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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 | , ,


  1. wow, useful

    Comment by Cody | August 14, 2009 | Reply

  2. I’m not too sure if this is correct. I just bought a new pack of Christmas lights that plainly say MADE IN CHINA but the bar code starts with 021… ? Am I missing something?

    Comment by Ron | December 2, 2011 | Reply

  3. This is a really interesting point, very useful for when companies don’t put where its made on the products. I have a pair of Sennheiser headphones that are stated as Made In China but ‘Designed and Engineered in Denmark’. The bar code under the heading ‘EAN’ starts 404 which would suggest Germany. Also there is a second barcode under the title ‘UPC’ that starts 615. So perhaps 615 is some other part of China.

    Comment by ianchanning | July 31, 2012 | Reply

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