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 Carrying Our Children New

When we put a child on a school bus we are sure that everything has been done to ensure a safe journey, but school bus companies operate as if this was too much to ask. In fact some buses are in such bad condition it isn’t even safe for other vehicles to share the road with them. Spot-checks across the ...
  • 1998
  • 00:20:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2018

Marketplace Addicted to your phone?

Are you addicted to your smartphone? Companies are using science and artificial intelligence to keep you hooked, but tech insiders reveal to the Marketplace team how you can curb the urge to constantly stay connected. Plus they track a family's device usage over several months and reveal the staggering results — from the eight-year-old son, the teenage daughters to the parents. And ...
  • 2017
  • 00:22:36
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/15/2018

Marketplace Superweed: What’s really in today’s marijuana?

As Canada prepares to legalize marijuana, the Marketplace team takes a closer look at today's weed. They test what's being sold right now, and find out that what's missing should alarm you. They also head to Colorado, where weed is legal, and hook up volunteers to EEG machines to find out what happens to your brain on drugs.
  • 2016
  • 00:22:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/18/2017

Marketplace Are your apps spying on you? Apps and your privacy

When you download popular apps, you could be giving companies permission to do a lot more than you think — to track your location, read your texts, access your photos, even access your microphone and camera. Are you really prepared to say yes to all those permissions? With help from data developers, the Marketplace team creates a horoscope app to investigate how ...
  • 2016
  • 00:22:31
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/31/2017

Marketplace The celebrity sell: The new social world of celeb endorsements

From waist trainers to hair vitamins, fat-burning tummy tea wraps, and even pharmaceuticals, the Kardashian family has a long list of products they claim to love on social media. But are they letting people into their lives with these seemingly authentic testimonials, or are they just cashing in?
  • 2016
  • 00:22:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/31/2017

Marketplace Food waste: What some supermarkets throw out

David Common goes dumpster-diving to reveal how big companies throw good food into dumpsters, part of a $31 billion a year problem in Canada. Some European countries have taken action on supermarket food waste, but Canada doesn't even have a food waste policy. If other countries can do it, why can’t we?
  • 2016
  • 00:22:32
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/31/2017

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 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

Marketplace Flight safety: Are you prepared for an emergency?

Your chances of surviving an airline emergency are better than you may think. Think you know what to do to keep safe? In a unique simulation, the Marketplace team puts airline safety to the test. What they have to reveal could save your life.
  • 2016
  • 00:22:23
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/18/2017

Marketplace Cellphone bill busters: How to lower your bill

Canadians are charged some of the highest prices in the world for cellphone service. And when we have a problem, it’s often tough to get it solved. Follow three Canadian consumers who are tired of navigating customer service options and waiting forever on hold. Take advantage of the Marketplace team's inside information: help from a long-time customer service rep and a professional ...
  • 2016
  • 00:22:23
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/18/2017