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HMV Canada to Close All Stores Nationwide by April

HMV Canada to Close All Stores Nationwide by April

By Simon Hung

HMV, once one of Canada’s most popular physical media stores, has announced plans to close all 102 Canadian store locations by April 30, 2017.

The news comes after the company filed an application for receivership with the Ontario Superior Court, which was approved on Friday, January 27.

First opened in 1986, HMV had been struggling in recent years and the announcement doesn’t come as much of a surprise to many, as the popularity of physical media has sharply declined with the rise of digital streaming.

Most of HMV Canada's head office staff has been laid off and in court documents, the company is said to owe $39 million to HUK 10 Ltd., a restructuring firm that lent money to HMV. The documents also indicated that the chain owes $56 million to various music labels and was losing $100,000 per day -- the company would have required upwards of $5 million annually to remain open.

Expect to see clearance sales in the coming weeks as stores clear inventory, making it a great opportunity to look for music, movies and memorabilia. Their website currently notes that everything is up to 30% off, but expect steeper price cuts as we inch closer towards the closure date.

Surprised by the announcement? Looking forward to sales on Nicolas Cage movies? Leave a comment to share your thoughts about the closure or any fond memories you have of HMV.

McDonald’s and A&W to Introduce All-Day Breakfast in February

McDonald’s and A&W to Introduce All-Day Breakfast in February

By Simon Hung

Breakfast sandwiches are no longer just for breakfast at McDonald’s and A&W, because both fast-food franchises have announced plans to introduce all-day breakfast nationwide in February!

McDonald’s will start serving all-day breakfast on Tuesday, February 21 while A&W will launch their all-day breakfast menu on Monday, February 27.

You'll be able to pair a McMuffin with french fries starting in February.

Earlier this month, we wrote about how McDonald’s was testing all-day breakfast at 17 restaurants and it looks like the testing was a success with the quick expansion. A&W, on the other hand, has experimented with all-day breakfast at 40 locations and the response has also been positive.

Both franchises will offer a limited menu at first with the possibility of an expanded menu in the future. McDonald’s will offer McMuffins, hash browns, hotcakes and sausages while A&W will serve their Egger sandwich, wraps and hash browns.

Let us know if you’re excited about this news and if you’re on Team McDonald’s or Team A&W in the comments!

February 2017 Video Game Release Dates

February 2017 Video Game Release Dates

By Ambia Staley

The new year started off strong with plenty of exciting game releases all throughout January. February's release list is much shorter than the previous month, however there are still a few anticipated titles being released, including Fire Emblem Heroes for iOS and Android and Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book for PC.

If you're looking for something new to play, then it's time to get your snacks ready and your consoles booted up and check out the list of February's video game releases below!

  • Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance (PC) - February 1
  • Fire Emblem Heroes (iOS/Android) - February 2
  • Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (3DS) - February 3
  • A House of Many Doors (PC/Mac) - February 3
  • Husk (PC) - February 3
  • Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PC) - February 7
  • Nights of Azure (PC) - February 7
  • Splasher (PC) - February 7
  • WWE 2K17 (PC) - February 7
  • Nioh (PS4) - February 9
  • De-formers (PS4/Xbox One/PC) - February 14
  • For Honor (PS4/Xbox One/PC) - February 14
  • Sniper Elite 4 (PS4/Xbox One/PC) - February 14
  • Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (PS4/Vita/PC) - February 21
  • Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One/PC) - February 21
  • Night in the Woods (PS4/PC/Mac/Linux) - February 21
  • Ys Origin (PS4/Vita) - February 21
  • Lego Worlds (PS4/Xbox One/PC) – February 24
  • Constructor HD (PS4/Xbox One/PC) - February 28
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4) - February 28
  • Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (3DS) - February 28
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera (PS4/Xbox One/PC) – February 28

Note that video game release dates may change due to various reasons, but we'll try to keep this list updated as news becomes available.

Will you be picking up any of February's new game titles? Let us know in the comments below!

RFD Quick Tip: Use Any Credit Card with Visa Checkout or Masterpass

RFD Quick Tip: Use Any Credit Card with Visa Checkout or Masterpass

By Simon Hung

When it comes to deal hunting, speed is essential and entering your payment information when shopping online can become tedious, especially when using a mobile device.

That’s one issue Visa Checkout and Masterpass are trying to simplify, as the two payment platforms have grown in popularity, with more merchants accepting the platforms online -- both platforms store your payment and address information to let you checkout quicker at participating merchants.

A common misconception with both is that some believe that you can only use a Visa card with Visa Checkout or a MasterCard with Masterpass -- that isn’t true! In fact, most debit and credit cards from Visa, MasterCard and American Express are compatible with both!

Look for the Visa Checkout logo when shopping online for a faster checkout.

Aside from a faster checkout, other benefits include increased security, as you don’t need to enter credit card information on multiple sites and the platforms are backed by two industry leaders in payment security. There are no additional fees and some merchants periodically offer increased savings -- in the past, Best Buy has offered $20.00 off $100.00+ purchases with Visa Checkout while Indigo has offered an extra 20% off all orders with Masterpass.

Masterpass lets you shop quickly and easily wherever you are.

Visa Checkout currently has a more extensive merchant list that includes Best Buy, Cineplex, Roots and Staples while Masterpass is accepted at merchants including Indigo, London Drugs and Newegg. There are some merchants that accept both platforms and both are committed to adding more stores in the future.

Merchants that accept either payment platform usually display their logo before your checkout process. To get started, visit the Visa Checkout or Masterpass websites to learn more and enroll!

Apple Exchange and Repair Program Roundup

Apple Exchange and Repair Program Roundup

By Simon Hung

Last week, Apple quietly ended their iPod Nano Replacement Program after five years, which let first-generation iPad Nano owners exchange them for a current-generation iPod Nano due to a battery defect.

Apple isn’t immune from manufacturing issues with their products and while antennagate, bendgate and other scandals with the -gate suffix usually make the headlines, Apple does address some of the more widespread issues through their Exchange and Repair Extension Program, usually free of charge.

There are currently 15 exchange and repair programs in effect, dating back to 2008 -- note that devices out of warranty but eligible for repair will be covered by the repair program. We’ve listed the active programs as of January 2017 along with a brief synopsis of each issue. If your device is listed, click on the program for more information and details on how to verify eligibility.

iPhone

Apple will fix iPhone 6 Plus devices affected by the "touch disease" -- for $189.
  • iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program -- some iPhone 5 devices sold between September 2012 and January 2013 may experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. Affected devices are eligible for a new battery replacement, free of charge.
  • iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Button Replacement Program -- some iPhone 5 devices manufactured through March 2013 may have a defective sleep/wake button that stops working intermittently. Apple will repair affected devices, free of charge.
  • iPhone 6 Plus iSight Camera Replacement Program -- some iPhone 6 Plus devices sold between September 2014 and January 2015 may produce blurry photos due to a faulty iSight camera component. Affected devices are eligible for a new iSight camera replacement, free of charge.
  • iPhone 6 Plus Multi-Touch Repair Program -- some iPhone 6 Plus devices may exhibit flickering or unresponsive displays after being dropped multiple times. Also known as the “iPhone 6 Plus Touch Disease,” Apple will repair affected devices for a reduced service fee of $189.00.
  • iPhone 6s Program for Unexpected Shutdown Issues -- some iPhone 6s devices manufactured between September and October 2015 may shut down unexpectedly. Affected devices are eligible for a new battery replacement, free of charge. There are also unconfirmed reports of the program being extended to iPhone 6 devices in the near future.

Mac

  • iMac (27-inch) 3TB Hard Drive Replacement Program -- some 27-inch iMac computers sold between December 2012 and September 2013 with a 3TB hard drive may fail under certain conditions. Affected computers are eligible for a new hard drive replacement, free of charge.
  • MacBook Air Flash Storage Drive Replacement Program -- some MacBook Air computers sold between June 2012 and June 2013 with 64GB or 128GB of flash storage may fail due to faulty SSDs. A firmware update was issued to solve the issue, but if this didn’t solve the problem, Apple will repair affected computers, free of charge.
  • MacBook Bottom Case Replacement Program -- the casing on some MacBook computers sold between October 2009 and April 2011 may separate from the bottom of the computer. Apple will repair affected computers, free of charge.
  • MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues -- some MacBook Pro computers sold between February 2011 and December 2013 may exhibit video issues and unexpected system restarts. Apple will repair affected computers, free of charge.

Peripherals and Accessories

Some USB-C cables included with the 2015 12" MacBook may fail and are eligible for a free replacement.
  • Apple 5W European USB Power Adapter Exchange Program -- some Apple 5W European USB power adapters shipped from October 2009 to September 2012 may overheat and pose a safety risk. Customers with an affected power adapter are eligible for a redesigned adapter, free of charge.
  • Apple AC Wall Plug Adapter Exchange Program -- the two prong Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil may break and create a risk of electric shock. Customers with an affected wall plug are eligible for a redesigned adapter, free of charge.
  • Apple Ultracompact USB Power Adapter Exchange Program -- the metal prongs on some Apple USB power adapters included with the iPhone 3G or sold as a standalone accessory may break off and remain in a power outlet, creating a risk of electric shock. Customers with an affected power adapter are eligible for a redesigned adapter, free of charge.
  • Apple USB-C Charge Cable Replacement Program -- some Apple USB-C charge cables included with MacBook computers or sold as a standalone accessory through June 2015 may fail due to a design issue. Customers with an affected cable are eligible for a redesigned USB-C cable, free of charge.
  • Beats Pill XL Speaker Recall Program -- the battery in the Beats Pill XL Speaker may overheat and pose a fire risk. All owners of a Beats Pill XL Speaker in any colour are eligible for an Apple Store credit or electronic payment of $395.00.
  • USB Power Adapter Takeback Program -- some counterfeit and third-party power adapters may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues. If you have safety concerns, Apple will dispose them in an environmentally-friendly way, free of charge.

Some of the more notable products include the iPhone 6 Plus and 6s -- even if your phone doesn't exhibit symptoms but is eligible for repair, it may be worthwhile to take advantage of any free repair programs to extend the life of your device. On the other hand, most of the other repair programs are for older hardware and may not be worth a repair, but it is nice that Apple has maintained support for obsolete hardware like the 2009 plastic MacBook.

Repairs or exchanges can be handled online, at an Apple Store or an Authorized Service Provider. Let us know if you've ever taken advantage of an Apple repair program or if you're planning to have your device repaired in the future!

Bell Increasing Prices for Internet, TV and Home Phone

Bell Increasing Prices for Internet, TV and Home Phone

By Simon Hung

Bell customers will have to pay more for their services as of February 1, 2017, as the telecom giant has issued an official notice detailing an upcoming price increase to internet, TV and home phone services.

The increase varies depending on service availability and region, with the biggest price hike coming to internet subscribers. We’ve detailed the affected services and extra monthly costs below.

  • Internet (all tiers, excluding Dial-up and High Speed LD bundle) - $5.00 increase
  • Fibe TV (all packages, excluding Starter) - $3.00 increase
  • Satellite TV (all packages, excluding Starter) - $3.00 increase
  • Home phone (all packages) - $2.51 increase

In what feels like Canada’s most unpopular annual tradition, Bell has attributed the price increase to higher operating costs and an investment of $3.5 billion to upgrade and maintain their network infrastructure. The company also noted a 40% increase in network traffic and listed a number of recent innovations including 4K broadcasts, fibre-to-the-home internet and updated apps.

The timing of this move is ironic, as many independent ISPs have recently cut prices and increased bandwidth thanks to a recent CRTC ruling. If you’re looking to save on internet, leaving Bell for a third-party provider could save you a lot of money in the long run.

If you’re with Bell, let us know if this news will prompt you to switch to another provider. Be sure to also visit our Ongoing Deals forum, where you can find a number of telecom deals found by our forum members!

Response to Data Breach Discovered on January 9, 2017

Response to Data Breach Discovered on January 9, 2017

By RedFlagDeals.com Staff

On January 9, 2017 at approximately 10:00 AM EST, we were notified of an unauthorized access to our forums database that occurred in 2013, resulting in usernames, emails and passwords being obtained by an unauthorized third party.

What happened?

In August 2013, a security vulnerability was exploited in our old forums platform – vBulletin – which allowed an unauthorized third-party to access our user database. This particular weakness was eliminated in subsequent security updates over the years, meaning such an incursion could not reoccur.

What information was compromised?

The database contained RedFlagDeals forum usernames, email addresses and an encoded password hash and salt.

Was the information stored in plaintext?

No. Your password is never stored in plaintext on RedFlagDeals servers. The leaked database may contain a text version of your password, which was reverse-engineered by the third-party using the password hash and password salt.

Why weren’t users notified immediately?

The compromised data did not surface until this past week – the stolen information has not been readily accessible over the past three years.

We have been investigating the breach to uncover what exactly happened which has resulted in some delays in response times. We apologize for any frustration this has caused but we want to provide all users with factually accurate information.

Who is affected?

All users who registered before August 28, 2013.

What are you doing about it?

We have disabled passwords on all accounts registered before August 28, 2013 and logged out all users. Logging out users was essential, as anyone with your information could have logged in and remain logged in as you, even after you changed your email or password..

What should I do?

We advise all affected users to change their passwords as soon as possible by visiting the password reset page. You will be sent an email with a temporary password you can use to log into your account. Afterwards, go to your account settings page to create a new password.

In addition, we strongly recommend changing the passwords to any other services or accounts you may have that utilize the same email address or password.

What security measures do you have in place to prevent this from happening again?

We migrated to a completely different forums platform – phpBB – and a new authentication system in August, 2016. This type of incursion would no longer be possible.

This new authentication system has additional layers of security and resides on separate servers. If our forums were to be compromised, your information is safe and cannot be obtained. We also conduct regular penetration tests and security updates.

I am still having trouble with my account. Who should I contact?

Please send an email to support@redflagdeals.com and we will address your issue as soon as possible. A thread in our Site Suggestions forum is also available if you have more questions.

TekSavvy and Other Independent ISPs to Cut Prices or Increase Speeds

TekSavvy and Other Independent ISPs to Cut Prices or Increase Speeds

By Simon Hung

You may get more bang for your buck in 2017 if you’re a customer with TekSavvy, Start.ca or another third-party internet service provider, because some independent ISPs will be lowering their rates or increasing internet speeds!

The move comes as a result of a CRTC ruling from October 2016 that found wholesale high-speed access rates to be unreasonable. Nearly all independent ISPs resell broadband or cable services from Rogers or Bell and now that they can access the service at a lower rate, some are passing the savings onto their customers. There is a small catch, as the CRTC ruling is on an interim basis, so the savings may be changed once a regulator finalizes the ruling later this year.

TekSavvy and Start.ca are two popular independent ISPs that have already cut prices, as many customers were notified in December via email of upcoming changes to their plans, with the new rates taking effect this month.

A 25/10 plan from Start.ca with 300GB bandwidth now has unlimited bandwidth for the same price.

The savings will vary depending on your plan, but some customers saw their bill reduced by as much as $10.00 per month while others received bumps to internet speeds or bandwidth increases at no additional charge. For example, forum member SeeWhy2 was able to save $9.95 per month and get an extra 10 Mbps in download speed from Start, while Dpack22 will be saving $9.00 and getting a 5 Mbps bump from TekSavvy. New customers will also benefit, as many plans have been updated with lower prices or higher bandwidth.

On the other hand, don’t expect to see any savings if you’re with one of the Big Three (Rogers, Bell or TELUS), since they own the infrastructure and do not save money with the CRTC ruling. In fact, Bell will be increasing their home internet packages by $5.00 and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Rogers or TELUS follow suit. Nonetheless, more competition is always a good thing and it’s refreshing to see companies lower rates for a change.

Let us know if you’ll be paying a lower internet bill or if you're with another internet service provider that we didn't mention that is doing the same!

Nintendo Switch Presentation Roundup: Release Date, Pricing, Upcoming Games, and More!

Nintendo Switch Presentation Roundup: Release Date, Pricing, Upcoming Games, and More!

By Ambia Staley

For anyone looking for more details about the upcoming Nintendo Switch console, the wait is now over, as Nintendo officially dished out the details! Streamed live from Tokyo while many Canadians were sleeping soundly late Thursday night, the presentation revealed the release date, pricing, upcoming titles and more.

If you didn't get a chance to watch the entire show, here's our roundup of some of the most important details revealed during the Nintendo Switch presentation.

Release Date & Pricing

The Nintendo Switch hits store shelves this March

Probably the most important information gamers are waiting for is the information on when they can buy the Nintendo Switch and for how much. Starting off the presentation, Nintendo revealed that the Nintendo Switch will hit store shelves in North America on March 3, 2017 with a suggested retail price of $399.99 in Canada.

Switch Features

More features of the system and Joy-Con remotes were revealed

Nintendo skimmed through quite a few features of the Switch in their presentation. One big announcement was that Nintendo will finally abolish region locking and Switch titles will be region-free. Nintendo will also be offering online multiplayer for many titles. This service will be free at launch, but will become a paid service in fall of 2017. More details surrounding pricing and online services offered will be announced at a later date.

Many of the features announced were repeats of last year's short video announcement, including different ways to play at home and on the go, as well as details about different ways in which the Joy-Con remotes can be used. Nintendo did offer a bit more information on the Joy-Con remotes however, noting that each side can be used as a fully functioning remote, and that they feature HD rumble for more realistic vibrations while gaming. It was also announced that the left Joy-Con features a square button meant to take screenshots while gaming so that you can share pictures with friends. They are also hoping to expand this feature to include video capture at a later date.

If you're playing the Switch console off the dock and on your tabletop or on the go, Nintendo mentioned that the battery life of the system is between 2.5 and 6.5 hours depending on the game.

Upcoming Games

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild finally receives a release date

Nintendo announced quite a few games that will be released either at launch or a later date. While there are 80 active titles in the works for the Switch, here's a look at a few of the titles announced during the presentation:

  • The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild (March 3)
  • 1-2 Switch (March 3)
  • Arms
  • Splatoon 2 (Summer 2017)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Holiday 2017)
  • Xenoblade 2
  • Fire Emblem Warriors
  • Project Octopath Traveller
  • New "Shin Megami Tensei" title
  • Skyrim
  • FIFA

Product Configuration

A look at what's included with your Switch purchase

While exact product specifications were left out of today's presentation, Nintendo did reveal exactly what comes included in the box when you purchase the Nintendo Switch console:

  • Nintendo Switch Console (screen)
  • Left and right Joy-Con
  • Wrist strap
  • Joy-Con grip
  • Switch dock
  • HDMI cable
  • A/C Adapter

Nintendo also mentioned that when you go to buy the console, you'll have a choice between a system with grey Joy-Con remotes, or a system with one red and one blue Joy-Con remote -- both of which have the same retail price. Pro remotes will be available separately.

More info is expected to be released in the upcoming weeks as more presentations and hands-on events occur leading up to the Switch's release date.

Update: Nintendo's website just announced that the Switch and Play Preview Tour will be visiting Toronto's Metro Convention Centre on January 29, 2017. As of right now, this is the only Canadian tour date listed.

Did you watch the Nintendo Switch presentation? What are your thoughts on the console? Will you be picking one up? Let us know in the comments!

McDonald’s Testing All-Day Breakfast at 17 Restaurants in Canada

McDonald’s Testing All-Day Breakfast at 17 Restaurants in Canada

By Simon Hung

One year ago, RFD forums guru and self-proclaimed McDonald’s enthusiast Tom wrote about his positive experience with the standalone McCafé locations in Toronto and his dream of having the concept of all-day breakfast expand across Canada.

That dream has now become a reality, as McDonald's will be testing all-day breakfast at 17 locations in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec!

According to the Globe and Mail, participating restaurants are located in Coquitlam and Langley in British Columbia; Ajax, Brampton, Mississauga and Whitby in Ontario; and the Montreal area in Quebec. In our forums, BB8819 listed the participating restaurants in Ontario. We’ve reached out to McDonald’s to see if they can provide a definitive list of all locations and we’ll update this article once they give more details.

Ajax

Brampton

Mississauga

Whitby

This past December, McDonald’s introduced the Potato Rosti & Bacon Burger, which includes a hash brown patty -- it’s one way to eat their delicious hash browns past 11:00 AM, but it just isn’t the same.

McDonald’s all-day breakfast has been a success in the United States since 2015 and it’s an encouraging sign to see the concept (finally) come to Canada. Let us know if you see any all-day breakfast locations and if you’re looking forward to eating Egg McMuffins and hash browns at any time of the day!

Amazon Ordered to Pay $1.1 Million Fine for Misleading Advertising

Amazon Ordered to Pay $1.1 Million Fine for Misleading Advertising

By Simon Hung

Savings -- it’s a metric many shoppers use to evaluate a deal and it’s this very notion that has gotten Amazon into trouble with the Canadian Competition Bureau, as the online retailer has been fined $1 million for using misleading advertising practices, plus another $100,000 towards the Bureau’s investigation costs.

The two-year investigation, conducted between May 2014 and May 2016, found that Amazon often compared their retail prices to a list price in order to give the impression of offering steep savings. In reality, the list price was often unverified and provided by suppliers, misleading shoppers into believing that Amazon’s savings were more substantial than their competitors -- per the Competition Act, comparisons between a regular price and a sale price must be accurate.

A common example would be watches and jewellery, as the list price is usually marked up significantly and it was not uncommon to see some products with thousands of dollars in alleged savings.

Amazon has agreed to pay the fine and is in the process of making changes to how they display prices to ensure better accuracy and validity. The changes are being made on both Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.

This isn’t the first time a Canadian retailer has been fined for misleading consumers, as the Forzani Group (parent company of Sport Chek) was fined $1.7 million in 2004 for using similar misleading tactics while Michael’s was fined $3.5 million in 2015 after the crafts store did not ensure that custom frames were offered for sale before promoting them at discounts.

It remains to be seen if this fine will hurt Amazon’s brand, as the ruling should theoretically give consumers more confidence when shopping with the online giant. Beyond Amazon, the Competition Bureau hopes this fine sends a clear message to other retailers that unsubstantiated savings will not be tolerated -- click here to view the complete press release about the ruling on the Government of Canada website.

Will you be more vigilant on Amazon in the future? Maybe you're already savvy enough not to be fooled by these tactics? Let us know if this ruling will change your shopping habits on Amazon by leaving a comment and voting in our poll!

Cineplex Movie Formats Explained: What Are Premium Tickets and How You Can Save Money

Cineplex Movie Formats Explained: What Are Premium Tickets and How You Can Save Money

By Simon Hung

It’s a lot trickier to see a movie nowadays. Once upon a time, you only needed to pay for general admission, but these days there are premium formats like 3D, AVX, VIP and more options with capitalized abbreviations, each more expensive than the last -- but what do they even mean?

Cineplex movie tickets can cost as much as $25.00, making date nights and family movies an expensive outing. We’re here to help and have listed the common movie formats found in Cineplex cinemas to give you an idea of what each one has to offer, along with some money-saving tips at the end.

Note that ticket prices reflect adult pricing at various Cineplex theatres in Downtown Toronto -- prices vary by region and tickets at your local theatre may differ.

Regular

Pros
Cons
2D Price, 3D Price
SCENE Price
CheapestSeats not reserved, little leg room, more ads, can get crowded$13.50, $16.501000 points

The cheapest and most ubiquitous ticket option, seats to regular movies are general admission and available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Regular theatres usually have smaller screens, seats with little leg room and can get crowded quickly during more popular movies. Regular showings also play a longer pre-show, which means more ads will play before the movie starts.

Prime Seats

Pros
Cons
2D Price, 3D Price
SCENE Price
Reserved seats, some Prime Seats are largerSame disadvantages as regular theatres, but more expensive$15.50, $18.501500 points

Some Cineplex cinemas have tickets designated as Prime Seats, which are usually a block of 20-30 desirable seats in the centre of the seating area. Tickets for these seats are sold in conjunction with regular admission, but Prime Seats cost more than regular tickets with the added benefit of being able to reserve your seats.

UltraAVX

Pros
Cons
2D Price, 3D Price
SCENE Price
Reserved seats, larger screen, roomier seatsScreen and audio improvements are minimal$16.50, $18.501500 points

UltraAVX theatres promise a larger screen and better seats.

UltraAVX is the most common premium format, featuring reserved seating, a larger screen and more comfortable seats with extended leg room. UltraAVX and other premium formats usually play big-ticket movies, as they'll draw a larger audience and as a result, more revenue for Cineplex. While the perks are nice, UltraAVX is where prices start to creep into the territory where you have to think twice before buying.

D-BOX

Pros
Cons
2D Price, 3D Price
SCENE Price
Same advantages as regular or UltraAVX theatre, motion seatsSame visual experience as regular or UltraAVX theatre but more expensive, motion seats offer little value$22.50, $24.501500 points

D-BOX seats are a block of 20-30 specialized seats in regular or UltraAVX theatres that offer the same pros and cons as the theatre with which they share, but D-BOX seats vibrate and move along with the events on-screen, adding an extra dimension to the movie. It equates to sitting in a rocking massage chair and for most people, the extra cost isn't worth it.

IMAX

Pros
Cons
Price
SCENE Price
Reserved seats, largest screen, improved audio, some movies have exclusive IMAX scenesPrice, not all theatres have traditional IMAX, no TimePlay in some theatres$20.501500 points

Described by many as the best visual experience, IMAX features a massive screen with improved audio, but only if you're in a genuine IMAX theatre. There are only a few cinemas in Canada that have a traditional 80-foot IMAX screen, while most have much smaller screens that are only branded as IMAX and jokingly called Lie-MAX by movie purists -- click here to view a list of IMAX venues in Canada (venues marked as Dual Projection or IMAX with Laser use traditional IMAX screens). Cinemas with the misfortune of sporting a small IMAX screen offer a similar experience to UltraAVX.

VIP

Pros
Cons
Price
SCENE Price
Reserved leather seats, smaller audience, lounge, in-seat dining service, 19+Price, no major audio/video improvements, no TimePlay in some theatres$19.992000 points

The main advantages of VIP theatres are the smaller audiences and in-seat dining.

Those looking for a more intimate movie experience will want to try VIP, as these tickets are only available to those aged 19 and up. VIP theatres only seat about 30 people and feature an in-seat dining service (including alcohol), priced à la carte. The visual quality is the same as regular theatres, but VIP tickets are worth it for those who want to enjoy the movie experience while avoiding the hectic crowds in regular theatres.

4DX

Pros
Cons
Price
SCENE Price
Reserved seats, motion seats and environment effects are neatMost expensive, motion seats and environment effects may be annoying$24.992000 points

In addition to moving seats, 4DX theatres spray water in your face.

The crème de la crème of premium tickets, there’s currently only one cinema in Canada with a 4DX theatre (Cineplex Yonge/Dundas in Toronto). 4DX theatres feature motion seats, but with a new trick -- environment effects. These specialized theatres include jets that spray mist, wind and scents to enhance your movie experience. It’s an expensive experience and the "spray water in your face" marketing tactic is an interesting one, but you may see more of these spring up if the format is successful.

Tips to Save Money

  • Cineplex vouchers -- Cineplex vouchers can usually be purchased at a discounted rate through your employer or programs like CAA. RFD forums legend Hellfire has also organized group buys for Cineplex vouchers regularly over the past nine (!) years
  • Costco -- Costco regularly sells Cineplex movie ticket packages that cost less than paying full-price in-theatres. Pricing varies by province and packages are available both online and in Costco warehouses
  • Get a SCENE card -- SCENE is Cineplex's loyalty program where you earn points by watching movies and can redeem them for free movies. SCENE members also get 10% off concession snacks
  • Grocery vouchers -- a few times a year, you'll find Cineplex vouchers on packages of Coca-Cola or General Mills products that offer free or buy one get one free admission. These products will often cost far less than a ticket at the box office
  • Other cinemas -- although Cineplex holds an 80% market share in Canada, Landmark Cinemas and Rainbow Cinemas also operate in Canada and you'll often find cheaper tickets for the same movies
  • TimePlay -- TimePlay is an interactive trivia game played before most movies. Download the app on your phone and play with the audience to get free SCENE points, concessions and contest offers
  • Tuesday -- Cineplex offers discounted ticket prices for all shows every Tuesday and SCENE members also get an additional 10% off the Tuesday price
  • VIP "Hump Date" Wednesdays -- questionable marketing name aside, those who enjoy VIP theatres should go on Wednesday, as you can get two tickets and dinner for $50.00 -- look for the "Hump Date" pricing when buying your tickets online

What do you think of Cineplex's multitude of formats? Good choices or gimmicky cash grab? Let us know which format you enjoy the most and any tricks you use to save money when going out to the movies!

American Apparel Brand is Purchased by Montreal's Gildan Activewear

American Apparel Brand is Purchased by Montreal's Gildan Activewear

By Ambia Staley

In a move that surprised many, Montreal's Gildan Activewear Inc. has purchased the rights to the American Apparel brand after placing a winning bid of $88 million U.S. in auction.

American Apparel, a Los Angeles based company originally founded in Montreal, filed for bankruptcy protection on November 14, 2016 for the second time (having also filed for bankruptcy in 2015) and is currently in the process of a court-supervised liquidation.

In a statement following the winning bid, Gildan CEO Glenn Chamandy said, "We see strong potential to grow American Apparel sales by leveraging our extensive printwear distribution networks in North America and internationally to drive further market share penetration in the fashion basics segment of these markets."

Gildan's purchase must still be approved by a U.S. court, but if accepted, the deal can be finalized as early as February. The deal sees Gildan gaining all of American Apparel's intellectual property rights as well as some of its manufacturing equipment. Gildan is also expected to purchase American Apparel's current inventory in a separate transaction. None of American Apparel's retail stores were included in the initial deal and are expected to close.

Are you surprised to hear about Gildan's purchase? What do you think the future has in store for the American Apparel brand? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

The Walmart/Visa Disagreement is Finally Over -- Visa Can Be Used at Walmart Stores Across Canada

The Walmart/Visa Disagreement is Finally Over -- Visa Can Be Used at Walmart Stores Across Canada

By Kate Musgrove

After six months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, Visa cards are again being accepted as a form of payment in all Walmart stores across Canada starting tomorrow, Friday, January 6. While the ban was first announced as beginning in Thunder Bay and moving across Canada in a "phased rollout" it actually only extended to the three locations in Thunder Bay, Ontario and later, the sixteen Walmart locations in Manitoba. In total, less than 5% of the Walmart locations in Canada were impacted by this ban.

Details on the resolution are scant from both Walmart and Visa, and so far, there isn't any indication of which party made concessions to close the deal, but regardless, this is good news for consumers in Thunder Bay and Manitoba.

January 2017 Video Game Release Dates

January 2017 Video Game Release Dates

By Ambia Staley

It's the start of a brand new year, and with it comes a new list of highly anticipated new video game titles. While some of the year's most anticipated games such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Injustice 2 still have no concrete release dates, there is still plenty to look forward to in January, including Tales of Berseria for PlayStation 4 and PC, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard for PS4, Xbox One and PC, and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue for PS4.

If you're looking to get some last minute pre-orders in, check out our list of January 2017's video game release dates to help get you started:

  • Milkmaid of the Milky Way (PC/Mac/iOS) - January 5
  • Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone (PS4) - January 10
  • Night in the Woods (PS4/PC/Mac/Linux) - January 10
  • Criminal Girls: Invite Only (PC) - January 11
  • Rise & Shine (PC/Xbox One) - January 13
  • Road Redemption (PS4/Xbox One) - January 15
  • 2064: Read Only Memories (PS4) - January 17
  • Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (PS Vita) - January 17
  • Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (PS4/PS Vita) - January 17
  • Gravity Rush 2 (PS4) - January 20
  • Urban Empire (PC) - January 20
  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS) - January 20
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4) - January 24
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PS4/Xbox One/PC) - January 24
  • Tales of Berseria (PS4/PC) - January 24
  • Yakuza 0 (PS4) - January 24
  • Memoranda (PC/Mac/Linux) - January 25
  • The Wardrobe (PC/Mac/Linux) - January 26
  • Disgaea 2 (PC) - January 30
  • Double Dragon IV (PS4/PC) - January 30
  • Constructor HD (PS4/Xbox One/PC) - January 31
  • Digimon World: Next Order (PS4) - January 31
  • Divide (PS4) - January 31
  • Dynasty Warriors: God Seekers (PS4) - January 31
  • Hitman: The Complete First Season (PS4/Xbox One/PC) - January 31

Release Date TBA:

  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Mega Battle (PS4/Xbox One/PC)
  • The Flame in the Flood (PS4)

Note that video game release dates may change due to various reasons, but we'll try to keep this list updated as news becomes available.

Are you looking forward to picking up any of January's new titles? What's your most anticipated game of 2017? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

2016 Holiday Shipping Deadlines from Online Retailers

2016 Holiday Shipping Deadlines from Online Retailers

By Ambia Staley

With the holidays fast approaching, many shoppers are heading online to not only pick up great deals for themselves, but also to do some holiday shopping. With the increased shipping demand on both retailers and shipping companies this time of year, shipments may take longer than usual. If you're looking to do your last minute shopping online, it's important to be wary of each store's order and shipping deadline to ensure you get your items before Christmas!

If you're looking to get your orders on time this season, the elves here at RFD have compiled a handy list of order deadlines for various retailers around the web!

  • Abercrombie & Fitch - December 12 at 12 PM EST (standard)/ December 19 at 12 PM EST (2-day)
  • Addition Elle - December 18 at 11:59 PM EST
  • Aldo - December 18
  • Amazon - Date varies by store location and shipping method. Amazon will inform you if the item will arrive in time.
  • Ardene - December 16 at 12 PM EST (standard)/ December 18 at 11:59 PM EST (express)
  • Aritzia - Varies by province and shipping method. See site for details.
  • Banana Republic - December 20 at 11:59 PM EST (standard)/ December 22 at 2 PM EST (1-day shipping)/ December 14 at 2 PM EST (for rural areas)
  • Bench - December 19 at 1 PM EST (standard)/ December 20 at 1 PM EST (express)
  • Bluenotes - December 16 (standard)/ December 19 (priority)
  • Buffalo Jeans - December 16 (standard in urban areas)/ December 13 (standard for non-major and remote areas)
  • Call it Spring - December 18
  • Crocs - December 14 at 11:59 PM MST (via FedEx)
  • Dynamite - Varies by province and shipping method. See site for details.
  • Gap - December 20 at 11:59 PM EST (standard)/ December 22 at 2 PM EST (1-day shipping)/ December 14 at 2 PM EST (for rural areas)
  • Garage - Varies by province and shipping method. See site for details.
  • Globo - December 18 at 11:59 PM PST (standard)/ December 20 at 11:59 PM PST (express)
  • Guess - December 15 at 9 AM PST (standard)
  • H&M - December 13 at 12 AM EST
  • Hollister - December 19 at 12 PM EST (2-day shipping)
  • Hudson's Bay - Varies by province and shipping method. See site for details.
  • Indigo - Varies by province and shipping method. See site for details.
  • J Crew - December 14 at 12 PM EST
  • Joe Fresh - Varies by province and shipping method. See site for details.
  • La Vie en Rose - December 14
  • London Drugs - Varies by province and shipping method. See site for details.
  • Little Burgundy - December 17
  • Mark's - December 16
  • Old Navy - December 20 at 11:59 PM EST (standard)/ December 22 at 2 PM EST (1-day shipping)/ December 14 at 2 PM EST (for rural areas)
  • Reitmans - December 18 at 11:59 PM EST
  • RW & Co. - December 18 at 11:59 PM EST
  • Sears - December 18 (standard)/ December 19 (priority)/ December 20 (express)
  • Sephora - December 14 at 11:59 PM PST (for select fragrances & restricted items)/ December 17 at 11:59 PM PST (standard)
  • The Source - Varies by province and shipping method. See site for details.
  • Suzy Shier - December 14
  • Toys R Us - Varies by province and shipping method. See site for details.
  • Walmart - Varies by province and shipping method. See site for details.

If you don't see a particular retailer on this list, they may not have provided a holiday shipping deadline yet. We'll keep this list updated as retailers add dates, so keep checking back!

Note that each site provides approximate shipping dates only since volume, location, weather, and other factors could cause further delays. If you're looking to get your order before Christmas, it's best to be safe and order as early as possible!

Holiday

10 Terrible Gift Ideas You Probably Shouldn’t Give to Anyone

10 Terrible Gift Ideas You Probably Shouldn’t Give to Anyone

By Simon Hung

Everybody loves a good gift, but there are times in life when someone deserves a bad gift -- an in-law who likes to throw shade at you when you visit, that guy at work who constantly mispronounces your name, the boss who has never seen Star Wars or that useless person in accounting who couldn't solve your payroll problems for over a month.

You didn’t choose the troll life, the troll life chose you. Whatever your reason, we’re here to help and have 10 poor gift ideas that you probably shouldn’t give to anyone other than your best friends or your worst frenemies.

One-Ply Toilet Paper

Why does this even exist?

Arguably a human rights violation in several nations, one-ply toilet paper should not exist. These atrocities are in shopping malls and office bathrooms everywhere -- likely a conspiracy to keep you from using these bathrooms, because one-ply toilet paper is stupidly delicate and will shred apart when used for anything, leaving you with terrible memories. 24 rolls of the stuff will likely lead to some kind of psychotic break.

Imitation LEGO

LEGO is always a great gift, unless they're fake.

Genuine LEGO is fun for all humans aged one and up, as it's the gold standard when it comes to building blocks. Anything less than real LEGO is an abomination and enthusiasts can be easily triggered with the phrase “LEGO compatible.” Imitation bricks are usually always terrible and never seem to fit perfectly with real LEGO because the build quality is so poor. If anyone happens to tell you that “they’re the same thing,” politely but firmly tell them to get out of your life.

iPod Shuffle

It's small. It's from Apple. It's a bad gift idea.

An iPod Shuffle isn’t the absolute worst thing you can gift someone, but it’s arguably less useful than that $399.00 Apple book. It’s only 2GB, there’s no screen so it’s a pain to navigate, it charges with a flimsy proprietary cable and perhaps worst of all -- you’re forced to use iTunes to manage your music. The iPod Shuffle is a definite oddball and a subscription to Apple Music or Spotify is a much better option. Unless you’re a small child or fine with antiquated technology, friends don’t let friends use the iPod Shuffle.

Gift Cards to Awful Places

When you get a gift card to a store you hate.

Gift cards can be a nice (albeit lazy) gift, but there are a few scenarios where a gift card will forever ruin a friendship. One of these scenarios is giving a gift card to an awful store, forcing your recipient to visit to a dreadful place they wouldn’t otherwise go. A fine example is a Coffee Time gift card, as the universally accepted coffee hierarchy in Canada goes McDonald’s/Second Cup/Starbucks/Tim Hortons > water > Kopi Luwak > Coffee Time.

Gift Cards with a Low Balance

When you get a gift card to your favourite store but it's under $5.00.

Conversely, gift cards to stores like Amazon, Best Buy, Hudson's Bay or any big-name retailer are always a delight to get, because chances are high that you’ll shop at these stores eventually. But delight quickly turns to rage when your recipient checks the balance online, only to realize that the balance is stupidly low and that you’ve essentially gifted them a fancy piece of plastic. Thanks but no thanks.

Cheap, Fluffy Blankets

Don't let its softness fool you, this blanket will drive anyone insane.

Not all blankets are made the same and even the fluffiest of blankets can lead to mild insanity, like this "Super Plush Blanket" from Sears. It looks warm, cozy, soft and comfortable -- until you use it. That’s when little balls of fluff will shed and appear everywhere -- your hair, your carpet, your laundry, your clothes, your pets, your stash of office cookies. It’ll take you months to rid your home of the fluff ball plague and you’ll never want to see the blanket again to avoid another bout of fluff-induced madness.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Fans like to pretend Episode I never existed.

Nine out of ten Star Wars fans agree that The Phantom Menace is the worst Star Wars movie and the one who doesn’t agree is wrong. It’s a cornucopia of awful with too much pod-racing, too much Jake Lloyd and way too much Jar Jar Binks. It may be number one in the chronology, but it’s last in the hearts of many Star Wars fans -- including your gift recipient, who probably won’t ever take it out of the shrink wrap.

Monopoly (Any of them)

Don't let Monopoly destroy your family.

If you ever want to alienate your friends, simply say “Let’s play a game of Monopoly!” Monopoly (or any of its special editions) typically brings out the worst in people -- constant jockeying for power and wealth, frequent backstabbing and betrayal, yelling at your significant other when she makes an under-the-table deal that gives Sarah a monopoly and completely ruins your chance of winning. Anyone who owns Monopoly quickly realizes why they barely play the game after making the regretful decision to play the game.

A Donald Trump Book

We're not sure how he did it either.

Friends who want to stay friends shouldn’t discuss religion or politics and there’s no better way to incite a riot than to talk about the most polarizing figure this year -- the 2016 TIME Magazine Person of the Year, Donald Trump. He’s popular for being unpopular and there are over 40 books in his name that will likely provoke the cliché phrase of “You shouldn’t have…really you shouldn’t have.”

Christmas Décor

The only reason why anyone should have lights up after Christmas.

Unless your gift recipient is a massive fan of Stranger Things or enormously lazy, there is absolutely no reason to have any Christmas decorations up after December 31. It's also extremely likely that any motivation to decorate your home will diminish around mid-December, making gifting any Christmas décor a particularly snide move. Bonus points if the decoration is ugly, like this inflatable Dory that looks nothing like Dory or creepy Yoda.

If you're looking for good gift ideas, be sure to take a look at our Gift Guide page to find not-so-terrible gift-giving inspiration for this holiday season! While you're here, let us know if you've ever received any particularly terrible gifts in the comments!

Amazon Prime Video Now Available in Canada!

Amazon Prime Video Now Available in Canada!

By Simon Hung

Amazon Prime subscribers received an early Christmas present today, as the long-awaited Amazon Prime Video is now available in over 200 countries, including Canada!

Amazon Prime Video is a video streaming service that was previously only available in England and the United States -- click here to view the full press release about the expansion. The service is similar to Netflix and allows you to stream hundreds of movies and TV shows for free if you’re a Prime member!

Amazon’s library doesn’t look quite as extensive as Netflix and there are some titles available on both platforms, but Amazon does have some exclusive titles as well as Amazon Original Series titles including The Grand Tour, The Man in the High Castle, Mozart in the Jungle and more! Curiously, there are some Amazon Originals like the Emmy-award winning Tumble Leaf that do not appear to be available at launch.

Jeremy Clarkson's newest project, The Grand Tour, is available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

Click here to visit the Amazon Prime Video homepage -- simply login with your existing Amazon credentials and you’ll be able to access the entire library. Apps are also available on Android and iOS that let you stream on-the-go and even download titles for offline playback.

This new addition is one of several major perks that Amazon has recently added to their Prime service, which lets members receive free shipping on all orders, one-day delivery in Toronto or Vancouver, 20% off diapers, unlimited photo storage and more!

An Amazon Prime subscription costs $79.00 per year or $39.00 per year for eligible students. Free 30-day trials are available for those who have never used it. Let us know if you’ll be using Amazon Prime Video or if the addition is enough for you to subscribe to Prime. Happy binging!

Boxing Day

Loyalty Points and Rewards Can No Longer Expire in Ontario

Loyalty Points and Rewards Can No Longer Expire in Ontario

By Simon Hung

Shoppers in Ontario can now have some peace of mind when collecting loyalty points, as the Protecting Rewards Points Act went into effect on December 5, which means points and rewards earned through loyalty programs cannot expire.

Air Miles recently reversed their decision to implement a rewards expiration and this act is largely credited with their change of plans, as it would have meant Air Miles would be operating against Ontario law.

This new law encompasses all loyalty programs that operate in Ontario, including Aeroplan, Air Miles, PC Plus, SCENE, Shoppers Optimum, Starbucks Rewards and other programs. If a loyalty program had previously set an expiration date on points or rewards that you've earned, this act invalidates that clause.

All loyalty programs, including Air Miles, can no longer expire rewards in Ontario.

The act can also be applied retroactively on loyalty points that expired on or after October 1, 2016 -- in these cases, the points will go back into your account.

There is one exception -- if there is a second reason, it is still possible for your points to expire. For example, if your agreement states that you must earn or redeem points within two years and you do not, your points could expire because of the combination of time passing and inactivity.

The new law is set to go into full effect in 2017. Although it is effective as of December 5, retailers will have until 2017 to modify their policies and comply with the new law. Until then, the Government of Ontario suggests reviewing your statements regularly to keep track of your points.

Click here to view the full details of the Protecting Rewards Points Act from the Government of Ontario website and let us know how you feel about this new law in the comments.

Boxing Day

Boxing Day 2016 Predictions: What to Expect and What to Buy

Boxing Day 2016 Predictions: What to Expect and What to Buy

By Simon Hung

Nobody likes Mondays, but we'll make an exception on Monday, December 26, because Canada's biggest shopping day is almost here -- Boxing Day.

Last month, we put together a list of Black Friday predictions and while we were right on some predictions and wrong on others, we're taking some of the things we saw during Black Friday and applying them to a new set of RFD Bold Predictions™ for Boxing Day.

We still haven't mastered the art of fortune telling and our Magic 8 Ball is hit-or-miss, but take a look below to read some of the things we expect to see during the biggest shopping day of the year.

General Predictions

  • Doorcrashers -- if you’re willing to brave the crowds, in-store-only doorcrashers will likely be available at many major stores and a great way to snag the best deals, but quantities are usually extremely limited
  • Early birds -- Best Buy will likely hold another “VIP Pre-Sale” where you can buy some items from their Boxing Day sale early. We like the concept but aren’t too fond of the name, because nobody is a VIP when everybody is a VIP
  • Flyers -- you can expect to see a flood of Boxing Day flyers after the first major store releases theirs. We don’t know who it is and when it’ll be, but competitors are usually quick to release flyers after the first shoe drops. Whatever the case, we’ll have them here on RedFlagDeals
If you're willing to wake up early, some of the best deals are in-store-only doorcrashers.
  • The queue -- it’s become a holiday tradition at this point that brings the RFD community together, but Best Buy will have an online queue once their sale begins where you’ll have to angrily wait in a virtual line before spending your money
  • Worse deals? -- Boxing Day generally isn’t celebrated in the US, which means most Canadian stores may not feel the need to offer comparable deals to US stores. We hope we’re wrong and it means retailers will want to offer better deals, but we’ll have to wait and see

Cell Phones

  • Android -- many popular Android phones from Samsung, LG and even the new Pixel saw discounts or gift card bonuses with a two-year contract during Black Friday, so expect to see them on sale again
  • iOS -- all iPhones (including the 7) had some discounts over Black Friday with a two-year contract. We expect similar sales, with the iPhone SE and 6s offering the steepest savings
  • Windows -- if you happen to use Windows 10 Mobile, the Microsoft Store will likely have a sale or include a bonus with the purchase of select Lumia devices

Computers and Tablets

  • Apple products -- we saw very minimal savings on Apple products during Black Friday and it wouldn’t shock us to see the same trend on Boxing Day. You’ll probably find sales on some older generation products, but probably only up to 15% off
  • Microsoft Surface -- Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book both received discounts during Black Friday from a number of stores and they'll likely go on sale again on Boxing Day
Microsoft's Surface tablets will likely see discounts on Boxing Day.
  • Windows laptops -- there will be a plethora of laptops on sale from various retailers, but you can expect to find entry-level models for as little as $200.00, mid-range models for $500.00-$700.00, while laptops with premium add-ons like SSD storage or touchscreens will be $700.00 and up

Home and Appliances

  • Christmas décor -- if you’re the type who likes to shop early (like 364 days early), Christmas décor will be on sale everywhere
  • Major appliances -- there will be sales on standalone major appliances, but you’ll find the most savings if you bundle multiple appliances from specific brands
  • Small appliances -- high-end small appliances from Breville, KitchenAid and other premium brands will likely see big discounts, including the popular Breville Barista Espresso Machine and KitchenAid Stand Mixers

Home Audio and Entertainment

  • Apple Music -- we didn’t see a price cut for Apple Music during Black Friday, but we may see the reported 20% price cut that Apple is “seriously considering”
  • Bluetooth speakers -- we saw a number of Bluetooth speakers go on sale during Black Friday, including popular models like the UE BOOM 2 and Bose SoundLink Mini II, so anyone looking for Bluetooth speakers should wait until Boxing Day
  • Physical media -- many DVD and Blu-ray sets will be on sale at a number of stores, including recent releases, for those who prefer physical media
  • Wired headphones -- Sennheiser HD 598 Cs headphones went on sale during Black Friday and while many RFDers were pleased with the sale, others had hoped to see the open-backed Sennheiser 598 SE on sale instead and there is a chance we’ll see them for around $100.00 on Boxing Day

Peripherals and Accessories

  • Cameras -- GoPro HERO Session bundles are a common sight for sales recently and there’s a good chance that they’ll be on sale again on Boxing Day
  • Peripherals -- many peripherals including the $199.99 (!) Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum mouse went on sale during Black Friday, so look for premium gaming accessories like mechanical keyboards, surround sound headsets and gaming mice on Boxing Day
Gaming peripherals like this $200.00 Logitech G900 mouse are likely to go on sale.
  • Storage -- we’ll likely see discounts on both internal and external computer storage if you need more space to store your selfie collection. Specifically, look for high-capacity external hard drives and internal SSDs to go on sale

Televisions

  • 4K televisions -- with higher demand and more 4K content available, 4K televisions should be a popular item on Boxing Day and expect to see major price cuts on a number of major brands
  • HD televisions -- since 4K televisions have grown in popularity, 1080p televisions should receive steeper discounts than normal on Boxing Day
  • OLED televisions -- one of the most popular threads during Black Friday revolved around OLED televisions and while the prices are tough to swallow, if you’re looking for a television with incredible colour and contrast, be on the lookout for more sales on Boxing Day

Toys

  • Drones -- DJI Phantom 3 and some Phantom 4 drones are likely to go on sale, along with a number of more budget-friendly drones from Parrot and other brands
  • Hatchimals -- the Hatchimals craze is real and some stores may receive stock and even put them on sale once demand diminishes after Christmas
  • LEGO -- you can usually save 20% on LEGO sets at stores like Toys R Us and it wouldn’t shock us to see the same sale. If we’re lucky, the savings might be even more on Boxing Day and not exclude more popular LEGO collections
  • Star Wars -- by Boxing Day, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be in theatres and we’ll probably see discounts on a wide range of Star Wars toys so stores can take full advantage and cash in on the hype

Video Games

  • Microsoft -- the standalone Xbox One S console went as low as $299.00 during Black Friday and we’ll likely see a similar deal on Boxing Day, with bundles probably getting savings of $50.00. The Microsoft Store has a popular promotion where they include an additional Microsoft Store promo code and free game, which we hope to see again
  • Nintendo -- barring a surprise announcement, we don’t expect another special edition 3DS to release on Boxing Day. There’s a chance stock may spring up for the limited-edition handheld or the popular Mini NES Classic Edition, but otherwise look for sales on the standard Nintendo gaming hardware if stock is available
  • Sony -- we’ve seen the slim PS4 go as low as $329.99 recently and there’s a chance it may dip even lower, but we’re more likely to see some bonuses like free games or PlayStation Plus subscriptions. We saw no sales on the new PS4 Pro during Black Friday and chances are slim that we’ll see any discounts on Sony’s latest flagship until 2017
  • Steam -- Steam has historically held a Holiday/Winter sale over the Christmas break, so expect to see another one this year

Wearables

  • Apple Watch -- we didn’t see any Apple Watch sales aside from Apple themselves on Black Friday. We don’t expect the Apple Store to hold a Boxing Day sale, but we’re hoping to see at least some discounts on the Apple Watch, even though it seems unlikely
There were barely any Apple Watch sales on Black Friday, but we hope that changes on Boxing Day..
  • Fitbit -- Fitbit fitness trackers went on sale at multiple stores during Black Friday (including some of their new products) and we expect the same thing on Boxing Day
  • Pebble -- Pebble was recently acquired by Fitbit, who intends to shut down Pebble operations. While this does mean Pebble products will likely get discounts, it is somewhat of a gamble to purchase them as product support will be limited

What are you looking to buy on Boxing Day? Will you brave the weather and shop in-stores or online? Leave a comment with your thoughts and stay tuned to RedFlagDeals for the latest in Boxing Day news, flyers, tips and more as we inch closer to the biggest shopping day of the year!