Boxing Day sales hard to resist for many Islanders

Parking lots full to overflowing with shoppers hoping to snag deal

Maureen Coulter
Published on December 27, 2015

Despite the snow-covered roads, many parking lots were nearly full in Charlottetown while Islanders were out looking for Boxing Day deals Sunday.

P.E.I. stores, along with the rest of the Atlantic Canada, are not open on the actual Boxing Day, Dec. 26. Instead, retailers hold their Boxing Day sales on Dec. 27.

With the shopping craze landing on a Sunday this year, retailers opened at 12 p.m. and extended their regular shopping hours. 

Best Buy in Charlottetown had a lineup starting at 7:45 a.m. with close to 200 people waiting to enter the store when the clock struck 12 noon.


“I would say there is many people here, maybe even more because they didn’t have to get in line so early,” said Terry Younker, a supervisor at Best Buy. 

Boxing Day is Best Buy’s busiest day with big savings on popular items. The top five deals of the day were on televisions, laptops, Fitbit, Bluetooth headphones and wireless speakers. 

Fallon Hughes of Charlottetown waited outside of Best Buy for close to two hours before the store opened Sunday.

“People may think that we are crazy for coming out here and standing in line for so long, but it’s worth it.”

Hughes ended up saving $500 on a 43 LED flat screen TV and a Samsung motion sync vacuum.

“There were only eight TVs and we happen to be eighth person to get the last TV so now I know in the future it is probably worth it to come to these things.” 

Sixteen-year-old Taylor MacDonald and her father, Jason MacDonald, were in line at Best Buy since 10:30 a.m. to get the IPhone 6S which was on sale for $99.

The weather didn’t deter the MacDonald family from heading in to get the newest Apple phone, which typically runs upwards of $500.

 “I knew she was due for a phone and we were keeping our eye out of course we checked the flyers for Boxing Day and it seemed like a great deal so we decided to come in,” said Jason MacDonald. 

Mitchell Corcoran of Pownal took a bit longer to get to town as the roads were snow covered and traffic was moving slowly. 

Corcoran arrived shortly after the doors opened and saved $100 on an LG wireless sound bar. 

“It wasn’t on sale for too much, but it’s better than nothing.”

Over the last few years, Corcoran has been coming out to Boxing Day sales and has received some good deals. 

Last year, he bought a 55-inch TV and saved $1,000 on it, calling it ‘a steal’.

As to other parts of Canada being open on Dec. 26, Corcoran doesn’t think that it really matters. 

“It is nice to have a day off to spend with family and what not.”

Chrystine McCallum of Charlottetown was out with her son, Clifford Doucette, at SportChek on Sunday buying snowboard boots.

They ended up saving $30 on boots and were in and out of the store within 15 minutes.

McCallum said she doesn’t think it’s a bad idea to have Boxing Day sales the following day.

“Everybody’s got to have a little bit of time off with their family,” said McCallum. “An extra day is not going to hurt anybody. You are still going to get the same sales, just a day later.”