Well, actually, on Sears' products the manufacturer is in the product code.
Again at the time, the manufacturer was also in the product code at W-M,
too (and I'm sure it still is, altho it isn't bandied about that much).
The difficulty isn't so much finding out at any one point in time, the
problem is, just like you're having w/ whichever manufacturer it is that
you started out this thread with that they can change suppliers after a
period of time just as the manufacturer can change their product line
either to meet external mandates such as EPA VOC limits or changing
consumer trends or competition. This doesn't happen on an every day
basis, however, they have longer term marketing agreements in place as
the volumes they need and that they carry the same products in all
stores at the same times means there's no way they can just buy
"spot-market" kinds of infill product.
On the paint, I noticed after a year or so when wanted some touch up to
match interior after we installed the new HVAC system that Glidden had
completely revamped their color scheme/charts naming systems and tint
bases. I suspect that was in response to some of the others also doing
similar as I then happened to notice that the same thing had happened at
the other locations in town.
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