Just in time for the holidays, Amazon.ca has introduced coupons! Now, before you get too excited, they're all pretty small scale, ranging from $1 to $15 in value, and they are on a pretty eclectic range of products, but you can find them all here and clip as many as you like. Some of the standout coupons are:
$10 off select Vega One Protein Shakes and Bars
$6 off Finish Dishwasher Detergent
$1 off select Essie Nail Polish
$15 off a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System
$5 off a 12-Pack of Campbell's Broth (Beef, Chicken or Vegetable)
$3 off a Schick Hydro 5 Razor
There are a lot of grocery items, so I wonder if we'll Amazon.ca making some inroads in food and grocery sales in 2016!
Canada vs. USA -- it’s one of the world’s greatest rivalries. It’s fiercer than Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, more epic than Rousey vs. Holm, as mythical as Jedi vs. Sith and has severed more friendships than Backstreet Boys vs. NSYNC.
Some prices are salivating upon first glance, but with our weak dollar, the cost of travel and headaches with American Black Friday crowds, is it worth it to head south for your Black Friday shopping? We’re taking a look at some American deals and giving you an estimated Canadian cost to look for when comparison shopping and determining whether it's worth it to take a road trip.
Apple iPad Air 2 (Free $150.00 Target Gift Card) – $449.00 USD ($682.25 CAD)*
Apple iPad Mini 4 (Free $100.00 Target Gift Card) - $399.00 USD ($549.59 CAD)*
Apple Watch (Free $100.00 Target Gift Card) - $349.00 USD ($483.18 CAD)*
Westinghouse 32" 720p 60Hz LED HDTV - $99.99 USD ($152.71 CAD)
Westinghouse 55" 1080p 60Hz Flat Panel LED TV HD - $249.99 USD ($351.71 CAD)
*Target's promotion for Apple products this Black Friday include a free Target Gift Card up to $150.00 with the purchase of select products. While this is a decent promotion, we feel it only benefits those who frequently shop at Target in the US and given the atrocious online offers for Canadians and their abrupt exit from Canada, we wouldn't recommend taking advantage of the offer.
Fitbit Flex - $59.00 USD ($98.32 CAD)
NBA 2K16, Madden 16 or FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One) - $27.00 USD ($55.79 CAD)
PS4 Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Console - $299.99 USD ($417.79 CAD)
TCL 32" 720p 60Hz Smart LED HDTV with Roku - $125.00 USD ($185.74 CAD)
40" 1080p HDTV (varied brands) - $149.00 USD ($217.54 CAD)
50" 1080p HDTV (varied brands) - $269.00 USD ($376.65 CAD)
We would've loved to include direct comparisons to Canadian retailers, but we're unable to do so, since we're still patiently awaiting the release of many Canadian Black Friday flyers. We also realize that some pricing may be a little misleading (such as the Walmart US deals for individual video games), since nobody should be going to the States solely to buy one video game, but we included gas with each item for consistency.
Using the eyeball test, we were a little disappointed with some of the offers, including the PS4 Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Console, as the savings only equal a mere $12.00 CAD compared to Best Buy Canada's regular price. The same goes for the Xbox One Gears of War Ultimate Edition Console Bundle, where it's actually cheaper to purchase the bundle right now for regular price at Best Buy Canada than it would be to go to the States on Black Friday.
Are you planning a trip to the States for Black Friday? What are you looking to buy when the big day arrives? Let us know in the comments and be sure to visit our Black Friday page for the latest deals, flyers and tips!
We haven't seen much in the way of Black Friday flyers from Canada yet but Black Friday flyers from Walmart US, Best Buy US and Target have been released and we've got them here! Here's a quick look at some notable items from each flyer.
Acer 11.6 Chromebook with Intel Celeron Processor, 2GB Memory and 16GB eMMC Flash Memory - $99.99
Samsung 40" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV - $279.99
Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack - $39.99
Toshiba 49" 1080p HDTV - $149.99
PS4 Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Console - $299.99
Xbox Gears of War Ultimate Edition Console Bundle - $299.99
Now, even with the rock-bottom prices, to me it doesn't make sense to head across the border for Black Friday. The dollar is weak, the line-ups will be long and quantities for any of the deals we've listed above will be very, very low. Still, when you see a $299.99 PS4 it's hard not to be tempted. Just keep in mind that exchange rate alone turns that $299.99 US console into a $399.51 CAD console -- and you haven't even gotten into the other costs associated with cross-border shopping!
Don't be tempted to go across the border and shop. Remember, you've got to be in the US for more than 24 hours to claim $200 in tax-exempt goods and in the US for more than 48 before you can bring back $800. You also have to factor in gas, time, a possible hotel room stay and more into the price of whatever you're buying.
Don't be afraid to take the day off and spend it shopping. In the US, most people have the day off and stores are packed. In Canada, of course, Black Friday isn't a holiday, but you can use that to your advantage! Take a vacation day, go shopping and you could get all of your Christmas gifts bought in one go!
Don't go shopping in a physical mall without a bottle of water and a place to cram your coat. (Or if you drive to the mall, consider leaving your coat in your car.) Malls can be hot and crowded and there's no need to be miserable.
Don't forget to make a list -- it's easy to forget the specifics of everything you need to get once you've started shopping. Make a list of what you need to buy for who and if you're shopping for clothes, write down each person's size. And if you have kids, keep track of what you've bought for each kid you are shopping for so one doesn't end up with three presents and the other with twelve.
Black Friday is coming, which means it’s time to start changing your sleep habits, because come November 27, you’ll want to wake up early if you want to snag the best deals. How early should you set your alarms? We have you covered, as we've compiled a full list with the Black Friday hours of many malls across Canada!
Eagle-eyed RFDers may notice some omissions, such as Toronto’s prestigious Galleria Mall, as some malls don’t have designated Black Friday hours. However, since Black Friday technically isn’t an official holiday, we expect standard operating hours in these cases.
With some malls open early as 7:00 AM, you may need something a little more aggressive than a standard alarm clock.
Click on a province to expand and view a list of cities and malls! Note that all times reflect the time zone in which each mall is located. Also note that some large anchor stores located within malls may have different hours.
Chances are you’re really looking forward to Black Friday -- over 65% of users who voted on our poll expect better deals on Black Friday than Boxing Day, unequivocally the two biggest shopping days of the year.
While most RFDers are eagerly counting down the seconds until the big day on November 27, hoping to score an amazing deal on a television or get incredible savings on socks, I have a confession to make -- one that may very well alienate my colleagues, who will likely revoke my 24-karat gold, diamond-encrusted RFD staff badge before hurling me out of the window of our second-floor offices -- I hate Black Friday.
Okay, that may be a little harsh. I don’t entirely hate the occasion, it’s more of a very bitter dislike. I know what it’s like to wake up early, eagerly browse RFD and tactically plan routes to stores for maximum efficiency. It was fun, but as the years passed, that fun led to anger, that anger led to hate and that hate led to suffering.
It seems as though Murphy’s Law always manifests itself during massive shopping events and it eventually took a toll on my sanity. In fact, it inspired this bingo board, complete with just a few of the things that have went wrong during my Black Friday and Boxing Day shopping experiences.
Don’t get me wrong, the notion of enormous sales and an overwhelming amount of deals is awesome, though there are some parts of Black Friday and Boxing Day that are not fun.
What I Love
The thrill of the chase: seeing a product you want and hunting it as if it were your prey. It’s you against the world and it’s exhilarating.
The reward: there’s no better feeling than actually getting that product you were pursuing -- victory is sweet.
Do you have any unique shopping experiences that you want to tell us about? Are you planning to brave the crowds on Black Friday or play it safe and shop online? Do you think I'm a bitter fool who just needs to lighten up? Let us know in the comments and remember to visit us early and often when Black Friday approaches -- we'll be here to help you find the best deals across Canada.
They're certainly not shying away from offering high-end, luxury items. Among the beauty brands available to purchase online now are La Mer, Dior, Christian Louboutin and Sisley. Obviously, shopping at Holt Renfrew -- in-store or online -- isn't a great plan for any truly frugal, budget-minded person, but I'm genuinely excited to see what the full online Holt Renfrew shopping experience is like and what brands are coming next.
As every hardcore RFD reader knows, Black Friday takes place the Friday after American Thanksgiving. This year it’s November 27. If you're not a hardcore RFD reader and you haven’t shopped Black Friday before, here are a few tips:
Online Black Friday sales will typically start the instant the clock ticks from Thursday to Friday -- 12:01 AM -- so grab a cup of coffee after work to stay up. Most retailers operate on Eastern Standard Time, so if you’re on the west coast you’re in luck -- you’ll be able to shop at 9 PM!
If there’s a site you think you’ll want to shop at, be sure you have an account with them and that your shipping and payment information is up to date. If there are only a few of your most coveted item in stock, you don’t want someone else to snap up the last one while you’re painstakingly entering your credit card information.
Along those lines, some sites will allow you to add items to your cart before the sale starts and then after the sale goes live, the prices will automatically be adjusted. This definitely doesn’t work for every retailer -- I think we all remember the way Future Shop used to close their site and clear out everyone's cart before any big sale -- but it’s worth a shot.
RedFlagDeals.com will typically have flyers from retailers as much as a week before the sale starts, so keeping an eye on the flyers section and you’ll have a huge leg up on your shopping.
It’s coming up on that time of year -- you’re buying presents for your very nearest and dearest family and friends… and that one weird guy at the office. For reasons we can’t totally understand, offices often hold a random draw gift exchange which means that in addition to buying gifts for the people you love, you’re also buying a gift for someone you don’t know -- or worse -- someone you know but you don’t like! Here are a few Secret Santa shopping tips to help you out:
Boss: buying presents for your boss can be awkward. If you give an extravagant gift you may look like you are currying favour. Pick something small but meaningful instead -- a framed photo from a work event, or some homemade sweets to share.
Complete Stranger: keep an eye on their desk for clues. For example, if they are never far from a cup of coffee, you could do something like a mug, a coffee shop gift certificate or even some gourmet coffee beans. If their desk is covered with photos of their kids, you might give them a board game they can play as a family. Now, investigating someone's desk or habits isn't foolproof -- just last week I gave someone a Starbucks card only to realize that I kept seeing them with cups from Starbucks because someone else had recently given them a Starbucks card that they were unenthusiastically drinking their way through. (Because we both work at RFD, though, I cheerfully told him that he should feel free to regift it!)
Office Nemesis: a forced gift exchange is a great time to kill with kindness -- even though the temptation to give them a Dating for Dummies book or an introductory Weight Watchers membership may be there, a thoughtful holiday gift could go a long way to bridging this gap. You might consider asking someone who knows them well what their hobbies are or what activities they enjoy.
Intern: typically, interns aren’t well-paid. This is definitely the time to skip a gag gift and give something genuinely useful, like a gift card for a store you’re sure they’ll like or a pair of movie passes.
Do you have an office gift exchange? If you do, are you a cheerful participant, or would you rather skip it?
Here's a fun little piece of news from Netflix Canada! They've just launched a series of five-minute shows called the Dinotrux 5 Minute Favorite. They are aimed at reducing how long a child can stall before bed (or any other unpleasant task)!
Like most people who don't have children, I have very firm and completely unrealistic ideas about child-rearing, including about when and how they should go to bed (cheerfully, no later than 7:30 and ideally after they've tidied the kitchen and done the dinner dishes) but I think this is a neat idea that makes a lot of sense. Kids aren't always great at transitioning from one activity to another, and a quick show can help ease them from one thing to another. If a quick show can be five minutes rather than 20 or 30, all the better.
What do you think? If you've got kids, will you check out the new five-minute offerings? Do you hope they'll expand the idea to other shows?
Health Canada has issued notice that all Allerject Epinephrine Auto-Injectors have been recalled effective October 28, 2015. The units are being recalled because they may deliver an inaccurate dose of Epinephrine. The Allerject Epinephrine Auto-Injectors come in two sizes -- 0.15 mg (meant for children weighing between 15-30 kg) and 0.30 mg (meant for anyone over 30 kg). The Allerject underwent a similar, but much smaller-scale recall in June of this year that affected only 0.15 mg units.
This is a particularly scary recall because the Allerject is meant to be used in case of an anaphylactic reaction, which can be fatal if not treated immediately. I personally experience anaphylactic reactions to several different allergens and after several years of using an EpiPen, I switched to Allerject-brand injectors earlier this year. I have four of them right now. At the time I switched, it was primarily because Allerject had a needle-free Training Device that I could demonstrate proper injecting practice to others with while the EpiPen did not. The Allerject was also smaller and sturdier than the EpiPen and my doctor had no issues with prescribing either one. (Happily, it's no longer the case that EpiPen doesn't offer a needle-free training device for practice and demonstration purposes -- you can order one here.)
If you suffer from anaphylaxis and have Allerject Epinephrine Auto-Injectors, you should take them to your local pharmacy for a similar replacement device, presumably an EpiPen-brand injector. Unfortunately, given the recall, EpiPens are in short supply and Hearth Canada is asking each person to limit themselves to one replacement unit the full stock is available.
I'm genuinely unsure if I'll start using Allerject devices again after they are fixed and go back on the market. As I said above, anaphylaxis can be fatal and it's critically important that treatment is delivered quickly and correctly. What would you do? Or do you think that Allerject won't be able to recover from this recall at all?
Many people love our forums, flyers, deals and steals but the majority of you still use your desktop computer to access RedFlagDeals.com. That’s okay with us because we spend a lot of time making your experience the best it can be on desktop but you could be missing out on finding last-minute deals.
You know what I’m talking about. The time when you’re waiting in line to pay or wandering a store and thinking: am I getting the best deal? That’s when I (and our smartest users) take out the RFD app and search for deals while at the store! I’ve found free appetizers (more than once), last minute coupon codes, or better deals at other stores just before I was about to buy something.
That last minute “win” is a great feeling, so if you’re not sure how to do it here’s a quick tip.
2. Open up the app and tap on the search button at the top.
3. Search for a term like “pizza” or a store like “Swiss Chalet” and press search.
4. The results will show:
a. News related items
b. Flyers and related items that are inside flyers
c. Deals – Jackpot!
d. Stores – Here you can find targeted flyers, deals, and directions for a particular store. (Tip: tap the heart button to save your favourite stores – it’s easier to find later using the heart at the top of the page)
Often there is a link on the “Deal” page that gives you direct access to a digital coupon -- use those at the cash register! Right now, there are coupons for A&W and Swiss Chalet that can be used on your smartphone and there are new offers coming out all the time!
Hopefully this helps to unlock some last-minute deals for you and let us know in the comments if you have any other tips for using the app while at the store!
Halloween is this Saturday, which means costumes are egregiously overpriced and in short-supply until November 1, otherwise known as Discount Candy Day across North America.
If you find yourself needing a last-minute costume to wear to that wicked Halloween party or to chaperone your kids while they go trick-or-treating, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on a costume. You’re an RFDer, after all -- you’re not cheap, you’re frugal. You’re not lazy, you’re crafty. And you know better than to spend your hard-earned money on a costume that you’ll probably only wear once.
Here are ten costume ideas that'll save you money, require minimal effort and help flaunt your creative prowess on Halloween.
10. Ghost (estimated cost: $0.00 - $10.00)
Requirements: old or cheap bed sheet, scissors
A classic last-minute costume, all you need is a bed sheet and a pair of scissors to cut a couple of holes for your eyes (and an optional hole for your mouth) to make yourself a ghost. You’ll likely have to make constant readjustments to align your eyes correctly (unless you MacGyver some sort of internal headgear attachment) and you’ll need to pay extra attention because of limited visibility, but this one a time-tested winner.
9. Stud (estimated cost: $0.00 - $15.00)
Requirements: stud finder
One of the ultimate dad joke props, a stud finder is all you need for this easy D.I.Y. costume. Simply wear your normal clothes (although fancier clothes will help enhance the gag) and if anybody asks what you are, place the stud finder on your chest and make a beeping noise. Way to go, you’re officially a stud.
8. Clark Kent (estimated cost: $0.00 - $50.00)
Requirements: dress clothes, hair gel, hipster glasses, blue undershirt, general clumsiness
It’s a shame Clark Kent is never around when Superman is in action. Channel your inner Clark Kent by using copious amounts of hair gel, wearing large glasses and fumbling about everywhere you go. Having a blue undershirt will give the illusion of that iconic suit underneath your dress clothes, and don’t ever remove your glasses, otherwise everyone will suddenly realize that you’re actually Superman in disguise.
If you have some nickels lying around, you can put them to use by taping them onto the back of your shirt (a large print out of a nickel will also suffice). Make sure to sing loudly and incoherently if given the opportunity, making sure you show your back so that people will understand that you’re Nickelback. Bonus points if you’re able to mimic Chad Kroeger’s gravelly voice.
6. Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man (or Woman) (estimated cost: $0.00 - $5.00)
Requirements: old long-sleeved shirt, baseball cap, goofy smile
This one requires a small bit of surgery on an old long-sleeved shirt, as you’ll need to cut off the sleeves and attach them to the end of your arms (cylindrical pieces of fabric will also work). It’s ideal (though not necessary) to have your outfit match the sleeves, and remember to flail your arms wildly in the air while sporting an extremely goofy grin. You’ll be fussing with your sleeves a lot, but you don’t care, because you’re a wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man (or woman).
5. Leaf Blower (estimated cost: $0.50)
Requirements: leaves, baseball cap, tape
You’ll need to forage for some leaves (or print out some fake ones) and attach them on the brim of your cap with tape. Every now and again when you’re with company, blow on them a bit to reveal that you’re a leaf blower. Bonus points if you use the Toronto Maple Leafs logo as your leaves. You know, because they blow -- get it? Sorry Leafs fans.
4. Idaho (estimated cost: $0.50)
Requirements: light blue shirt, sheet of paper, tape, falsetto voice
This requires the least amount of effort, but is very recognizable. Take a standard sheet of paper, scrawl the word “IDAHO” across it and attach it to your chest. Remember to proudly proclaim “I’m Idaho!” whenever you get the chance. You’ve become Ralph Wiggum, and if his costume was good enough to win an award, it’s good enough to be your costume.
If you’re willing to put in some effort and have access to an old cushion, you could make Lisa’s Floreda costume, though we think Ralph’s Idaho is much more adorable.
3. John Travolta (estimated cost: $3.00)
Requirements: printer, string, one or more viewings of Face/Off
An homage to the John Woo classic Face/Off, print off this mask template, attach some string and cut out the eye holes. We also suggest writing “John Travolta” on the mask itself or on a piece of paper you can attach to your chest. You can also carry around a print out of the Face/Off poster as an added hint.
People who haven’t seen the film will likely give you a befuddled look, even though it’s their fault for never seeing the film. You’ll just have to explain that you aren’t actually Nicolas Cage, since Nicolas Cage is John Travolta. That should clear things up, right?
2. Nudist on Strike (estimated cost: $0.25)
Requirements: piece of cardboard, string
This one is almost as simple as Ralph Wiggum’s Idaho costume, and you can even wear your normal clothes. Take a piece of cardboard, boldly write “NUDIST ON STRIKE” and wear it around your neck using a piece of string. You demand fair wages, flexible vacation time, competitive benefits and you won’t back down until you get them -- you’re a nudist on strike.
1. Netflix and Chill (estimated cost: $0.25 - $5.00)
Requirements: blank shirt, printer, tape, bag of ice (no actual ice required)
One of the oddest euphemisms to rise to prominence this year, you’ll be wearing this saying literally as a costume. First, print the Netflix logo and attach it to the front of your shirt. Next, stuff a bag of ice (or a bag with the word "ice" written on it) with newspaper or other stuffing and carry the bag wherever you go. Congratulations, you are now Netflix and chill.
Due to a lot of licensing blah blah blah, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available on Netflix streaming in Canada only! Now, you won't be able to watch it on Netflix any time soon -- it won't be released on Netflix until about eight months after it comes out in theatres, but it is going to be available for streaming, and it won't be coming to US Netflix at all.
Disney's agreement with Netflix Canada includes all 2015 releases (like The Force Awakens) but their agreement with Netflix US and other countries doesn't start until 2016.
Are you looking forward to the new Star Wars film?
RFD readers, there are a few things I'm curious about as we head into the holiday shopping season. I've set up two poll questions below, and if you respond to the polls and then leave a comment that you did, you'll be entered into a random draw for a $25 gift card.
I'll draw a random winner from the comments below on November 16, 2015 and notify them by email. Unfortunately, this contest is not open to residents of Quebec.
Target has just launched a new ecommerce site aimed at international readers. It's run by Borderfree, which means that all of the duties and taxes are calculated at checkout (so there are no surprise fees after your purchases arrive). So what is the shopping experience like?
Honestly, it's kind of terrible. Things are incredibly expensive. The site is slow and glitchy and the information is inconsistent. A banner at the top says international orders are not eligible for gifts or gift cards with purchase and directly below that is this promotion:
Spend exactly $206.27 for this free gift! Which you may or may not get!
There are some categories that don't ship to Canada, most notably electronics. (Although the products are all available and priced in CAD and you're able to place them in your shopping cart and receive an updated total, you're not able to check out without removing it from your cart.)
I loved shopping at Canadian Target stores. I loved the selection, I loved their house brands, I loved the aesthetic of their product lines. Considering that alone, I could see Target.com being used by Canadians to buy small household decor pieces, Target-exclusive lines and items that might be hard to find in Canada. But the shipping and duty costs are really steep and of course, the weak Canadian dollar is a deterrent as well. For anything pricey or oversized, the additional costs are going to add up quickly. Below is a decorative horse head that runs $189.99 US. After currency conversion, shipping and duties it's $359.24 CAD! That's... a lot of money for a decorative horse head.
One other deterrent I can see to shopping at Target.com? When Target exited Canada, they left a lot of unpaid invoices -- and more than 17,000 unemployed workers. So even if the actual experience of shopping at the new international Target.com was appealing to Canadians, I imagine some would be disinclined to shop there anyway. Fortunately, the site is buggy and the prices are high, so if you do take that moral stance, you're not missing out.
Nothing against candy, we're big fans. Having those post-Halloween sacks of sugar and food dye around the house, however, can be a problem for little teeth and tummies (not to mention the big teeth and tummies of parents who raid their kids' stashes).
But other than going on a 48-hour candy binge in an attempt to destroy the evidence and move on, what are your options? Glad you asked. Here are some tips for controlling the October candy influx:
1. Sell it
We're not suggesting your kids hit the street corners and become candy dealers. There are many dental offices that offer candy buy-back programs as an incentive for kids to learn the importance of oral health. They won't get rich (the going rate is $1 per pound of candy), but your little trick-or-treaters will earn some pocket money and help ward off the sugar bugs that can lead to pricey dental bills down the line.
2. Ration it
If you leave an eight year old alone in a room with a giant bag of candy, that giant bag of candy doesn't stand a chance. Of course your little goblins are going to want to gobble some treats after their hard-earned night of door-to-door begging, so let them indulge a little, then bring them back to reality. Sock away their treats and make them earn them back, in moderation. Loaded the dishwasher? Here's a Snickers. Walked the dog? Have a lollipop.
3. Bake it
Instead of eating it by the handful on November 1st, you can put that candy to use in recipes then share your baking at work or with friends and neighbours. Or you can bake it, freeze it, and bring it out at Christmas. Speaking of Christmas, why not save some sweets to decorate gingerbread houses instead of springing for new candy in December?
4. Give it away
Use your candy surplus as a way to teach your children the joy of giving. Take treats to work, give them to homeless shelters, or donate them to the military. Or, better yet, encourage your older children to get involved with TrickorEat.ca — students collect healthier alternatives to candy to help combat hunger in Canada (while also getting to dress up and go trick-or-treating!).
For many people, October 21, 2015 will be just another Wednesday, but for those who have seen Back to the Future Part II, they’ll recognize the day as the destination date to which Marty McFly and Professor Emmett ‘Doc’ Brown travel from 1985 in their time-travelling DeLorean.
October 21, 2015 -- Back to the Future Part II's day of destiny.
Back to the Future is arguably the second greatest movie franchise in history (there’s no question what’s number one), and there were some pretty interesting depictions of 2015 when the film was released in 1989. Charge your flux capacitors and speed up to 88 MPH -- we’re taking a look at ten things that were seen in Back to the Future Part II and how the film’s expectations line up with our reality.
10. Robot Assistants
Unmanned robotic gas stations -- an introvert's dream.
It’s a shame we don’t have robot slaves available to be at our beck and call, though that wasn’t the case in Back to the Future's 2015. Restaurant servers, gas stations and even sidewalk garbage bins were shown to be robotic and intelligent, capable of assisting us without any need for human interaction. While robot slaves don’t exist, we do have self-checkouts at some retailers and virtual assistants for our smartphones that sort of automate menial tasks, though robotic garbage bins aren’t a thing yet, so you’re still stuck with lugging around that piece of litter until you actually find one.
9. Pepsi Perfect
The only time Pepsi is an acceptable replacement for Coca-Cola.
One of first things Marty McFly does in 2015 was enter a diner and order a Pepsi. Dubbed Pepsi Perfect, the soft drink was held in a tapered cylindrical bottle and delivered via a clear tube – an impressively extravagant delivery system for a soda. Luckily, this expectation is a reality for us, as Pepsi is releasing a limited run of 6,500 bottles of Pepsi Perfect for $20.15 each. The drink will be the exactly the same as any other Pepsi and the price is outrageous, but as long as it tastes better than New Coke (or even worse, Diet Coke), it’ll be well worth the price, though we don't expect fans and collectors who buy it to actually drink it anytime soon.
8. Self-Lacing Shoes
Dear Nike: These. Now. Please.
Shoelaces are annoying. It should come as no surprise that when Marty first put on those fancy Nike sneakers with automatic laces in his future, most of us found ourselves salivating at the very thought and began throwing money at our screens. Okay, maybe not the latter, but the idea of self-tying shoelaces is very cool. There are products like the Zubit, a magnetic shoelace closure, but it just isn’t the same. Like Pepsi Perfect, we can expect to see these in reality (though in limited quantity), as Nike is developing an actual line of shoes with functioning automatic laces! Nike originally planned to have the shoes released by this fall and have yet to give an exact release date, but it’s happening!
"These are very fashionable outfits." -- said no one ever.
If there’s one thing we can be fortunate stayed fictional, it’s the fashion sense in Back to the Future’s 2015. Simply put -- it’s atrocious. Sure, there were some cool things like the self-drying jacket and those auto-lace Nike’s, but everything from the tacky headgear to the loudly-coloured outfits to the double-knotted ties in the film are fashion faux pas. Even so, despite the hideous garb of just about every character in the film’s future, they still look better than any outfit nowadays that incorporate Crocs.
It's impressive Biff was able to pay using his thumb when modern taxis struggle to operate simple debit machines.
Here’s one depiction that’s shockingly accurate, although not as widespread in our world: the use of biometric security. In the film, we see Marty’s girlfriend, Jennifer, enter her future home using her thumbprint. Later, Marty’s nemesis Biff pays for a cab ride using his thumbprint. We’re already seeing signs of biometric security in our lives, with fingerprint sensors in many modern smartphones, plus services including Apple Pay and Android Pay that use fingerprint authentication for processing payments. In addition, Microsoft is including iris scanners in some of their new products, and voice-activated assistants along with the growing home automation market have made biometric security a thing of the present.
5. Hologram Ads
That shark looks so lifelike -- we'd be fooled too.
Jaws 19 was the headline movie in October 2015, and with it came a 3D hologram ad that displayed on city streets. While we’re nowhere near that type of technology in reality, 3D has become a prevalent (albeit gimmicky) selling-point in movies and televisions. With virtual reality products including the Oculus Rift and Microsoft’s HoloLens becoming mainstream, we may be closer to large 3D virtual reality projections than we realize.
In regards to Jaws 19, though this was likely a quip to executive producer Steven Spielberg, who directed Jaws, it’s fortunate that we didn’t have to endure another 17 Jaws sequels after the first two (let’s pretend Jaws 3-D and Jaws 4 were never created). The closest real-world counterpart would be the James Bond series, with a total of 24 films dating back to 1962, and with the way Hollywood doles out money nowadays, we could very well see 17 Paul Blart: Mall Cop sequels in our future.
I opened a hoverboard business recently. I just need the product to help get it off the ground.
The Hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II was the toy that all kids wanted to have when the movie was released in 1989. Who wouldn’t want a floating skateboard to glide around on? In reality, there are technologies that exist to make a hoverboard possible, but they aren’t practical. Lexus recently unveiled a hoverboard that uses magnetic superconductors cooled by liquid nitrogen, able to lift a person about an inch off the ground, while Omni’s Hoverboard works like an inverse helicopter to propel a person off the ground. Both designs are functional and have flaws, but both are also prototypes, so we shouldn’t expect kids frolicking on sidewalks with them anytime soon.
3. Flying Cars
Gravity: complicating our lives since forever.
The iconic DeLorean was land-bound in the first Back to the Future and only mastered the power of flight after Professor Brown went into the future (and back again) and made some modifications between the first and second films. Once he takes Marty and Jennifer to 2015, they’re met with airborne traffic and special landing zones on roads for vehicles in flight. However, our cars are still strictly bound to the ground for the foreseeable future and we’ll have to watch airplanes, helicopters, birds, insects and R. Kelly have all the fun flying in the sky.
2. Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor
No plutonium required.
One of the modifications Doc Brown made to the original DeLorean was adding a miniaturized energy reactor to power vehicle, rather than using plutonium. It was able to use everyday trash as an energy source, and there are no modern equivalents, unfortunately. Think of all the garbage we’d save! Think of all the things we’d be able to power! Think of the gas we wouldn’t need to use! For now, we’re still stuck with forking over our hard earned cash to pay for our power bills.
1. The Hydrator
There are two types of people: those who love pizza and those who are insane.
Flying cars are cool. Hoverboards are nifty. Mini energy reactors are great. But an appliance that perfectly expands a puck-sized disc into a full-sized delicious pizza in mere seconds? Game changer. The closest thing we have nowadays are freeze-dried fruits, vegetables and jerky, but those aren't any fun. Not only would a hydrator save a ton of freezer space, it would also be the most entertaining appliance to watch in action -- 1000 times more entertaining than an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
When it comes to parties, Halloween parties are our favourite. You get to dress up in costumes, transform your home with cool, spooky decor, and eat appetizers that look like body parts. What could be more fun?
If you're looking to throw a Halloween bash to remember, but on a budget you'd rather forget, fear not. We've got a few affordable Halloween party tricks up our sleeves.
1. Dollar Store Decor
Plastic vampire teeth make cute napkin rings, black crows perched on chandeliers and bookshelves add a chic-but-creepy touch, and a couple of bags of cobwebs go a long way to upping the fear factor in your home. Other affordable dollar-store decor includes rubber rats and bats, foam skulls and gravestones, witches hats, and candles.... lots of candles.
2. Host a Haunted Potluck
Feeding hungry Halloween revelers can be pricey. Instead of doing it all on your own, get your guests involved with a potluck party. Make it fun by incorporating a Halloween theme or offering a prize for creepiest concoction. Some fun and festive foods include a pumpkin cheese ball and spider deviled eggs. For something a bit scarier, go for the shrimp brain cocktail!
The store will be at 4115 Walker Road in Windsor, Ontario. It was previously a Future Shop location. Like the other small-scale Pick-Up Point locations, it will employ about 30-35 people. The store will carry a selection of popular IKEA items and act as an ordering/pick-up depot for online orders.