Father's Day is Gadget Day



    Survey shows that dads want electronics and quality time with their
    families on June 15th

    TORONTO, ON and BURNABY, BC, June 6 /CNW/ - Skip the ties and tools this
Father's Day and pick up the gadgets and gizmos he really wants. Future Shop,
Canada's largest retailer and e-tailer of consumer electronics, is helping
Canadians take the guesswork out of Father's Day shopping. A recent survey(*)
commissioned by Future Shop, and conducted by AskingCanadians.com, indicates
electronics are the gifts dads crave this year.
    More than 550 Canadian dads were surveyed and stated the following two
electronics as their top Father's Day gift choices:

    
    -   A flat-panel LCD HDTV to maximize their entertainment experience
        (42 per cent)
    -   A GPS navigation system to direct them on their adventures
        (15 per cent)
    

    The survey also shows that 58 per cent of dads would like to spend time
with their family on Father's Day, followed by watching sports on television
or from the home theatre room (30 per cent). Whether it's viewing a movie,
enjoying sports or playing video games, dads want quality time with their
loved ones.
    For more memorable Father's Day gift ideas, in various price ranges,
visit www.futureshop.ca.
    "Guys and gadgets go hand-in-hand and we wanted to help our customers by
identifying what's at the top of dads' lists for Father's Day," said Anita
Sehgal, Director Customer Experience, Future Shop. "Our Product Experts are
available in-store and online in our Community Forum to answer questions and
help find the perfect guy gift for home, work or on-the-go."
    Dads from the survey ranked these seven gifts as ones that will make them
smile:

    
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                    Flat-panel HDTV                                  $479.99
    1. Samsung 22" Flat-Panel LCD HDTV - The Samsung LCD
        offers a vivid viewing experience in a compact
        display. This flat-panel LCD HDTV screen will
        maximize Dad's entertainment experience.
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                     GPS Navigation                                  $149.99
    2. TomTom ONE 3rd Edition GPS system - This super-sized
        navigator gives a big picture of the route ahead
        without obstructing your view. It features a
        5.2" display, preloaded maps, text-to-speech
        directions and lots of entertainment features for
        fun on the open road.
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                     Digital Camera                                  $299.99
    3. Canon PowerShot 8.0MP Digital Camera - With 8.0MP
        of resolution, an Optical Image Stabilizer and
        3.8x optical zooming capabilities, this camera
        will capture those precious memories with Dad.
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                       Blu-ray DVD                                   $399.99
    4. Samsung Blu-ray Player (BP-P1400) - The third
        generation Blu-ray disc player by Samsung features
        a full HD 1080p/24Hz output and Samsung home
        theatre matching design. This Blu-ray player
        delivers the sharpest, most detailed HD images
        possible for the ultimate 1080p full HD home
        entertainment experience.
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                        Fun Flick                                     $24.99
    5. Semi-Pro Movie - Get him new movies to add to the
        collection, like Semi-Pro starring Will Ferrell.
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                   All-in-one Remote                                 $149.99
    6. Logitech Harmony Universal Remote - Designed
        specifically for Digital Video Recorder (DVR) users,
        the Harmony 670 features convenient controls that
        make it easy to command TiVO and other popular DVRs.
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    (*) AskingCanadians.com fielded the online survey on behalf of Future
        Shop between May 30, 2008 and June 4, 2008, among a national sample
        of 1,001 adults 18 years of age and older, 764 were men, of which
        571 were fathers who have children.
    

    About Future Shop

    With 133 stores across the country and the nation's premier web store
(www.futureshop.ca), Burnaby, BC-based Future Shop is Canada's largest
retailer and e-tailer of consumer electronics. The company employs more than
10,000 technology enthusiasts, has enabled its website to deliver unparalleled
content about the products it sells and hosts an online community forum for
technology beginners and tech-savvy experts to exchange ideas, reviews, tips
and other consumer electronics information (www.futureshopforums.ca). As a
proud corporate citizen, Future Shop has developed solutions to recycle used
electronics (see www.futureshop.ca/green) and is committed to employee
volunteerism and supporting non-profits organizations dedicated to
transforming local youth into Future Leaders (see
www.futureshop.ca/community).




For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, contact: Tamar
Nersesian, Optimum Public Relations, (416) 969-1291,
tamar.nersesian@cossette.com; Susan Kirk, Future Shop, (604) 412-1226,
skirk@futureshop.com; Cheryl Grant, Future Shop, (604) 412-1008,
chgrant@futureshop.com

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