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Re: Marketplace Consumer

Postby deja vu on Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:29 pm

Loblaws gift cards and curbing kids' smartphone use: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet
Plus: End to E. coli outbreak in lettuce and a proposed 'sin' tax on meat


http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/loblaws ... -1.4484078

Save On Foods was not involved n any of the Loblaws and company bread fixing, but played it smart by offering their own gift card -

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Re: Marketplace Consumer

Postby deja vu on Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:24 pm

What really happens to old clothes dropped in those in-store recycling bins
Chances are they won’t be resurrected into new clothes as some ads suggest

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/clothes ... -1.4493490

I either go to the consignment store to sell them or I donate to the Big Brothers/Sisters so they can make money off them.
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Re: Marketplace Consumer

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:35 pm

Certain US states had some frozen vegetable products sold and there is a recall on them, due to a possible listeria contamination.
On Wednesday, January 24, National Frozen Foods Corporation voluntarily recalled a limited quantity of frozen veggies due to a potential listeria contamination, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail, or elderly people, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

While healthy individuals may suffer from short-term symptoms such as severe headache, high fever, nausea, stiffness, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, a listeria infection can cause major problems for pregnant woman, including stillbirths and miscarriages.


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Re: Marketplace Consumer

Postby deja vu on Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:33 pm

If it sounds too god to be true, it probably is.

'This is snake oil': Scientists don't buy balance-boosting clips featured on Dragons' Den
Company claims $80 clips use quantum entanglement to boost wellness; Marketplace tests suggest otherwise

The dragons wanted a piece of the action.

Mark Metus, a Collingwood, Ont., chiropractor and his business partner, Greg Phillips, had just demonstrated how their "revolutionary" new product — a line of wearable clips called Neuro Connect — could improve a person's balance, strength and joint function almost instantaneously.

"The technology … creates a phenomenon called quantum entanglement," Metus told the six dragons in a November segment of the CBC program Dragons' Den, a show where entrepreneurs pitch products to venture capitalists.

Quantum entanglement is a phenomenon that's as difficult to explain to a layman as it is for a scientist to actually observe, let alone control. Leading scientists are still trying to unlock its mysteries, but that hasn't stopped some entrepreneurs from trying to cash in with quantum physics-based products marketed with bold claims beyond anything proven scientifically.

Metus's clips, as Marketplace discovered, are no different.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/quantum ... -1.4513382
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Re: Marketplace Consumer

Postby deja vu on Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:27 pm

PC Optimum problems and cheaper generic drugs: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet
Plus: Bread price-fixing and mystery packages on campus

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/marketp ... -1.4517043


Apparently it is better to go to Shoppers for the exchange of cards, instead of the frustration of doing it online.
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Re: Marketplace Consumer

Postby deja vu on Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:09 pm

Online scam alert and making Uber safer: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet
Plus: A settlement in the 'Buy now, pay later' case

CBC News Posted: Feb 25, 2018 9:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 25, 2018 9:00 AM ET

Great-grandmother takes on bank

An 82-year-old was told she'd get nothing if she cancelled her life insurance policy with BMO. But she got money back and an apology.

Ella Beck paid into her plan for over a decade, and then learned that she had paid $3,780 into a $3,200 policy.
Forced breaks for Uber drivers


http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/marketp ... -1.4548731
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Re: Marketplace Consumer

Postby deja vu on Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:54 am

I have two articles on this subject:

CBC hidden camera investigation captures misleading sales tactics for Bell
Door-to-door sales reps repeatedly misled potential customers on price and internet speed

A hidden camera investigation into sales practices for Bell Canada — Canada's biggest telecom — reveals repeated deception by sales reps going door-to-door in neighbourhoods just outside Toronto.

CBC's Marketplace and Go Public teamed up to investigate how customers are sold Bell's Fibe TV, internet and home phone at the front door. A Marketplace producer went undercover in the telecom industry, getting hired for a job selling Bell products door-to-door, documenting sales tactics during seven record-breaking cold days and nights in December and January.

"Everybody can make a ton of money [selling Bell products]," said Mohamed Abdelhadi, the man who hired our producer, and who runs one of the third-party companies selling Bell services door-to-door.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/hidden- ... -1.4556536

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Marketplace hidden camera captures a sales team for Bell prepping to go door-to-door

In a special hidden camera investigation, a Marketplace producer gets hired and reveals the door-to-door sales tactics of agents selling products for Bell


http://www.cbc.ca/news/marketplace/mark ... -1.4558311


There is a video with this link. A good reminder of buyer beware, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But the CRTC really needs to deal
with it not dismiss it.
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Re: Marketplace Consumer

Postby deja vu on Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:23 pm

Trier beware: Lab results reveal staph, mould on makeup testers
Alcohol reduces but does not eliminate bacteria on samples, microbiologist says

In-store cosmetic testers help shoppers decide what looks good on them, but a Marketplace investigation reveals the samples themselves don't always look so pretty under a microscope. Producers went undercover at a dozen makeup stores in the Greater Toronto Area and swabbed 60 eyeshadow, mascara, lip gloss, cream blush and lipstick testers available to shoppers, and sent them to a microbiology lab for a closer look. The lab found 40 per cent of the samples had Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, and 28 per cent were growing mould.



http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/marketpla ... -1.4577702


Something that happens every days in stores across the world and until now, no one probably ever gave a thought to it being dangerous for your health.
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Re: Marketplace Consumer

Postby fishandchips on Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:02 pm

The makeup testers-really should not try anything anywhere except on the hand due to bacteria concerns. If you have ever seen how some customers or their minor offspring treat lip products (making messes, running streaks on counters), you'd only ever want a sealed package to use product from.
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Re: Marketplace Consumer

Postby deja vu on Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:00 pm

The case of the stolen PC Optimum points: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet
Plus: Pumping the brakes on self-driving cars and overcharging for hospital phones
CBC News · Posted: Mar 25, 2018 4:00 AM ET

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/marketp ... -1.4590335
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