It's Dealcetera's 1 Year Anniversary! Show your YouTube Love & Win a $100 Shopping Spree on Us!

Ahhh! I’m excited. Today marks Dealcetera’s 1 year anniversary. :D

We have all of you to thank, for where we stand today. Being able to provide you guys with the best deals and having the great opportunity to interact with such a wonderful bunch both on the blog and on the forum has been an absolute pleasure. Here’s to many more!

For our regulars you may recall a series of contests we held over a number of weeks; awarding 6 lucky readers. One particular reader however showed her love for Dealcetera in a very special way. Andrea, the winner of our very first contest, winning a $15 Shoppers Drug Mart gift card, excitedly featured Dealcetera and her prize via YouTube.


…And she inspired me.

It’s your turn! Show your YouTube love!

We want all of you to show your love for Dealcetera and shopping by creating your own YouTube video.

We’re not looking for pros, just fun and entertaining videos. Get creative! Poems, songs, art pieces. Share YOUR tips with US! Feature your hottest buys, maybe even a mini fashion show showcasing your shopping steals. Interviews. Reviews. Take us on a shopping field trip and amaze us with your grand (or not so grand ;) ) total at the register after coupons. Those are just a few ideas but I’m sure you guys can think of plenty more. ;)

We’ll be awarding one lucky person a $100 gift card of their choice! Plus 2 secondary prizes!

Contest Rules & Conditions:

GRAND PRIZE: $100 gift card of the winner’s choosing

Participants have 2 months to submit their video. Contest begins June 20th and will end August 31st*, 2009. After the two month period all video submissions will be narrowed down to the top ten (10) and announced on September 2nd*, 2009. All readers and members will then have a chance to vote for their favourite video between September 2nd and 9th, 2009.

Each participant must include a link to their video(s) in the comments below. Participants must also include a link back to this post in the “more info” section on YouTube. Participants may submit as many videos as they wish, however each person will only have one chance to make the top ten (10). Essentially, we’ll have 10 different nominations. :D

All entries must remain within the terms and guidelines of Dealcetera reserves the right to refuse and/or disqualify any entries which we deem as inappropriate.

* On August 20th, contest deadline was extended from the 20th to the 31st, top ten announcement was extended from August 21st to September 2nd and voting period was extended from August 22nd and 29th to September 2nd and 9th, 2009.

Current Entries:

  1. Melinda Entry #1
  2. Ben Entry #1 #2

SECONDARY PRIZE #1: $10 gift card of your choice

Re-Tweet us! Blog us! Link to us! Spread the word however you like. Each person who spreads the word about this contest, between now (June 20th) and August 31st, 2009, in one way or another will be entered for a chance to win a $10 gift card of your choice. I’m feeling generous so if you’d like to double, triple or quadruple your chances, we’ll give you an extra entry for each time your spread the word. To qualify, please post in the comments below shouting, “I’M FEELING LUCKY!” and posting a link to each of your entries.

Current Entries:

  1. Aeryn Lynne Entry #1
  2. Lesley Entry #1
  3. Shamj Entry #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
  4. Shel Entry #1


SECONDARY PRIZE #2: $10 gift card of your choice

Between September 2nd and 9th, 2009, all you have to do is vote for your favourite video! Each person who casts their vote will be entered for a chance to win a $10 gift card of their choice. :D


Have fun and get youtube’n! :D

There’s more!

…Andrea’s correct, we do have a US blog. Over the last few months it’s been a bit neglected as we’ve taken the time to focus on our Canadian blog. But! It’s been perked back up! For any of you who have friends or family residing in the US, please take the time to spread the word. We hope to keep it updated as often as our Canadian blog from here on. Note that, Dealcetera US will continue to be a work in progress and we welcome your feedback. :)

Click here to visit Dealcetera US | Click here to follow our American tweets!

And finally, Facebook!

You can now follow us on Facebook at

As always, you can reach us at dealcetera [at] gmail [dot] com if you have any questions or feedback. If you’re a company and/or business who might be interested in sponsoring us now or with future contests, we’d love for you to contact us so that we may work with you as well!



Peasnpod on 20 June, 2009 at 3:00 pm #

Happy Anniversary!!

moony25 on 20 June, 2009 at 3:03 pm #

happy anniversary
this is so exciting

Susan on 20 June, 2009 at 4:20 pm #

Happy Anniversary!
Well Done! :) Looking forward to seeing the videos.

Looney on 20 June, 2009 at 5:00 pm #

Firstly, congrats.
And secondly, after waiting for the surprise it turn out to be a self promotional give away. So we have to work for it. Hey do I hear a ringing bell?? We humans are stupid. I gather this won’t make it to the posting. That’s ok. It’s just part of the politics of thing. To shield the negative comments so as to make the whole world look…bright and cheery. Like I said, we humans are stupid. And those with a modicum of authority are.. you know.

Daiquiri on 20 June, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

No! Not all are stupid … Just those
who thrive on negative comments. Hear any bells ringing?

Daiquiri on 20 June, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

Congratulations Dealcetera! A lot of work has obviously gone into this site! I’m sure there are many who would be glad to take the $100.00 if anybody doesn’t want it. :) Good Luck to All.

Andrea on 20 June, 2009 at 7:19 pm #

Happy Anniversary Dealcetera!

Thanks for posting my video!!! That is so awesome!

Just one question: Does this mean I’m automatically entered?! lol…

MindsEye on 20 June, 2009 at 10:16 pm #

Looney: What contest have you seen where you didn’t have to get a little dirty? The contest at hand is anything but a chore. Again, we’re not looking for pros. It can be as easy and non-painful as turning on a cell and uploading.

Secondly, we’re only asking for a bit of love whether directly or indirectly. If you’re a fan of Dealcetera, great! If you’re not, that’s ok too. Approach this contest in a manner you feel comfortable with. I tossed around some ideas to get the wheels spinning for you guys - but as I said, be creative!

Ideas mentioned such as tips, field trips, interviews and reviews are completely unrelated to Dealcetera and can be as “bright and cheery” as you’d like them to be. Maybe you received bad service at a restaurant or maybe your online shopping experience hit a few bumps and you want to tell us.

We’re a shopping and deals site asking all of you to share your love for shopping with us. Good and bad. Be original. Be honest. That’s all. :)

Andrea: lol! You were our inspiration. Unfortunately, the contest begins as of today and continues onward. We look forward to more videos from you however. :)

Thanks everyone for your warm wishes and for being a part of our special day!

Imran on 21 June, 2009 at 12:38 am #

Happy Anniversary Dealcetera!
You are doing a great job.

Tom on 21 June, 2009 at 10:54 pm #

Happy Anniversary! Fun contest!

Melinda on 23 June, 2009 at 10:44 am #

Thanks Andrea! This is both my response video and entry. Thanks to all the people responsible for updating this site with deals!

MindsEye on 23 June, 2009 at 11:48 am #

Wow! GREAT video Melinda! Thanks so much for getting the ball rolling. :D

Susan on 27 June, 2009 at 11:58 am #

Nicely done Video Melinda! Remember! For all who are entering … it does say that you can submit more than one video to increase your chances of winning the $100.00 :D

Melinda on 27 June, 2009 at 1:11 pm #

Really?! I might just do that. haha

MindsEye on 27 June, 2009 at 2:54 pm #


Participants may submit as many videos as they wish, however each person will only have one chance to make the top ten (10). Essentially, we’ll have 10 different nominations.

Plus, there’s a chance to win $10 too just by sharing this contest. You can enter as many times as you’d like for that one too and each time you share you’ll gain an extra entry. :D

To qualify, please post in the comments below shouting, “I’M FEELING LUCKY!” and posting a link to each of your entries.

ben on 30 June, 2009 at 4:08 am #

well this is my video… hope you like it… Happy anniversary…

MindsEye on 2 July, 2009 at 10:27 pm #

Cute video Ben! Thanks so much for entering! :D

Aeryn Lynne on 3 July, 2009 at 1:08 am #


Thanks! :)

Lesley on 3 July, 2009 at 2:03 am #

Shamj on 4 July, 2009 at 11:25 am #


Shamj on 4 July, 2009 at 11:26 am #


It’s my birthday and i finally figured this out.

Shamj on 4 July, 2009 at 11:28 am #

Shamj on 4 July, 2009 at 11:29 am #

Shamj on 4 July, 2009 at 11:30 am #

Shamj on 4 July, 2009 at 11:34 am #

last time.


ben on 4 July, 2009 at 11:08 pm #

a second video…and happy anniversary again

Susan on 5 July, 2009 at 8:56 am #

Interesting videos Ben. Creative! Curious to see what you might do next.

Shel on 8 July, 2009 at 6:04 pm #

ben on 12 July, 2009 at 3:54 am #

Susan on 12 July, 2009 at 9:41 am #

Oh my gosh! So unique Ben! Keep them coming hun .. Love watching them. Always look forward to seeing what you will come up with next. :D

Shel on 14 July, 2009 at 12:04 pm #

I’M FEELING LUCKY! Got my $10 gift card today. Thanks Dealcetera.

wendy on 16 July, 2009 at 5:16 pm #

im feeling lucky…spread the word on facebook

Bernadette da Costa Winberg on 20 July, 2009 at 4:10 pm #

I would like to speak to you about a Social Media confernce. An you provide me your phone number I would like to know a little about your company

Kate on 17 August, 2009 at 6:45 am #

Just wondering if the YouTube contest will be extended to the end of August since the deadline is coming up soon & there are only 3 entries listed so far, thanks.

MindsEye on 17 August, 2009 at 7:45 am #

Hi Kate, I was considering that and was wondering how everyone would feel if it was extended. Are you interested in participating?

Kate on 20 August, 2009 at 8:54 am #

I checked your blog today, thanks for the extension. We were throwing around ideas but didn’t get around to actually putting a YouTube video together. Now we have a lil more time to work on it as opposed to a rushed job today. We will be uploading it soon (family effort) Fair playing field now… one entry per person!

Jennyfer on 20 August, 2009 at 4:27 pm #


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Susan on 21 August, 2009 at 8:42 am #

It is my understanding that participants may enter as many videos as they like, however, only one of the the videos entered will be selected to move on to the top 10 for members & readers to vote for their favourite.
“Family Effort” sounds interesting.

Susan on 21 August, 2009 at 9:42 am #

Sorry! I should have said may be selected to move on NOT will be!

Jennyfer on 21 August, 2009 at 3:19 pm #

Kate on 21 August, 2009 at 6:47 pm #

Susan, from what I understand now since MindsEye has extended the deadline it’s only “one entry per person”. I mentioned that it will be a family effort because I’ve been discussing uploading a video for about a month now! I think we finally figured out what we’ll be doing & hopefully come up with something by this weekend. Are u planning to upload a DC video too? The more the merrier :)

Susan on 21 August, 2009 at 8:15 pm #

Hi Kate,
Participants can enter as many videos as they like. However, only one of the entries from each person has a chance to move on to the top 10 for the readers and members to vote on.
I would love to participate, but unfortunately I am unable to.
I am looking forward to seeing them and hope Mindseye is able to get more videos sent in.
Good Luck To You!

MindsEye on 22 August, 2009 at 8:58 am #

Kate, just to clarify, Susan’s got it right. :)

Outside of the deadline that was extended, the rules have never changed.

Participants could always enter as many times as they liked and in the chance that we received more than 10 entries from different participants, those that submitted more than once would have had a higher chance of making it to the top ten.

So as an example, if we had received 15 submissions from 12 different participants ONLY ten from those 12 would move on. Those who had submitted more than once may not have had the best first video, but their second video may have sealed their chances to move on to the voting period. :)

I hope that helps to clarify things. I’m excited to see your video. :D

It’s unfortunate to hear you can’t participate Susan but thanks for involving yourself where you can. :)

And wow Jennyfer! Thanks for getting the word out. I’ll be sure to record all of your entries. :)

Jennyfer on 26 August, 2009 at 3:31 pm #

I’m feeling lucky

Hope I win!!

Melinda on 29 August, 2009 at 5:10 pm #

Zero on 30 August, 2009 at 1:27 am #

Here’s my entry :)

I hope this catches on, cause I’m feeling lucky ;)

Zero on 30 August, 2009 at 2:54 am #

Thought I’d drop in again and like to add another entry :)

It’s the same video with a teeny-tiny difference ;)

Joel on 30 August, 2009 at 4:10 pm #

Here is my entry. Congrats on year 1!

Susan on 31 August, 2009 at 7:38 am #

Ditto, Ditto, Ditto! Had I been able to submit a video I couldn’t have said it better myself. I am a strong supporter of Dealcetera for the exact reasons you mentioned.
I as well, appreciate the clean appearance and the detailed posts, which I find very interesting & extremely helpful. I have been able to save a great deal of money due to this site as the informative posts do the work for me.
The blog pictures either taken or photoshopped by MindsEye are very well done and I too find myself looking for the Dealcetera name within them LOL.

Melinda, Ben and Zero all nicely done videos as well! It’s been fun watching them. Good Luck to all who have entered!

MindsEye and to all who contribute to this site .. Keep up the good work! Much appreciated!

MindsEye on 31 August, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

I’m absolutely in love with all of the recent new videos! Awesome job Melinda, Zero and Joel! Our readers certainly have their work cut out for themselves when voting.

For anyone else reading, there’s only 5 hours left to get any final entries in!

MindsEye on 1 September, 2009 at 12:00 am #


Thanks so much to everyone who has participated in Dealcetera’s anniversary event. Stay tuned for follow-up details beginning on September 2nd, 2009. One random winner (from those who tweeted, blogged, facebooked etc) will be announced and rewarded with a $10 gift card and the video finalists will be presented in a new post to be voted upon. :D

Kate on 1 September, 2009 at 12:34 am #

Ooooh! It’s past the deadline… Everyone’s videos are so creative, nice job everyone! It’ll be interesting to what the voting is like. I guess my 1st attempt at video making with my family didn’t make the deadline.LOL! All the best to all those who entered. Happy Anniversary Dealcetera!

MindsEye on 1 September, 2009 at 1:05 am #

Awww! I was soooo looking forward to seeing your video Kate - you had me in suspense, lol. Did you and your family end of making one? I’d love to see it. :D

And thanks so much for the wishes. :)

Annette on 1 September, 2009 at 11:08 am #

just love your website keep up the good work

Susan on 1 September, 2009 at 1:24 pm #

Yah Kate! I wanted to see it too! You had me in suspense as well! :d lol

kate on 1 September, 2009 at 7:31 pm #

Aww.Sure I’d love to post it. It wasn’t uploading last night. I just had someone help me do it just now and it succeeded. Can anyone tell me how to get a website or url from youtube, to view the video? Not i-net savy :( Thanks

kate on 1 September, 2009 at 8:02 pm #

Ohh I think I got it. Thanks for your encouragement to post it anyway..

I’m a kinda little embarrassed and in regreta because.. apparently it was uploaded last night around 9pm after everyone’s bedtime but my i-net connection must have been having problems because i wasn’t able to connect, then it seemed to be uploading for hours past the deadline…

LOL! my computer skills are limited to to coupon businesses online.

So here it is after a regular day with the the family and last night’s trouble shooting… We had Fun!! it worth just 4 show! ;) or being considered an entry??? ..but i understand .. rules & fair play… Enjoy!!

kate on 1 September, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

Ok…maybe not. Here it is..

Susan on 2 September, 2009 at 7:44 am #

Hi Kate,
Cute Video! Thanks for letting us see it! :D You did better than me .. at least you got one in eventually. Tell your kids they did a great job! :D