The US has Black Friday following American Thanksgiving, presumably not related to Black Peter from The Netherlands. Canad has Boxing Day following Christian Christmas.
For most of my life, Boxing Day was one day of extra low sales prices. Then it began to spread to Boxing Week, and this year Sears Canada had its Boxing Week sale in the week before Christmas Day!
Best Buy Canada, its FutureShop cousin, and The Source (Circuit City in Canada) blasted out emails with instructions on how to shop their Boxing Day specials online -- starting 5pm PST on December 24.
Looking over all the bargains, my son liked the Blu-Ray player for $99 and I had my eye on a refurbished HP quad-core desktop computer with 64-bit Vista and 6GB RAM for $700.
At 5:05pm, I logged onto the BestBuy.ca site to buy the Blu-Ray player. 808 were in stock. I clicked to purchase, and was put into a "waiting room." I wonder if this was to prevent the site from crashing from too many visitors.
I was in the waiting room for 25 minutes, and then was allowed to pay for the purchase. I checked the number of BluRay players in stock: 181. Five minutes later, it was down to 101. I would suppose they were sold out in one hour.
As for the HP computer, I checked the FutureShop more than 24 hours later, and they still had 700 remaining. 700 refurbished quad-core computers! Where did those come from?