This weeks free shipping code from MAC is valid until January 9th 2011, so you have plenty of time to order. Simply enter the code “LASH” at checkout to receive your free shipping code. Don’t forget to join MAC’s mailing list to receive valuable offers and free shipping codes right to your inbox. Click here to shop at MAC Cosmetics.
The Gap is offering 25% off everything online for a limited time by entering “GAPNEW25” at checkout. Great deal if you had your eye on some regular priced items. Shipping of course is free over $50. Their shipping isn’t exactly speedy, I hope for the new year their resolution is to be quicker. I’ve been pretty lax with the shipping times since they just opened up online in August. Click here to shop at Gap
**Offer valid from January 3, 2011 12:00 a.m. ET through January 5, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Offer valid in Canada only on Gap merchandise purchased online only. Not valid at Gap, Gap Factory or Gap Generation stores. Not valid on sale merchandise. Discount applies to merchandise only, not value of GiftCards, packaging, applicable taxes, or shipping & handling charges. Not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Offer is not transferable and cannot be combined with other offers. No adjustments on previous purchases and subject to change without notice. Offer is not valid on international shipments.
Based on your nominations, it was hard identifying the 3 best companies in Canada last year (2010). Therefore I’ve decided to open the stage for more than just three companies and let your votes decide who the best of the best is!
I’ll try writing something nice about each company in one sentence.
Amazon.ca – For lowering the free shipping threshold to $25.
ClearlyContacts.ca – For helping revolutionize the concept of buying glasses and contact lenses online at very inexpensive prices and offering thousands of free pairs of glasses this year.
Costco Canada – For reasonable prices, consistency and great customer service.
Indigo / Chapters – For providing a relaxed and quality atmosphere where we can shop for books.
London Drugs – For continuing to support coupon stacking and the online deals communities.
Lululemon – For supporting a healthy lifestyle and combining this with fashionable high quality clothing and super-friendly staff to create a unique and winning formula.
Porter Airlines – For offering first class-like travel to Canadians at economy class prices
Mountain Equipment Coop – For their return policy and numerous “Made in Canada” products.
Shoppers Drug Mart – For offering the highest value rewards program in the country, the Shoppers Optimum Points.
Now please take a second to vote for Canada’s Best Company of 2010 below. If you leave a company about one of these companies please focus on the positives since this is what this topic is about 😀
Campus Crew is offering 70% off outwear and sweaters with printable coupon. This offer is for a limited time only, but I can’t say exactly when since their coupon didn’t give a date. Click here for the printable coupon. Click here to locate a store near you.
Rexall is running a match game of resolutions contest right now. Everyone at least wins a $10 off $50 printable coupon. The regular exclusions apply as such the coupon is not valid on giftcards, prescriptions etc. Coupon is valid until February 3rd 2011.
Click here to play the game. *Note you do not have to keep playing until you make a pair, you can click on the right hand side “claim 1 of 5 entries” to be able to print off your $10 off coupon.
Also worth noting is until January 6th when you spend $20 before taxes on Rexall branded products you will receive a 725ml antibacterial free.
Based on over 1700 votes, Bell Canada is Canada’s Worst Company of 2010. Bell got more than 50% of the votes.
Many readers shared very sad and horrific stories regarding dealing with Bell Canada. I hope the management at Bell take the time to read the comments and feedback and try improving the quality of their business. Alexander Graham Bell, from which Bell Canada acquired its name was a great inventor and innovator. Bell Canada, you don’t need to look far for inspiration.
On January 5, 2011 Brandsaver.Ca will be launching new coupons worth over $130. This is perfect timing since the last ones from the November 2010 release expire in early January. I assume a Brandsaver coupon flyer insert will be launched around the same time as well. Stay tuned! On a side note, what do you think of Taylor Swift’s outfit? Love/hate?
Old Navy has some great sales online including camis starting at only 97 cents! Sizes are selling out quickly so I suggest browsing sooner then later. I found some really cheap tanks, shirts and pants for myself. Click here to check out Old Navy. Remember shippping is free over $50.
Based on your nominations, the 3 worst companies in Canada last year (2010) were: Bell Canada, Rogers and Zellers.
Bell Canada has led an evil campaign to try changing the Internet to usage-based billing (capped Internet). They have been pushing the government and other ISPs to enforce these ridiculous policies. Furthermore, Melanie C. summarized everything that’s wrong with Bell:
Their customer service is appalling. Recent news headlines show that they have been fined (something like 1.2 million) for violating the national ‘do not call list’. They offer inflated prices for standard services, it’s impossible to get ahold of a real person when calling for help and, when you do, there seems to always be a very significant language barrier.
I’d like to add that Bell’s customer service mostly runs from India when a lot of people in Canada are unemployed. Thank you Bell for supporting Canadians.
Rogers is a company that seems to have grown too much too quickly. They almost reached a monopoly a couple of years ago. This was accompanied with sub-par customer service, very frequent billing errors and jacked prices. But due to their terrible customer service, continuous billing errors and better competitors, Rogers is slowly losing its grip on the Canadian wireless/mobile market.
Another major annoyance with Rogers is their lack of proper pricing on plans. As honeydoo states in the comments:
Rogers.. just tacky how much you have to hassle them and play ‘the game’ to get a good plan.
Oh and if you were a pay-as-you-go customer let me mention the single word that will send chills down your spine: Melanie… Voice recognition.
Zellers made it into the worst three companies of 2010 unfortunately. Remember the days when Zellers used to be the place to go shopping and Walmart was frail in comparison? Well long gone are those days. Zellers has simply frozen in time. It has not evolved or improved over the past few years and has been slowly going downhill. Plagued with dirty stores, unfriendly staff and messy shelves Zellers is now left to die a slow and bitter death.
Two companies that barely escaped from the Worst 3 are Shoppers Drug Mart and Sears Canada. It seems like people have a love/hate relationship with Shoppers because many people nominated it for both best and worst companies of the year. I was not however impressed when I read that Shoppers Drug Mart pulled 3,500 copies of Adbusters to satisfy the Canadian Jewish Congresss. As for Sears, well there’s been a lot of talk about the parent company in the US going bankrupt soon and I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the case.
Now please take a second to vote for Canada’s Worst Company of 2010 below. Voting ends in 24 hours after which we’ll announce the “winner” and have the poll for Best Company in 2010.
AnneD spotted this awesome deal. The Wii Console and Wii Sports is only $99.99 at Hmv Canada. This is an in-store deal only but you can “reserve” one online. At first I thought it was a pricing error, but apparently its just the older model which doesn’t matter at all.
Cineplex Canada is now accepting more members to their exclusive mystery shoppers program. For $50 (retail of over $120) you will receive 2 movie passes and concession vouchers at least 4 times a year. This is a decent offer for those of us who frequent the movies quite often.
Below is an explanation and FAQ of the offer:
What is the Mystery Shopper Club?
The Mystery Shopper Club is an en exclusive group of Cineplex Entertainment customers who evaluate our
theatres. For an annual membership fee of $50 +applicable taxes we provide this exclusive group with two movie passes for admission and gift cards for concession purchases at least four times a year (over $120 value)
How am I supposed to evaluate the theatres?
That’s the easy part! For each ‘shop’ we mail you a set of passes, gift cards, and a two page evaluation form. Just go to the theatre, enjoy the movie, and then afterwards, fill out the evaluation form. (Your comments are VERY important) Place the completed form in the postage paid envelope and return it by mail.
Please remember that we cannot get a true evaluation of the theatre if the staff knows you are there to evaluate them. You must be discreet!
How do I join this club?
There is an annual enrollment fee of $50 + applicable taxes. Simply fill in the online request form and a representative of our Guest Services department will be contacting you in the near future to advise of theatre availability and the membership enrollment process.
What a deal! After one shop, you have already been reimbursed for the majority of your membership fee. For each shop, (remember – at least four shops per year are guaranteed) you receive two passes and $10 in gift certificates. So bring a friend!
Can I participate more than 4 times per year?
Depending on the number of shoppers we have in your area, you may be able to participate more frequently. Our goal is to have each of our theatres shopped approximately once a week, so if there is a shortage of shoppers in your area, you may be asked to repeat a visit.
Can I see any movie I’d like?
Yes. You can shop the theatre any day of the week for any regularly scheduled show.
Can I shop the theatre of my choice?
In most cases, yes! You will be asked to select up to three theatres that you would like to ‘shop’. The theatre assigned to you will be based on availability.
Am I under any kind of obligation?
The only obligation you have is to complete and mail back the evaluation form in a timely manner. If we do not receive a completed evaluation form within three weeks of the assigned ‘shop by’ date on the confirmation sheet, you will lose any remaining show visits, without a refund of your $50.
It seems that Shoppers had a significant problem with their computer systems yesterday. From overcharging items part of the two day sale to not crediting the 20x points. One of our savy Smart Canuck’ers posted their receipt pointing out all the problems. Looks like there might be a lot of scanning codes of practice claims happening at Shoppers in the next few days. Click here to join the discussion on the Smart Canucks forum.
Porter Air is offering another discount offer on flights booked up until June 26th 2011. Simply enter EASY30 at checkout. You only have until January 10th to take advantage of this offer. Of course West Jet and Air Canada will have similar offers to compete, but I find their offers have a lot more restrictions and conditions, so make sure you compare before you book. In the end to cheapest deal usually wins.
The Loblaws franchise is offering a great promo with P&G prodcuts right now! Spend $60 or more before taxes in one transaction and receive a $20 Presidents Choice gift card by mail in rebate. You also can go to Brand Saver and order your coupons for the products to save even more (Starts January 5th). Combine this with sales and you could really cash in! Purchases must be made by January 31 2011, and all mail in rebates must be received by February 14th 2011. For further details and to download the mail in rebate form click here.
The Shopping Channel is offering up to $50 in gift card rebates when you make a purchases over $200 from now January 9th 2011. While this is not one of the greatest offers of all time it is valuable if you planned on making a purchase with them in the next week.
Customers must register anytime between January 1 and 9, 2011 to take part in this promotion. Customers who register online at theShoppingChannel.com and qualify for the program will have their Savings Cards issued electronically via e-mail to the e-mail address specified in the registration form. If you do not have an email address, you can register for this promotion via 1-888-2020-888. To ensure you receive your Savings Card, please add [email protected] to you e-mail address book / safe senders list after registering. One Savings Card per person. Spend is determined by total purchases (excluding S&H, taxes and returns) made from January 1 to 9, 2011. Gift Cards and AutoDelivery items are not included in the total spend calculation.
Click here to register for this promotion and for more details.