The day after Christmas is known as Boxing Day in Canada and most other Commonwealth countries. The basic idea is that hordes of people line up for hours outside in the cold to take advantage of ridiculous deals. Last year I woke up at 4:30am to stand in line at Future Shop for a 22″ LCD monitor for $99. Some of the other deals I recall from last year were a DVD player at Best Buy for $1 and a 42″ LCD TV at Visions Electronics for $399. You can’t beat those prices!
Early this morning (12:00am to be exact), most of the electronic retailers began their online Boxing Day sales. The Future Shop and Best Buy website crashed and I couldn’t even load a page until about 1:30am. Visa also reported their network went down momentarily just after midnight. You know there’s too many people buying at once when even Visa feels the wrath on their end!
It’s always been that on Boxing Day, electronics are the most popular item. Although you can find great deals on furniture, appliances, clothing and even vehicles, but the spotlight tends to shine on the electronics market. A recent Canadian survey found that over 70% of the shoppers taking advantage of the great deals today are men looking to buy electronics. I fit right into that category. Just don’t trample me at the cash register. 😎
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