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Misleading Products and Repair Ripoffs: See How CBC Marketplace's New Interactive Feature Can Protect You

THE MARKETPLACE HOUSE goes live this morning, Sept. 21, while MARKETPLACE'S latest episode, When the Repairman Knocks, airs tonight, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV

September 21, 2012 - This morning, THE MARKETPLACE HOUSE goes live at www.cbc.ca/marketplacehouse. It's an online, interactive tool that lets users browse a house, and get useful consumer information for just about every area of the home. We've posted tips, MARKETPLACE video and extra information to help you protect yourself from misleading products and repair rip-offs--from the garage to the pool to the kitchen.

Then, tonight, MARKETPLACE is back at it--wiring up homes with hidden cameras, rigging an everyday and simple house problem, and inviting repairmen in to diagnose it. Our cameras are trained on a backyard pool, with a common fix. But in the pool business, any type of handyman can show up: some qualified, some not. Can Canadians trust them to do it right? Is your money well spent?

Incompetence and inexperience: traits all too common in the pool repairman business, as revealed in the latest edition of MARKETPLACE's, When the Repairman Knocks, airing tonight, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV.

VIDEO--click for a sneak preview: www.youtube.com/watch?v=F65VHi_nwVk

MARKETPLACE is Canada's consumer watchdog, and we've got your back.

Winner of the 2011 Gemini Award for Best News Information Series, MARKETPLACE airs Fridays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC Television. MARKETPLACE also airs Saturdays and Sundays at 5:30 p.m. ET on CBC News Network. For more information on MARKETPLACE, visit our website at cbc.ca/marketplace, join us on Facebook and follow us on twitter: twitter.com/cbcerica and twitter.com/cbctom. Executive producer is Tassie Notar.


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