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Bar Codes Tell Where Products are Made

The first three digits on a bar code tells where the product was made

The first three digits on a bar code tells where the product was made

Did you ever wonder where a product was made.  Well, if you can understand and read a bar code, which is listed on all products, you can tell what country produced that product.

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 . 
This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves.
690-692  then it is MADE IN CHINA .
00 – 09 
30 – 37 
40 – 44   GERMANY

47 … Taiwan
50   UK

Nowadays,  Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products “MADE IN CHINA “, so they don’t show from which country it is made.   

However, you may now refer to the barcode, remember if the first 3 digits are:


August 12, 2009 Posted by | Editorial | , , | 3 Comments

Ultimate Runner Looking for Writers/Photographers

Ultimate Runner book cover

Ultimate Runner book cover

The Ultimate Runner is a compilation of true stories from beginning runners to Ironman veterans, celebrating what’s good, bad, and funny about running.  In addition to great stories, the book will share advice by experts, plus capture the meaning, challenge, and beauty of running in stunning photography.

Share your running story!

For those runners in your community who have a way with words, we invite them to share your running stories for possible publication. The deadline for story submissions is approaching at the end of August.

Stories can be inspiring, humorous, enlightening, or motivating, and can cover anything you’ve learned about yourself, others, or the world around you because of running.  From training for a marathon to actually finishing it, from a deeper spiritual connection to the world or a better connection to yourself, from running in exotic places to running for a cause—we welcome your insights and expertise.   

To spark your ideas, the chapters in The Ultimate Runner will include:

  • Physical Transformation
  • Emotional and Spiritual
  • The Social Side of Sneakers
  • Off the Beaten Path
  • Memorable Races
  • Running For a Greater Cause

If selected, each runner’s story will be enjoyed in a collection that will reach and touch runners around the world and authors will be compensated!   Stories can be submitted directly at the Ultimate Book site.


If you know runners who also tell stories with photos instead of words, we want their pictures!  We’re seeking high-quality photographs that tell a story words cannot.  Share your pics of some of the world’s most picturesque races or the breathtaking scenery others might have missed while they were struggling for breath.  Photos can also be submitted directly at the Ultimate Book site.

The Ultimate Runner will connect with an extensive, far-reaching audience.  We hope runners you know will consider being part of this exciting project serving the interest of countless runners of many abilities and experience. 

The Ultimate Runner: Stories and Tips to Keep You Moving, a collection of inspirational stories, photos and tips about running by runners and is scheduled to be published by HCI Books (the publishers of the Chicken Soup For the Soul series) in Spring 2010.

CONTACT:  Tom Green & Amy Hunold-VanGundy
Authors, The Ultimate Runner
515-229-6072         Creators of Runners’ Lounge, the Online Community For Runners

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