I love a great deal. And to get one, I’ll go out of my way. But here’s what I won’t do for a deal:
a) Line up for hours.
b) Spend $100 worth of gas just to shop across the border.
c) Shove people to get at the goodies I want.
d) Wake up really early or stay up really late.
In short, I don’t do “door crashers.” And thanks to the expanding online shopping offerings from both sides of the border nobody has to endure physical hardships in pursuit of a deal.
Here’s our guide to the best family-friendly cyber buys.
Clicking on CyberMonday.com, run by the American National Retail Federation (read: they are an organization that represents stores), will alert Cyber Monday shoppers of hourly deals. At all times, you can find links to more than 800 online retailers based in the U.S., including Apple (which is offering free iPad engraving when you buy one), makeup maven Laura Mercier and Kohl’s. Fair warning: Retailers may not ship to Canada, so stop here only if you have an American friend who’ll accept packages on your behalf.
Ebates Canada offers up extra big savings by letting you combine Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals with retailers’ coupon codes, plus cash back. Like other portals, Ebates is paid a commission by their retail partners, which are all familiar brands based in Canada and the U.S., including Gap, Sears, LeapFrog and more; unlike most, though, Ebates shares the commission with shoppers (i.e. you) in the form of a “big fat cheque” sent out once every three months; you can deposit it and use it to pay down your holiday credit card spending, or cash it to buy whatever you want, anywhere — not just on Ebates. Starting Friday, the site will highlight more than 200 stores that offer double cash back. Nice touch: The site tells you upfront whether your favourite American retailers ship to Canada.
Until November 30, look out for daily deals on goodies from Toys R Us that will not be offered at the same time anywhere else, including on ToysRUs.ca or in stores. So far, we’ve seen plenty of BOGO deals — such as buy two, get one free Littlest Pet Shop items, or 40% off K’NEX when you buy one full-price item. Looking for something to wow you MIL? EBay is also offering limited-edition gifts for under $100 (I’m guessing the Jonathan Adler salt-and-pepper shakers will go quickly at $47.79…).
Electronics retailer FutureShop is playing it old school, keeping its deals under wraps until the big day. (You can click on the link above for a sneak peek on November 25 from 8 to 9 pm.) We’re guessing that you’ll be able to cross off a bunch of the kids’ wishlist items; plus, there’s free shipping on orders over $20.
Shopping portal RedFlagDeals.ca offers daily Black Friday deal alerts, and offers cash back from certain online stores (deposited to your member account to use only at this site).
Online shoppers can save up to 60% off regular prices across the SportCheck's stock of ski jackets, hoodies, hockey skates and gear, skis and more. Shipping is free when you spend $99 or more.
Walmart isn’t telling what’ll be on sale yet, but the site is teasing to a big batch of exclusive Cyber Monday deals come November 26.
Sandra rounds up the best Canadian sales that can be purchased from the comfort of your own home.