Oui, ce soir en retournant à la maison, j’ai arrêté au supermarché Maxi et Cie à Saint-Basile-le-Grand sur la rue Millénaire près de la route 116.

Il y’avait des vrais sapins de noël pour… $2.00 !!! Ils se vendaient pour $24.99 avant, et comme vous pouvez voir dans la photo, c’est que des arbres de 4-5 pieds.

Un bon deal? Mais quoi faire avec après noël ? Du bois d’allumage pour votre poêle à bois ? Compostage pour votre jardin au printemps 2011?

Yup, this evening while heading home, I stopped at the Maxi et Cie supermarket in Saint-Basile-le-Grand on Millenaire Street near Route 116.

They had natural Christmas trees for… $2.00 !!! They were selling for $24.99 previously, and as you can see in the photo, the trees are about 4-5 feet tall.

A good deal? But what does one do with them after Christmas? Perhaps as kindling for a wood stove? Compost for your garden in the spring of 2011?

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So I spend the day checking out fridges at Sears – I had done some research online in advance, and here’s my situation:

  • I’m in an apartment, and my current fridge space is limited (buy surrounding cabinetry) to a max height of 69” and width of 33” – as for depth, well the counter depth is 24” but I don’t mind if the fridge sticks out a bit. I want the largest possible capacity within the physical constraints as I plan on moving into a house in the next 2 years and don’t want a fridge that will be too small.
  • I really want a bottom freezer model, primarily for ergonomics since I’m a bit over 6’4 and I don’t like having to continuously bend down to get to the stuff in the fridge… I use the fridge 5-10 times a day vs 1-2 openings of the freezer, so a fridge with the freezer on the bottom is a big plus for me.
  • side by side fridge / freezer model is interesting, but I don’t like the fact that in these models the freezer side is often far too narrow for wide frozen products such as pizza.

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Well, apparently Sears Canada has their own way to memorialize Canadian fallen soldiers.

In a full page advertisement placed in the Metro Toronto Newspaper on page 29, Sears Canada proudly advertised a Remembrance Day only sale for tomorrow, November 11th. To make it even more alluring to forget about the 11th hour, they offer special deals for those who get into the store as fast as possible.

The advertisement and sale promotion was posted to many Canadian shopping bargain community sites, including RedFlagDeals and PriceNetwork – the reaction was swift and less than flattering. Instead of the usual discussion about what deals were really the best ones, it was overwhelmingly agreed that Sears had gone over the edge in trying to capitalise on what the marketing folks certainly saw as merely another “special event” promo opportunity.

There is, obviously, a difference in turning Halloween, Valentines and even Christmas in purely commercial opportunities… then again, perhaps this is what our extreme capitalist society (even here in Canada) has come to.


A few quotes from members of various online communities which I found indicative of the overall feeling about this controversy:

Lest we forget .. the savings.

– Noobzilla on RFD

first 11 people to stand at attention at 11am get a free $10 off their next purchase over $50 coupon.

please sears should be ashamed…

what’s next the 9/11 fire sale?

– liquid_paper on RFD

They died so we might get an extra 10% off sale-priced bed and bath products.

Nice. Way to honour those who served and those who died.

– Computer01 on RFD

If you’re interested in sharing your opinion with Sears Canada… you could try:

National Customer Service Centre

c/o President’s Office

500 College st. East

Belleville, Ontario

K8N 5L3

Phone: 888-473-2772

Fax: 613-391-3047

email: [email protected]

If you’re a Sears (SHLD) shareholder, write or call:

Sears Holdings Corporation (map)

3333 Beverly Road

Hoffman Estates, IL 60179

(847) 286-2500

Sadly, Sears is certainly not the only corporate citizen that doesn’t care too much about the importance of 11/11/11 … I noted while visiting the Promenades Saint-Bruno, one of the major Quebec shopping centres operated by real estate giant Cadillac Fairview that their shopping centre would be open on November 11th. I wonder if there will be any silence, never mind remembrance, in the mall at 11:00 EST tomorrow ?

Ahh… nothing like doing paper cleanup and finding receipts for weird purchases… well, weird in the sense that I don’t think I actually invested in leg lace.

HKR Collections on Plaza St-Hubert - leg lace and droop neck receipt

At least the purchase was an obligatory “deal” as the receipt with “promotional markdown” says.

OK, so I did get some stylin’ jeans there that same afternoon…

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I spotted these frozen wild blueberries by President’s Choice at a nearby Provigo. A 600g bag sells for $3.99 – right next to it they have the Europe’s Best Woodland blueberries for $5.49 for roughly the same quantity.

President\'s Choice frozen wild blueberries

The Europe’s Best series of frozen fruits and vegetables are excellent flash-frozen quality… but President’s Choice is pretty hard to beat; generally equal or better quality for a competitive price.

In this case, it works out to about $6.70 per kilogram of the wild blueberries.

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