Future Shop unveils secrets to affordable, 'tech forward' holiday gifts with new Price Beat Promise

This holiday's hit list includes tablets, ultrabooks, smartphones and luggage

Announcement Highlights:

  1. Future Shop shares the top seven tips for 'tech forward' gift-giving success.
  2. Future Shop reveals its hottest gifts for the holidays, including luggage and jewelry.
  3. New Price Beat Promise holiday extension guarantees the lowest prices for Future Shop customers, including online competition, now through January 6, 2013.

BURNABY, BC, Nov. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - With the holiday countdown ticking, Future Shop is in full force to help combat the gift-giving challenge, deploying the country's top Product Experts and revealing its secrets to affordable gift-giving for those who always have the latest consumer electronics at the top of their list. Canada's largest retailer and e-tailer of consumer electronics is also ensuring Canadians get the technology they want without fear of starting the New Year with a budget-breaking hangover, thanks to the new Price Beat Promise, which includes beating online competitor pricing. In time for the holidays, Future Shops is extending* its Price Beat Promise along with its return and exchange policy now through January 6, 2013, assuring the absolute lowest prices this season and zero chance for buyer's remorse.

Future Shop's secrets to 'tech forward' gift-giving

  • Stay ahead of the crowd: Technology moves fast and with a list full of tech-forward loved ones, gift-giving success means keeping up with the times.  Check out  Future Shop's Tech Blog where more than 24 of the country's leading tech experts share their views on the newest products to research. Then head in-store and find a Product Expert to answer any gift-giving questions.

  • Find the best price: Future Shop challenges Canadians to look around before coming in-store, or even while there.  With its Price Beat Promise, if a customer finds a lower price on an item at another valid retailer over the holiday season, in-store or online, Future Shop will beat it by 10 per cent of the price difference at time of purchase, or until January 6, 2013 or 30 days from purchase - whichever is longer.

  • Take advantage: Don't be jealous of our neighbours down south. Canadians can save big during Black Friday too, and without crossing the border. Take advantage of the biggest deals of the season at Future Shop over Black Friday weekend.  Just how big are the deals? They are so hot, they cannot be printed - see an associate in-store November 23-24, 2012.

  • Go digital: Prefer avoiding crowds, but still love crossing off all the items on the entire gift list? Cyber Monday (November 26) is your chance to get the best prices online.  Plan ahead by setting up a Futureshop.ca account, add items to the wish list and set an alarm to be sure not to miss out on Future Shop's third most-trafficked day on the web. Another plus of shopping online, or on-the-go with Future Shop's mobile platforms: free shipping on almost every order over $20.

  • Research before purchasing: Researching gifts is key. Visit futureshop.ca or use Future Shop's mobile apps, or mobile-optimized website from anywhere to check out customer ratings on construction, quality, value and ease of use for nearly every product sold online. Like what you see? Use the reserve and pick-up option at any Future Shop location, or just check-out wherever you are.

  • Keep an eye out for deals: Follow Future Shop on Twitter @FS_Deals or sign-up for Future Shop's weekly newsletter by visiting futureshop.ca and learn about technology and cool promotions, new product, latest entertainment releases and exclusive offers and contests.

  • Cross everyone off the list:  Wondering what to get the person who seems to have everything? Give the most tech forward gift of all - seamless, synched and simplified technology systems in the house, car or anywhere help is needed with ConnectPro Expert services. Since everyone can use a little glitz and glam for the holidays, a piece from the Global Crafts Fair Trade Collection doubles as a beautiful gift for a loved one while supporting artisans in under-developed parts of the world. Still undecided? Future Shop's gift cards - including e-gift cards - are a great option. They can be gifted in traditional card format from a store, ordered online, or even given virtually in an e-card format.

*Extended Price Beat Promise runs through January 6, 2013, or 30 days from date of purchase - whichever is longer. Does not apply to cellular/ wireless devices and excludes Boxing Day prices and limited quantity Boxing Week flyer prices. Original receipt required. Store credit issued for any gift receipt returns. See complete details here.

Future Shop's 2012 tech forward holiday hit list
The following is a listing of exciting products certain to satisfy every holiday wish list, including moms, dads, kids, babies and friends.

Nintendo Wii U 32GB Deluxe - black

The future of gaming has arrived with the Nintendo Wii U. Sporting jaw-dropping, next-generation graphics and a revolution in gaming control thanks to the Wii U GamePad touchscreen, the Wii U delivers a gaming package like no other that is sure to keep the family busy for hours this holiday season. Also, enjoy full backwards compatibility with Nintendo Wii titles and a revamped online offering through the Nintendo Network. With games for all ages and abilities, the Wii U will provide hours of endless family festive fun. This 32GB Deluxe Edition comes in black.
Available for pre-order, estimated release date: 11/18/12
WebID: 10207621

Telus Samsung Galaxy Note II 16GB smartphone - grey - 3 year agreement

For the tech-forward person on the go over the holidays or year-round, the Samsung Galaxy Note II combines the best of smartphone and tablet features in one advanced device providing the power and screen size to do justice to even the most demanding apps. Users can enjoy 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera and 1.9MP front camera to take great holiday photos, NFC, 100 mAh battery that will last even the longest car rides this season and the powerful Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).
WebID: 10227616

ASUS 10.1" 32GB VivoTab with wi-fi (TF600T-B1-GR-CB) - grey

Possibly the most versatile tablet in the world, the Asus Vivo Tab RT comes complete with premium features including a 10.1" Super IPS display with Corning Fit Glass, NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce graphics that work together with the Microsoft Windows 8 RT OS, creating the power needed to be productive with style over the holidays. At only .31" thick and 1.19lbs, the VivoTab is also incredibly portable and great for long holiday road trips and flights.
Available for pre-order, estimated release date: 11/02/2012
WebID: 10227479

HP Envy 14" 3rd Gen Intel Core i5-3317U ultrabook (4-1195CA) - black

Take a slim and powerful ultrabook, add the intuitive power of touch, and you have the amazing HP ENVY TouchSmart ultrabook 4, sure to top the holiday wish lists of the tech-savvy this year. It has the power and speed expected from a high-end ultrabook - with a 3rd-gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 500GB hard drive with 32GB SSD cache - but it's also enhanced with a touchscreen display that gets even more out of Windows 8.
WebID: 10201680

Lytro 16GB Light Field camera - red hot

The Lytro light-field camera doesn't just shoot photos; it captures living images - photos that can be refocused even after they are captured. Instead of a flat 2D image, the Lytro records the entire light field - all the light rays that travel in all directions through a scene. The result is photos with focal points that can be moved, allowing users to catch holiday moments that are faster than your ability to focus.
Estimated release date: 11/09/2012
$499.99 WebID: 10210188

Marantz turntable (TT42)

Enjoy the holiday records of your past with the Marantz turntable that provides an authentic, high-end audio experience with warm, rich sound from vinyl records. It combines classic turntable design with modern technologies, like a fully automatic mechanism that plays records with the touch of a button and automatic tone-arm return and stop.

Marley Revolution Jammin' on-ear headphones - Rasta

Rock beyond the tree with these covering the ears. The House of Marley Revolution Jammin' 3-button headphones keep you rocking and rolling with amazing sound and style. Made just the way Bob wanted things in this world - recycled steel, organic cottons and packaging, they offer you an eco-friendly choice. These headphones provide clean, crisp mids and highs with rich, warm bass.
WebID: 10219040

Puma 19" Spinner wheeled luggage - silver/orange

Travel easier and stand-out this holiday with the PUMA Social Club, where the champion of innovative travel combines street fashion. The Barometer Upright Carry-On features a lightweight 100 per cent polycarbonate protective shell and easy to maneuver four-wheel design.
WebID: 10220465

Rocketfish HD stereo bluetooth headset

Rocketfish high-definition stereo bluetooth headphones are the perfect, wireless gift for the music lovers on any list. Whether traveling this holiday season, working out in the New Year or in need of blocking out holiday noise, these headphones will fit any occasion.  Plus, they are compatible with most bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, MP3 players and other audio devices giving you the ability to stream music from your bluetooth device to the headphones. 
WebID: 10138718

VTech Brilliant Creations tablet - English

Give the gift of learning with the VTech Brilliant Creations Colour touch tablet. Featuring 80 different fun and engaging activities, it teaches kids the skills needed in a variety of subjects. The device features a colour LCD touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, and a progress report to show parents how their kids are coming along. This tablet will help keep kids learning over the holiday vacation until they return back to school in January.
WebID: 10212683

Traxxas Bandit VXL 2WD brushless 1/10 scale RC buggy (2407) - black

The ultimate, resilient, speedy radio-controlled car that won't break after it leaves the tree: the pure black Traxxas 2407 Bandit VXL delivers power, precision, and incredible fun for anyone, while it takes on almost any kind of terrain. It's equipped with brushless horsepower, waterproof electronics, and a swappable battery system that lets drivers take it up to speeds of 70 mph.
WebID: 10217173

Support+ 3 month subscription

Getting a gift for a less tech forward loved one?  Take away anxiety and ensure the new gadget gets full usage by adding support and service for the first three months.  Launched just in time for the holidays, Support+ lets gift-givers rest at ease knowing Future Shop's standing by to help answer PC questions, perform health checks, complete peripheral installation and optimization and remove viruses with trained experts standing by at the click of a mouse.

* Prices as of November 5, 2012.  All prices subject to change.

Visit www.futureshop.ca or download Future Shop's free mobile Apps to browse more exciting gift ideas.

About Future Shop
With 149 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, Futureshop.ca, to deliver unparalleled content about the products it sells. Futureshop.ca also hosts an online community forum and tech blog called Tech Yeah for technology beginners and tech-savvy experts to exchange ideas, reviews, tips and other consumer electronics information (www.futureshop.ca/techyeah). As a proud corporate citizen, Future Shop has developed solutions to recycle used electronics and is committed to employee volunteerism and supporting non-profit organizations dedicated to transforming local youth into Future Leaders (see www.futureshop.ca/futuregeneration).

SOURCE: Future Shop

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Elliott Chun, Communications Manager │Future Shop│mailto:echun@futureshop.com│604.412.1764
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