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Are the deals ALWAYS better on BF than Boxing Day?

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Are the deals ALWAYS better on BF than Boxing Day?

What do you guys think? As a Canadian holiday, Boxing Day should have bigger deals... Technically BF doesn't belong to Canada :|
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No, but it belongs to the US based companies that also do business here. Heck, BF is even a thing over in parts of Europe now.

I'm hoping to see some BF pricing here on some things I unfortunately missed out on, but I'm not even thinking the pricing will be better. There is an off chance some Canadian companies have some good buys (SC, Canadian Tire) and maybe some locally owned companies will have some discounts, but overall... BD is dead. :( .
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BF and BD have been dead for years. Now, with the severely weakened dollar, you certainly can't expect much.
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deals for winter closes will be good this year...warm weather equals to ppl not buying much winter clothes...retailers will be discounting a lot of inventory.

anything "winter" weather related will be on sale....skiis...skates...shovels...snow blowers...deicers...these items just aren't moving..lots of stock
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I guess it depends what your looking for but Boxing Day sales have been on the decline for a long time. You don't really see the mega price slashing we saw in the 90s. I chalk it up to better inventory management. No retailer really wants to clean up inventory by selling this below cost or close to cost. Back in the day boxing day was about clearing out all the stock that didn't sell. If you were stuck with inventory after Christmas it wouldn't move for a long time. Most franchises are better at predicting inventory needs and don't keep as much stuff on hand. Thus a much smaller need to discount it for boxing day.

We also have less competition. For me the stuff I always want to buy on boxing day is electronics. Blurays, video games, sometimes a game console, tv etc... We don't really have a lot of competition anymore. We have amazon for online, best buy for brick&mortar, and Wal-Mart for discount quality electronics (I guess we have visions too but the one here doesn't stock much). The best boxing day sales we used to have here on the West Coast was when A&B Sound was in direction competition with Future Shop. A&B sound has long since gone under :(

But yah I don't think our Black Friday's or Boxing Day's are that great anymore. They often feel like the same old weekly sales with the name plastered on the top of the flyer. I laughed really hard when I saw sears flyer in October advertising Canadian Black Friday. Our retailers really do try to milk on the reputation of these holidays.

The sales I've probably jump on the most the past few years are the cineplex store website. They're expensive for blurays, but on BF and BD they start tossing in free movies passes and craploads of points. Even at the new deflated points, that usually makes for pretty good deals.
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Yes in recent years BF trumps Boxing Day. Most of the same deals but more expensive on Boxing Day.
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I tend to find better deals on Boxing Day on things I'd spend money on, so your mileage may vary. I have an annual/biannual tradition of buying a new ~$30-$40 printer at Best Buy on Boxing Day that is regularly in the ~$100 price range. It's cheaper than buying ink. TVs usually have good deals, especially open box. iTunes cards will usually go on sale.
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It's a meta game for the retailers, I think depending if they did alright during BF until xmas, less incentive to move stock. Some stock won't be seasonal so they can afford to discount less. On the flip side, boxing day/week represents the last big rush of traffic to move volume.

Then again some places essentially sell stuff on consignment so there's not really a glut of inventory stuck on shelves
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We need a bigger sample size with a few more years to determine. BF is a new concept in Canada and BD has been on decline for at least a decade. Since BF and the November US thanksgiving aren't holidays here, Id say BD still has an edge. I haven't bought either in years and the last times Ive purchased something on a shopping "holiday" is cyber Monday.
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there's no more boxing 'day', its been boxing 'week' for sometime now.
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1 of the tv news channels in Ont said for 2014, prices tended to be better on boxing day over black friday, ymmv of course
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There was a study recently that analyzed sales between BF and Boxing Day. It found some items on BF tend to have deeper discounts compared to Boxing day but that on average Boxing day had more deals.
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Boxing Day has the bigger deals in Canada. I just read an article about it the other day.
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yesstyle wrote: there's no more boxing 'day', its been boxing 'week' for sometime now.
Boxing Day is an actual holiday in Canada. Black Friday is not.
As far as sales go, some are just on December 26, but most last the whole "week".
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I think the tide is turning for BF vs BD. Retailers have better inventory systems and don't have as much overstock so the need for slashing prices after Christmas is less. Also consider consumers tend to have less money to spend after the holiday gift buying is over. On the flip side, BF gives retailers a way to get consumers through their doors when they have lots of money to which they will spend on gifts for Christmas (not after). More people through the door will likely lead to other purchases on other items.

Retailers don't care if BF is an American tradition after US Thanksgiving, they only care about what will turn a bigger profit, and if BF kicks off the shopping season where people want to spend $$$ then they will take advantage of it.
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Boxing day has gone down hill over the past 5 years. It seems like blackfriday deals has conversely gotten better during that same time. I would expect failures when the flyers are released. I hate saying that as i looked forward to this time of the year the most! But sadly boxing day is not worth getting early for anymore!
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in my opinion retailers know that people go crazy and buying a bunch of things on BD
so I wouldn't expect much on Boxing day sales
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Russell wrote: BF and BD have been dead for years. Now, with the severely weakened dollar, you certainly can't expect much.
Yet ironically console deals have been pretty fab for the last few weeks.
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I tend to believe BF has the better deals, yet there are exceptions on BD sometimes, depend on what you wanna buy

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