2016 Black Friday Tips

Black Friday 2016: Is it Worth it to Shop in the United States on Black Friday?

Black Friday 2016: Is it Worth it to Shop in the United States on Black Friday?

By Simon Hung

November 16, 2016

Once upon a time, Black Friday was a convenient excuse for many Canadians to head south of the border to shop, but with the sagging dollar, that trend seems to have diminished significantly. In fact, only 20% of users who voted in our poll are planning a trip to the US this year in our roundup of American Black Friday flyers.

We did one of these comparisons last year and we’re doing another one for 2016 with five deals from a few American Black Friday flyers to see if it’s really worth it to take an impromptu road trip on November 25. In our analysis, we considered items with savings of over $100.00 vs. comparable Canadian products "worth it," but there are some caveats we'll mention at the end.

We made some conservative estimates for the adjusted CAD pricing of each deal we examined:

  • Currency conversions were made via Google Finance, but your bank will likely convert at a higher rate
  • A round trip gas cost of $20.00 CAD was added, using a trip from Toronto to Buffalo as reference
  • Sales tax, duties and extra costs like meals and parking are not included

Best Buy

Product
USD Price (Adjusted CAD Price)
Comparable Canadian Product
Worth it?
Dyson V6 Animal Stick Vacuum$299.99 USD ($422.00 CAD)$599.99 at Hudson's Bay
iRobot Roomba 655 Vacuum$279.99 USD ($395.00 CAD)$399.99 at Costco.ca
PlayStation 4 500GB Uncharted 4 Bundle$249.99 USD ($355.00 CAD)$379.99 at Best Buy
Samsung 50” 4K Smart TV$397.99 USD ($554.00 CAD)$899.99 at Best Buy
Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft Bundle$249.99 USD ($355.00 CAD)$379.00 at the Microsoft Store

Target

Product
USD Price (Adjusted CAD Price)
Comparable Canadian Product
Worth it?
Apple iPad Air 2, 32GB Wi-Fi$274.00 USD ($389.00 CAD)$499.00 at the Apple Store
Apple iPad Pro, 9.7”, 32GB Wi-Fi$449.00 USD ($623.00 CAD)$799.00 at the Apple Store
Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones$119.99 USD ($180.00 CAD)$229.99 at Best Buy
Hisense 50” 4K TV$249.99 USD ($355.00 CAD)$699.99 at The Source
Samsung 55” 4K Curved Smart TV$697.99 USD ($957.00 CAD)$1499.99 at Best Buy

Walmart

Product
USD Price (Adjusted CAD Price)
Comparable Canadian Product
Worth it?
Apple iPad mini 2, 32GB Wi-Fi$199.00 USD ($287.00 CAD)$329.00 at the Apple Store
Dyson V6 Slim Cordless Vacuum$196.00 USD ($283.00 CAD)$399.99 at Best Buy
Philips 55” 4K Smart TV$298.00 USD ($420.00 CAD)$799.99 at Best Buy
Samsung 65” 1080p Smart TV$798.00 USD ($1089.00 CAD)$1699.99 at Costco.ca
WD My Passport 2TB External Hard Drive$69.00 USD ($112.00 CAD)$119.00 at Staples

As expected, televisions appear to be the product that offers the greatest value with a trip to the US, with upwards of $600.00 CAD in savings in our basic comparison. Another product worth noting is the 9.7" iPad Pro, as there is the potential to save upwards of $150.00 CAD at Best Buy or Target and prices for Apple products in Canada are inflated and don't usually get significant discounts. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One S consoles don't appear to be worth a trip, as the savings are fairly meager and include mediocre extras. Finally, it's important to remember that potential duties when declaring products may drive up the cost even more and we're still awaiting Canadian Black Friday flyers to trickle in, so most of the comparable Canadian products are listed at regular price instead of a potential sale price.

Do these comparisons make you want to brave the madness that is American Black Friday? Let us know what you think and what you're looking to buy this Black Friday and stay tuned to RedFlagDeals for more Black Friday news, flyers and tips!

10 More Holiday Gift Ideas for Geeks

10 More Holiday Gift Ideas for Geeks

By Ambia Staley

November 14, 2016

The holiday season is fast approaching, which may mean that once again you're looking at that geek on your shopping list and dreading picking something out for them. Their lectures about which Star Trek captain is the best, or why Michael Bay ruined Transformers may go over your head, but just because you don't follow their passions doesn't mean they are impossible to shop for -- actually it can be the opposite! While getting an adult a brand new Optimum Prime figure or Pikachu plushie may receive a lukewarm reception at best, with some clever thinking you can pick up some great gifts that show off your loved one's favourite series, movies, or games, while staying age-appropriate.

If you've got no idea where to get started, there's no need to worry, as we've put together a handy list of 10 gift ideas for geeks!

Before you check out this year's list, be sure to take a look at last year's list of holiday gift ideas for geeks, which includes tips on what to buy and what not to buy for geeks who are part of the most popular fandoms including Star Wars, Doctor Who, Disney, and more.

Without further ado, here's our list of 10 more items to buy for that special geek on your Christmas list!


1. Pokemon

Pokemon is something that has never completely vanished from popularity, but it's seeing a massive resurgence this year with the release of Pokemon GO on mobile, Pokemon Sun & Moon on the 3DS, and a bevvy of other new toy and card releases. If your friend or loved one is still riding the Pokemon GO wave, you can gift them with something like this keychain or pendant which shows off their team of choice. 2016 also marks Pokemon's 20th anniversary, so you can indulge some childhood nostalgia with accessories like this bracelet & necklace which show off your loved one's favourite Generation 1 starter Pokemon.


2. Transformers

Transformers is one of those franchises that is deeply rooted in the childhood of many people. However, even if people are still in love with the franchise, it doesn't mean that they want a bunch of toys hanging around their house. Additionally, while it may seem like an innocent gift, many long-time Transformers fans are not overly fond of the Michael Bay live-action movies. If you're unsure of exactly who the recipient's favourite Autobots and Decepticons are, they might enjoy a general gift like these cufflinks, or this special Autobot grille for their car.


3. The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda was briefly touched on in last year's Geek Guide, but since the game series has a wide and dedicated fan base it's worth expanding on a bit more. Shopping for Zelda fans is not too hard, as the franchise is currently celebrating it's 30th anniversary, meaning there are a lot of new collector's items to choose from. Music is one of the most popular components of the game series, so gifting this 30th Anniversary Music Collection featuring pieces from the first game through Triforce Heroes is sure to be a hit. As time is a recurring theme in quite a few Zelda games, you can also pick up great items like this leather wristwatch, or clock, which will help your Geek finish all their tasks before the moon falls.


4. The Lord of the Rings

Since the release of the very first Lord of the Rings movie 15 years ago, the fandom of the beloved book series has seen a huge increase in followers immersing themselves in all things Middle Earth. Most people are likely to own all the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies by now, but you'll have no problem finding a number of other gifts perfect for adults. This Lord of the Rings art book contains a complete collection of sketches, drawings, paintings, and maps by series author J.R.R. Tolkien and will be sure to mesmerize anyone. If you want to go the jewellery route, there are plenty of alternatives to gifting something predictable like The One Ring, such as this sterling silver replica of Arwen's pendant.


5. Back to the Future

Back to the Future is one of those films that are still beloved by many, even decades after its release. The first movie celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, and recently the film has been seeing a resurgence in the media with people commenting on how its predictions of the future have been mirrored in recent news events. If you know a Back to the Future fan, you can gift them with nifty items like this Flux Capacitor USB Car Charger which plugs into a car's cigarette lighter, allowing them to charge their gadgets. If they'd prefer a good read, you can also pick up the Back To The Future: The Ultimate Visual History book which gives them a look into creation process of the films.


6. Legend of Korra

The sequel series to Avatar The Last Airbender actually had a fan base made up largely of adults, however there is not much merchandise to choose from that's not a toy or figure. If the recipient is a fan of the show's visual style, they might enjoy one of Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series books. There are 4 books in total, one for each season, that include a look at the creative process behind the show as well as never-before-seen artwork. Alternatively you can pick up something like this Legend of Korra Shot Glass Set, or the Legend of Korra Coaster Set, each with different pieces decorated with the main bending elements.


7. Studio Ghibli Movies

Studio Ghibli is a favourite among those of all ages for both the visually appealing animation and magnetic stories in each film. If you've got a loved one who adores movies like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Kiki's Delivery Service, you'll have a pretty easy time finding tons of great products online to gift them with this holiday season. If the recipient is a gardener, they'll love this sculpture of tree elves from Princess Mononoke to accessorize their garden. For inside the home, you can pick up home decor items with subtle Ghibli film touches, like this Kiki's Delivery Service Cafe Curtain featuring the adorable Jiji, or this My Neighbor Totoro Door Mat.


8. Sherlock

Anyone who has dipped a toe into the dark hole known as Tumblr, is well aware that BBC's Sherlock is one of the 3 ruling fandoms on the site, more commonly known as SuperWhoLock (Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock). If you know anyone who is a fan of the series, you can pick them up funny items like this coffee mug or t-shirt featuring some of Sherlock's best quotes from the series, or you can encourage their artistic side with this Sherlock Adult Colouring Book.


9. Supernatural

Supernatural may not be well known outside of Tumblr, where it is one of the site's most popular fandoms (along with Sherlock and Doctor Who), but the series does have a fairly dedicated fan base which has kept it on the air for 12 seasons so far. If you know anyone that is a fan of the television show, there are quite a few items they'll love in their collection, such as Family Business T-shirt with the Winchester brothers' motto, or this large hardcover journal in which they can record all their thoughts. Alternatively, if the recipient is into the lore of the different monsters, demons, angels, and other supernatural forces explored in the series, they can read up on them in Bobby Singer's Guide to Hunting, or The Supernatural Book Of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, And Ghouls.


10. Yu-Gi-Oh!

Like Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh! is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. While the craze may have died down since the original series ended, it is seeing a bit of a resurgence this year with a new movie and products. If you want to get some bonus points for invoking some nostalgia, you can pick up some great items like Duel Art: Kazuki Takahashi Yu-gi-oh! Illustrations, an art book featuring both old and new artwork from original creator of the series. Alternatively, this Millennium Item Pendant Set is a great gift choice for any fan of the original series, as they can slip a mini-sized version of their favourite Millennium items into their wardrobe as an accessory.

Once again, be sure to check out last year's Holiday Geek Gift Guide for more shopping ideas, as most fandoms on last year's list can be applied to gift giving this year as well!

Do you consider yourself a geek? What are some of the best or worst gifts you've received from loved ones trying to support your fandom? Let us know in the comments!

Black Friday Mall Hours Across Canada 2016

By Kate Musgrove

November 11, 2016

Black Friday is coming, which means it’s time to start changing your sleep habits, because come November 25, 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.

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.

+ Alberta - Alberta

Calgary
Chinook Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Crossiron Mills, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Market Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunridge Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Edmonton
Kingsway Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Londonderry Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Southgate Centre, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
West Edmonton Mall, 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Lethbridge
Park Place Mall, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Rocky View
Crossiron Mills, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

+ British Columbia - British Columbia

Burnaby
Lougheed Town Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Metropolis at Metrotown, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Coquitlam
Coquitlam Centre, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Nanaimo
Woodgrove Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Richmond
Richmond Centre, 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Surrey
Guildford Town Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Vancouver
Oakridge Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Pacific Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

West Vancouver
Park Royal, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

+ Manitoba - Manitoba

Winnipeg
Kildonan Place, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Polo Park, 7:00 AM – 9:30 PM
St. Vital Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

+ New Brunswick - New Brunswick

Dieppe
Champlain Place, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Saint John
Lancaster Mall, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

+ Newfoundland - Newfoundland

St. John's
Avalon Mall, 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM

+ Nova Scotia - Nova Scotia

Dartmouth
Mic Mac Mall, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

+ Ontario - Ontario

Belleville
Quinte Mall, 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Brampton
Bramalea City Centre, 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Shoppers World Brampton, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Burlington
Burlington Mall, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Mapleview Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Cambridge
Cambridge Centre, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Etobicoke
Woodbine Centre and Fantasy Fair, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Guelph
Stone Road Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Hamilton
Lime Ridge Mall, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Kingston
Cataraqui Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Kitchener
Fairview Park Mall, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

London
Masonville Place, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
White Oaks Mall, 7:00 AM – 9:30 PM

Markham
Markville Shopping Centre, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Mississauga
Dixie Outlet Mall, 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Erin Mills Town Centre, 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM


Sheridan Centre, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM


Square One Shopping Centre, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Newmarket
Upper Canada Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

North Bay
Northgate Square Shopping Centre, 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Ottawa

Bayshore Shopping Centre, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Place D’Orleans, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Rideau Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
St. Laurent Centre, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Pickering
Pickering Town Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:30 PM

Richmond Hill
Hillcrest Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Sarnia
Lambtown Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM


Sault Ste. Marie Station Mall, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Scarborough
Scarborough Town Centre, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

St. Catharines
The Pen Centre, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Sudbury
New Sudbury Centre, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Thornhill
The Promenade Shopping Centre, 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Toronto
Cedarbrae Mall, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Centerpoint Mall, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Dufferin Mall, 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Eaton Centre, 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Fairview Mall, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sherway Gardens, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Vaughan
Vaughan Mills, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Waterloo
Conestoga Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Welland
Seaway Mall, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Windsor
Devonshire Mall, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

+ Quebec - Quebec

Laval
Carrefour Laval, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Montreal
Centre Eaton, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Les Galeries D'Anjou, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Pointe-Claire
Fairview Pointe-Claire, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Saint-Bruno
Promenades Saint-Bruno, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

+ Saskatchewan - Saskatchewan

Regina
Cornwall Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Saskatoon
The Centre, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM
The Mall at Lawson Heights, 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Check back often, as we’ll be updating this list frequently to update times and include those big omissions as we inch closer to the big day.

Did we miss a mall? Let us know in the comments and we'll add it to our list as soon as possible! Happy shopping!

US Black Friday 2016 Flyers for Best Buy, Costco, Target and Walmart

US Black Friday 2016 Flyers for Best Buy, Costco, Target and Walmart

By Simon Hung

November 11, 2016

Start saving and play Rebecca Black's “Friday” on repeat, because Black Friday is nearly here and we’ve uploaded a few US Black Friday flyers from Best Buy, Costco, Target and Walmart to give you a peek at some of the wild, wacky and wonderful deals our American friends get to shop for on November 25!

We’ve listed ten notable deals from each flyer to give you a rough idea of the offers we may expect from Canadian stores. Note that all pricing is listed in US Dollars.

Best Buy

  • $125.00 off all Apple iPad Air 2 and 9.7" iPad Pro models
  • Apple 27” 5K iMac with Intel Core i5 Processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB Hard Drive - $1599.99 (regularly $1799.99)
  • Dyson V6 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum - $299.99 (regularly $499.99)
  • iRobot Roomba 655 Robot Vacuum - $279.99 (regularly $429.99)
  • LG 43” 4K Smart TV - $299.99 (regularly $499.99)
  • PlayStation 4 500GB Slim Console with Uncharted 4 and Two FREE Games - $249.99 (regularly $299.99)
  • Samsung 50” 4K Smart TV - $397.99 (regularly $649.99)
  • Sharp 55” 1080p Smart TV - $249.99 (regularly $499.99)
  • Toshiba 55” 4K Smart TV with PlayStation 4 Pro - $749.98 (regularly $949.98)
  • Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft Bundle - $249.99 (regularly $299.99)

Costco

  • $40.00 off UE Boom Bluetooth Portable Speaker
  • $50.00 off Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft Bundle
  • $50.00 off PlayStation 4 500GB Slim Console with Uncharted 4 and Two DualShock 4 Controllers
  • $60.00 off VIZIO SmartCast Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer
  • $70.00 off Netgear AC3000 WiFi Router
  • $105.00 off Dyson V6 Motorhead+ Cordless Rechargeable Stick Vacuum
  • $150.00 off HP Pavilion 23.8” 1080p Touchscreen All-in-One Desktop with Intel Core i5 Processor
  • $160.00 off Dyson Ball Complete Upright Vacuum
  • $250.00 off Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Bundle with Intel Core i5 Processor, Surface Pen and Surface Pro Type Cover
  • $300.00 off Dell XPS 13.3” QHD Laptop with Intel Core i7 Processor

Target

  • Apple iPad Air 2 - From $274.00 (regularly from $399.99)
  • Apple iPad Pro, 9.7” - From $449.00 (regularly from $599.99)
  • Beats PowerBeats Wireless Earphones - $89.99 (regularly $199.99)
  • Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones - $119.99 (regularly $299.99)
  • Dyson Ball Origin Upright Vacuum - $199.99 (regularly $349.99)
  • Hisense 50” 4K TV - $249.99
  • Hoover Quest 700 Robotic Vacuum - $199.99 (regularly $349.99)
  • PlayStation 4 500GB Slim Console with Uncharted 4 - $249.99 (regularly $299.99)
  • Samsung 55” 4K Curved Smart TV - $697.99 with FREE $70.00 Target Gift Card (regularly $1099.99)
  • Xbox One S 500GB Battlefield 1 or Minecraft Bundle - $249.99 with FREE $40.00 Target Gift Card (regularly $299.99)

Walmart

  • Apple iPad mini 2, Wi-Fi, 32GB - $199.00 (regularly $269.00)
  • Dyson V6 Slim Cordless Vacuum - $196.00 (regularly $269.00)
  • Hitachi 65” 4K TV - $599.00 (regularly $999.00)
  • Philips 55” 4K Smart TV - $298.00
  • PlayStation 4 500GB Slim Console with Uncharted 4 - $249.00 with FREE $30.00 Walmart Gift Card (regularly $299.00)
  • Samsung 50” 4K Smart TV - $398.00 (regularly $628.00)
  • Samsung 65” 1080p Smart TV - $798.00 (regularly $998.00)
  • Xbox One S 500GB Battlefield 1 Bundle - $249.00 (regularly $299.00)
  • Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft Bundle with Bonus Controller - $279.00 (regularly $299.00)
  • WD My Passport 2TB External Hard Drive - $69.00

Observations

  • Console savings appear to be the similar, with some bonuses like gift cards or extra games
  • No standalone PlayStation 4 Pro deals, aside from the television bundle at Best Buy
  • Minimal deals on Apple products -- Apple Watch Series 1 and iPad Air 2 are on sale at multiple stores
  • LOTS of offers on CD, Blu-ray and DVD entertainment
  • An unusually high number of vacuum deals -- perhaps a sign that the deals suck?

Big-ticket items like televisions still dominate the flyers, but the overall trend seems to be having quantity over quality as three of four flyers are upwards of 50 pages. The best deals worth considering are mostly televisions -- for example, the Samsung 50" 4K Smart TV is available for $397.99 (approximately $550.00 CAD) at Best Buy and Walmart, while similar models in Canada hover around $800.00 CAD when they're on sale.

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With the sagging dollar, precarious market conditions and crazy crowds, it may be better to shop in Canada this Black Friday to protect your wallet (and your sanity).

We'll get a clearer picture on the value of shopping in the US once Canadian Black Friday flyers are released, but in the meantime, vote in our poll or leave a comment with your thoughts on these American Black Friday flyers and stay tuned to RedFlagDeals for more Black Friday news, flyers and tips!

Black Friday 2016 Predictions: What to Expect and What to Buy

Black Friday 2016 Predictions: What to Expect and What to Buy

By Simon Hung

November 3, 2016

Time flies like the wind. Fruit flies like a banana.

It feels like summer was just yesterday, but it’s already November and our American friends will be celebrating Thanksgiving on November 24 -- or as we in Canada like to call it: Thursday.

That means Black Friday 2016 is almost here and shoppers may be wondering what to look for this year. Unfortunately, we haven’t mastered the art of time travel and we frittered away our time machine budget on Häagen-Dazs and Hatchimals.

To make up for it, we’ve listed a few RFD Bold Predictions™ with some products that we may see on sale come November 25 on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Store Initiatives

  • Amazon Prime -- it’s no secret that Amazon has made moves to increase Prime subscribers (Exhibit A, Exhibit B) and we could see some Prime-exclusive deals on Black Friday
  • Currency -- our dollar hasn't been performing well and we could see slightly inflated sale pricing with the sagging dollar as the main reason
  • Fewer lava hot deals -- as stores become more stringent on pricing to avoid wild price errors and the “RFD Effect,” we may see a decline in deals of the “lava hot” variety and more mild deals
Dear retailers, stop this.
  • In-store only deals -- with the rise of online shopping, it’s less common to see people line up on the Thursday before Black Friday. To get people into stores, we may see more in-store only offers, including the dreaded “this price is too hot to print” price tag

Cell Phones

  • Android -- those who use Android should be able to find the Nexus 5X or 6P on sale with the recent release of Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL
  • iPhone -- if you want an iPhone with a headphone jack, you may be in luck, as the iPhone 6 and 6s should see increased discounts with a contract or include bonuses like a gift card from carriers and major stores
  • Other -- phones running Windows 10 Mobile or Blackberry are almost guaranteed to see discounts, as these mobile operating systems are struggling to stay afloat in a market dominated by Android and iOS

Computers and Tablets

  • Apple iPad -- in early September, Apple doubled iPad storage and reduced the prices of the iPad Pro by up to $150.00. iPads with 16GB or 64GB of storage were discontinued, so stores with excess stock may slash prices to get rid of them
  • Apple MacBook -- Apple recently introduced new MacBook Pro laptops and discontinued the 11.6” MacBook Air. As a result, expect to see modest discounts on last year’s MacBook Pro and 11.6” MacBook Air as stores clear inventory
  • Microsoft Surface -- similarly, with Microsoft’s announcement of updated Surface products, older models should see a price cut
  • Other computers -- computers with Intel’s new seventh-generation processors (codenamed Kaby Lake) are currently rolling out, so we should see some discounts on computers with previous-generation Skylake, Haswell or Broadwell processors

Home Audio and Entertainment

  • Apple Music -- there have been reports that Apple is “seriously considering” a 20% price cut to Apple Music. While it’s reportedly likely to happen before Christmas, we could get lucky and see a discount on Black Friday so Apple can gauge the interest of a cheaper price to their streaming music service
  • Beats headphones -- older Beats headphones without Apple’s new W1 chip should see modest price cuts. Sound quality aside, if you’re looking to snag a pair of these trendy headphones, Black Friday may be the perfect time
  • Bluetooth headphones -- Bluetooth headphones have steadily decreased in price as the technology becomes popular. Specifically, JayBird X2 headphones should see price cuts with the release of the new JayBird X3. In fact, the X3 launched at a lower MSRP than the previous generation, so either model should provide a great value for those looking for a set of well-regarded wireless headphones
  • Media streamers -- as more televisions become “smart” and integrate apps into their interface, media streamers like the Chromecast, Roku Stick and Apple TV have become slightly redundant, so we expect sales on a few of them
  • Physical media -- with the decline of physical discs and the rise of streaming, we should see a plethora of sales on DVD and Blu-ray sets across a number of stores
Many users love pointing out the Black Friday price of Sennheiser's HD 598 headphones.
  • Wired headphones -- the popular Sennheiser HD 598 headphones are usually priced around $100.00 on Amazon.ca during Black Friday. In fact, many forum members are quick to quip “Wait until Black Friday” whenever the headphones are posted to the Hot Deals forum outside of the marquee shopping season

Peripherals and Accessories

  • Cameras -- GoPro HERO3+ and HERO4 action cameras should be priced lower after GoPro recently released their new HERO5 line
  • External hard drives -- Western Digital recently unveiled re-designed, higher capacity external hard drives, which mean previous generation models with the old design should drop in price
  • Gaming peripherals -- RGB lighting has become a popular trend with many manufacturers including Logitech and Razer, which also gives them a convenient excuse to raise prices on headsets, keyboards and mice with multi-coloured lighting. If you don’t care about fancy lighting (Who needs lighting on a headset anyways?), you’ll likely find the standard models for significantly less

Televisions

  • Dumb televisions -- with the growing popularity of smart TVs, “dumb” TVs should see discounts during Black Friday
  • HD televisions -- a very popular item during any marquee holiday sale, we should see savings on a number of 720p and 1080p televisions with 4K growing in popularity

Toys

  • LEGO -- Walmart’s legendary 1500-piece LEGO Creative box may reappear, as they’ve had the same popular set on sale for the past two years. Past sales aren’t necessarily an indicator of future sales, but many LEGO enthusiasts are hoping history repeats itself with this particular set
You could save on toys from The Force Awakens with Rogue One taking the spotlight this year.
  • Star Wars -- many Star Wars fans have already boarded the hype train for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, including toy manufacturers, as tie-in toys were released in September. As a result, toys from Star Wars: The Force Awakens may be discounted in addition to Jar Jar Binks figures (in fairness, all Jar Jar toys have been priced-to-clear since 1999)

Video Games

  • Controllers -- both Microsoft and Sony include new, tweaked controllers with their new consoles, so look for older models to be priced lower
  • LEGO Dimensions -- older LEGO Dimensions expansion packs from last year may be reduced by 50% at a number of stores as newer level packs have been released
  • Microsoft -- the very pretty, very sleek Xbox One S will likely see some discounts, as many stores have been occasionally holding sales on the console with savings of $50.00 on many bundles. “Fat” Xbox One bundles will almost certainly be discounted as stores will try to clear inventory of the older model
  • Nintendo -- following the announcement of the Nintendo Switch, there have been unconfirmed reports that Nintendo will stop production of Wii U consoles this year, so expect to see sales on the console if you want one to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in 2017
  • Sony -- the PlayStation 4 Pro is finally launching on November 10, so don’t expect to see any discounts on their latest flagship console. However, there’s a good chance we’ll see discounts on standard slim PS4 bundles as well as older “fat” PS4 bundles if stores have stock
Steam users can expect to spend a little money during the Black Friday Steam sale.
  • Steam -- PC gamers should expect to see a Steam sale, as Steam has historically held massive storewide sales in recent years on Black Friday

Wearables

  • Apple Watch -- with the Apple Watch Series 2 release in September, we could see the Series 1 and “Series 0” models discounted as the wearables market has yet to take off. “Series 0” is the unofficial name of the original single-core Apple Watch, as Apple upgraded the processors and gave the updated models the Series 1 moniker
  • Fitbit -- new Fitbits were released earlier this year, which means older Fitbit fitness trackers should be priced lower at a number of stores
  • Pebble -- Pebble recently released the Pebble 2, the new iteration of the popular Pebble smartwatch. As a result, you could see sales on the original Pebble and Pebble Time

Are there any products you're looking to buy this Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Leave a comment with the products you think we'll see on sale this year and stay tuned to RedFlagDeals for the latest in Black Friday news, flyers, tips and more as we inch closer to one of the biggest shopping days of the year!

RFD Pro Tips for Cyber Monday Shopping Online

RFD Pro Tips for Cyber Monday Shopping Online

By Kate Musgrove

November 30, 2015

As every hardcore RFD reader knows, Black Friday takes place the Friday after American Thanksgiving. This year it’s November 27. Cyber Monday is the Monday following Thanksgiving and this year it's November 30. If you're not a hardcore RFD reader and you haven’t shopped Cyber Monday or Black Friday online before, here are a few tips:

Online 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.

Canada vs. USA: Is Black Friday Worth a Trip South of the Border?

Canada vs. USA: Is Black Friday Worth a Trip South of the Border?

By Simon Hung

November 19, 2015

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.

Earlier this week, we looked at some of the American Black Friday deals -- some of us are envious, others are angry while the rest of us are tearfully singing “I Want It That Way.”

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.

Some things to note:

  • Currency conversions were made via XE.com
  • A round trip gas cost of $20.00 CAD was added to prices, using a trip from Toronto to Buffalo (estimated via TorontoGasPrices.com) as reference
  • The cheapest model was chosen for products with multiple options
  • Sales tax was not included

Best Buy US

Acer 11.6" Chromebook with Intel Celeron Processor, 2GB Memory and 16GB SSD - $99.99 USD ($152.59 CAD)
Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack - $39.99 USD ($73.04 CAD)
PS4 Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Console - $299.99 USD ($417.79 CAD)
Samsung 40" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV - $279.99 USD ($399.30 CAD)
Toshiba 49" 1080p HDTV - $149.99 USD ($219.00 CAD)
Xbox One Gears of War Ultimate Edition Console Bundle - $299.99 USD ($417.79 CAD)

Target US

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.

Walmart US

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!

RFD Pro Tip: Use the App To Find Coupons While You Wait In Line!

RFD Pro Tip: Use the App To Find Coupons While You Wait In Line!

By James Astor

November 19, 2015

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.

1. Download the latest version of the RedFlagDeals app from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android).

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!
Black Friday Shopping Survival Guide (Here's What Not to Do!)

Black Friday Shopping Survival Guide (Here's What Not to Do!)

By Kate Musgrove

November 16, 2015

We've already covered some great tips for Black Friday shopping online -- here's a rundown of what to do if you're shopping in-store on Black Friday for the first time.

  • 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 Mall Hours Across Canada

Black Friday Mall Hours Across Canada

By Simon Hung

November 12, 2015

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.

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.

+ Alberta - Alberta

Calgary
Chinook Centre, 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Market Mall, 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Southcentre Mall, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunridge Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
The Core, 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM

Edmonton
Edmonton City Centre, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Kingsway Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Londonderry Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Northgate Centre, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Southgate Centre, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
West Edmonton Mall, 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Lethbridge
Park Place Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Rocky View
Crossiron Mills, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

+ British Columbia - British Columbia

Burnaby
Brentwood Town Centre, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Lougheed Town Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Metropolis at Metrotown, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Coquitlam
Coquitlam Centre, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Kelowna
Orchard Park, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Nanaimo
Woodgrove Centre, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Prince George
Pine Centre, 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Richmond
Lansdowne Centre, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Richmond Centre, 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Surrey
Central City, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Guildford Town Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Vancouver
Oakridge Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Pacific Centre, 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

West Vancouver
Park Royal, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

+ Manitoba - Manitoba

Brandon
Brandon Shoppers Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Hargrave
Cityplace, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Winnipeg
Grant Park Shopping Centre, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Kildonan Place, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Polo Park, 7:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Portage Place, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
St. Vital Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

+ New Brunswick - New Brunswick

Dieppe
Champlain Place, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Saint John
Brunswick Square, 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Lancaster Mall, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
McAllister Place, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

+ Newfoundland - Newfoundland

St. John's
Avalon Mall, 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM

+ Nova Scotia - Nova Scotia

Dartmouth
Mic Mac Mall, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Halifax
Halifax Shopping Centre, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

+ Ontario - Ontario

Belleville
Quinte Mall, 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Brampton
Bramalea City Centre, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Shoppers World Brampton, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Burlington
Burlington Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Mapleview Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Cambridge
Cambridge Centre, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Etobicoke
Woodbine Centre and Fantasy Fair, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Guelph
Stone Road Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Hamilton
Lime Ridge Mall, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Kingston
Cataraqui Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Kitchener
Fairview Park Mall, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

London
Masonville Place, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
White Oaks Mall, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Markham
Markville Shopping Centre, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Mississauga
Dixie Outlet Mall, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Erin Mills Town Centre, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sheridan Centre, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Square One Shopping Centre, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Newmarket
Upper Canada Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

North Bay
Northgate Square Shopping Centre, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Oshawa
Oshawa Centre, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Ottawa
Bayshore Shopping Centre, 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Place D’Orleans, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Rideau Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
St. Laurent Centre, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Pickering
Pickering Town Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:30 PM

Richmond Hill
Hillcrest Mall, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Sarnia
Lambtown Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Sault Ste. Marie
Station Mall, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Scarborough
Scarborough Town Centre, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

St. Catharines
The Pen Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Sudbury
New Sudbury Centre, 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM

Thornhill
The Promenade Shopping Centre, 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Toronto
Cedarbrae Mall, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Centerpoint Mall, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Dufferin Mall, 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Eaton Centre, 7:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Fairview Mall, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sherway Gardens, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Vaughan
Vaughan Mills, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Waterloo
Conestoga Mall, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Welland
Seaway Mall, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Windsor
Devonshire Mall, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

+ Quebec - Quebec

Brossard
Mail Champlain, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Lasalle
Carrefour Angrignon, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Laval
Carrefour Laval, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Montreal
Centre Eaton, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Les Galeries D'Anjou, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Place Versailles, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Rockland, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Pointe-Claire
Fairview Pointe-Claire, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Quebec City
Fleur de Lys Centre Commercial, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Galeries de la Capitale, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Laurier Quebec, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Place Rosemere, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Saint-Bruno
Promenades Saint-Bruno, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Saint-Laurent
Place Vertu, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Sherbrooke
Carrefour de L'Estrie, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM

+ Saskatchewan - Saskatchewan

Regina
Cornwall Centre, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Southland Mall, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Saskatoon
Midtown Plaza, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
The Centre, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM
The Mall at Lawson Heights, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Check back often, as we’ll be updating this list frequently to update times and include those big omissions as we inch closer to the big day.

Did we miss a mall? Let us know in the comments and we'll add it to our list as soon as possible! Happy shopping!