Boxing day sales/riots

I’m debating whether or not to leave the house today. 25% of Canadians are supposed to be focused on today as the big shopping day of the year, rushing to the stores for big bargins and big savings. Me I’m not so convinced that there are actually great deals on Boxing Day.

Typically the stuff that’s the big deals, or the door crashers, at places like Future Shop or Best Buy is just cheap stuff that they want to clear out. $50 might seem like a great deal for a DVD player, but when it’s a Srony that cost the store $29 to buy it’s not worth trampelling someone’s grandmother for. And I’m sorry selling a $4 CD for $9.99 isn’t a deal, it’s just an inditment on how much the price of discs are jacked up regularly. Just buy the music from iTunes and save yourself the cash and the wait in line.

Boxing Day used to be about relaxing, and enjoying the holidays with family and friends, sort of part of the relaxing lull between Christmas and New Year’s. Now days it’s an excuse to continue the consumer orgy another day, or a week for Boxing Week Sales, and all it means is that more people have to work and less actually get days off during the holiday season.

Also when did Boxing Day stop being a stat holiday in B.C., or was it always that way?

4 Comments so far

  1. Mike Hrycyk (unregistered) on December 26th, 2005 @ 6:46 pm

    boxing day is still a stat. it’s a federal stat. BC has no choice in the matter.

    why do you think it’s not?


  2. Jeffery Kelly Simpson (unregistered) on December 27th, 2005 @ 10:29 am

    Well according to http://www.labour.gov.bc.ca/esb/facshts/stats.htm it’s not. They said the same thing at work. Now it might not be a provincial holiday, but then would Canada Day, Christmas Day and Labour Day be specific provincial holidays?

    B.C. Day, okay that’s a provincial one.


  3. Chad (unregistered) on December 28th, 2005 @ 11:33 am

    Boxing day is not a stat in BC. I think it is in Ontario.

    Rememberance day is a stat in BC. It is not a stat in Ontario.


  4. Jeffery Kelly Simpson (unregistered) on December 28th, 2005 @ 2:32 pm

    And sadly Hobo Day is not yet a holiday anywhere in Canada.



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