Marketplace

On air since 1972, Marketplace is Canada’s consumer watchdog. We get the goods to help you shop smarter and protect yourself from slick scams and misleading marketing claims. We investigate the products and services we all use every day and push companies and government for answers. And we expose the truth on stories that matter to you and your family.

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Episodes

Marketplace Best before: How supermarkets sell you old food

We rely on best before dates to make sure food is fresh and we don’t get sick. But how reliable are they? Supermarket insiders tell all and share common tricks some grocery stores use to give your favourite foods a second life.
  • 2015
  • 00:22:22
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/19/2017

Marketplace Brain Training: Mind Games Classroom Favourites

Can you train your brain to be better? In a powerful journey into the world of memory, Marketplace host Tom Harrington explores the fears of many Canadians, and his own, when it comes to memory loss. Having lost his parents and father-in-law to Alzheimer’s, Tom puts himself, and an industry, to the test. From popular brain training games to new technology that ...
  • 2015
  • 00:43:32
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/02/2015

Marketplace Checkout Charity: Doing Good, Feeling Bad

Host Tom Harrington investigates the practice of so-called “checkout charity.” Some of the country’s biggest retailers are asking for donations at the cash, even though many Canadians say they don’t like it. So why do companies do it? Who’s it helping? This Marketplace episode raises some big questions about those little charitable donations.
  • 2015
  • 00:21:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/02/2015

Marketplace Easy Loans: Uneasy Money

Canadians are taking on record levels of household debt, and money is top of mind for many trying to tighten their belts. But if you need cash, are companies being clear about what you're signing up for? In this episode, Marketplace investigates the business tactics of a popular loan company that offers easy loans to people who need money. Host Erica Johnson ...
  • 2015
  • 00:21:38
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/04/2015

Marketplace Orange Juice: Juicy Secrets

About two-thirds of us have bought premium orange juice in the past six months, many convinced by claims of pure and natural juice, which make it seem like oranges fall off the tree into the carton. But that’s not the whole story. Marketplace host Tom Harrington talks to juice lovers and an expert who wrote the book on OJ, revealing just how ...
  • 2015
  • 00:20:38
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2015

Marketplace Pharmacy Error: Dispensing Danger

We rely on pharmacists when we're sick. But what happens if they make a mistake? Marketplace investigates pharmacy errors, taking hidden cameras into 50 Canadian pharmacies in the largest test of its kind in Canada. Do ‪‎pharmacists dispense the right advice and catch potentially dangerous drug interactions? And who's tracking the mistakes that happen?
  • 2015
  • 00:21:04
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2015

Marketplace Retail tricks: How stores make you spend more

In a revealing peek behind the retail curtain, the Marketplace team looks at the tricks that companies use to convince you to buy more. Find out how an industry of neuroscientists and behavioural psychologists help retailers boost business and make us buy stuff that we may not actually want or need. This episode also offers tips on recognizing and resisting the most ...
  • 2015
  • 00:22:23
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/18/2017