Skip to comments.How to Tell Where a Product is Made, by the Barcode - Buy USA First
Posted on 06/09/2009 9:43:09 AM PDT by Notoriously Conservative
Do you want to avoid buying products made in certain countries?
Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China?
If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 690, 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN CHINA.
471 is Made in Taiwan.
Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products MADE IN CHINA, so they dont show from which country it is made.
However, you may now refer to the barcode.
Remember if the first 3 digits are:
690-692 MADE IN CHINA
00 - 09 USA & CANADA
30 - 37 FRANCE
40 - 44 GERMANY
BUY USA by watching for 0″ at the beginning of the number.
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Excellent techie info! I will def. watch for this!
People don’t look at the nutrician label. I can’t imagine people taking the time to fish around for a bar code. Although this is interesting information. I bet most of the food will be from China...lol.
Forwarding this link to all the C’s in my address book.
Question is does that mean the product was actually manufactured in the US or just packaged in the US?
WOW! I was searching on a pkg at walmart yesterday in the dog stuff area to find out where a rawhide chew was made...could only locate that the product was ‘managed’ or something by walmart. I do not want to buy products for my dogs that are made in foreign countries that may use unsafe preservatives or dyes, etc. Now I know to look at the BAR CODE.....THANK YOU SO MUCH. Good info!
I suppose it could mean either, but at least you are provided with half the story, instead of shopping totally blind.
It’s only partially wrong. The barcode is established by country of origin, so while you may find a UK barcode starting with 50, it may have been made in China. Either way, I would suspect that many US products will be 00.
I just purchased a high-dollar appliance for my home, and the barcode started with 691 and said “Made In China” on the side. Sadly, I believe one would be hard-pressed finding any electronics “Made in USA.”
Are you sure this is right?
I’m looking at a book right now with the bar code 9 780805078046 51700
And on the frontis page it says “Printed in U.S.A.”
I’m also looking at a bottle of Sanford brand white out with the bar code 0 4154028400 0 and on the bottle it says “Made in Thailand”.
You had better check your facts.
Most outrageous. I purchase some picture frames with a tiny label attached that said Milano.
When I peeled that label off there it was.....CHINA.
They send us poisoned products, and they LIE.
“I just purchased a high-dollar appliance for my home, and the barcode started with 691 and said Made In China on the side. Sadly, I believe one would be hard-pressed finding any electronics Made in USA.
My sister is remodeling her kitchen and told me that pretty much Bosch was the only one for appliances still in USA. I haven’t checked it out but will when we start building our new house . . . whenever that might be.
What is your source for this information?
The bar code represents the country of origin, not necessarily where it was manufactured. Just learned that. The site has been updated to reflect that.
GS1 Prefixes do not provide identification of country of origin for a given product. They simply provide number capacity to different countries for assignment from that location to companies who apply. Those companies in turn may manufacture products anywhere in the world.
I just picked up a package of batteries. Made in China 0457...
Here’s a Quick link for a chain. Made in China 0817...
And a pair of wire strippers. Made in China 0320...
so, you can’t tell squat from the barcode.
Not true! The bar code company code, which is the first half of the number, IIRC, only stipulates the company’s number but does not stipulate where the product was manufactured.
P.S. I own a company and we have a bar code number. (Not that we’ve ever used it) I can package anything I want to with it.
Thompson’s water seal.
032 “Manufactured by the Thompson’s company Cleveland Ohio.”
What it doesn’t say is whether it was actually manufactured IN Cleveland Ohio.
I worked for a company that imported products from China and repackaged them in boxes that said in very large letters “MADE IN THE USA”. When I asked the company owner about it he said, “Well, the boxes are made in the USA”.
I think it’s kind of funny that so many companies feel a need to confuse or receive the consumer into thinking they’re buying an American made product.
Bosch makes EXCELLENT products. My uncle has run a tile and flooring company for 25 years, and in all of the remodels he's done, he's recommended Bosch. Aside from his fridge, most of his kitchen equipment is Bosch. He's gone through 2 fridges and nothing else. Testament to American product resilience.
Here’s a short list of companies that still manufacture products in the USA:
J. W. Hulme - luggage products and shooting accessories
C. C. Filson - traditional outdoor woolen and oilcloth apparel
Kohler - porcelain bathroom fixtures
Pendleton - Native American pattern blankets
Limmer Boots - traditional handcrated and custom hiking boots
W. C. Russell Moccasin - traditional shoes and boots
St. Croix - fishing rods
None of the above is cheap but all quality-made and often with lifetime warranties.
Sub-Zero and Viking still manufacture products in the US. Bosch, orginally German, manufactures many tools in China. All my older Milwaukee and Porter-Cable tools were made in the US but newer cordless lithium-ion power tools seem to be made in China.
Didn’t know that about Viking. WAY out of my price range anyway, at least for the first kitchen revamp.
No more USA for me. I'm shrugging. I'll buy USA when they kick this band of Socialists out of office. Until then, people need to really feel the pain.
I like Bosch products, too (most of my power tools are Bosch). But they’re not American; Bosch is a German company, so those who insist on “buying American” can’t buy Bosch...
Thanks as I try to find country of origin in my dog food and cannot.....
Totally unrelated to appliances but Diamond Gusset jeans are also American-made. Type Diamond Gusset jeans in the search engine box. It’s funny I didn’t mention it in my short list of US manufacturers because I’m wearing a pair of the jeans today.
More footwear made in the USA:
Alden (most, if not all) - dress and casual
Allen-Edmonds (most, if not all) - dress and casual
Carolina (some) - work boots
Chippewa (some) - work boots and shoes
Danner (Some) - outdoors and work boots and shoes
The problem with well-made American footwear is that you better really like the style! A friend in Vermont has a pair of the Limmer hiking boots; although it took a full 2 weeks to break in, he has now had them for over 30 years. I have had a pair of Russell upland hunting boots for over 20 years and my Alden dress shoes are now 22 years old.
My next product will be the Fisher Paykel washer & dryer, very few moving parts to wear out and much less water.
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