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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much does it cost to advertise my personal articles?
How do I place my ad?
Where can I purchase the magazine?
When will my ad appear in the magazine?
What if I don't qualify for free ads?
Is there a commission on the ads?
How does the book support itself?
How many ads can I place?
Can I repeat my ad free of charge?
When are the deadlines for placing an ad?
How do I sign up to view Smart Shopper online?
Why can't I see my ads or modify them in the Member area?


How much does it cost to advertise my personal articles?

Nothing! Zilch! Nada! FREE!  All Photo and Word ads are absolutely FREE!


How do I place my ad?

You have 3 options. click here to view them.


Where can I purchase the magazine?

The Smart Shopper is sold at participating Avondale Food Stores, Canadian Tire Stores, Candian Tire Gas Bars, Sobey's, Foodland, No Frills, Mac's, Becker's, Shoppers Drug Mart, 7-11, Esso, Petro Canada, Sunoco, Shell, Pioneer, Big Bee and Bear, Part Source, Hasty Market, Giant Tiger, Rona, Home Hardware, Tru Value, TSC Country Hardware Stores, IGA, IDA, Guardian Drugs, and all participating independent variety stores, gas bars and hardware stores. Every second Friday a new edition of the Smart Shopper hits the street for only $3.49 plus taxes. Click here to see participating retailers.


When will my ad appear in the magazine?

Ads placed before Monday at 12:00pm will appear in that Friday's Smart Shopper (click here to see issue deadlines).


What if I don't qualify for free ads?

Business classified ads appear at the beginning of each appropriate category and in a large, bold typeface. Contact us for more information.


Is there a commission on the ads?

No - you keep all of your sale proceeds.


How does the book support itself?

Through the support of book sales and business advertising revenue you are able to place your Photo and Word ads absolutely FREE! Please purchase a magazine each issue to support the FREE ad service. We greatly appreciate your ongoing support.


How many ads can I place?

You can place an unlimited* number of word ads and photo ads. 
(*Smart Shopper reserves the right to change this at any time)


Can I repeat my ad free of charge?

YES! All Photo and Word ads run in 1 issue of the Smart Shopper. All you do is call to renew or click here and fill out the renewal form.  There is no need to resend your photo or word ads each issue.


When are the deadlines for placing an ad?

Please click here for deadline dates.


How do I sign up to view Smart Shopper online?

Hello Smart Shopper Onliner's, signing up to Smart Shopper is easy.

Step 1. Click on the "Sign Up" button or the search ads link on the top menu to sign up as a new member. (* We do not share personal information with anyone. Please see Private Policy and Terms and Conditions.)

Step 2. After submitting the form with the required fields filled out, you will see a "Welcome Page".  A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you showing your username and password. Please keep this e-mail for future reference.

Step 3. Click the "Subscriber Login" link and fill out your username and password.

Step 4. You are now logged into the member area. To order credits to browse ads click on Purchase New Credits.

Step 5. Now you will see a screen that allows you to purchase credits. Once you choose the number of credits you will be asked to confirm and choose a method of payment (ie. Credit Card or Pay Pal).

Step 6. Once payment has been approved your account will be credited with the number of credits you purchased.


Why can't I see my ads or modify them in the Member area?

The Member area is only for purchasing credits and viewing the online version. If you make an error on your ad and need to make a correction DO NOT re-send the ad. All you need to do is go to contact us form and explain what you need changed. Always make sure you proof your ad before confirming it to avoid any errors. If you are renewing an ad there is a renew ads button for this purpose.


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