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VISA Holiday Shopping Survey and a $50 Giveaway

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Back in September, I shared with you the results of a survey on Back to School spending, conducted on behalf of VISA Canada. They have now released the results of another survey on how Canadians plan to spend their time and money during the holiday season. What do the results show? Canadian shoppers can save money and time by shopping online deals like the ones you can find at visaperks.ca.


It's easy to believe that, if Canadians had a little extra time over the holidays, they would choose to relax (58%), spend more time with family (54%), and spend time with friends (38%). I mean, isn't that what holidays are for? To break away from the daily routines, connect with the important people in our lives and create happy memories? It's also easy to get caught up in the shopping madness of the holiday season, however.

Busy malls and parking lots, impatient shoppers and long lineups are a recipe for disaster in my books. I would much rather shop online at my convenience, in my pj's,  and take advantage of free shipping offers wherever I can. Plus, I find it a lot easier to compare prices and benefit from discounts and deals when I don't have ominous displays of expensive chocolates hovering over me, taunting me to cave into my weakness. You know what I mean?

With Visaperks, VISA cardholders receive exclusive merchant discounts and offers on everything from fashion, beauty and accessories to electronics, travel and more. For instance, you can save 15 per cent off purchases of $100 or more from Birks.com.
As a one-stop destination that helps Canadians save money on the things they love, Visaperks is ideal for shoppers looking to score the best deals for everyone on their list. Whether you’re buying a gift for a family member or friend, purchasing a new holiday outfit or buying the latest electronics at discounted prices, going online to Visaperks is a great way to find and save on whatever you need.

~ Anne McNeil, Director of Marketing, VISA Canada
Take a look at the results below then share your thoughts and holiday shopping tendencies for a chance to win a $50 prepaid VISA gift card here on Toronto Teacher Mom.

Regional Results


Canadian Holiday Shopping Trends
  • 54% of Canadians have made an online purchase in the last 12 months.
  • 51% of Canadians said that they are more likely than last year to shop online this holiday season.
  • Canadians plan on spending on average 8.1 hours shopping in the mall and 3.9 hours shopping online this holiday season. 
  • Maritimers plan to spend the most time in the mall (9.2 hours) and Ontarians plan to spend the most time online shopping (4.4 hours).
  • Crowds (35%), long lineups (22%) and parking lot chaos (11%) continue to be the elements Canadians like least about holiday shopping.
Canadian Holiday Shopping Trends by Age
  • 72% of Canadians between 18-34 years old have made an online purchase in the last 12 months.
  • 68% of Canadians between 18-34 years claim to be more likely than last year to shop online this holiday season.
Canadian Holiday Shopping Trends by Gender
  • More than half of Canadian males (53%) and females (55%) have made an online purchase in the last 12 months.
  • Canadian males expect to spend 7.2 hours shopping at the mall this holiday season, while females expect to spend 8.9 hours.
  • Female Canadians expect to spend 3.5 hours shopping online during the holiday season, while males expect to spend 4.3 hours.
For a chance to win a $50 prepaid VISA gift card, follow the instructions using the Rafflecopter form below.




Disclosure: I have received a gift card as a thank you for sharing the results of this survey. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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69 COMMENTS

  1. I mostly hunt for deals online then go to the stores, unless stores offer free shipping then it's a once stop shop!!

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  2. I shop both online & in the stores, I look for the best deals.

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  3. I enjoy shopping online - no line-ups or crowds LOL

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  4. I shop online and in stores. I love looking for deals online.

    leannemacg at gmail.com

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  5. I shop online more now. I still shop in stores, but compare prices online before I go.

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  6. Online Savvy Deal Hunter Of-course with so much tech smartness around. :-)

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  7. I do most of my holiday shopping in store but I do a little shopping online.

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  8. I like to shop in store. I need to feel/touch something that I want to buy.

    amt (at)telus (dot)net

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  9. I'm an equal opportunity shopper...I shop in store ad online equally! I love getting great deals online without leaving my house but free shipping is a must. In store shopping is fun because I love checking out the new products.

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  10. I love to shop online, seem to find some better deals. But I also like shopping in store. I like to see the items in person sometimes before I purchase.

    canadianangelxo at live dot ca

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  11. I always shop in store I am still old fashioned, I want to actually see what I'm getting!

    calvert0 at telus dot net

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  12. i have done a little on amazon but mostly i do it instore, if would do more online with a prepaid credit card lol
    staceyx at telus dot net

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  13. I do both, usually my nieces and nephew are easy to find in the stores, my kids is easier to find them something online.

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  14. I do both probably half online and the rest in store but i know what im looking for before i go so it doesnt take long
    reneetaylor at sympatico dot ca

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  15. I do some of both....shopping in the stores and online. I do like to look online for deals. This will be the first year where I'm trying to do more of my holiday shopping online.
    Jennifer L.
    jentam777 at gmail dot com

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  16. I am more of a in store shopper than an online shopper. The main reason for this is because I don’t like paying extra for shipping. Also, if I order something that has to cross the boarder there are a whole other bunch of fees I have to pay that I don’t like so I tend to stay in Canada to shop.

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  17. I tend to be a store shopper. I keep on the look-out all year for good deals.

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  18. I do mine both online and at the store,,,i love good online deals! karasceviour at hotmail dot com

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  19. Josee P
    I look for the price and if I find a deal online. Then I go to the store if the price is better.
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  20. I mostly shop in stores. I like to actually see and touch something before I buy it.

    adriana.fitzgerald at hotmail dot com

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  21. I mostly shop in store.. but if there is a really good deal online including free shipping i sometimes shop online
    thanks
    flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  22. 99% of my shopping is in store.
    janicebudgellpollard at hotmail dot com

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  23. I do in store and on-line and am always looking for great deals.

    yourstrulee(at)sasktel(dot)net

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  24. I do the majority of my shopping online as I have mobility issues and I usually find better deals also

    ty

    nancyrobster at gmail dot com



    RAFFLECOPTER NAME is Anne Taylor

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  25. I kind of do both. I like to "see" products, but then I will check out online to see if there is a better deal.
    mommakoala(at)cogeco(dot)ca

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  26. Like to do both, something is better to buy online, but not clothes or shoes.

    teddyoutreadyto(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I usually shop in store, unless I can get a good deal with decent shipping costs!

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  28. I so a little of both. I don't mind the crowds but if I can get a good deal online I'll do it :)

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  29. I try to do all of my shopping online but I will occasionally go to the mall.
    thanks!
    amym_brown @ hotmail.com

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  30. I do a mix of in-store and on-line shopping-just where ever I can get the best deal!

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  31. I tend to do a little of both

    sweetpeg at gmail dot com

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  32. I do both. When I find what I like, I get it.

    DOREEN RIOPEL ON THE ENTRY FORM.

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  33. I do a combination of both - I try to do most online (as I hate the massive crowds this time of year), but I do pick up somethings in store!

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  34. I love to shop in-store. I just love to browse around the store and physically holding and seeing the product myself

    sweetpanda2010 at gmail dot com

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  35. I am a deal hunter whether it be online or in store! I mostly shop in store though,but love online shopping too!
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

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  36. Mostly instore but have gotten a few great deals online this year too!

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  37. I love shopping for deals, online and off! There are times I prefer to shop in store, because I enjoy touching and seeing the actual product, especially clothes.
    rebthecatsitter at gmail.com

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  38. I do most of my shopping in the stores but if I can't find what I am looking for I will look to buy online


    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  39. I do 95% of my shopping online, but I wait until there's free shipping involved. I've gotten spoiled with online shopping and rarely shop instore.

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  40. I mainly shop instore

    cacch 71 at gmail dot com

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  41. I do most of my shopping in stores.

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  42. I primarily shop in store but the last couple of years my online shopping has increased.

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  43. This year, I am doing 80% of my shopping online.

    I find there are more deals online than in stores.

    I like the convenience of being able to shop whenever I want without dealing with crowds and long line up at cashiers.

    I will take one day and go to Bangor, Maine to finish my shopping at the mall and at some of the outlets.

    The only drawback to shopping online is that you have to shop early in order to get things in time for Christmas.

    Thanks for offering this great giveaway opportunity. ~Pauline

    dod@rogers.com

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  44. I'm an online savvy shopper! ifindbargains at gmail dot com

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  45. Both...in store if I can find it there and the price is better...though online is often so much simpler that if the price is the same I'll do it there!!

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  46. I don't do a lot of holiday shopping since I do a lot of homemade gifts, and most of them are food so I do most of my shopping in my local grocery store. I'm intrigued by some online options lately, though.

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  47. i look for deals online then go to the store!

    karen_lee2jr at yahoo dot ca

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  48. I do my shopping wherever the best deals are. I'm more likely to order books and dvds online, especially when the shipping is free.

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  49. I bargain hunt online and do a lot of shopping online. I think I am a pretty savvy deal-hunter.

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  50. I actually prefer shopping in the store as I can see the information & quality first hand, however if I can find a cheaper price for something on-line, I will buy it that way.

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  51. I do both online shopping and in store. It depends on what I'm buying. Sometimes I'd much prefer to see and feel an item IRL.

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  52. I usually shop in the stores
    Jodi T
    trublujo at hotmail dot com

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  53. I do both.. I like going out to the stores sometimes but love to see what great deals I can find online!

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  54. mostly shop in-store, but doing more and more online to avoid crowds.

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  55. I do a bit of both, but mostly I shop in store, I like to see and touch what I am buying.

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  56. I do both online and in-store shopping. I generally research best prices online first.

    deborah.sears at hotmail dot com

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  57. i do mostly shopping in store, but i check online sites to help me get the best deals

    lisaandkevin@yahoo.ca

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  58. I shop online when i can because everytime i go out to get something it's outofstock, they don't carry it.. so i waste time and gas.. and get put into a foul mood for days..lol

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  59. I try to do most of my shopping online.

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  60. I do as much as possible online but always end up in stores too — either for the odd thing or to browse for someone who is hard to buy for.

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  61. I am a convert to online shopping. I stick mostly to the major retailers though. I can usually find what I want, while the stores frequently run out.

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  62. Still the stores for me!

    billiondollarprincesss@hotmail.com

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  63. mostly in store. But if there is free shipping and a deal, I can not resist :)

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  64. I do my shopping in stores.

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