Dark Grey Friday

Ok gang, the Canadian Retailers were united in promoting their version of Black Friday Deals that; one, are supposed to stop us from cross border shopping and two, mirror our American cousins. Hmmm I’m thinking more like a watered down version that I’m calling Dark Grey Friday.

Readers of this blog already know the HUGE (sorry Billy Fuccillo) differences in retail prices during the year but still may get caught up in the recent hype. Here is a sampling of local Canadian Black Friday specials and U.S. pricing…

Blacks – Black Friday Blowout featured a Canon EOS rebel T4i w/ EF-S 18-135 Lens at $799.00 including a DSLR kit Bundle. Touting savings of $450.00 including the “bundle”.
U.S. Ryther Camera – $739.00 w/Free Shipping
Conclusion – Close but no cigar – You’re paying $60.00 for a bag and a 16GB card.
Canon T3 – Shoppers Black Friday Special, $379.00 Door Opener and $399.00 afterwards.
Amazon .com regular price $371.00
Conclusion – Almost there
Canadian Tire –De Walt 14 v drill driver w/2 Batteries $99.97
Home Depot U.S. – De Walt 18v 1/2 drill driver w/2 lithium ion batteries $99.00
Conclusion – Better unit in U.S.
Canadian Tire – Kitchen Aid Pro 5 Stand Mixer $287.00, Accessory Kit $28.99
Costco.com – Regular Price Pro Stand Mixer Including Accessories -$249.00 after $30.00 Mfg. Rebate
Conclusion – Stick with Costco
SoftMoc – Sorel Winter Carnival Boots $189.99
Zappos.com – $150.00
SoftMoc – Ugg Classic Bailey – $244.99
Victoria Secret – $165.00
Conclusion – Shoes and boots always a better buy south of the 49th.
Canadian Tire – Tom Tom 1525m Save $50.00 = $199.00
Amazon.com – $179.99
Conclusion – I have never seen a GPS system cheaper in Canada than in the U.S…
Lowes Canada – Bosch SHX33R dishwasher Save $450.00 = $698.00
Lowes U.S. – Sale price $749.00, Regular $799.00 
Conclusion – Better deal in Canada before you add HST and ECO Fees but certainly not $450.00 savings

 And the winner is…..

Home Depot Canada – Dewalt Job Site Radio $99.99
Home Depot U.S. $164.00
However Amazon.com is $99.00 also with Free Shipping.

Happy Dark Grey Friday! Or for my U.S. friends, Happy Dark Gray Friday

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