Welcome to the weirdest Boxing Day ever? Certainly (in Canada) one of the most different Boxing Days in my lifetime. In most of Canada, most storefronts are only open for pickup. Will this somehow blunt the Frenzy that is Boxing Day? We shall see, but I suspect On-Line Boxing Day will be crazy. I feel for the delivery folks over the next few days.

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When we first moved to Ottawa, Boxing Day was a day of rest. No stores were open, but that slowly started changing. I grew up in Montreal and there, stores opened at Noon on Boxing Day, and then it was a bit of a mad house. Up until this year, Ottawa would be a mad house starting at 8 AM, with sales and huge lineups.

Is it all worth it?

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Previous Boxing Days?

I have written on the topic of Boxing Day a few times.

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Boxing Day Mayhem

By the time you read this, the mayhem that is Boxing Day will have already begun. People will have stayed up most of the night trying to get bargains or reasons to spend any money they got for Christmas, but keep this piece of advice in mind (from our friends at Bro Tips):

and also remember my advice from a while back too:

Also very True
Also very True

Spend wisely and Respect Each Other

The people working today, are there to serve you, but that doesn’t mean you get to treat them like dirt, show them respect and thank them for being there today.

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One Thing You Can Buy on Boxing Day

So a while ago I spoke about how Anti-Virus software is needed but the pricing trickery is ridiculous.

Yesterday on Boxing Day here in Ottawa that point was driven home like a nail from a pneumatic nail gun.

I have noticed that the Boxing Day sales regularly have Anti-Virus software on sale so I decided I was going to wait and see what might happen with the sales.

Sure enough our Amigos at Future Shop delivered and had Norton 360 on Sale for $29.99, for 3 machines and for a 15 month subscription (remember to renew for 1 machine for 12 months was going to cost $79.99), so my patience seems to have paid off. I checked the Norton site and they had a Boxing Day sale for the same product (3 licenses Norton 360) for $69.99 (wow).

I guess we can add Anti-Virus software that you can purchase at the Boxing Day madhouse.

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Boxing Day Advice

Happy Boxing Day! You have managed to make it through Christmas Day, and now you must figure out whether you are a Boxing Day person or not. Remember the Boxing Day Main Event is You vs. Your Debt, so don’t add to it! (yes I realize that Boxing day has nothing to do with pugilism)

Things Not To Buy on Boxing Day

As a public service, here is a list of things that you should not buy on Boxing Day:

Truly Xmas Crap
Truly Xmas Crap
  • A pet or any kind of pet larger than a gerbil, the SPCA is full of animals that were bought on a whim. Are there boxing day pet sales?
  • Wrapping paper or any kind of Christmas decorations, you are not getting a good deal, you are taking steps towards being a full-out hoarder. I don’t care if the stuff is free, you have to store it, you’ll forget about it and if you are lucky throw it out, keep your money!
  • A car. Seriously, you are buying something over $20,000 on a boxing day sale? If you can impulse buy something that is that expensive, you really have a problem.
  • Construction supplies, unless you are about to build a new house, 20 sheets of dry wall for $2 a sheet cheaper is not a deal!
  • A frozen turkey, it’s not going to keep until next Christmas, you will waste more money on the electricity keeping it cold in your freezer.

What is Acceptable to Buy on Boxing Day

  • Presents for 2nd or 3rd Christmas. If anyone has an extended family and more than 1 Christmas, Boxing Day is a fantastic day to get your Christmas Shopping finished (if you have a list).
  • Something that your Grandparents gave you money to buy. I used to get a picture of something and was told to buy it at the Boxing Day sales (good idea).

The question you must ask yourself today is, “Do I really need to go stand in line with a bunch of crazy people to buy something that you aren’t sure you need“.

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Boxing Day Sales and What is the Price?!?

Wasn’t it Just Black Friday?

In October I was being inundated with e-mails about on line Black Friday sales, then Christmas sales in November, and now there are Boxing Day sales that have already started and it isn’t even Christmas yet? What is the rush folks?

The sales push has gone to the Ridiculous level, and yesterday I go to a local grocery store and they have pretty much taken down all of their Christmas decorations in preparation for the next big thing (Valentine’s Day I think is next). This is a smaller store, which relies on higher turn over of product, and more likely than not will not have a Boxing Day Blowout Sale because they don’t stock much non-grocery articles, but still 1 lousy display for Christmas?

I suppose if the Retailers had a sign up that said, Generic Blow Out Sale we might actually catch on to their need to constantly entice us in to buy things, however, I am curious to see what the sale types will be in January? Post-Christmas blow out sales? Back to School? Pre-Spring?

The other question that keeps arising is, if there is always a sale on, what is the regular price of anything? It ends up being like shopping at the Bay, where the price you see on any product is not what you are going to pay at the cash register. Every time I buy a pair of trousers at the Bay (now usually this is scratch ‘n save weekend), the price on the trousers (which is already a sales price), then drops because of the scratch card, and then some unknown discount is thrown on as well. For a while I thought I was getting a great price, but now I wonder how can I compare prices if the price I see is never valid (or the final price)?

Airline Profits Soar

Another interesting piece of news yesterday was that Airline profits are at 10 year highs, another industry where you never really know the price of anything is, it certainly has nothing to do with advertised prices. I have written about the tricks of Airline pricing before, but now it has gone off the charts in terms of hidden charges and costs. Hearing that the industry is now profitable, even though fuel prices continue to rise, I have got to wonder if all those landing surcharges and such are really what they claim they are (let alone the baggage charges). Wonder if the folks stranded at Heathrow are happy to hear about these profits?

How can you figure out the best price for anything any more?

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