THE BEST WAY TO AVOID THE WAITS ON BOXING DAY
The Boxing Day origin story is far different from what the general consumer world now knows it as. Today, Boxing Day is part of the shopping holiday family which includes members such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Green Tuesday. Many Canadians await Boxing Day in anticipation of amazing door busters or to simply get their hands on the item that will become the gift they give themselves that year. From appliances, to electronics, to furniture, it seems that most (if not all) major retailers are finding more and more ways to take part in this shopping experience.
YOU’VE WAITED LONG ENOUGH, WHY WAIT MORE?
Reward yourself this Boxing Day and vow to spend it doing the things you actually want to do, instead of wasting more time than you bargained for finding a parking spot, followed by having to creatively navigate through crowds larger than any you’ll anticipate, only to then wait in lines longer than expected when you could have avoided all of that hassle and found the same deals online. Simply stated: Shopping online will save you more than just money.
BOXING DAY BECOMES BOXING WEEK
Although it doesn’t currently see as many actual transactions as Black Friday does, there isn’t a positive correlation between gross revenue numbers and the sales that accompany them. Cyber Monday deals are often more lucrative than Black Friday, believe it or not. What consumers have to take into account is that online shopping brings much more to that company’s bottom line than doing so at a brick and mortar – less staffing costs, no lease payments, and more affordable online technologies for managing the transactions themselves. What does that all mean to a consumer? Better likelihood of lower price tags.
WHERE TO FIND THE BEST DEALS
Typically, the bigger the retailer the bigger the deals – that’s not to say that it’s a set rule and that smaller merchants don’t participate in the deal distributing frenzy, but with larger retailers there is a positive correlation of volume of inventory and as such there is simply more opportunity for them to find creative ways to discount and get you attracted to what they have to offer. Some of those such retailers we’d suggest keeping bookmarked through the week include:
We’re not suggesting these are the only online merchants that will be rolling out the deals to get you to click through their virtual aisles, so be sure to do your due diligence in sourcing out whatever it is you’re looking for this Boxing Day.
WHAT ARE YOU SHOPPING FOR ON BOXING DAY?
Amidst other popular items shopped for on Boxing Day, it seems that most attention (which coincides with the longest lineups outside the respective store) is drawn towards those big tech deals, which fits nicely into the pattern of most applicable retailers generally creating ways to make it seem like their TVs, laptops, and gaming consoles are not only the best but also come with the most attractive price tag. Is there really a difference? The general rule of thumb we’d suggest when searching for your bargain is to have already done the research so you don’t get caught up in the whirlwind of competing price tags and company logos – let the product lead your purchase. Most times, there will be very similar deals for very similar products so don’t waste your time trying to make sense of which truly is best. The best one is the one you can most appropriately justify both for yourself and your budget.
SPEND MORE TIME, NOT MORE MONEY
Shopping online comes with a plethora of benefits on any given day, but when it comes to the holiday season there tends to be some even more important ones to consider: It allows you to spend more time with your family and your friends; you can avoid waking up early to wait in lines outside stores that won’t open for hours (or not having gone to bed at all to do so, for that matter); and it allows you more time to simply enjoy your holidays. How can anyone argue with that rationale?
WHEN A GOOD DAY LAST ALL WEEK
Like its other shopping holiday family members, Boxing Day has quickly expanded from a single day event to one that spans multiple days, even weeks, at times. What does this mean for consumers? More time to take advantage of greater deals. But, instead of driving around the city wasting more money on gas than what you’re actually going to end up saving with any bargain you find, sleep in and shop online when it’s convenient for you to do so.
HOW DOES CROSS BORDER PICKUPS WORK?
We provide you with a free USA shipping address, which is what you use when shopping online. That is your CBP address, located at our USA shipping facility (not a PO Box), and where the packages are sent after you proceed with your retailer of choice and choose whichever shipping option you select with them. Once we receive the package, we notify you. You can then let more arrive before we transport them into Canada on your behalf or send them individually (there are different rates to consider for each option). Then, when in the country, you can pick them up from our Mississauga, Ontario facility or we can ship across Canada.
For the pickup option, you would leave your profile exactly as it is after signing up – all packages will be sent to our Mississauga location by default when you direct us to transport them. You can pay us upon pickup if using this option.
For the direct mailing option, you’ll need to have edited your CBP profile so that your address is changed to the address you want us to ship your items to. Then, after directing us to transport your packages, we will send them to that specified address. You will be prompted to pay us prior to transporting if using this option.
Any applicable duties/taxes still apply – we pay them on your behalf and you then reimburse us, on top of the regular rates. Here are our rates: http://www.crossborderpickups.ca/rates/.
For a detailed breakdown of a potential purchase, you can email us the purchase details and whether you plan to pick it up or have us mail it to you: firstname.lastname@example.org.