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Is Boxing Day Overrated?

December 26th, a day most people live for. A day where millions of people queue up for hours and hours to abide their pursue in conquering the “best deals” in town. A day where many attest patience in line. A day where shoppers verbally assault one another for parking spots, bicker for food court tables, push and shove whilst open doors….tis the season folks, for Boxing Day!

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Although, contriving the right deal does digest an amount of blood, sweat and tears, most people fist pump their way home with the sweetest of deals. Popular bargains are largely in the department of technical items, such as:

– televisions
– “iDevices
– camcorders
– cameras
– computers and others

Is it worth the exertion to snatch these deals? Though many people are willing to endure the strictest of weathers, is it worth sacrificing your health and sleep just to save a few bucks? At times you can ascertain deals without the added tension of lengthy lines and delays, though your composure will need to be firm. Frequently there isn’t enough stock or specific stores acquire a certain amount and that replenished time could be days or weeks.

This isn’t a “Boxing Day Survival List”, it’s a mere thought catering to shoppers like me who question if the exertion is worth bragging rights amongst friends and family.

Will you be prepared for Boxing Day? Or is Boxing Day overrated?

Will the deliberation of shopping online entice your credit card?

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Is the Extended Warranty Worth It?

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How many times have you been suckered into “buying the extended warranty” (on small technical items) from an aggressive salesperson? Sales reps will suggestive sell till the cows come home! Some seasoned reps won’t even bother cause they know the answer is no. Extended warranties can be tacked onto anything and everything, as even a measly pack on pack of headphones (believe it or not). C’mon dude, go make your commission somewhere else, your mind yells.

Truth is, these sneaky sales reps make commission off every extended warranty sold. But, how many times has this “piece of mind” actually revitalized your product? Is it worth it? Is it a cash grab for businesses? Truly, this is where companies actually make their money, it’s their biggest chunk of revenue. As a matter of fact, about 80 cents of every dollar spent on extended warranties goes straight in to the company’s pocket. The remaining 20 cents goes into insuring your purchased product.

However, some people may agree that it’s wise to buy extended warranty for a long-term purchase, such as a television or a fridge. Seeing that the item goes wrong after a year then you can have your product revitalized, at no cost. Happy ending you think, cause getting that service person to your place was no problem but once they start dictating their “separate” charges, then your temper starts flaring! Gotta be careful cause not everything is covered.

There are some people out there that would ride out their product’s lifespan until an issue is discovered and then have it “refreshed”. Maybe a workable decision, what do you think?

Did you know that 3 out of 10 people purchase the extended warranty. Have you ever “invested” in an extended warranty? Is it worth it?

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The “Dreaded” Dollar Store

Do you think you can find a “steal of a deal” for a measly one dollar? You may want to re-evaluate your decision before entering that store!

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From the late 90’s (in Toronto) there has been a huge saturation of “Dollar Stores” popping around town. Now, it just seems to be a standard when new commercial developments are being constructed. However, their popularity has increased so significantly that you’ll even see these dollar stores in big shopping malls now, and man are they busy!

I’m not out hating these stores but at times it frustrates me when someone mentions “getting a deal”. Don’t get me wrong, there are some things that are worthwhile purchasing; such as, greeting cards, storage boxes and even stationary items (just a few). However, I see people walking out carrying “quality limited” kitchenware, shampoo, hand towels and even headphones.

Some tips I’d suggest:

1) If it doesn’t give you the number of ounces under a glass then your chance of having the glass broken is too good.

2) If there is any foreign language on your bottle of shampoo other than english or french (Spanish in the US) then I would hesitate on what’s really inside that bottle. It is shampoo but probably not the real thing.

3) We all know that electronics are always CSA approved so if you don’t see that CSA stamp on that package, don’t buy it.

These are just some “lessons” people have learned over the years so please absorb these tips before embarking on your next adventure to the “Dollar Store”. It may cost you a buck or two, so spend it wisely, after all it is your hard earned money.

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