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Winnipeg Shoppers Brave Frigid Temps. for Boxing Day Deals

Charles Clarke, Janelle Flett and Derek Kufley wait in line outside Best Buy in St. James to purchase TVs and a camera on Boxing Day. (HOWARD WONG / FOR CHRISD.CA)

Hundreds of people braved the bone-chilling winter temperatures on Wednesday to snag Boxing Day deals bright and early. Actually, way before the sun even came up, where it felt like -36°C with the windchill.

Winnipeggers stood in line for hours — some even skipping Christmas dinner — to secure their spot for a hot deal. Best Buy and Future Shop in St. James were the usual spots where crowds formed early for a chance at saving hundreds of dollars on electronic items.

The first group outside of Best Buy arrived at 6 p.m. and brought sleeping bags to keep them warm. Once the doors opened, an estimated 200 people outside made a mad dash to pick up whatever may have been on their target list. Many Boxing Day revellers make multiple stops and are set on getting in and out of a store as fast as possible to beat lineups elsewhere.

Most of the big name electronics retailers opened their doors at 6 a.m., while Polo Park Shopping Centre began greeting customers at 8 a.m.

According to a new BMO poll released on Wednesday, 62 percent of Canadians are expected to take part in Boxing Day this year.


Boxing Day Shoppers Pepper Sprayed at Polo Park

Emergency personnel respond to a pepper spray attack at Polo Park Shopping Centre on Monday, December 26, 2011. (MARC EVANS / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Boxing Day shopping was disrupted Monday afternoon after someone released pepper spray into the air at Polo Park Shopping Centre.

The incident happened at about 2:30 p.m. near Sears, resulting in three people being sent to hospital. Winnipeg police responded and cordoned off the area for about an hour while they investigated. No one was seriously injured and police haven’t yet made any arrests.

According to a witness at the scene, one man fired pepper spray at another man inside the mall before they both left the premises.

A similar pepper spray incident happened during Black Friday in the U.S., where a woman tried to disperse the crowd in front of her to gain access to a video game at a Walmart in Porter Ranch, California.

This wasn’t the only incident to rile city shoppers today. Earlier reports said people were shoving and trampling each other at the Best Buy on St. James Street. The electronics retailer opened its doors at 6 a.m. to a large crowd.

Consumers, Retailers Both Winners During Boxing Week

By Sarah Klein

Eager Boxing Day shoppers gather outside the Montreal Centreville Future Shop in anticipation of the sale of the year. Thousands of customers waited for hours at Future Shop stores across the country in hopes to snag Boxing Day deals on December 26, 2010. (CNW GROUP / FUTURE SHOP)

Retailers cashed in to kick off Boxing Week Sunday, as stores across and country made millions of transactions the day following Christmas.

Future Shop says it served over five million Canadians on Boxing Day alone.

The electronics retailer reported its top selling items were appliances, HDTVs, gaming consoles, laptops, digital cameras and portable electronics.

Consumers lined up outside Future Shop’s Winnipeg stores, where some even gave up dinner with family on Saturday to be the first ones in line at the St. James location.

Sister retailer Best Buy was having similar success, tracking more than 2.5 million visits to its website between December 24 and December 27.

In a year where the market was uncertain and a Canadian dollar at par with the U.S. greenback, retailers slashed prices deeper than ever before — up to 70% off depending where you shopped.

Several Winnipeg stores had North Dakota and Minnesota licence plates in the parking lot, creating a similar shopping environment to Black Friday south of the border, which attracted Canadians in November.

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Ready, Set, Shop — Boxing Day Deal Hunters Swarm Stores

By Brian Schultz

Jordan Harder of Calgary, is Future Shop's first Boxing Day customer who scored amazing deals during Canada's busiest shopping day of the year on December 26, 2010. (CNW GROUP / FUTURE SHOP)

Bargain hunters of all ages lined up outside Winnipeg stores Sunday morning to get their hands on deals that were too good to pass up.

Boxing Day began at 6 a.m. at most big box outlets, while shopping malls swung open their doors at 8 a.m. To accommodate the demand, the Manitoba government changed its Retail Businesses Holiday Closing Amendment Act in November. The move allows retailers to open up before noon today only — something the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce applauded.

With Canadians expected to spend more than in previous years this holiday season, consumers were definitely cashing in those gift cards and lightening their wallets on goods.

The most popular items are still electronics, and statistics from years past still show men are the biggest spenders on Boxing Day.

But if you’re looking to exchange or return a gift that you didn’t particularly like, hold on to it for a few more days. Many stores do not accept returns today and are strictly focussing on moving out new merchandise and making as many sales as possible.

Future Shop and Best Buy, for example, also aren’t taking returns on the 27th.

Stores Allowed to Set Own Boxing Day Hours

Shoppers line the sidewalk in front of a Future Shop store in Toronto during Boxing Day on December 26, 2009. (MARJO WRIGHT/CNW)

After pressuring the provincial government, retailers in Manitoba will be able to set their own hours this Boxing Day, which takes place on a Sunday.

The province hinted at the move Thursday, but officially introduced changing the Retail Businesses Holiday Closing Amendment Act on Friday.

“This amendment recognizes the importance of Boxing Day to retailers in the province,” said Labour Minister Jennifer Howard. “Boxing Day has become the largest shopping day in Manitoba and it is supported by consumers as well as retailers.”

The last time Boxing Day fell on a Sunday was in 2004, where retailers say they took a huge hit having to wait until noon to open their doors to eager shoppers.

The amendment only applies when Boxing Day falls on a Sunday. The next time Boxing Day is a Sunday will be in 2021.

While some stores have opened as early as 5 a.m. on previous Boxing Days, some are speculating this new freedom might create the opportunity for some midnight store openings.

Long Lines Greet Retailers Nationwide for Annual Sales Blitz

Long Lines Greet Retailers Nationwide for Annual Sales Blitz

Eager Boxing Day shoppers gather outside the Toronto Yonge-Dundas Future Shop in anticipation of the hundreds of deals that await them inside the store. An annual Canadian tradition, thousands of customers waited for hours at stores across the country in hopes to snag Boxing Day deals on Saturday, December 26, 2009.

Image credit: Marjo Wright/CNW