Know the basics of shopping in Manitoba:
Types of stores
- Grocery stores
- sell food and basic needs.
- have many food items from fruits and vegetables to canned items.
- Manitoba has more than 700 grocery stores and supermarkets.
- Popular supermarkets:
- Real Canadian Superstore
- Manitoba has many ethnic food stores or groceries.
- Read: Craving for your favorite dish? You just might find it here to know some ethnic food stores.
- sell dry goods such as:
- electronics and others
- Goods are arranged in sections
- Find what you need to buy easily
- Some groceries also sell dry goods. For example, Walmart and Costco.
- have several stores inside a building.
- Large malls in Manitoba have:
- department stores
- specialty stores
- optical shops
- sell one particular type of product or service.
- music stores
- book stores
- flower shops
- jewelry stores
- electronics stores
- have fresh products.
- sell locally grown produce:
- sometimes, cooked food
- Buying from farmer’s markets also support local farms.
- Some open only during certain seasons.
- Know which markets are open at: Farmers’ Markets Association of Manitoba.
- St. Norbert Farmers’ Market has an online market. It is open all year round.
Dollar stores, thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales
- are smaller than grocery stores.
- carry a limited variety of goods.
- they may have goods and services not available at bigger stores like
- tobacco products
- postal services
- Some are open 24 hours. They have higher prices compared to groceries.
- Dollar stores sell cheap items. Many cost a dollar.
- Thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales sell used items like:
- They are popular because of the variety of goods and low prices.
- Some second-hand stores use profits to help the community.
- Garage sales are held in the summer. Look for posters announcing them in your area.
Shopping hours and days
- Most stores are open Mondays to Fridays, starting at 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.
- Some, like Superstore, close as late as 10 or 11 p.m.
- Weekend schedules vary. Some malls and stores close earlier (usually 6:00 p.m.).
- Check holiday schedules online. They change.
- Many stores are closed on statutory holidays.
Alcohol and tobacco products
- Alcoholic drinks and tobacco products are sold at liquor marts.
- Some convenience stores sell tobacco products.
- Only those 18 years old and above may enter and buy from liquor stores.
- Liquor purchases must be placed inside the trunk of your car. They must be sealed and unopened.
- To know where you can smoke, read smoking in public places at Manitoba.ca.
- The tag price is not the total amount that you will pay.
- Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Provincial Sales Tax (PST) are added.
- In Manitoba, GST is 5% while PST is 7% (as of 2020).
- Newcomers can apply for the GST/Harmonized Sales Tax credit (HST).
- GST credit is a quarterly benefit to individuals or families with modest incomes.
- You automatically apply for GST credit when you file your first income tax.
Discounts & promotions
- Retail stores have special discounts or promotions.
- They sometimes offer:
- a percentage off from the price of certain goods,
- buy-one-take-one deals, or
- no tax days.
- See flyers, posters, or the store’s website announcing sales.
- Most stores offer big discounts on Boxing Day (December 26).
- After-Christmas sales may last for a week.
Returns & warranties
- Know return policies when you buy goods.
- Read warranties for electronics, appliances and other equipment.
- Policies vary per store.
- Keep your receipt and the product’s original packaging. You may need to return the product
- Ask for a gift receipt:
Read your Consumer Rights and Responsibilities at the Manitoba.ca site.
- A gift receipt does not show the price of the item.
- It gives the recipient the option to return or replace the item at the store.
- Know your rights as a consumer.
- Know the latest prices of goods.
- Sign up for consumer alerts by email at the Manitoba.ca site.
Know how to file a complaint from the Consumer Protection Office.The Consumer Protection Office investigates consumer-related complaints.
- They will send you news and tips on consumer safety.
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