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In years past, in an attempt to find the best Black Friday deals, you’d have to make a road trip to the U.S. to line up for door crashers. According to a Shopify report, online will see the most sales this year with 58 per cent of Canadians consumers shopping online only here at home. Consumers will spend $458 on average, with men outspending women.
While many have made it a tradition to cross the border to hunt for the best bargains, does the trip actually yield the best deals, versus just shopping here at home or online?
Why shopping in Canada might save you money in the long run
First, consider returns and warranty should you no longer want something you purchased in the U.S. If there is a sizing issue, or a TV breaks and you need local manufacturer support, is it worth the cost of the drive back?
Next, the Canadian dollar has changed to where it’s much more costly to shop south of the border. What might have been closer to parity year ago isn’t the case anymore, so always factor the currency exchange when comparing prices.
Finally, be mindful of customs and duties. All rules still apply when returning to Canada with purchases, and the CBSA will be on the lookout. Depending on how much you spend, you may need to stay in a hotel for a couple days, incurring additional cost.
In almost all of the below tech deals, you’ll find either the Canadian price beats or ties the American counterpart, and in all cases, when you factor in the currency exchange, you’re better off shopping north of the border to maintain warranties, ability to easily return, and save on customs.
Take a look these Canadian Black Friday tech deals, sure to beat or compare to those in the U.S., but without the drive.
Sony 65" 4K UHD HDR LED Android Smart TV with HDR: $1,499 through Nov. 28 (Save $500)
Samsung 55" 4K UHD HDR QLED Tizen Smart TV: $1,299.99 through Nov. 28 (Save $400)
Samsung 58" 4K UHD HDR LED Tizen Smart TV: $599.99 through Nov. 28 (Save $250)
Toshiba 55" 4K UHD HDR LED Fire Smart TV: $449.99 through Nov. 28 (Save $250)
Computers and gaming
Acer Aspire 5 15.6" Laptop - Silver: $499.98 through Nov. 28 (Save $200)
Apple iPad 9.7" 128GB with Wi-Fi - Space Grey (6th Generation): $449.99 through Dec. 19 (Save $100)
Xbox One S All-Digital Edition 1TB Console: $179.99 through Dec. 2 (Save $120)
Google - Nest Thermostat E - white: $199.99 through Dec. 5 (Save $30)
Ring Video Doorbell 2 with Echo Show 5 bundle, Charcoal: $194 (Save $154.99)
Echo Dot (3rd gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa - Charcoal: $29.99 (Save $40)
Arlo Pro Wire-Free Security System with 4 HD Cameras: $599.99 through Nov. 29 (Save $200)
Nanoleaf Canvas Smarter Kit - 9 Light Squares: $179.99 through Dec. 5 (Save $120)
August Wi-Fi Smart Lock Pro + Connect - Silver: $228.99 through Nov. 27 (Save $121)
Beats By Dr. Dre Solo3 On-Ear Sound Isolating Bluetooth Headphones - Black/Red: $179.99 through Dec. 12 (Save $150)
JBL Free In-Ear Truly Wireless Headphones: $99.99 through Dec. 5 (Save $100)
Kitchen and Home
Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker: $94.99 through Dec. 5 (Save $105)
Nespresso Vertuo By Breville Coffee System with Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother - Chrome: $199.99 through Dec. 5 (Save $120)
Breville Milk Cafe Frother: $129.99 through Dec. 5 (Save $20)
KitchenAid Artisan Design Tilt-Head Stand Mixer - 5Qt - 325-Watt - Azure Blue: $329.99 through Dec. 5 (Save $300)
Vitamix Pro 750 Heritage 1.89L 1440-Watt Countertop Blender - Brushed Stainless: $549.99 through Dec. 5 (Save $200)