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Attention Canadian Shoppers!  Find out how to chase down the country’s hottest shopping deals.

Web site introduces Canadians to online couponing.

TORONTO, JULY 8, 2003., a Canadian-based online deal-finding web site, is helping a lucky number of Canadian shoppers save money daily.  The website provides a way for visitors to locate deals and online coupons for their on and offline purchases.

“Thanks to this great web site, I saved $40 off a Staples order,” states one of the site’s users.  “ is definitely a web site every Canadian buyer should know about.”

Via the main page of, users can find discounted offers for computer equipment and other online purchases, coupons for everything from office supplies to sports equipment to Palm Pilots and other handheld devices and beyond. Deals may apply to online purchases, in-store purchases or both. 

Users also laud customer service for deals found via the website. “ helped me save on a new CD burner.  I just received it on Friday from Not only was I impressed with the price and no PST… but the shipping was EXCELLENT - it only took 2 days!”

Updated daily, the site combines staff expertise and a community of deal hunters who relay shopping deals across Canada to the public via the website.  Deals are rated based on cost-savings and with discounts for suppliers ranging from to, the site is becoming Canadian value shoppers’ first stop before opening their wallets.  Sample deals available on the site today include:

  • is selling used SMC10/100 PCI Ethernet cards for just $0.99.
  • Valid until July 10th, has the Prima Q2716 27” Virtually Flat TV discounted $70 to only $329.99.
  • has dropped the price on some of the items previously listed on  These include the Toshiba PDR-T20, Megapixel camera with 2x zoom for $188.97 and VisionTek Xtasy’s video card for $94.97.
  • is currently running a summer clearance promotion, where you customers can save between 10 and 50 per cent off selected products.  Notables include: Deer Lodge six person dome ten for $99, Coleman 3lbs. Thermotech sleeping bag for $24 and Tasco Binoculars with Swiss Army Knife for $34. was launched in November 2000 by Derek Szeto, a third-year Queen’s University commerce student while he was still in high school.  His reasons for starting the site were simple – he couldn’t find what he was looking for. 

    “For months all I could find were coupons and shopping deals available to American shoppers,” says Szeto.  “I couldn’t find a comprehensive site that allowed me to view Canadian deals and coupons, and thus, was born.  Designed specifically for the Canadian consumer, this site helps people save money on both their online and offline purchases.”

    In the U.S., there has been an upward trend and growing usage of online coupons.  The advent of has now made it possible for Canadians to get online and clip their way to savings.  With over 200 deals available on the site at any given time and over 3200 archived deals, users can find the following:

  • Access to online coupon codes.  For example, on June 20, 2003, was giving new customers $5 off purchases of $35 or more when coupon code CANADASKY535 was entered at the checkout.

  • Access to information about deals both in-stores and on the Internet.  For example, May 29, 2003, Sportchek posted coupons on their web site for 15 per cent off on all men’s clothing, both sale and regularly priced, as well 15 per cent off men’s regularly priced footwear.  This coupon was good for in-store use only and tracked it down.

  • Download and print coupons for an online company’s brick and mortar counterpart.  For example, on June 20, 2003, a forum user mentioned an ad he found in The Vancouver Province for a special on the new Xbox.  The promo was good until June 21, 2021 and could be used when making both in-store and online purchases.

    “ is an excellent resource for Canadian consumers and an important partner in our business. The community around helps us insure that our prices are competitive and our service is the best in Canada,” said Steve Wu, president of

    “We really want this site to be of beneficial use to all Canadians,” states Szeto, “and we have made it our mission to ensure that visitors to receive the best deals across the country.”

    ABOUT REDFLAGDEALS.COM: Launched in November 2000, uses the power of community to alert bargain-hunting consumers to Canadian retailing deals via the Internet. Headed up by Derek Szeto, a second-year university student, the site currently boasts over 300,000 unique visitors and over 3 million page views every month. The site has pushed over $500,000 in sales to one of its affiliates to date and is represented by 24/7 Canada for advertising inquiries.

    For more information, please contact:

    Sacha DeGroot
    Sequentia Communications

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