Bad news, brunch fans: The Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

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Why we love Louis C.K.

Louis C.K.

Louis C.K., consumer hero, funny guy. (FX/AP)

Louis C.K. is really good at shutting down hecklers, no question. Now he’s going after ticket resellers.

The comedian just announced that he’s sick of scalpers and ticket resellers screwing his audience out of reasonably priced seats. So here’s what he’s doing: Tickets sold through resellers will be cancelled. No joke.

It would be cool to see more artists do this, but in the meantime, we’ll just be watching YouTube videos that prove why it’s worth getting his tickets the legit way.

How much makeup do you need to wear to sell soap?

The Body Shop

The Body Shop’s dress code doesn’t make everyone feel beautiful. (CBC)

Turns out, more than a bit. A woman turned down a job interview with The Body Shop after being told that she needed to wear “a full face of makeup” to get the job.

The Body Shop’s website says “beauty is more than just a pretty face.” We just didn’t realize that by “more,” they meant more makeup.

Guys, we just went over this with restaurant dress codes. Full facepalm.

Well, this is going to screw up our brunch


Our bagels are going to feel so naked. (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

Don’t eat this smoked salmon.

There was a recall of the fish because of possible listeria, which can make you sick in a very unpleasant way: vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and stiff neck.

Maybe we’ll try to find some of these amazing bagels to distract us from their sad loxlessness?

Travel advisory


Be careful if you need assistance when you travel. (CBC)

“They took better care of my mom’s luggage than they did of my mom.” Ouch.

There are worse airport experiences than long lines, lost bags and delayed flights: A bunch of lawsuits allege that Canada’s busiest airport is a bad place to need a wheelchair, and that ill-equipped and poorly trained staff have led to serious accidents, broken hips and even the death of one senior.

(Travel safe, friends.)

What else is going on?

Well, fitness trackers maybe aren’t the magic solution to weight loss.

Some companies are trying to give you the secret info that only your real estate agent knows.

And do you really need that fancy car? You may not (even though, yes, it is very fancy).

On TV: Self-checkouts vs. cashiers: Which is better?

Watch it online

Scanning our groceries, booking our travel, printing our tickets: We’re doing a lot of work ourselves that companies used to do for us.

But are we actually seeing any savings? Is it annoying or convenient? We check it out. Watch it again on TV this weekend or catch it online now.

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Bad news, brunch fans: The Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

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