Barcodes tell you where things are made

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Real Estate Agent with Coastal Properties Group International

A friend of mine sent me information on bar codes - if you look at the first 3 digits, you'll know where the product was made, i.e.:

690-695 made in China

740-745 made in Central America

471 - made in Taiwan

00 - 13  made in USA or Canada

40-44 made in Germany

Pretty handy information to know when you're shopping.

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Sharon Simms
CIPS CRS CLHMS CRB RSPS
Coastal Properties Group
CHRISTIE'S International Real Estate
238 Beach Drive NE
St Petersburg, FL 33701
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(727) 898-2582    Sharon@SimmsTeam.com

 

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Jesse & Kathy Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® - Fairbanks, AK
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Thanks Sharon... that is good info.  I'll be looking the next time I go to the store.

Jan 03, 2009 07:13 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
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Thanks Sharon! Haven't been shopping lately, but I do look for "Made in America" when I do. 

Happy New Year.

Jan 03, 2009 07:28 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Nancy Brenner
Referral Associates of Georgia, Inc. - Roswell, GA
Roswell Georgia Real Estate Agent

Another little tidbit to tuck away!  I'll be looking at packaging in a whole new way now.   Thanks!

Jan 03, 2009 07:34 PM #5
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Bobbi Herman
Realty One Group - Peoria, AZ
Realtor, Peoria Arizona

Interesting, thanks for sharing.

Jan 03, 2009 07:59 PM #6
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Patty Luther
Rock-n-Roll Realty - Lewiston, ID
Lewiston ID Real Estate, Idaho-Washington

I love it when I learn something NEW! and it seems to actively happen on ActiveRain...  

Jan 03, 2009 08:48 PM #7
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Miriam Bernstein, CRS
New Orleans Property Lady, LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans and Surrounding Suburbs Real Estate

Thanks, that is a nifty piece of information, thanks.  Hope I have this list with me when I go shopping, i will put it into my blackberry notes.

Jan 03, 2009 09:21 PM #8
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Dennis Swartz
Rickert Property Management - Columbus, OH
ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI...experience counts!

I think that is pretty helpful info!

Jan 03, 2009 09:27 PM #9
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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
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Handy indeed.  I just put these codes in my wallet.

 

Jan 03, 2009 10:49 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Very good info - thanks for posting!

Jan 03, 2009 10:58 PM #11
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Scott Guay
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty - Ocean Pines, MD
Associate Broker. Ocean City and Ocean Pines MD

Interesting fact.  I had not even thought of it but it does make sense.

Jan 03, 2009 11:10 PM #12
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Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Wonderful post, had no clue. Thank you

Jan 03, 2009 11:50 PM #13
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
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That is cool, Sharon.

Jan 04, 2009 12:24 AM #14
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Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
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Thanks, never knew this..now if my brain will let me remember it I will be cool.

Jan 04, 2009 01:51 AM #15
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Colleen Cooley
The Corcoran Group - Jupiter, FL
CRS - Jupiter Florida

Hi Sharon... I always try to buy items made in the US of A! It's a great contribution to our economy!

Jan 04, 2009 07:03 AM #16
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Susan Trombley
Trombley Real Estate - Wake Forest, NC
Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs

I knew they meant something, I just did not have the breakdown and now I do. I at one time had the break down on the ties on bread to know what day they were baked on. I guess I will have to find it now that it is on my mind. Have a great 2009

Jan 04, 2009 07:20 AM #17
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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Saint Petersburg, FL
St. Pete FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS

Thank you all for your comments. Glad it's useful to you.

Gerry - there may be a better breakdown of Canada and the US, but it wasn't in the information from my friend.

Jan 04, 2009 07:41 AM #18
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David

Unfortunately Sharon your information is not totally correct ... the part of the code you refer to only inidcates the country that ISSUED the UPC code, NOT the country of origin

http://www.adams1.com/upccode.html

http://www.barcodeisland.com/ean13.phtml

are two references found via search engines, these explain more details about the codes, their usage and the types of codes used.

Jan 04, 2009 12:04 PM #19
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Debbie DiFonzo
Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri - Lebanon, MO
Lebanon MO and Buffalo Missouri Real Estate

Interesting Sharon. The mints I am munching on - 41 for Germany.

Jan 04, 2009 02:35 PM #20
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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Saint Petersburg, FL
St. Pete FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS

David - thanks for the clarification.

Debbie - if it tastes good.....

Jan 08, 2009 09:15 AM #21
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Mindy & Jay Robbins
Robbins Real Estate - Dallas, TX
Expect Excellence from Robbins Real Estate

Neat, I will start looking and comparing where items are made. Mindy

Feb 16, 2009 11:54 AM #22
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