price of specific future purchases and use this app’s in browser information to know if something had just gone up or down in price on Amazon Canada, Best Buy Canada, Newegg Canada and several other online retailers I use.

This app installs in your browser and adds a orange tag with and stylish H in it to the top right of your browser, with allows you to view the recent price changes for the product you’re viewing and applicable coupons at checkout, which is quite useful.

I doesn’t work on every Canadian retailer online but the list of American retailers it works is extensive, so you should definitely consider installing it, especially if you import from the states often.

Rebates via Rakuten

Rakuten Canada is another browser extension I use regularly to get money back on my purchases and they’re offering higher rebates for some stores for Black Friday.

I personally use them on my online orders from Best Buy, Canadian Tire, Old Navy, Microsoft Canada icon, Home Depot, Home Hardware, Micheals, Staples, Well.ca, The Source, Joe Fresh, Shoppers+, NordVPN and eBay. And the payments are made in the middle of the month to my PayPal account but I also have the choice to have an Amazon gift card or mailed cheque.

They’re also offering extra rebates for this period, as well as a $30 welcome rebate to new users.

Bonus Air Miles

You can get bonus Air Miles by purchasing via Airmilesshops.ca and occasionally by purchasing select gift cards at participating Shell gas stations, although the latter is only offered randomly so you need to check your local station to see if it’s active.

The list of participating Canadian retailers is extensive and you can get bonus Air Miles from American retailers. But if you don’t use Google Chrome you’ll need to access the above linked website because their browser extension is exclusive to Google Chrome.

Bonus Optimum Points & More

Bonus points offers for PC Optimum are regularly offered on gift card purchases at Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore and Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix stores. And these are listed in the Optimum Points app and on their weekly flyers.

These points are redeemable in store, online at Joe Fresh and shop.shoppersdrugmart.ca, the latter carrying some electronics.

Misc. Offers from Scene Plus

If you go to Cineplex Theatres often or shop a Sobeys or FreshCo grocery stores you might know the Scene+ program, especially if you’re a Scotiabank card holder or eat frequently at Harveys restaurants.

This program offers redeemable points that can be linked to Rakuten Canada. But you can also redeem these points directly at the aforementioned retailers or for gift cards, including gift cards for Canadian retailers Indigo Books and Home Hardware.

Comparison Shopping Online

If you can shop online, you can compare prices on in stock items more easily and have your purchases delivered or held for pick up.

This all enables you to avoid the lines and crowds, which is a good idea now that we’re in flu season, on top of the multiple respiratory diseases lingering around.

If you do need to go out you can still always use hand sanitizer, distance yourself from others and possibly wear a N95/KN95 face mask, which I recommend.

Have a safe Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

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Black Friday @ Record Stores

Multiple chain and independent record stores through-out Canada are holding Black Friday specials and providing discounts on merchandise that had been released on Record Store Day, so you should probably consider taking a look at what is being offered at these local stores.

I’m going to be browsing some today here in Ottawa, mostly to look for the Special Record Store Day version of Platinum Blonde’s Standing In The Dark LP and other goodies I had passed on previously. And the usual measures are still in place so i’m going to pack a mask and some hand sanitizer, which I recommend you do as well.

By the way, the Black Friday offers are now up at 123ink.ca, Amazon.ca, Alibris (coupons icon), Microsoft Canada, Prime Cables, PureVPN, Rakuten Kobo, Sennheiser Canada, Sharper Image, and Wondershare Technology. And you might want to check out deals at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.fr, some of the retailers I use for imports.

It’s Black Friday

The day has come and I thought I’d discuss my go-to places for certain goods in this entry, beyond the miscellaneous, general goods sites like Amazon.ca, Bestbuy.ca and Newegg Canadaicon.

There’s always an opportunity to do some comparison shopping when it comes to certain goods today and through the weekend into Cyber Monday, so I tend to visit multiple stores to find the best deals, including some American and European retailers, although you need to account for the exchange rates and possible shipping and customs fees for the later if it’s valued at over $20 Canadian.

I’ve personally saved on Vinyl Records, Blu-rays, DVDs, compact discs, sheet music and books ordered from American retailers Amazon.com, Alibrisicon, ArkivMusic, Barnes & Noble and Sheet Music Plus and European retailers Amazon U.k, Amazon France and Alibris U.k.icon so you might want to shop around; Sheet Music Plus is currently offering 15% off orders over US$50 and 20% off orders over $100 whilst Barnes & Noble is offering 10% Off Your Online Order until December 1st with the BLKFRI coupon code.

If you’re looking for musical instruments and accessories you might want to browse the Long & Mcquade site or pop on by one of their local Canadian stores. And you can also do some comparison shopping on American sites like GuitarCenter.com, Musician’s Friend and Woodwind and Brasswind, who also ship to Canada.

All three of these American retailers are offering discounts; Guitar Center is offering a 15% discount on orders over US$199 today using code FRIDAY15 and on Cyber Monday using discount code CYBER15. Musician’s Friend is offering 10% off orders US$49+ and 15% off orders US$99+ with coupon code BLACKFRI19 until November 20th. And Woodwind and Brasswind is offering a 20% discount on purchases over US$99 with coupon code BF2019.

If you’re looking for miscellaneous cables, television mounts, adapters and audio accessories, you might want to browse primecables.ca for both deals on these products and a 20% discount using coupon code BF2019, which will be valid until 11:59 pm tonight (11/29) on this site and the other Shoppers+ sites (123ink.ca and living.ca). And Sonos Canada is currently discounting their home theatre speakers by 20% so you might want to check them out.

In regards to memorabilia, you could drop by at your local Indigo store for some in-store discounts on Lego, DC and Marvel merchandise and possibly visit them online for discounts on some toys. But U.S based EntertainmentEarth.com is having major discounts this weekend and Diecast Model Warehouse is offering a 10% discount on their models with coupon code CYBERMONDAY. And deals can also be had at Toys-R-Us Canada (from 15% to 60% off) and samkoandmikotoywarehouse.com (25% with coupon code: thebigsave25).

You might also consider visiting your local record stores, some of which will also open early today to offer rare, exclusive and discounted compacts discs, vinyl records, DVDs, Blu-rays and music memorabilia in celebration of the Black Friday edition of Record Store Day.

Details on what is being made available and what stores are participating can be found on the official Record Store Day Canada web site, by clicking here.

Hope this information helps you find some good deals today. And if I think of anything else today, I’ll update this entry.

Enjoy.

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Black Friday Week Specials

Black Friday Week specials have begun at 123ink.ca, Amazon.ca, Bestbuy.ca, Canada Computers, Living.ca, Newegg Canadaicon and thesource.ca. And you can find previews for Black Friday Sales at Microsoft Canada iconand access an exclusive pre-sale for Plum members at Indigo.ca.

American retailers Amazon.com, EntertainmentEarth.com, Sheet Music Plus and Woodwind and Brasswind are also having early Black Friday specials this year.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday vs Boxing Day

It appears that the Good Friday and Cyber Monday sales may be winning over Boxing Day sales in Canada and the U.k. But if you’re looking for Christmas merchandise and deep discounts on electronics, the later may be preferable.

Basically, people are using Black Friday and Cyber Monday to score gifts and Boxing Day for personal purchases, sweets and impulse purchases of overstock products.

I’ve personally stocked up on chocolates using my Canadian Tire money and Optimum Points at Shopper’s Drug Mart because nothing beats free, discounted chocolates. And I also for deep discounted Christmas themed air fresheners free using loyalty programs cause I own a cat and I happen to like pine and cinnamon/gingerbread. 🙂

The boxing day sales are all week on Amazon.ca and Indigo so i’m keeping an eye out for stuff I might need in the new year. And the dollar’s stronger so I’m also looking at the year end deals are available on Amazon.com.

I’ve already imported what I wanted from the U.k, the Deluxe version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Tango In The Night“. But decided to wait for the 30th Anniversary boxed set of Def Leppard’s “Hysteria” and Queen’s “News Of The World” 40th anniversary boxed set. I’m hoping to score those later, hopefully during one of these sales.

I’ve also just run into this whilst browsing today, which is incredibly tempting regardless of the fact that I pretty much already have everything that’s included on this boxed set.

Decisions. Decisions.

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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