Notes From Hairenik
June 16, 2009
In case anyone is fervently obsessed with boycotting Turkish goods as I am, here's a trick you can use to make sure you're making the right purchase.

If the UPC 12-digit code of a good that you want to buy begins with "869", it's Turkish. You will probably be able to read "Made In Turkey" stamped somewhere on the item, but I usually look at the code since it's fast and easy.

This rule applies to laundry detergent, anything made for the kitchen including organizational bins, trash bins, glassware and cookware, home cleaning products, construction as well as home repair materials, paints, bathroom fixtures, mats, rugs, clothing items of any kind, shoes, houseplants, flower pots, sunflower seeds, soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, shaving creams, cosmetics, automobile parts and possibly some fruits or vegetables (you would have to ask the seller in that case). This is not an exhaustive list, however.

UPC codes for Armenian goods begin with "485" and for Russian goods, "460". Needless to say I'm always looking for Armenian stuff, especially food products which generally are of superior quality. Nevertheless, keep in mind that Armenian dishwashing liquid is not very good.


Anonymous Anonymous said...
how can you be sure that some of these companies in Turkey aren't owned or products produced by Armenian citizens of Turkey?

Blogger Christian Garbis said...
In case you haven't been reading my posts Anonymous, Turkey has placed an embargo on Armenia and refuses to conduct trade formally. All goods entering the country via Georgia bypass this embargo because Armenian importers are making tons of money off of people's indifference towards Turkish products. Turkish businessmen in turn are quite happy about Armenian consumption of their inferior products. The question of whether companies in Turkey are owned by Armenians, something that is highly unlikely given the government's record on oppressing Armenian-Turkish citizens, is thus not relevant to this post. The goods are still Turkish, regardless of whether a few Armenians may be employed at some of the factories. And seeing that there are no diplomatic relations between the two countries, not to mention the fact that Turkey refuses to acknowledge that it committed Genocide against the Armenians, it is hypocritical of Armenians to purchase goods made in Turkey. This is a matter of principle. Armenians don't have to buy Turkish stuff, there's plenty of alternatives, and the price differences are minimal. Depending on the product, Turkish stuff can actually be costlier that comparable products produced in other countries.

Blogger vrejouhy said...
I am with you 100% Christian.Buy Armenian only or do without .

Anonymous Anonymous said...
In order to stop the national slogan Gortz Chka (there's no work) here is a new slogan- Buy Armenian Product- that puts Armenian's to work instead of others. One simple way to fight agianst unemployment.


Anonymous Anonymous said...
When we were in Armenia for a year, we bought products made in Armenia. Sometimes, though, when we couldn't find what we needed, we bought products made in other countries, but never from Turkey. Here, back home, we do not buy products made in Turkey.