As a consumer I no longer have brand preference or loyalty because I can't afford to, especially when they keep the prices the same or raise them and give you less product. As a person it seems that we could all pull together to get this economy to turn around instead of fighting one another. The companies could possibly stay in the black and/or make a profit if they wouldn't continue to stick it to us every time we turn around, such as the example I gave above. Maybe if we, as consumers, didn't feel we were being cheated we'd have brand loyalty. It's possible I'm just over simplifying the situation, I'm no economics major, but just seems like people and business are only concerned about themselves and not really doing anything get the economy out of the crapper.
Here is some very useful information I found on Facebook. It's worth the read:
Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located.
It is important to read the bar code to track it's origin.
How to read Bar Codes .... interesting!
This may be useful to know when grocery shopping, if it's a concern to you.
GREAT WAY TO "BUY USA & CANADA " AND NOT FROM CHINA!!
The whole world is concerned about China-made "black hearted goods".
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.
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:
690-692 ... then it is MADE IN CHINA
00 - 09 ... USA & CANADA
30 - 37 FRANCE
40 - 44 GERMANY
471 .... Taiwan
49 ... JAPAN
50 ... UK