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#41 jonny

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Posted 26 November 2015 - 04:28 PM

This is also the first year in a while Canadian retailers did not expect significant flight to the US for deals.

 

Indeed.

 

Googling "black Friday Canada" returns promotions from Amazon, Best Buy, Indigo, Dell, Wal Mart, Costco, Staples, shop.ca, Telus, Sears, Ikea, Lowe's, Old Navy, Xbox, Forever 21, Home Depot, etc. etc. etc.

 

So yeah, more than a few stores in 3 or 4 cities.



#42 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 07:31 AM

Here we go again.

 

Canada has nothing to do with Black Friday never has never will.

 

In the US Thanksgiving Holiday is the biggest Holiday of the year. Yes more than Christmas and Black Friday is a day off for many as an extra long weekend.

 

In Canada its a normal weekday after another weekday.

 

There will be no huge line ups anywhere in this city because there will be no deals to be had.

 

http://news.national...-332-per-person

 

Canadian shoppers line up for Black Friday deals as poll puts planned spending at $332 per person

 


<p><span style="font-size:12px;"><em><span style="color:rgb(40,40,40);font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" <strong>- zoomer, April 17, 2018</strong></span></em></span>

#43 jklymak

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 07:37 AM

Just in time for Canada to start copying the US, folks in the US are getting tired of it:

 

http://www.theatlant...acklash/417588/


Edited by jklymak, 27 November 2015 - 07:37 AM.

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#44 sebberry

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 12:34 PM

Bah!  A whopping $200 off the laundry pair I want.  That's barely 10%.


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#45 AllseeingEye

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 06:44 PM

Our teen high school age daughter works p/t at one of the Mayfair retail chains and called me unexpectedly for a ride home at 5:30. "No problem" says I completely oblivious to this being Black Friday. Oy. Utter. Gong. Show. Based purely on the mayhem in the parking lot and the major roads surrounding the mall I would say the marketing folks did their jobs well...



#46 LJ

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 07:06 PM

lanforod, on 26 Nov 2015 - 12:04 PM, said:

Those are wait in line type specials though?

Nope, don't even have to go to the store, you can get them online.


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#47 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 07:11 PM

Our teen high school age daughter works p/t at one of the Mayfair retail chains and called me unexpectedly for a ride home at 5:30. "No problem" says I completely oblivious to this being Black Friday. Oy. Utter. Gong. Show. Based purely on the mayhem in the parking lot and the major roads surrounding the mall I would say the marketing folks did their jobs well...

 

Ya, maybe if peeps did not take the day off work today to get in line at 8am at Mayfair, they still wanted to take a look at the/if any deals left at end-of-the-day today.


<p><span style="font-size:12px;"><em><span style="color:rgb(40,40,40);font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" <strong>- zoomer, April 17, 2018</strong></span></em></span>

#48 Mr_E_Squirrel

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 07:49 PM

In New Orleans now .. Checked out a few stores after 10 am.. Not that crazy here.. I did miss any 7am crazies at Target and Walmart

#49 AllseeingEye

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 08:52 PM

Ya, maybe if peeps did not take the day off work today to get in line at 8am at Mayfair, they still wanted to take a look at the/if any deals left at end-of-the-day today.

Was watching Global TV (Vancouver) Early Morning News this morning and they had a clip of the 6am opening at the Coquitlam Walmart......wowza. It was completely nuts. Offhand I cannot imagine any item priced at any price point at any time of the year, be it so-called Black Friday or Boxing Day (which is really Boxing Week), that would induce me to camp out overnight or, worse, park myself outside for several uncomfortable nights, or stagger out of bed at 4:30am simply to "get a deal". I value my sleep too much....


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#50 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 08:59 PM

Was watching Global TV (Vancouver) Early Morning News this morning and they had a clip of the 6am opening at the Coquitlam Walmart......wowza. It was completely nuts. Offhand I cannot imagine any item priced at any price point at any time of the year, be it so-called Black Friday or Boxing Day (which is really Boxing Week), that would induce me to camp out overnight or, worse, park myself outside for several uncomfortable nights, or stagger out of bed at 4:30am simply to "get a deal". I value my sleep too much....

 

Ha ha, I hear ya.  I used to laugh a bit at A&B Sound Boxing day, because on electronics at least, bargaining was always allowed, if not widely known, so Boxing Day-like deals could be had any time.  I miss those days though, A&B equipped my first few cars with kick-ass gear.


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<p><span style="font-size:12px;"><em><span style="color:rgb(40,40,40);font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" <strong>- zoomer, April 17, 2018</strong></span></em></span>

#51 AllseeingEye

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 09:18 PM

Ha ha, I hear ya.  I used to laugh a bit at A&B Sound Boxing day, because on electronics at least, bargaining was always allowed, if not widely known, so Boxing Day-like deals could be had any time.  I miss those days though, A&B equipped my first few cars with kick-ass gear.

I think you become more cynical or at least more jaded with age; up to age 20 or so Boxing Day for me meant family, extended family and friends of family visiting our place and having a good social time and eating all sorts of the wrong kind of food :); from about the late 70's to perhaps 1990-ish Boxing Day usually meant a damn good house party, or several parties, sampling all sorts of fine spirits and generally getting gloriously and fantastically drunk. Starting about 20-25 years ago the current (shopping) silliness started to take over and I've admittedly never bought in, pardon the pun. I know I'm getting older when I am forced to conclude that "I miss the good old days" before rampant and mostly crass commercialism kind of killed December 26th for me. 



#52 Rob Randall

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 10:17 PM

I saw a guy struggling to shlep a 53" tv up the front stairs to his house at 8:45 this morning so at least one guy got a good deal.

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#53 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 07:12 AM

Canadian spending on Black Friday was up 9% over last year. 2pm ET was the strongest hour.

Cyber Monday spending was up 14%.

It's not going away.
<p><span style="font-size:12px;"><em><span style="color:rgb(40,40,40);font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" <strong>- zoomer, April 17, 2018</strong></span></em></span>

#54 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 07:50 PM

But in downtown Victoria, a group of Island businesses are encouraging consumers to keep their shopping local on Black Friday and during the holiday season.

 

“If you spent just 10% of your money locally, and everyone can do that starting today, it keeps 25% more money here” says Gayle Robinson, owner of Robinson’s Outdoor Store. “It stays and it turns here. When you shop at big box stores, it never touches down in Victoria. It’s gone.”

 

Robinson, who is also president of the “think local first” movement, says massive shopping sales aren’t sustainable for many independent businesses.

 

“Support what you want the future to be, if you want your local businesses to still be here, then support them” says Robinson.

 

Think Local Week, sponsored by Peninsula Co-op, is taking place from November 27 to December 3.

 

 

http://www.cheknews....inesses-240702/

 

I don't know, it seems that this group only has that one message.  Buy local, so we get more money.  I really wish they had other reasons for us to buy local.


<p><span style="font-size:12px;"><em><span style="color:rgb(40,40,40);font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" <strong>- zoomer, April 17, 2018</strong></span></em></span>

#55 Matt R.

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 08:11 PM

When you buy at a big box store all the payroll stays local, doesn't it? Plus all the delivery drivers, local banks, etc etc. These stores draw on the same labour and services as locally owned shops.

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#56 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 08:13 PM

Yes, and they pay massive property taxes.


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<p><span style="font-size:12px;"><em><span style="color:rgb(40,40,40);font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" <strong>- zoomer, April 17, 2018</strong></span></em></span>

#57 Nparker

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 08:22 PM

When you buy at a big box store all the payroll stays local, doesn't it...

That was my first thought as well when I saw this story on CHEK tonight.



#58 Matt R.

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 08:47 PM

I'll tell you, I spent some of my local dollars in Las Vegas last week, so it leaves the community too.  :)

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#59 Bingo

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 08:48 PM

I dislike those silly half sheets of advertising wrapped around each section of the morning paper.

First thing I do is get rid of those so I can get at the two day old news.



#60 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 08:50 PM

Ya, I do not quite understand them, unless they are designed to get you mad at them, and look to find out who the freak is responsible.


<p><span style="font-size:12px;"><em><span style="color:rgb(40,40,40);font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" <strong>- zoomer, April 17, 2018</strong></span></em></span>

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