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Checkpoint: It Was Black Friday Canada Edition


This past Friday was the first real Canadian Black Friday.

Nearly every major retailer (on or offline) threw up a sale of some sort. I cobbled up as many deals as I could in a post, but I didn’t take advantage of a single one. I either already have the item that was on sale or I didn’t think the deal was good enough (Red Dead Redemption, I’m looking at you, Mr. $49.99.)

I did, however, take advantage of some computer part sales. I picked up the following from Memory Express:

  • OCZ Vertex 2 SATA II 2.5in Solid State Drive, 60GB for $109.99 ($40 off)  (excl. $20 MIR)
  • Antec True Power New 550W for $74.99 ($25 off)
  • Samsung SE-S084C 8x Slim External DVD-Writer, USB 2.0, White for $24.99 ($30 off)

Pretty awesome. I’d actually pick up another Vertex 2 SSD drive, but the MIR is limited to 1 per household. Oh well, I’ll wait for Boxing Day.

I was hoping to run into some Blu-ray movie sales, but no luck.

I was most surprised by GameStop’s showing. They had some real deals. They also had some real iffy “deals” as well, but they were actually throwing out legitimate deals like the Fallout: New Vegas for $40 and Tekken 6 for $10.

The most disappointing retailer, for me, was Amazon.ca. They had solid deals like Borderlands: GOTY for $40 and Mafia II for $30 on PC, but the quantity was lackluster compared to their American counterpart. Hopefully, they’ll make up for it with Boxing Day.

Overall, it was an okay Black Friday. It reminded me of Boxing Day, but without significant deals on computers or home audio.

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