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 The Dirt on Hotels (Part 1 of 2)

Marketplace checks in to check out the dirt in six Canadian hotel chains — from no-frills to high-end. Host Erica Johnson and her team examine over 50 hotel rooms with the aid of a hidden camera and one of Canada's top microbiologists. Six core items are tested and used to calculate the final scores for each hotel. These items include TV remote, ...
  • 2012
  • 00:21:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/24/2014

Marketplace The Great Salt Shakedown

Eighty Canadians, 80 containers, and one of our most unusual tests ever! The Marketplace team looks at Canadians' diets and finds startling salt facts — the shocking amounts of sodium hidden in your food and how Ottawa lets the food industry get away with it.
  • 2013
  • 00:21:56
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/18/2013

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Marketplace Money Where Your Mouth Is

When it's time to get our teeth checked, most of us trust our dentist to determine the treatment plan and how much it will cost. But how do we know for sure what work needs to be done and how much it should cost? The Marketplace team sends a researcher with hidden cameras to 20 different dentists in Toronto and Vancouver. They ...
  • 2012
  • 00:21:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/27/2013

Marketplace Debt Nation: Personal Finances in Crisis

As never before, Canada is a nation in debt. In fact, we’ve reached the point where the average Canadian family owes more than it earns. Marketplace met with three families living close to the edge. Like so many Canadians, they are living on credit and paying massive amounts of interest. Is there any way out in a world where money is ...
  • 2008
  • 00:50:13
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Marketplace Framed: Overpriced Eyewear

Marketplace focuses on the outrageously high price of spectacles. In this eye-opening report, Tom Harrington pits Canada's biggest chain stores against the leading online retailer, a company whose new business model is a total game changer. He also catches up with an industry insider who challenged the established players and paid a huge price for defying the status quo.
  • 2012
  • 00:21:31
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Marketplace Dirty Hospitals

Erica Johnson puts hospital cleanliness to the test, and finds a mess that is making you sick. With hidden cameras, including Canada's first hidden camera glo gel test, insider interviews and expert opinions, Marketplace uncovers why people in Canadian hospitals are too often getting sicker instead of better.
  • 2012
  • 00:21:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Marketplace Canada's Worst Customer Service

Professional secret shoppers are put to work across the country, documenting just how bad customer service can be.Complaining experts weigh in, and stores react when we reveal who wins at being worst.
  • 2012
  • 00:43:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Marketplace Lousy Labels: The Natural and Organic Deception?

As consumers, we love our shampoos, deodorants, lotions, makeup and other personal care products. But as the products add up, so do the chemicals. That's why 64 percent of us say we're seeking out more "natural" or "organic" items. But how do we know what these labels mean? Marketplace takes a closer look at green personal care products. It turns out labels ...
  • 2011
  • 00:21:26
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Marketplace Something's Fishy: Do You Trust Supermarkets?

If you're purchasing fish at the supermarket, buyer beware! As this Marketplace doc discovers, the labels on fish may be hiding the facts. Using cutting-edge technology, their team tests more than 150 pieces of fish, everything from halibut to sea bass to shark, bought from major chains across Canada. The results reveal some questionable business ethics and may mean that ...
  • 2010
  • 00:12:45
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Marketplace Superbugs in the Supermarket: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Antibiotics are a cornerstone of modern medicine, but bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to them. This means people are getting sicker and taking longer to get well. One culprit could be the large amounts of antibiotics given to the animals we eat, even when they're healthy. In an important story about human health, Marketplace tests chicken samples from major supermarkets ...
  • 2010
  • 00:21:32
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013