It's no secret I go to walmart

@savypat (20246)
United States
November 16, 2011 1:42pm CST
Yes I shop at walmart. Now I am trying to buy American. Now don't fall off your seat laughing. I am really trying. But I have run into a problem. The country of origin is not always easy to find and sometimes it's not even on the product. I am spending a couple of extra hours each week just trying to find the country. I heard taht you can tell from the bar codes, if anyone knows how please tell me. Thanks
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
17 Nov 11
Our government has always encourage Malaysians to support Malaysian made products. It is only right that consumers prioritize their local products over imported goods to boost our country's economy. Since all Malaysian goods have labels we have no problem of identifying them. I have no idea how the coding goes for the purpose of identification.
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• United States
17 Nov 11
Hi Zandi458, I wish that was MORE possible here in the US but most everything is outsourced. Even customer service is outsourced for our Internet company... can't even speak to an American. I don't mind speaking to someone from China or India or somewhere, as long as I can understand them and they can understand me. They go by a script, I think and they have no idea what I am really saying. Like they don't listen to my problem and fix it.. instead they will go through their script and then I get impatient and ask if there is an American I can speak to... and after 30 minutes of going back and forth they will forward me to somewhere back over here in the USA. I think it would be the same for anyone of another country who couldn't get products or services from their own country.
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@louievill (19633)
• Philippines
16 Nov 11
hi Pat, we don't have Walmart here but we have SM store chains, I always buy Philippine and U.S. made products when ever I have a chance to help both our economies. You are right, it's very hard to find anything that's made purely in the U.S. these days unlike in the 70's and 80's because most big American companies have been out sourcing for years to make bigger profits so they have the whole or components of certain products made in another country where labor is cheaper costing Americans to lose jobs and slowing down your economy. My uncle who is an American citizen and had been living there for more than 3 decades, who BTW is a professional called me the other day to inform me that he is sending us the usual yearly "balikbayan box" with all the Christmas goodies in it is encountering the same problem as you are, he always wants to send us only "made in the U.S.A." but he told me it is "getting a bit difficult these days" I'm also waiting for more responses regarding the bar code
• United States
17 Nov 11
I think just about EVERYTHING in Walmart is made in China... I have seen some labels that read "Made in America" or "Made in the USA" but I have heard that you can't even trust that. I quit shopping at Walmart, not because of their cheap stuff, but because of their rude staff. I can't stand having the gestapo asking for my receipt. They act like I am stealing their stuff. I shop at Target and Belks, and JC Penny and Cato.. I shop for the sales and come off cheaper. For groceries, I shop Ingles and sometimes on Wednesdays I will shop at Publix because Wednesday they give a senior citizen discount. Never have I been 'checked' at Target. No one has ever stopped me and demanded to see my receipt. I don't shop at Walmart because I don't like being treated like a suspected 'criminal.'
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19 Nov 11
oh....hmmmm
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@ChoukseyMK (1052)
• India
29 Nov 11
walmart is now trying to enter in india. a debate is going on among politicians, business men and public. i do not know who is going to get benefit or lose from walmart. if there is lot of confusion. i strongly oppose walmart.
@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
20 Nov 11
This is not going to answer your question because I never knew there was a way of figuring it out by the bar codes. However, I have tried to buy only american and its so very hard to do. I do remember shopping one day and everything in my cart was made in the USA but one thing and that was a phone. I have to say trying to find things made in the USA is extremely hard and this is one of the reasons the USA is in the financial mess we are in. The store that I was shopping in was K-mart which I was able to find everything I brought USA but the phone. I could have brought another phone made in the USA but it was to expensive. That is the other problem, things made in the USA are usually more expensive then the things made in another country which I don't understand. I will be reading your other responses to see if anyone knows about the bar codes.
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19 Nov 11
I want also to know
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
17 Nov 11
Well, finding things made here in america is not that easy a task. You have to remember that most of the american companies outsource to other con tries to manufacture the product. So, even though it is an american company does not mean it was made here. The economy we have happens to be a global one. I am sure there are still many things made and sold here, but not significant enough. I do know that New Balance sneakers are made here in america. They are sold all over the world. But most things, like computers, some things are done here, and some things are done elsewhere. Some companies buy parts from other companies from other countries and are assembled in yet another country. How that could be cost effective is beyond me. All I know is that these american companies get tons of tax breaks to create jobs, and the jobs they create are all outside america. I often scratch my head in wonder. Watch China start kicking out buts in the years to come. They already seem to have the upper hand and have no problem competing with us. They know they will beat us.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
17 Nov 11
we have walmart here in canada and while i do try and shop Canadian, it seems that most of our Canadian chains are being bought out by American or overseas interests which makes it hard to do so these days.
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@djbtol (5498)
• United States
16 Nov 11
I never knew that you shopped at Wal-mart! How could you! Just kidding - I do the same. I have never done the research, but I would assume that China is the default country of origin, unless marked otherwise. I could be totally wrong. Maybe someone else can give you a better answer.
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@GardenGerty (102458)
• United States
16 Nov 11
I had not heard this, but I went to look online. Here is a helpful link. http://www.rense.com/general84/codes.htm It has an entire list of what codes go to which country. US and Canada are 0-13. Thanks for the little tidbit of information.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
16 Nov 11
I live in Australia so we don't have Walmart here but similar stores and I am like you I would love to buy all Australian but it is also hard here to find good things at a reasonable price, I find myself in a position to have to buy the cheaper brand which is not made in Australia.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
16 Nov 11
I didn't know you could do this! Thanks for bringing it up! I looked and found this guide to country origins: http://www.makebarcode.com/specs/ean_cc.html China is 690 to 695 while America and Canada is 00-13. I'll be sure to use this when I'm in doubt. They make the print so tiny that I can't often find the country of origin. I also found this: "The country code indicates the country where the barcode was assigned, not necessarily where the product or item was manufactured. For example, an item may be manufactured in China, but for an American company. This product will have an American code, as it is essentially an American product." (Which doesn't help us at all but we can at least avoid buying things direct from China and other countries if we wish)
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@Rosa26 (2620)
• United States
16 Nov 11
I buy in Walmart too sometimes and I like the quality of the products,I never check from what country came the product, because I don't about that a lot,what I care is the prize.
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• United States
16 Nov 11
I'm sure I can help you find them, but I would be surprised if you found anything made in America by Walmart at all. If you ever get the chance watch the documentary on Walmart called: Walmart: The High Cost of A Low Price. Trust me when I tell you it's a real eye opener.
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