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bluenosemickey
11-19-2008, 02:53 PM
Just checked the budget board and there are lots of links, but they are all for our friends to the south. Just wondering if anyone can tell me where they got their best deal for the DS lite and the 8G ipod?pirate:

Thanks:santa:

F4disneyfan
11-19-2008, 07:01 PM
Sears and Costco are the best for the DS and Costco for the Ipod

Tiger926
11-19-2008, 07:22 PM
Sears and Costco are the best for the DS and Costco for the Ipod

I beg to differ. Sears seems to be higher and Costco has a package that includes games that may not be suitable for all.

Nintendo has set the price for the DS and retailers are not allowed to discount or put on sale, unless a special deal such as Toys R' Us or Walmart has gotten lately.

If you have Shoppers Optimum points you can get your DS for almost free - it's a few dollars higher than the $129.99 list price, but depending upon how many points you have, you could get it for free!

Happy shopping, Tiger :)

F4disneyfan
11-19-2008, 07:25 PM
I beg to differ. Sears seems to be higher and Costco has a package that includes games that may not be suitable for all.

Nintendo has set the price for the DS and retailers are not allowed to discount or put on sale, unless a special deal such as Toys R' Us or Walmart has gotten lately.

If you have Shoppers Optimum points you can get your DS for almost free - it's a few dollars higher than the $129.99 list price, but depending upon how many points you have, you could get it for free!

Happy shopping, Tiger :)

Sears has a package deal with the DS a case and 3 games for 189. Costco bundle is Mario or Zelda the DS and a case and one of the Brain Age games at 188.

Tiger926
11-19-2008, 07:38 PM
Sears has a package deal with the DS a case and 3 games for 189. Costco bundle is Mario or Zelda the DS and a case and one of the Brain Age games at 188.

Thanks - I was just referencing DS unit and no bundles. Sears is $10.00 higher for the unit alone. We find the bundles aren't that great as the games aren't ones we necessarily want, and we can't pick our colour.

If it works out for the OP though, the Sears bundle does look good!

Thanks, Tiger :)

Ham Ham
11-19-2008, 08:40 PM
We bought 2 last year at Wal-Mart $99 or $109 each. They price matched a sale Zellers had on at the time.

Toys-r-us had a big DS games sale in early december last year.

I lined up for the sale and got some great deals.

iPod's I would check Wal-Mart or Costco.

If you you're interested in an extended warranties think about Apple Care. It offers 2 years of phone support, extend the guarantee by a year, also covers the ear buds and the shipping.

drag n' fly
11-19-2008, 08:47 PM
I just bought ds5 a ds last week from Toys r us.ca. They had a deal where If you bought a ds and a game you got a 10 dollar gift card plus I had an additional promo code for another 10%off:thumbsup2

The cheapest I have seen 8g Ipod so far is Walmart. Last year during Boxing Day sales I was able to get a 8g ipod touch for less than 200.

F4disneyfan
11-19-2008, 09:25 PM
Thanks - I was just referencing DS unit and no bundles. Sears is $10.00 higher for the unit alone. We find the bundles aren't that great as the games aren't ones we necessarily want, and we can't pick our colour.

If it works out for the OP though, the Sears bundle does look good!

Thanks, Tiger :)

For just the DS then Wal Mart or Toys R us would be where I would head to.

tinkershae
11-20-2008, 05:27 AM
Here is a promotional code that I used at sears to save 20.00 off 100.00 before taxes is 941612795. It brings the DS to 119.00 and free shipping.

BitsnBearsMom
11-20-2008, 05:41 AM
We've been looking at ipods too - my 14yo had his 80gig ipod classic that he had saved for all summer and just bought on Aug 30th stolen right out of his coat pocket at school last week and because we used our Options Master card to pay for it and it was only bought less then 3 months ago it covers it for theft - it also extended the manufacturer's warranty so check your credit cards - I will always make a purchase like that on a credit card now!!

Everyone seems to be around the same price for the ipods - Costco is a bit cheaper but not much. We want to get it somewhere that will give us an extended warranty plan - does anyone know if Costco does this??

Ham Ham
11-20-2008, 05:54 AM
We've been looking at ipods too - my 14yo had his 80gig ipod classic that he had saved for all summer and just bought on Aug 30th stolen right out of his coat pocket at school last week and because we used our Options Master card to pay for it and it was only bought less then 3 months ago it covers it for theft - it also extended the manufacturer's warranty so check your credit cards - I will always make a purchase like that on a credit card now!!

Everyone seems to be around the same price for the ipods - Costco is a bit cheaper but not much. We want to get it somewhere that will give us an extended warranty plan - does anyone know if Costco does this??

Which unit are you planning to replace it with?
The 32 GB iPod Touch (http://www.apple.com/ca/ipodtouch/) looks nice and can also give your DS Wifi access.

dancin Disney style
11-20-2008, 07:04 PM
EB Games usually has a deal on the DS. It changes, but generally you get the DS for $99 with the purchase of 2 games of your choice.

The Real Canadian Superstore always sells the DS for $129. They are due for a 'no tax' weekend in the next few weeks.

BitsnBearsMom
11-20-2008, 08:07 PM
Which unit are you planning to replace it with?
The 32 GB iPod Touch (http://www.apple.com/ca/ipodtouch/) looks nice and can also give your DS Wifi access.

Not sure yet - waiting to hear how much they will cover it for before we tell him how much he will have. He spent $250 plus tax and the cost of the service plan on the original 80gig classic. Thinking the touch might be the way to go for the next one but not sure. Dh was talking about an ipone but he doesn't have or have need of a cell phone right now and I can't stand seeing teenagers with them glued to their ears. Can't see paying a monthly fee for one when he takes the bus to and from school and if he goes out he takes my older model 'uncool' cell phone!! :lmao:

Tiger926
11-20-2008, 09:37 PM
RE: Sears Bundle. I just priced it out separately, and it is not really a huge savings, so you basically get the case for free. Here is the breakdown:

Console $129.00
Games x3 $60.00
Price $189.00

The regular price is ridiculous (savings of $25.00 according to website) as their console is priced higher, plus it's like they added in the cost of the case. If people can use the promotional code that tinkershae provided, then that is a better deal.

We just ordered our daughter her pink DS through HBC Rewards online for 1,000,000 points. Have been collecting points for approx. 13 years now - it was cheaper to use points than to buy gift cards and then purchase in store.

Happy DS shopping, Tiger

BitsnBearsMom
11-21-2008, 05:04 AM
If there aren't many deals on the DS' I would seriously recommend anyone getting it at EB so you can get the extended warranty with it - my almost 9yo has one and I've seen how hard he is on it. OR check your credit cards to see if they have the extended warranty coverage - we've learned the hard way that it's worth every penny!!

DearDaisyinDurham
11-21-2008, 08:13 PM
we bought our ipod through apple @ yorkdale and have rec'd excellent customer service including a price match when it went lower @ future shop. bought the itouch through costco and have not had any issues.

we bought the brain age ds bundle when it was on for $168 @ costco & it was a good deal for us b/c we are giving it as a gift to MIL. so it has the nice adult looking carry case, the brain age game etc. (also Mario but we'll keep that game).

we'll be in the US for Black Friday so I'll be curious to see the deals there.

F4disneyfan
11-21-2008, 09:26 PM
we bought our ipod through apple @ yorkdale and have rec'd excellent customer service including a price match when it went lower @ future shop. bought the itouch through costco and have not had any issues.

we bought the brain age ds bundle when it was on for $168 @ costco & it was a good deal for us b/c we are giving it as a gift to MIL. so it has the nice adult looking carry case, the brain age game etc. (also Mario but we'll keep that game).

we'll be in the US for Black Friday so I'll be curious to see the deals there.


I have been reading some of the early release BF flyers that tend to get leaked and to be honest there aren't that many deals. Many stores are allready running deals that are very close if not better than many of the BF deals for electronics.

BB BF deals
http://formatwarcentral.com/2008/11/21/best-buy-black-friday-blu-ray-deals/

BitsnBearsMom
11-22-2008, 05:46 AM
We were at Best buy last night as that's where our ds' bought his original ipod - he also got the extra service plan and they said because it was stolen if he buys another ipod of the same model they will transfer the service plan over - if he switches and buys a touch (which I think he'll do) then they will refund the cost of the service plan and re-charge us for it. That's where we'll be buying ds' ipod - happy that they are willing to do that - we asked the same Q at future shop and they had said if we had bought it there we would have been out of luck!

F4disneyfan
11-22-2008, 07:32 AM
We were at Best buy last night as that's where our ds' bought his original ipod - he also got the extra service plan and they said because it was stolen if he buys another ipod of the same model they will transfer the service plan over - if he switches and buys a touch (which I think he'll do) then they will refund the cost of the service plan and re-charge us for it. That's where we'll be buying ds' ipod - happy that they are willing to do that - we asked the same Q at future shop and they had said if we had bought it there we would have been out of luck!

Pretty funny considering they are the same company. Apparently BB in the US is almost in the same situation as Circuit City is down there so hopefully they do not go belly up up here also.

DearDaisyinDurham
11-22-2008, 11:56 AM
I've read good things on the Budget board about buying refurbs thru Apple - has anyone done this? It would be a great stocking stuffer to get a low priced refurb shuffle.

dancin Disney style
11-22-2008, 01:01 PM
I have been reading some of the early release BF flyers that tend to get leaked and to be honest there aren't that many deals. Many stores are allready running deals that are very close if not better than many of the BF deals for electronics.

BB BF deals
http://formatwarcentral.com/2008/11/21/best-buy-black-friday-blu-ray-deals/

I've been getting the BF ads to my email inbox for the last few weeks, and really....there's nothing. The only bargain that I have seen is a 42" Polariod 1080p LCD for $597. Besides that everyone has basically the same things very basic laptops for $399 and GPS' for $95. Then there is the usual stuff....DVD's and blank media.

Not worth the bother this year.

dancin Disney style
11-22-2008, 01:03 PM
I've read good things on the Budget board about buying refurbs thru Apple - has anyone done this? It would be a great stocking stuffer to get a low priced refurb shuffle.


I just looked at the refurbs from the Apple Canada site and the price reduction was so slight that I would prefer to spend the extra $20 for a new one.

BitsnBearsMom
11-23-2008, 05:43 AM
Ok now we are thoroughly confused!!
We went to the apple store in Sherway yesterday and were playing with the different ipods - we are sold on replacing the 80g classic for the 16g touch for our 14.5yo - he's even willing to use his paper route money to pay for the difference.
Dh was playing with the nano also as that's what we were going to get our 9yo for Cmas since he's asking for an ipod - after playing the games and looking at the features of the touch we are confused about which one to get him - spend $160 for the nano or $250/$300 and get him a whol lot more - games, music, internet. Dh says touch..... I say he's too young for a touch and to stick with a nano for now. Sigh..... what to do!?!?

Ham Ham
11-23-2008, 10:19 AM
My DD10 who just turned 10 is the master of my iPhone.

She regularly uses it as a gaming device. I think that age is not the only factor to consider when purchasing electronics, ability and responsibility is also factor.

Your 9 year old will love the games, music and Wifi the iPod Touch offers.

dancin Disney style
11-23-2008, 01:43 PM
Ok now we are thoroughly confused!!
We went to the apple store in Sherway yesterday and were playing with the different ipods - we are sold on replacing the 80g classic for the 16g touch for our 14.5yo - he's even willing to use his paper route money to pay for the difference.
Dh was playing with the nano also as that's what we were going to get our 9yo for Cmas since he's asking for an ipod - after playing the games and looking at the features of the touch we are confused about which one to get him - spend $160 for the nano or $250/$300 and get him a whol lot more - games, music, internet. Dh says touch..... I say he's too young for a touch and to stick with a nano for now. Sigh..... what to do!?!?

Just me...... but I think that it's way to extravagant a gift for a 9yo. Where does it go from there? How about the $49 shuffle?

abirdd
11-23-2008, 02:04 PM
In terms of the DS... watch the Days of Deals at Dell.ca
Last year they had a crazy cheap bundle that blew away the competition, but it sold out very quickly. Even this weekend they had games on sale, and compared to EB and the likes - Dell was by far the cheapest and had free shippng.

Ham Ham
11-23-2008, 02:36 PM
Just me...... but I think that it's way to extravagant a gift for a 9yo. Where does it go from there? How about the $49 shuffle?

$49 Shuffle is fine if you just want it for just for music.
The iPod Touch does so much more. And as stated earlier it depends on the 9 year old.

iPod touch is cheaper/close in price than some skates (http://www.hockeyskates.ca/catalog/item/2313895/3070247.htm) and sticks (http://www.thehockeyshop.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=THSSCA&Product_Code=HSC_NBH_ONE95_STICKUM_JR&Category_Code=S_Composite_Stick_Jr).

DearDaisyinDurham
11-23-2008, 04:40 PM
$49 Shuffle is fine if you just want it for just for music.
The iPod Touch does so much more. And as stated earlier it depends on the 9 year old.

iPod touch is cheaper/close in price than some skates (http://www.hockeyskates.ca/catalog/item/2313895/3070247.htm) and sticks (http://www.thehockeyshop.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=THSSCA&Product_Code=HSC_NBH_ONE95_STICKUM_JR&Category_Code=S_Composite_Stick_Jr).

Ham Ham that is such a great Canadian comparison, eh?
Gotta love it!! Skates and sticks!!!

F4disneyfan
11-23-2008, 05:01 PM
I've been getting the BF ads to my email inbox for the last few weeks, and really....there's nothing. The only bargain that I have seen is a 42" Polariod 1080p LCD for $597. Besides that everyone has basically the same things very basic laptops for $399 and GPS' for $95. Then there is the usual stuff....DVD's and blank media.

Not worth the bother this year.



Yep the deals so far this year are few and far between not even worth the bother of getting up early to drive over to Port Huron for anything..

As for the comments on the extravigant gifts DDS posted our 6 and 7 yeaar olds are getting 8 gig nono's for x mas and last x mas they got digital cameras they are also getting a DS each. I wouldn't bother with anything more than a Nano for the kids though not even my wife has anything else even our 12 year old has just got a nano for her use.

BitsnBearsMom
11-24-2008, 05:19 AM
Hoping we didn't make a mistake - we just ordered a 16g ipod touch from apple refurbished for $239 and an older 8g nano for dh for $109 - they both come with the 1 yr warranty like the new ones so I'm hoping everything will be ok with them!!

ETA - not sure at this point if the touch is going to be for me or the 9yo - we'll see. Thinking if it's ok we will pick the 14yo's touch refurbished too. Not sure yet though!

Ham Ham
11-24-2008, 08:15 AM
No mistake made. You might want to look at Apple care for the iPod Touch. Not only will it extend the guarantee by a year it will also cover the ear buds and phone support for iTunes.

I have Apple care on all our Apple products except for the shuffle. The hard drive in our MacBook failed and I called Apple they made an appointment for me at the Apple store replaced the hard drive then I went home an used Time Machine to restore our lap top.

You may want to get your DD9 and apple gift card so he can open an iTunes account so he can have access to the App Store. There's lot of great free games and software for the touch but you need an account to access them.
The gift card allows you to open an account without giving over a credit card number.

There's also a great calendar and address book ion the Touch your DS can fill up with important contact info and dates.

The key to a device like the touch is to sync often as if your unit crashes you don't loose your data.

Click for info on the App Store
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e9/AppStore_icon.png (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App_Store)

encinc
11-24-2008, 08:34 AM
I've had great luck with Apple refurbished. Everything I have bought has been just like new (as far as I can tell). I'd second the recommendation for the Apple Care. I've made good use of mine - even on new products. I never buy extended warranties, but when it comes to computer products, I think of it as an insurance policy.

BitsnBearsMom
11-24-2008, 08:36 AM
So.... we used our Master card for this purchase again and that doubles the warranty - with that said would you still see need to get the apple care package for $70??

I think 9yo ds and I are going to 'share' the touch and have a nano to 'share' as well...... I still don't know if he's responsible enough to have it so I will allow him to put games and such onto it so he can use it when we are travellingand I will have music on his for me so I have something to listen to when he's using the touch. Make sense??

Ham Ham
11-24-2008, 11:04 AM
So.... we used our Master card for this purchase again and that doubles the warranty - with that said would you still see need to get the apple care package for $70??

I think 9yo ds and I are going to 'share' the touch and have a nano to 'share' as well...... I still don't know if he's responsible enough to have it so I will allow him to put games and such onto it so he can use it when we are travellingand I will have music on his for me so I have something to listen to when he's using the touch. Make sense??

Since you have the extra warranty you may not want the Apple Care.

Ham Ham
12-08-2008, 12:55 PM
Need to correct an error I made in an earlier post.
An iTunes gift card is not valid for purchasing applications at the Apple App store.
I found out today when I was going to purchase a gift card. The attendant at the Apple Store informed me of this when I asked why they did not know.

http://www.ares-woo.com/birthday/images/ituens.jpg

MkyMws
12-09-2008, 07:02 AM
Hello folks

I purchased an IPOD classic 40 G from the refurb store, had one problem sent it back & it was replaced within the week.

Here is the link to the refurb store...sorry I haven't hit my 10 posts yet or I would add the link. But if you got to apple.ca, and then to the store page, then at the bottom is where the special deals are located.

I was looking at the refurbbed 16gb Itouch, same price as a new 8GB in stores, and you can't really tell that it is refurbbed. Same warranty as the new ones.

all the best

tim

BitsnBearsMom
12-09-2008, 11:59 AM
that's what we ended up getting - the 16 gig refurbed touch - they look brand new in the box and come with the full year warranty too.