The true cost of online grocery delivery; would-be vacationers want refunds: CBC’s Marketplace Cheat Sheet

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Ordering groceries on Instacart? Watch out for hidden fees

Is there a cost to the convenience of online grocery delivery services like Instacart?

find it outside, the shop Run an instant check, comparing grocery shopping costs at Walmart, Costco, and Loblaws in-store and on the Instacart app.

While the prices at Walmart were the same in the store as they were on the Instacart app, the shop Producers discovered large hidden profit margins at Costco and Loblaws.

Costco and Loblos said the shop That customers get a better deal when they order directly from their website, and that Instacart keeps the money made on profit margins. Instacart tells us that retailers set prices on their apps and it’s up to consumers to research those pricing policies. Read more

Delivery deal or real rip off?

Investigate hidden labels and missed sales on Instacart, as well as testing HelloFresh, Chefs Plate, and Goodfood. 22:30

Travelers out of luck as they seek refunds for coronavirus cancellations

It’s a situation all too familiar as of now to many would-be travelers: the rapid change in COVID-19 travel regulations is leading to flight cancellations and vacation delays.

But the fight to get cash back from travel companies has been more frustrating than the misguided plans of some Canadians.

Many vacationers who were planning to soak up the sun outside this winter say heeding the advice of health and government officials has led to an uphill battle with these companies for payment. Read more

While some people may be hoping to soak up the sun on the beach for now, they are instead canceling their plans due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 — and also facing a battle for compensation. (Salima Shivji/CBC)

Ottawa still has not fulfilled its promise to test all travelers entering Canada from outside the United States

Despite announcing nearly six weeks ago that all travelers entering Canada from outside the US would soon be required to have a COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival, Ottawa still isn’t testing everyone.

Marcella Hart says she was surprised when she and her husband – both fully vaccinated – were not selected for an access test after flying to Toronto from Mexico on December 26.

“We had an unvaccinated baby with us,” she said. “We kind of assumed we’d be – almost – a target for testing.”

Public Health Canada has not addressed questions about why it is taking so long to switch to testing all non-US foreign arrivals.

But spokesman Andre Gagnon says the government has “significantly increased” access testing resources this month, to the point that it can now manage more than 20,000 tests per day at airports. Read more

Ottawa is still randomly testing fully vaccinated travelers upon arrival, though it announced in November that all non-US foreign arrivals – within days – would be required to take a COVID-19 test. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

What also happens?

The pandemic is changing the way restaurants operate — and it could be forever
A focus on takeout and delivery means smaller restaurants, with less face-to-face contact.

Some Save on Foods combo meals have been recalled due to salmonella risk
Chicken meals are influenced by lemon, sweet and sour pork, and beef with ginger, honey, and garlic.

Sunwing Party passengers could face imprisonment and thousands of fines
The group included Quebec influencers and reality show stars heading to Mexico.

Critics and industry have called on Ottawa to reconsider its truck driver vaccine mandate to protect supply chains
Conservatives and the trucking industry say the mandate will damage Canada’s already fragile supply chains.

The market needs your help

Are you getting annoying phone calls asking for CRA money for unpaid taxes? Or callers who claim you have a virus and need technical support? If so, we want to hear from you! We hope you can send a file selfie video Detail your experience so we can use it in our show! Email the video to us at marketplace@cbc.ca.

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